The Forge welcomed five novel and scalable startups into its Business Incubator program, Auper Motorcycles Inc., Dahlia Health Inc., EarthOne Inc., Kultura Diagnostics Inc., and NOBL Scope. The top five startups were selected to take part in the limited-enrollment program aimed at early-stage startups, that are past the business idea stage, have already launched their startup to the market, or developed a minimum viable product. The Forge expert mentors and staff will work with the startups to assist them to grow, develop, and succeed in the next eight months, with the opportunity for the startups to continue for a longer time period. Numerous alumni of this program include software, hardware, IoT, medical devices, healthcare IT, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and consumer products companies.
Meet the top five startups selected for the program.
Motorcycles didn’t change much since their conception, and basic safety features are unavailable or come at a premium price. There is also no solution for the high theft rates, especially in developing countries like Brazil. In Sao Paulo alone, there is one motorcycle stolen every 15 minutes. Auper has created a platform that brings safety and security while still being sustainable, practical, and affordable. Our electric motorcycle has high safety features at an affordable price, our motor is unique and has no magnets, and our proprietary anti-theft system prevents and discourages the motorcycle from being stolen.
Globally, tampons and pads together produce over 200 000 tonnes of waste in a year. Due to the recurring costs of menstrual products, Canadians spend around $3400 on single use menstrual products in a lifetime. Although there are reusable products on the market, some people find them difficult to adopt due to their confusing and messy insertion and removal mechanisms. During Dahlia’s user validation phase, we found that 90% of users mentioned at least one problem that they have with their current menstrual products, expressing an overall dissatisfaction and let down. At Dahlia Health, we want to provide people who menstruate with a product that targets their problems and meets their needs. We are developing a new menstrual product that combines the familiarity of a tampon with the utility of a menstrual cup. Our reusable product helps insert, remove and sterilize menstrual cups in an intuitive, simple and easy way. Users will be provided with a product that is designed to be comfortable, mess-free, cost effective, and a low-waste alternative to single use products.
Millions of plants die at the hands of their plant owners every year. Limited access to plant knowledge and real-time insights leaves many plant owners helpless when their plants don’t thrive. Luckily, EarthOne has developed a hardware and software solution that collects important health metrics and delivers them to your fingertips. Simply plug it in to your plant to get started!
More than 1 in 3 individuals have some type of gluten disorder and only 10% know they have it. Kultura Diagnostics provides an integrated easy-to-use suite of innovative technologies to diagnose and manage gluten disorders including celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy and more. Our solutions provide an easily accessible way to diagnose, a portable way to monitor, and a continuous way to manage, gluten disorders.
Intubating neonates is time consuming, painful and is highly unsuccessful. NOBL Scope has developed first in market laryngoscope especially designed for neonates. The company’s innovation is patented under US office, and this innovation in laryngoscope blade comes after eight decades! The blade increases the vision of the anatomy and reduces the pressure on the neonates’ jaw, which increases the success rate and makes it less painful respectively.