We chose companies to present based on their responses across two rounds of interviews/ questions posed by CB Insights about the company's market traction, product availability & originality, founder expertise, revenue, as well as recency and size of funding received. Companies are all privately held. There was no cost to apply, nominate, or be chosen to present at Demo Day.
PROCESS & ELIGIBILITY
CB Insights’ first-ever Demo Day showcases 40 of the most ground-breaking early-stage startups from eight countries and 13 states. From a pool of more than 2,000 applicants, we chose these companies to present their ideas and products to an audience of 300 as the kick-off to the A-ha! conference on December 12, 2017 in San Francisco.
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2017 CATEGORY WINNERS
The judges favorite in the AI category was London-based Phrasee. Phrasee uses artificial intelligence to generate marketing language that out-performs humans. The company uses advanced language technologies to quantify, generate and optimize email subject lines, and other language types, that increase opens, clicks and conversions.
Each company presentation was evaluated by our panel of judges. Their scoring criteria included target market, the problem addressed by the product/ company, originality of solution to this problem, company traction, and company scalability. Judges scores and critiques were then tallied to determine Demo Day 2017's "Most Innovative" in each category.
The winner in our Discovery category was Japanese cybersecurity company, Trillium. Trillium is an Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity venture focused on protecting mission critical automotive and IoT networks from malicious cyber attack including intrusive manipulation and passive monitoring or eavesdropping.
India-based Vymo was our judges favorite in the Fintech category. Vymo is a predictive sales analytics company that helps organizations improve their sales performance by converting manual operations into rule-based algorithms
NemaMetrix, a biotech company based in Oregon was the winner in our Health category. NemaMetrix is a biotechnology company which aims to enable scientists and researchers around the world to better study and understand human diseases by offering a more affordable and rapid system that supplements the traditional mouse-model. The ScreenChip System, a phenomics platform utilizing the nematode worm, C. elegans as a model organism provides direct quantifiable insights into the neurophysiology of a whole organism in real time.
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