LG announces the first 50 participants in its LG Nova program – TechCrunch


LG’s innovation hub – LG Nova Among Friends – announced today that it has selected the first 50 companies for its Mission for the Future global challenge competition. Out of 1,300 candidates, the company chose its first cohort to build opportunities with the startups. Nova itself is a counterpart to for-profit corporate venture capital outfits, focusing instead on opportunities to partner across the board with the LG conglomerate, in a few key verticals: the metaverse, connected healthcare, smart homes, electric vehicles (EV) and the wonderfully vague name technology for good

The first official “First 50” group represents innovations “in industries that will have the most direct impact on society now and in the future,” as LG describes it.

“These companies represent the top of the diverse pool of innovative ideas and companies that have signed up for our Mission for the Future challenge to address the challenges our community faces. In these companies, we see great potential opportunities to explore transformative changes that will take our commitment to innovation for a better life to the next stage,” said Dr. Sokwoo Rhee, senior vice president for innovation of LG Nova, head of LG Electronics. “Our work with these companies will be guided by our role as a leading global innovator of next-generation products, technologies and services, as we help them accelerate their growth and have a positive impact on the world.”

Earlier this year I expanded with Dr. Rhee to find out how startups can work with LG Nova:

Here’s the full list of companies that made the cut:

Connected health

  • AcceXible – Platform for early detection and monitoring of mental disorders through speech analysis.
  • Attune Neurosciences – Improves human health and performance with clinically proven, non-invasive neurostimulation products.
  • CurieAi, Inc. – Tech-enabled, virtual respiratory care provider that makes it easy to take the unknown and unmanageable out of respiratory disease and return control to the patients who suffer from it.
  • LifeNome – Award-winning precision (biology-personalized) health business platform powered by genomics and AI.
  • MayaMD – Conversational Digital Human AI Health Assistant.
  • medZERO – Employer-Sponsored Buy Now, Pay Later financial wellness platform that gives employees a smarter way to pay for healthcare.
  • Mindset Medical – Delivers a portfolio of proprietary virtual technologies that advance the full continuum of patient care.
  • NousLogic Telehealth – Connective health technology that delivers home solutions for wellness, acute care and smart lifestyle services when you need them.
  • PyrAmes – Improves health and well-being through continuous and non-invasive monitoring of blood pressure and other vital signs.
  • Selfit – Digital robotic care targeting the aging population, physical and cognitive health.
  • Somatix, Inc. – Artificial intelligence powered wearable remote patient monitoring technology.
  • TRIP, Inc. – XR wellness platform that is groundbreaking innovative health and wellness technologies that deepen the connection with yourself through fully immersive alternate realities.
  • XRHealth Virtual Clinic – Integrates VR/AR, licensed clinicians and real-time data analytics
  • Zeit Medical – AI-powered detection technology for instant stroke detection at home.

the metaverse

  • Bigthinx – AI technology focused on fashion retail, wellness and the metaverse with products for body scanning, digital avatars and virtual fashion.
  • BrandXR – No code AR platform and award-winning XR creative studio.
  • ByondXR – Provides 3D virtual retail experiences that are fast, scalable and aligned with the latest metaverse technologies.
  • echo3D – Cloud platform for 3D/AR/VR that provides tools and network infrastructure to quickly build and deploy 3D/metaverse apps, games and content.
  • EKTO VR – Transforms workforce training by simulating the world’s most complex and hazardous environments with wearable technology.
  • HEXA – Unique immersive operating system with 3D tech stack to create, manage, display and analyze 3D projects.
  • I3M – Provides “experience-as-a-service” for brands to quickly create and deploy hyper-realistic interactive and immersive metaverse experiences that exponentially increase user engagement and revenue.
  • iQ3Connect – Provides a no-code platform that allows companies to create, deliver and consume complex 3D business applications in the metaverse in a web browser on any AR, VR or 2D device.
  • Kabuni – Metaverse education platform focused on providing the safest place in the metaverse for children to explore, learn and grow, both within a classroom and at home.
  • NeuroTrainer, Inc. – Virtual reality brain training company helping to regain focus in an increasingly distracted world.
  • Snickerdoodle Labs – Uses blockchain to build an agnostic data sharing layer that allows individuals to manage their personal data and even monetize through a tokenized data architecture.
  • swIDch – Provides next-generation secure authentication for any digital identity environment, even off-network.
  • Xplorit Virtual Travel – Real-world metavers platform that tells experiential virtual travel and immersive stories.
  • YBVR – Virtual reality technology that brings the emotions of live events closer to fans through personalized, immersive and interactive experiences.

Stimulate mobility

  • BeChained Artificial Intelligence Technologies SL – Smart energy platform for lowering production energy costs and decarbonising the energy system.
  • Driivz – Global provider of software platform for electric vehicle charging and energy management.
  • DUCKT – Universal charging infrastructure solution for micro-mobility vehicles: bicycles, e-bikes and scooters.
  • Eatron Technologies – Intelligent production-ready software solution for the automotive industry and mobility.
  • EVE (Electric Vehicle Ecosystem) – E-mobility analytics solution for assessing, tracking and improving corporate fleet electrification strategies.
  • Faction – Unique approach to driverless technology and light electric vehicles that will dramatically impact the way goods and people move.
  • I-EMS Group, Ltd. – provider of AI, blockchain and optimization software solutions for smart cities, smart homes and e-mobility
  • MET3R – Unique smart charging and energy storage services to bridge the gap between electric mobility and the smart grid to support the decarbonisation of the energy sector.
  • SparkCharge – Affordable and convenient way for all-electric vehicle owners to charge their EVs at home or on the go.

smart lifestyle

  • AirSpeQ – Provides sensors for the detection and monitoring of fine and ultra-fine particulate matter (PM).
  • allt – Bringing together the worlds of entertainment and engagement by connecting apps on phones and home devices to movies, shows and music.
  • Chefling – State-of-the-art smart kitchen solution for planning, shopping and cooking for smart appliances and connected health applications.
  • Everykey – Universal smart key that unlocks phones, laptops, tablets, websites and other devices and applications based on proximity.
  • Fast Sense H2 – Nanosize quantitative mixed gas sensor and analyzer for industrial, environmental and security applications.
  • Food Haven – Online platform focused on reducing food waste by partnering with local food companies to sell surplus food at discounted prices.
  • Roving Blue – Develops products with Power of EO3®, a new way to dissolve ozone in water to kill unwanted microorganisms in water, food and surfaces.
  • Tanvas, Inc. – Haptics innovation company that pioneers haptic technologies for multi-touch surface for automotive, industrial and consumer electronics.

Innovation for Impact

  • A.kin AI – Virtual assistant technology to support daily activities for people with disabilities and neurodiversity.
  • Alteria Automation Smart Sensor – Advanced IoT technology that monitors air quality and provides cloud traceability and automated actions for building management systems.
  • Digbi Health – Gut microbiome, genetically based virtual care platform for the equitable treatment of polychronic mental and physical diseases.
  • Jara – Ensures K-12 students and educators in low-connectivity/low-electricity communities worldwide have anytime, anywhere access to distance learning through the Jara Unit, an award-winning off-grid charging education solution.
  • Hygge Power – Ensures everyone is comfortably powered with clean, reliable energy through proprietary software that accelerates the decarbonization of electricity and empowers tenants, homeowners and businesses.
  • Sanctuary – Creates technological applications for activated experience environments.
  • Sovrinti – Provides machine learning-driven activity change detection for healthy aging and person-centred care in the comfort and privacy of home.

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