Eight startups have been selected to participate in the third cohort of the NGA Accelerator Powered by Capital Innovators, a business development program in St. Louis for early-stage companies working with geospatial technology. The startups were selected out of more than 225 applicants, according to a news release.
The 13-week program provides resources including a $100,000 grant, office space and business coaching. It is run by St. Louis-based accelerator operator Capital Innovators in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Missouri Technology Corp.
“After two successful cohorts, we look forward to launching a third cohort that will introduce eight additional companies to St. Louis’ rapidly growing geospatial sector,” Jack Scatizzi, executive director of the Missouri Technology Corp., said in the release.
The program recruits startups developing technology aligned with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s focus areas, including data management and artificial intelligence.
The startups selected are:
- Fraym, a company that collects localized data to help identify trends that national surveys miss;
- TCarta Marine, which works with technology to survey the seafloor using satellites;
- Terradepth, a company using unmanned submersibles to improve undersea situational awareness;
- Skyline Nav AI, which makes a navigation system designed to help guide users based on skyline visualizations;
- SCOUT, a startup that creates tools for “making space transparent and safer;”
- Pandata Tech, which makes technology for validating high-volume data;
- Notoros, a company developing blockchain technology for enterprise use across a variety of industries;
- Chooch Intelligence Technologies, which has an artificial intelligen image and video analytics platform that provides computer vision on any device.
The NGA Accelerator had its first class last spring. The accelerator is part of a larger push to advance the geospatial technology sector in St. Louis. The effort, which involves government, academia, philanthropic organizations and the private sector, traces its roots back to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s 2016 decision to keep its western headquarters in the city.
“The NGA Accelerator continues to attract high-quality geospatial startups and we could not be
happier with the selected eight,” Frank Hopper, managing director of Capital Innovators, said in the release. “The next 13 weeks are going to help these top-tier companies reach even higher and achieve their goals.”