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GIA San Francisco Program's Pioneering Batch of 11 Startups Set to Redefine The Future of Innovation


GIA San Francisco Program's Pioneering Batch: Nine Startups Set to Redefine the Future of Innovation

Congratulations to the 11 selected Singapore startups that will be participating in the highly-anticipated Plug and Play's Global Innovation Alliance (GIA) San Francisco Program Batch 1 in the APAC region! In partnership with Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG), Plug and Play officially launched the Global Innovation Alliance (GIA) San Francisco Acceleration Program in August, and presents a golden opportunity for Singapore's vibrant startups to showcase their products and ideas in the dynamic tech hub of San Francisco and the US market.


The GIA San Francisco Acceleration Program has been carefully crafted to minimize risks associated with expanding into new markets while turbocharging the global business development of startups. Early-stage tech innovators looking to gain insights into the US market will benefit from the San Francisco program's offerings, while startups with an existing presence in San Francisco can also tap into its resources to further catapult their growth. Over the 6-week program, startups will receive support and pitch polishing both virtually and in-person for each respective segment, and reach a grand finale where they will showcase their pitches at the Plug and Play Silicon Valley Summit, held in Plug and Play Tech Center's US office.


Let's give a warm welcome to these trailblazing startups embarking on the GIA San Francisco Acceleration Program:


1. Auk Industries

Focus Areas: Advanced Manufacturing, Industrial IoT and SaaS

Auk Industries offers a scalable digital factory system, using IoT which works like "Fitbit-for-machines." Our clients can deploy it within days to track the steps, heart rate, and sleep cycles of manufacturing equipment. Thousands of "Fitbit" data streams are then automatically analyzed with our software, power-packed for operational excellence out-of-box.


2. CareCam

Focus Areas: Health, AI and SaaS

Carecam is a digital health company driven by cutting-edge AI technology. Our flagship product, 3DGait, revolutionizes healthcare by offering a precise and non-invasive solution for measuring human body motion. By harnessing advanced AI models and biomechanical expertise, Carecam provides healthcare professionals with a powerful tool to assess gait patterns and mobility disorders. Our mission is to enhance patient care and outcomes across various medical disciplines, from orthopedics to neurology and rehabilitation.


3. Clicks

Focus Areas: Social Network, Real Estate

Clicks® is a real-estate-focused online social networking platform. It is tailored to provide a seamless end-to-end solution for connecting, transacting, and fostering global connectivity through innovative technology. With a mission of generating economic opportunities for all stakeholders in the real estate ecosystem, Clicks® is reshaping the way properties are bought, sold, and optimized.


4. Codemaker

Focus Areas: Ed-tech, SaaS, AI

Codemaker is the future of ed-tech, a gamified platform that transforms coding education into an engaging adventure. Our platform offers flexible, personalized learning at your own pace, with real-time feedback and a comprehensive syllabus. Through gamification, we make coding fun and intuitive, adapting to your unique learning style. Join the Codemaker community, where educators and individual users from around the world are part of a growing group that's pioneering a revolutionary way to learn coding.


5. Hivebotics

Focus Areas: Future of Work

At Hivebotics, our mission is to help workers attain the best productivity and quality of life by automating dangerous, dirty, and demeaning tasks. We are doing this by building hardware and software infrastructure that will lead to a general-purpose AI robot for commercial automation of menial tasks. The pioneer application of our technology is an autonomous restroom-cleaning robot for commercial buildings such as offices, malls, airports, hospitals, and hotels.


6. myFirst

Focus Areas: Kids and family social network

Real tech for kids with fun devices, connected services, and kid-safe social network to socialize, share, and go anywhere, all safely connected with their friends and family. Our fun devices are the gateway to our kids’ suitable social circle network, myFirst Circle, which is specially designed for kids, family, and friends to interact within circles of trust with no ads, no strangers, only real connections. A safe digital world for our kids to be social.


7. Neufast

Focus Areas: AI/ML, LLMs (Large Language Models)

Neufast is an award-winning talent assessment technology company. It provides a patent-pending debiased AI multi-lingual video interview intelligent cloud solution that supports Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Thai, Japanese, Malay, Bahasa Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Khmer-speaking job candidates throughout their video interview journey. It also helps corporates achieve their Diversity and Inclusion policy for ESG and being the employer of choice. Neufast's company mission is to support diversity hiring with bias-mitigated algorithms on demand. Neufast’s proprietary technology is rooted in industrial and organizational psychology, natural language processing, and computer vision with a weighted average of 95% AI/ML model accuracy and 91% reliability while achieving a 50% reduction of cost-per-hire and 50% time-to-hire.


8. Opsis

Focus Areas: Emotion AI

Opsis is a spin-off from A*STAR with more than 10 years R&D from expert psychologists, neuroscientists, and AI researchers in the generative domain. More than 20 million invested in this multi-modal AI with more than 30 International awards and accolades. Scientifically annotated data from half a million real-person interviews, both patients and non-patients, are used to train large language models to unearth human inner thoughts. This healthcare-grade emotion AI combined with contemporary generative AI technology to solve the pain and confusion in understanding complicated human emotion.


9. pQCee

Focus Areas: Cybersecurity, Quantum

pQCee is a deep-tech software startup in the quantum cybersecurity space. We are in the business of designing and building post-quantum products and services to strengthen and protect the next generation of computing against quantum attacks. Our patent-pending algorithm, Signature Pre-image Proof (SPP), can be used to make existing ECDSA implementations quantum-safe.


10. Smobler Studios

Focus Areas: Cybersecurity, Quantum

Smobler is a turnkey metaverse architect headquartered in Singapore with a strong emphasis on blockchain-based gaming, event production, outreach, and education. Smobler has created a suite of the world’s first projects such as a metaverse wedding, the Tools of Rock concert venue, and a disability park with Singapore Enable. It works with legacy brands such as Airbus, Carnegie Mellon, Mahindra, DBS, Starhub and also creates innovative projects such as Metaverse for Good, the inaugural cross-chain project with Clay Nation, and is curating a series of proprietary IPs such as 3VEREST, Cobbleland, Ichorium Wars, and Aloha Surfer. Smobler is backed by The Sandbox and Brinc.


11. Virkware

Focus Areas: HR tech, AI, SaaS, Employee engagement, Talent management

Virkware breathes life into your internal talent network, fostering a vibrant environment that amplifies employee engagement and enhances retention. Our solution is a comprehensive Talent Marketplace SaaS platform that becomes your team’s digital workplace This hub supports different use cases to help employees address diverse aspirations across 3 dimensions:

  • Connect: Getting connected with other colleagues in new and powerful way

  • Careers: Getting better empowered better to pursue career aspirations

  • Work: Getting more done with existing resources


We're incredibly excited to watch the startups pitch at the Plug and Play Tech Center SV Summit and wish them the best of luck in their journey. If you're interested to watch the startups pitch live, join us and discover the latest trends at the Silicon Valley Summit happening between 5-7th December 2023!


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Plug and Play is a global innovation platform. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, we have built accelerator programs, corporate innovation services, and an in-house VC to make technological advancement progress faster than ever before. Since inception in 2006, our programs have expanded worldwide to include a presence in over 30 locations globally giving startups the necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley and beyond. With over 30,000 startups and 400 official corporate partners, we have created the ultimate startup ecosystem in many industries. Companies in our community have raised over $9 billion in funding, with successful portfolio exits including Danger, Rappi, Dropbox, Lending Club and PayPal.


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