NGA Accelerator selects 8 startups for first class

The NGA Accelerator Powered by Capital Innovators has announced the eight startups selected for the inaugural class of its program.

The companies were chosen from more than 350 applicants, according to a press release. Each will receive a $100,000 non-dilutive grant, plus mentoring and other assistance, over the course of the 13-week program. It culminates in a demo day.

In the future, the accelerator will bring the startups to St. Louis for the duration of the program. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the inaugural cohort will go through the program remotely.

The accelerator is a partnership between the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Missouri Technology Corporation and Capital Innovators. It focuses on companies working in data management, advanced analytics and modeling, data integrity and security, and artificial intelligence.

The eight companies of the inaugural class include one Missouri-based startup. They are:

  • Anno.ai, of Reston, Virginia, which uses machine learning to “enable our warfighters to overcome operational challenges and maintain the tactical advantages they need,” according to its according to its LinkedIn page.
  • Boston Geospatial, a Boston-based company, which aggregates and organizes satellite data for customers in the critical infrastructure sectors.
  • Granular.ai, of Somerville, Massachusetts, which makes software designed to help users understand and extract information from satellite imagery..
  • InfraLytiks, based in Urbandale, Iowa, which specializes in data analytics. The company helps “collect, analyze and visualize” customers’ data, according to its website.
  • Kinnami, of Braintree, Massachusetts, which makes data security tools designed to help protect sensitive information across every location that it’s accessed or shared.
  • PolysSentry, based in Washington, which produces software designed to automate the analysis of large datasets for the intelligence, defense and private-sector customers.
  • Stratodyne, a Columbia-based company, which collects and analyzes high-resolution aerial imagery designed to help farmers make real-time decisions.
  • Xona Space Systems, of San Mateo, California, which is developing a network of low-Earth satellites for use in navigation services.

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