These twelve startups are the winners of MIT Enterprise Forum Thailand and MIT Enterprise Forum Poland’s local startup competitions. They are the best of the best from their countries, and are visiting MIT from June 14-30.

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2040.io

2040.io

AIM Innovation

AIM Innovation

Dream Maker Crowdfunding

Dream Maker Crowdfunding

Electronic Nose

Electronic Nose

InnovaLab

InnovaLab

Medical Simulation Technologies

Medical Simulation Technologies

Nu Delta

Nu Delta

Predictail

Predictail

SensoriumLab

SensoriumLab

Shiftspace

Shiftspace

Vortex Oil Engineering

Vortex Oil Engineering

Waywer

Waywer

AIM Solution | Providing robot-assisted communication therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders

Children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) require 6-8 hours a day of regular communication and behavioral therapy. However, the number of therapists available is insufficient.  Some children only meet with therapists once a month: at school or in a hospital. Schools are often understaffed, and teachers are responsible for multiple children with ASD at a time. Inexperienced parents and caregivers experience difficulty providing efficient training sessions.

After more than five years of conducting research at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Mahidol University, our team at AIM Solution has developed a robot-assisted communication training tool for teachers, parents, and therapists of children aged 5-12 with autism spectrum disorders. The robot is user-friendly and easy to program, allowing users to design training sessions that can truly fit each child’s learning requirements. To date, we have developed over 100 content modules, which have been tested in five schools and a hospital.

The project has been supported by Thai research agencies, and there are three filing patents in Thailand. We plan to expand to the US in 2020, and are in search of funding, customers, mentors, and business partners.

aimlabmu.github.io

Dream Maker Crowdfunding | Connecting innovative entrepreneurs to investors with a crowdfunding portal

The entrepreneurial ecosystem of Thailand is still growing. Startups need partners and funding to reach their potential and expand their businesses, but it can be difficult to access bank loans and/or investors in Thailand.  Local investors want to access high-potential startup opportunities, but lack trustworthy and transparent tools to gather information and to analyze these businesses on their own.

Dream Maker Crowdfunding is a platform that connects innovative companies with investors and funding. All startups must pass through our screening process and meet the minimum criteria to raise funds in order to be published on the portal. This helps them build legitimacy and spread brand awareness, and also serves to mitigate risk for investors. Investors can easily measure a business’s potential, provide feedback via the discussion board, and invest confidently in the companies that interest them.

We are a full-time startup hoping to make connections with business partners and investors, as well as mentors to help us refine our business model.

dreamakerequity.com

Electronic Nose | Solving social and industrial problems by giving machines the power of smell

Odor testing is used for product development, quality control, and screenings for a wide range of industrial products. However, human testers often skew results due to non-continuous testing methods and human biases.

Electronic Nose has developed machine olfaction, a technology that digitizes odors so that systems can describe and communicate them accurately to humans. Our system essentially mimics the human olfactory system and acts as an “electronic nose”, eliminating human bias. The technology is easy to use, and can be applied to a wide range of social and industrial problems, such as development of new perfumes, quality control of industrial products, taste tests and development for food and beverages, smart shoes, clothing, and furniture, monitoring the quality of water, and screening for diseases like liver cancer and diabetes.

Our team has over sixteen years of experience developing several lab and commercial prototypes from basic sensors to smart systems. We have eight pending patents related to Electronic Nose and gas sensor technology in Thailand, and have received government research grants of over $150,000 USD this year. We are looking for mentors, collaborators, and investors to help us develop the technology together and to expand the business.

smartfarmthailand.com

Shiftspace | Allowing brand owners to search an online marketplace for the right retail spaces to directly target customers

Rising real estate costs and the rise of e-commerce have made physical stores difficult to maintain. Online solutions work for some products, but for others, physical spaces are crucial for product trials and brand experiences. Small-to-medium business owners still spend a considerable amount of time, money, and effort finding the right retail spaces for product distribution.

Shiftspace aims to be the leading online marketplace in finding and renting out retail space, globally. Our platform utilizes the concept of the “shared economy” to commercialize unused real estate. Brand owners can search Shiftspace’s online marketplace for the right retail space, and offer their products to a decision-maker within minutes. Through our website, brands, products, and e-commerce businesses are connected with vacant shop-shared spaces to co-create new experiences such as pop-up spaces, product consignment, product display spaces, and other retail and commercial activities.

We have already received approximately $14,000 USD in funding. We plan to focus on the Thai market first before scaling to Asia and then maybe the world. We are currently looking for mentors and collaborators to validate our business model.

shiftspace.co.th

2040.io | Improving direct sales team performance with an AI-powered assistant, Edward.ai

Meet Edward.ai, an AI-based assistant for sales teams. He allows salespeople to ditch clunky CRMs and work smarter.

Through machine learning, Edward.ai analyzes email, phone, and other data sources to provide real-time insights and sales advice. Unlike current CRMs, which are complex and disruptive to workflow, Edward.ai works on top of current data, integrating seamlessly into existing processes to help manage sales customers and pipeline. With an advanced conversational platform, Edward.ai is another member of your team.

We are still in beta and are looking for product feedback and investors.

2040.io


InnovaLab | Assuring product quality and preventing counterfeit products through unique chemical markers

Innovalab offers unique chemical markers that allows companies to invisibly label their products and protect their intellectual property. The marker, dispersed on a molecular level to any plastic material or ready-made product, becomes a unique “DNA” for the producer.

Our patent-pending technology allows fast verification of authentic materials. We give manufacturers the ability to assure product quality with their customers. Applicable industries include automotive, fashion, chemical, electronics, constructions chemicals, paint, and footwear.

We are looking for operational and financial partners to help us in our global expansion.

innovalab.com.pl


Medical Simulation Technologies | Training doctors more effectively with the world’s simulation method with realistic models from real patient CT scans

Last year, over 15 million people died from heart disease. According to the WHO, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world, but the way we train our physicians to diagnose heart conditions has not changed since the technology was developed in the 1990s. Today, cardiologists and surgeons train in three ways that are problematic—either on a living patient, which is dangerous, or on an animal or cadaver, which is not an accurate representation of what they encounter in the field.

To help physicians enhance their practical skills, we have developed simulators which give the most realistic impression of a real patient examination or surgery. We are the world’s first company which uses heart models converted from computed tomography (CT) scans from patients with various pathologies, instead of synthetic heart models based on computer graphics as is the industry standard. The first product, successfully launched to market, is a transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) simulator, already tested and verified by more than 800 cardiologists. The device allows doctors to more effectively train in the diagnosis and detection of a number of cardiac diseases.

We have gained strategic partnerships with Columbia University and the American Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF). Moreover, in the third quarter of 2017, together with one of the most innovative MedTech companies in the U.S., we will introudce a new simulator of micro-invasive mitral valve intervention, which will definitely help to revolutionize the approach of heart surgery.

We are currently looking for collaborators and seeking capital investment.

mstech.eu


Nu Delta | Accelerating the digitization of documents using innovative algorithms

At Nu Delta, we want to free you from paper. Our software speeds up the process of digitizing paper documents through artificial intelligence. Powered by a parsing engine that can read and interpret any data from a picture, the self-improving algorithm provides accurate semantic processing and supports multilingual documents as well. Our target customers are people who work with a lot of invoices and papers, such as accountants, banks, or any business that requires electronic document management.

Using only your smartphone, you can take a photo and forget the paper. There is no need to buy any expensive hardware to take advantage of this technology.

The total addressable market in Poland is $55M. We are looking to expand to the U.S. later this year and are looking for customers and partners.

nudelta.pl


Predictail | Anticipating manufacturing production failure through big data analysis

Fully-operational supply chains are vital to manufacturers because every minute of machine failure impacts the bottom line. Predictail is a predictive analysis system designed for the small-scale machinery market. Using hardware that wirelessly talks to the cloud, our self-learning algorithm analyzes telemetry data around the clock to detect anomalies, predict breakdowns and limit downtime.

All data collected is available anytime, anywhere, and from any device. Daily notifications and reports help a manager hone in on potential issues. When our system predicts upcoming breakdowns or notices an irregularity, the manager is notified within seconds.

Predictail mainly operates in the wind energy industry. We hope to expand to the United States and explore the renewable energy, oil & gas, robotics, and infrastructure industries.

predictail.com


SensoriumLab | Providing a portable, non-invasive diagnostic and telemonitoring system for patients with pleural effusion

Pleural effusion is a medical condition where there is an unusual amount of fluid around the lungs. It is often linked to patients with cancer, pneumonia, tuberculosis, autoimmune conditions, and those with heart, liver, and kidney diseases. Current diagnosis methods are either invasive or radiation-heavy, and there is also no way to monitor pleural effusions outside a hospital. Monitoring this information in a timely manner can lead to reductions in hospitalization time and costs.

SensoriumLab makes a user-friendly and non-invasive diagnostic system for pleural effusion. Patients can be monitored remotely, even by non-professionals. The system uses electromagnetic waves to detect pleural fluid, and provides information that could help a doctor decide medical treatment—automatically sending alerts when the pleural fluid volume is high.

SensoriumLab is in the patent application stage, and hopes to run clinical trials and expand to the U.S. by 2020.

sensoriumlab.com


Vortex Oil Engineering | Extracting crude oil from reservoirs and using flood water in a more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly way

Water flooding methods are used in 90% of all conventional oil recovery fields. Current methods such as polymer flooding, acidizing, and fracking are both costly and harmful to the environment, so most oil reserves are left unrecovered.

Vortex Oil Engineering has developed an eco-friendly method of improving the oil recovery process. Our technology is designed to improve the efficiency of the water flooding method used in oil production by 500%. Prolonging the life cycle of that water usage increases recovery effectiveness and reduces polluted water recycling costs. Our devices are tailor-made to match the parameters of each injection well. They use only water pressure in the flooding pipes, require no power supply, and can be installed in an hour.

We already have potential clients ready to go to trial in the U.S. and Canada, and plan to expand to the U.S. as soon as we acquire our next stage in funding.

vortex-oil.com


Waywer | Revolutionizing digital sales processes with interactive video messaging

It is 2017, and yet B2C corporations still rely on traditional channels like email, call centers, and mass advertising to communicate with customers. In the digital age, companies need to be able to reach large audiences while still keeping interactions targeted and personal.

Waywer is a sales communication platform that turns traditional sales and marketing processes into fully digital, automated, personalized experiences for customers. Our platforms allow corporations to interact with customers through video communication, broadcasting, and interactive webpages. Our tools are simple to implement on top of existing platforms, and can bring new life to existing channels by providing expert insights and incorporating customer feedback.

Waywer is already profitable, with a number of large corporate clients who have successfully implemented interactive video on top of their existing solutions. We already have sales in the U.S. and plan to open an office this year.

waywer.com