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Meet the 11 Finalists of Calcalist’s Industry 4.0 Startup Competition

The competing companies are developing automation, connectivity, and data transfer technologies for implementation in factories and manufacturing lines

Naomi Zoref 18:3828.08.19
Calcalist and KPMG Israel’s Industry 4.0 startup competition is at its final stretch. Out of several hundred applications, 11 finalists were chosen to pitch their technologies at Calcalist’s National Economic Conference to be held at Tel Aviv’s David InterContinental hotel on September 2.

 

Industry 4.0 startups are revolutionizing advanced manufacturing. They support the traditional industry’s move forward through automation, connectivity, and data transfer technologies to enable a more efficient process of production and decision making.

 

The winning startup will receive a trip to Germany, including flights, accommodations, a round of meetings with potential clients, and mentoring from KPMG Germany.

 

Below are the 11 Israeli startups that will pitch their technologies at the finals event.

Sonovia CEO Eli Assa (left ) and founder Joshua Herchcovici. Photo: PR Sonovia CEO Eli Assa (left ) and founder Joshua Herchcovici. Photo: PR

 

Sonovia

 

Founded: 2013

Founder: Joshua Herchcovici

Investors: Horizon 2020 (grant)

Funding to date: $4.15 million

 

Israel-based anti-bacterial fabric startup Sonovia Ltd., formerly Nano-Textile Ltd., develops a highly durable sonochemical coating for fabrics to make them anti-bacterial and odorless. Sonovia’s technology can be used in various industries including healthcare, public transportation, air travel, sports, and fashion.

Meital Segev-Bar (left), Hossam Haick, and Gady Konvalina. Photo: PR Meital Segev-Bar (left), Hossam Haick, and Gady Konvalina. Photo: PR

 

 

Feelit

 

Founded: 2017

Founders: Meital Segev-Bar, Gady Konvalina

Investors: undisclosed

Funding to date: undisclosed

 

Based in Haifa, a port city in Israel’s north, Feelit develops printable sensors that can monitor the state of various materials. The sensors monitor a device’s structural integrity, deformation, warping, wear and tear, internal or external pressure buildup, and internal or external material flow, and inform manufacturers and users of any change. The technology is based on research conducted at Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

Ideeza's Moshe Lahmy (left), David Mermelstein, and Moran Bitton. Photo: Amit Sha'al Ideeza's Moshe Lahmy (left), David Mermelstein, and Moran Bitton. Photo: Amit Sha'al

 

 

Ideeza

 

Founded: 2017

Founders: Moran Bitton

Investors: undisclosed

Funding to date: $750,000 according to pitchbook data

 

Bnei Brak-based Ideeza wants to be for product development what Wix.com Ltd. is for website building. Ideeza offers an online product development service that allows users to design personalized IoT devices. The company employs 30 people in Bnei Brak, an ultra-orthodox suburb of Tel Aviv, and in India.

GOARC founders Hani Gur-Arie (left), Dror Barak, Haim Srur. Photo: PR GOARC founders Hani Gur-Arie (left), Dror Barak, Haim Srur. Photo: PR

 

 

GOARC

 

Founded: 2015

Founders: Dror Barak, Haim Srur

Investors: undisclosed

Funding to date: undisclosed

 

GOARC develops and markets a cloud-based workplace safety service for both employees and managers. The company’s technology collects data from various sources such as IIOT systems and enterprise systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) management software, and reports them back to operators, employees, and managers as scripts and safety guidelines.

Qsee founder Rami Refaeli. Photo: PR Qsee founder Rami Refaeli. Photo: PR

 

 

Qsee

 

Founded: 2017

Founders: Rami Refaeli

Investors: undisclosed

Funding to date: $300,000 according to startup nation central

 

Qsee develops a software-based service that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to predict product quality control in process manufacturing plants in order to prevent defects in the early stages of the manufacturing process.

Fieldbit founder Evyatar Meiron. Photo: PR Fieldbit founder Evyatar Meiron. Photo: PR

 

 

Fieldbit

 

Founded: 2014

Founders: Evyatar Meiron

Investors: Actemium, Axians, Atooro Fund, I2BF Global Ventures

Funding to date: $2.2 million, according to Pitchbook data

 

Fieldbit Inc. develops a real-time augmented reality collaboration service that connects field technicians with service centers though precise visual instructions.

Kitov founer Yossi Rubner. Photo: PR Kitov founer Yossi Rubner. Photo: PR

 

 

Kitov.ai

 

Founded: 2014

Founders: Yossi Rubner, Nir Avrahami

Investors: HAHN Automation GmbH, Global IoT Technology Ventures Inc. (GiTV)

Funding to date: $10 million, according to Pitchbook data

 

Robotics startup Kitov Systems Ltd. develops artificial intelligence-based solutions for visual inspection in industrial manufacturing. The software uses golden parts, or unblemished examples for each component, to visually train robots for inspection tasks. When a component is cosmetically incorrect in comparison to the golden part, the software can classify and log the error.

RestAR founders. Photo: PR RestAR founders. Photo: PR

 

 

RestAR

 

Founded: 2017

Founders: Bar Saraf, Shimon Vainer

Investors: undisclosed

Funding to date: $150,000 according to CrunchBase

 

Based in Tel Aviv and San Francisco, RestAR develops technology that enables users to scan and render high-quality 3D content based on physical products, using only their mobile device.

Iguazio co-founders Yaron Segev (left), Yaron Haviv, and Asaf Somekh. Photo: Yanai Yechiel Iguazio co-founders Yaron Segev (left), Yaron Haviv, and Asaf Somekh. Photo: Yanai Yechiel

 

 

lguazio

 

Founded: 2014

Founders: Yaron Segev, Yaron Haviv, Asaf Somekh

Investors: Samsung SDS Co Ltd., Pitango Venture Capital, Verizon Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), Dell Technologies Capital

Funding to date: $48 million, according to pitchbook data

 

Herzliya-based Iguazio Systems Ltd. offers data management services and artificial intelligence tools designed to improve the performance, security, and scalability of machine learning applications. The company’s Nuclio is an open-source serverless framework that enables the development of AI applications for manufacturing, healthcare, pharma, insurance, financial services, and telecommunications.

Indegy founders Mille Gandelsman (left), Ido Trivizki, and Barak Perelman. Photo: PR Indegy founders Mille Gandelsman (left), Ido Trivizki, and Barak Perelman. Photo: PR

 

Indegy

 

Founded: 2014

Founders: Barak Perelman, Ido Trivizki, and Mille Gandelsman

Investors: Liberty Technology Venture Capital, Shlomo Kramer, Centrica PLC, Magma Venture Partners, Vertex Ventures, Aspect Ventures

Funding to date: $36 million, according to Pitchbook data

 

Tel Aviv-based Indegy Ltd. provides cybersecurity technology for industrial control systems for manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, energy, and water companies.

Progressive Labs founder Yaniv Dinur. Photo: PR Progressive Labs founder Yaniv Dinur. Photo: PR

 

 

Progressive Labs

 

Founded: 2014

Founders: Yaniv Dinur, Pini Usha

Investors: undisclosed

Funding to date: $1.17 million, according to Startup Nation Central

 

Progressive Labs Ltd. develops a cloud-based supply chain optimization service. The company’s technology examines product performance in real-time and automatically sets the correct inventory levels for different stages of the supply chain.
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