Start-ups with passion for technology

According to Crunchbase, between 2010 and 2019 over 1.5 trillion dollars was invested in start-ups as risk capital worldwide, most of this in the last few years. Many of these young companies are developing new technologies and exciting tech products for a huge range of applications. Some of these innovations make life easier and provide enjoyment. Others involve a genuine technological advance with the potential to change the world in some way.


Ten start-ups with passion for technology:


Voice control in real time

Speechly believes that in the future a great many tasks will be voice controlled. Therefore, the company has developed an API for voice recognition, which enables functions to be controlled in real time. The solution is available to developers on all key platforms, enabling them to easily integrate an intuitive voice control interface into their product without vast expertise in voice recognition technologies.

From machine to service product

ZkSystems is developing a software solution based on Blockchain technology, which enables machinery manufacturing companies to transform plants and machines into digital service products. For example, machine manufacturers will be able to supply their machines under a flexible pay-per-use or subscription model. This allows them to tap into new revenue sources from digital services.

Demonstrate instead of programming

The solution from Wandelbots enables anyone to program industrial robots with ease. A robot can be taught in seconds using a teaching device such as the TracePen, simply by demonstrating the route to be learned (also known as the path) by motion. The associated app uses AI to understand the task and to generate an optimised solution from multiple demonstrations.

Quantum leap

IQM has been focusing on the development of quantum computers. The company has pursued an innovative co-design strategy based on scalable superconductive processors and using brand new chip architectures and ultra-fast quantum operations. The hardware is based on a proprietary technology that can significantly speed up the clock frequency of quantum processors.

Future without pilots

Daedalean develops autonomous software systems for controlling civilian aircraft. To achieve this, the company brings together technical expertise from the fields of machine learning, robotics, computer vision, flight path planning and software engineering. The aim is to create an autonomous autopilot system capable of completely replacing human pilots. The new avionic system based on machine learning is set to be launched in 2021.

Fuel cells from a circuit board factory

Bramble Energy has developed a fuel cell that can be manufactured in almost every circuit board factory worldwide. This opens up theoretical capacities for producing fuel cells in the Gigawatt range. The company’s solution will drastically reduce the time to launch and the required investment compared to existing fuel cell designs.

Learning with robots

Emys is a friendly robotic head that interactively teaches foreign languages to children between three and nine years old. It responds to touch, when it is stroked or tickled. A camera enables it to detect, recognise and follow a person. The robot thus appeals to a child’s different senses. It can even express emotions, which promotes bonding and increases learning success.

All the info on the wrist

The smart watch system developed by Aucobo is set to transform communication in industry. The industrial smart watches connect people and machines in production. Machine messages do not disappear in the production system, they appear directly on the wrist. Agreements between employees can be made at the push of a button, and processes can easily be documented using voice notes and a camera.

Security drone for the home

The Sunflower Home Awareness system from Sunflower Labs combines motion and vibration sensors, autonomous security drones and AI data processing to protect people’s homes. If the system detects anything unusual, it sends a signal to the home owner’s smartphone. In seconds, they can start an autonomous drone flight and view real time aerial footage of the property using an app.