Sprint Accelerator announces 9 companies joining latest cohort

Nine startups from the technology, agriculture and food-product sectors will participate in the Sprint Accelerator’s 2018 program, the Kansas City-based accelerator announced Monday.

The 90-day program uses corporate partners to provide “mentorship, connections and resources” to selected startups, according to its website. The chosen startups were identified through the business needs of corporate partners, who in turn provide goal planning and mentorship throughout the program.

Of the nine startups chosen for the program’s fifth year, three technology companies will partner with Sprint’s internet of things team. The other six companies will work with Dairy Farmers of America; three are food-product companies, and three are agtech businesses.

IoT companies

Keybot (St. Louis) creates smart locks designed to automate property access.

Luxe Concierge (Kansas City) makes a mobile app to provide apartment owners with services such as dog walking and housekeeping.

Sofihub (Melbourne, Australia) is a digital assistant that uses artificial intelligence to help senior citizens living independently.

Food-product companies

Cheddies (San Antonio, Texas) are high-protein cheese crackers.

MoPro Nutrition (Birmingham, Michigan) creates high-protein, low-sugar greek yogurt.

Too Cool Chix (New York) makes ice cream sandwiches using all-natural, organic ingredients.

AgTech companies

Pharm Robotics (San Jacinto, California) is developing robots to automate administration of health products to dairy cows.

Ripe Technologies (San Francisco) uses blockchain technology to help increase transparency about the origins of food products.

SomaDetect (Fredericton, Canada) is an in-line sensor that measures every dairy-quality indicator from every cow at every milking.


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