Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Five IoT start-ups emerge from Sigfox programme

Steve Rogerson
September 25, 2019



Five IoT start-ups have emerged from Sigfox’s Hacking House programme. The companies are addressing urban mobility, medical device and water safety problems with IoT innovations.
 
IoT service provider Sigfox announced that the five Hacking House teams are starting or developing companies based on the IoT technology they have worked on during the programme. Sigfox’s network of incubators, accelerators, VCs and investors will provide support to the participants as they transform their IoT concepts and prototypes into real products and services.
 
Sigfox’s Hacking House programme – designed to help students and young entrepreneurs create IoT technology that solves problems for a range of logistical, technical and societal issues – recently held instalments in Chicago and Paris.
 
Among the six Chicago-based teams, three have plans to continue developing and commercialising their technology. These companies are:

  • Clever IoT Bracelet, which offers a medical wearable designed to measure and track abnormalities in patients’ vital signs in developing countries such as Colombia, where heart sickness accounts for a large portion of deaths.
  • Sano Seat, which helps guarantee that elderly patients are treated properly, reducing treatment neglect by guaranteeing the proper use of wheelchairs to prevent bed sores.
  • SpaceBot’s Surge, which provides a platform that tracks and monitors traffic to enable a fee-based programme that will charge vehicles on the road during peak congestion hours.
Emerging from the Hacking House Paris programme, two teams will grow into start-ups:
  • SymbIoTic, which uses sensors to monitor strategic, high-risk flood areas and alert municipalities in the event of a disaster; this team, made up of two young Croatian entrepreneurs, has already won a European Union grant of €200,000 to accelerate the company’s growth.
  • Wellcheck, which helps authorities and impacted consumers monitor and prevent pollution in drinking water, specifically in developing countries; the team plans to test its first samples in Kenya.
“After four sessions of the Hacking House, we’re confident that the programme has evolved to become a true asset for young, inspired students,” said Maxime Schacht, manager of the Hacking House programme at Sigfox. “All of the prototypes have met the expectations of their target customers, investors and incubators. We remain committed to helping Hacking House alumnus and future participants access the resources they need to turn their innovative ideas into commercial offerings that solve some of today’s most pressing issues.”
 
Sigfox is now accepting applications for Hacking House programmes in Taipei and Paris.
 
The Sigfox network is available in 65 countries, with a billion people covered. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in France and has offices in Madrid, Munich, Boston, Dallas, San Jose, Dubai, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.