Anthill Ventures, an investment and speed-scaling ecosystem for early-stage startups, today announced that 15 startups have been shortlisted for its Asian market access programme ‘A-Scale’, which was launched in March this year.

These 15 startups come from countries such as Singapore, India, Israel, and the US, and were selected from over 300 applications received from across the world. They were evaluated based on quality of technology solutions, growth potential, product readiness and scalable business model.

The selected startups are focused on building new technologies-based solutions across healthcare, smart cities, media tech, among others. The entrepreneurs have developed solutions using augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), visual effects (VFX), cloud rendering, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT) and big data.

The six-month programme aims at speed-scaling 18 startups every year by providing them with targeted mentorship on business model refinement and go-to-market strategies. Through A-Scale, the shortlisted startups will gain access to over 100 global subject matter experts, over 50 corporate partners and an opportunity to implement their smart products and solutions in the public sector via government organisations.

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The programme will help each of the selected startups to raise funding of up to US$1 million and an additional syndicated US$20 million smart capital via Anthill’s co-investors network.

The shortlisted media-tech and health-tech startups will benefit from Anthill’s existing market access programmes and speed-scaling ecosystem in India — Anthill Studio and Lumos — respectively.

This programme is supported by Enterprise Singapore. Anthill is part of the Enterprise Singapore’s ‘Startup SG Accelerator’ initiative providing mentorship and resources to support the growth of startups based here.

The 15 startups are:

Exelot  — Cloud

The Israeli Exelot is focused on resolving bottlenecks in last-mile delivery. With its cross-border platform, Exelot enables marketplaces and e-retailers to provide an affordable service to customers.

Abilisense — AI

Abilisense that offers a sophisticated way to analyse sounds in home, work, city and transport environments. Abilisense aids with life-threatening and unexpected situations based on sound analysis that use unique algorithms.

Vuulr — blockchain

Singapore-based Vuulr provides an online global content platform for the film, television and sports industry. Vuulr provides large-scale efficiencies for the global acquisition and distribution of content allowing buyers and sellers, to go from discovery to deal in days instead of months.

TrakitNow — IoT

Based in the US, TrakitNow is focusing on public health, public safety and connected vehicles. This is the first company in the world to have built a scalable solution to address the gaps in mosquito surveillance. It has created an IoT technology for smart mosquito control management to help control vector-borne disease.

KroniKare — AI

Singapore-based KroniKare leverages state-of-the-art AI and thermal imaging to automate the assessment and management of chronic wounds, thereby giving accuracy, efficiency and scalability to healthcare institutions.

Raybaby — AI

Raybaby‘s device uses radar technology to monitor vitals, breathing rate, sleeping habits and movement patterns to predict respiratory illness and heart-problem.

QuaQua  — AI, VR

India-based QuaQua offers a virtual travel platform that integrates 360-degree virtual reality content for the global travel and tourism industry. The startup translates world’s travel experiences into captivating 360 videos and AR/VR stories to provide real and immersive end-to-end travel experiences.

Grene Robotics — AI

Based in India, Grene Robotics  is a platform that helps in making workflow smarter and efficient. The startup has built an internet of everything (IOE) platform that helps in bringing people, process, data and things of an organisation into a single unified experience such that they can all communicate with each other seamlessly.

AdonMo — AI

AdonMo provides intelligent outdoor advertising solutions by mounting digital screens atop cabs and outdoor screens. Using a combination of proprietary hardware and patented software, ads can be controlled by location, time, and other factors; enabling AdOnMo to play contextual and relevant ads for their clients.

ACiiST — IoT

ACiiST converts the existing street light system into an urban internet of things (IoT) infrastructure. ACiiST’s technology makes IoT faster and up to 90 per cent cheaper. It helps in easy installation of cameras, Wi-Fi, sensors and other IoT devices.

Valor Humani — nanotech

Israel’s Valor Humani  develops plant-based natural drugs for cancer cell destruction. It uses nano-technology to produce a cancer curing product made from plant extracts that destroys Cancer Cells without causing any harm to vital organs.

Rooter — Sports fans engagement platform

Rooter is a live sports, engagement app that engages fans during live matches. This startup is the only sports technology platform in India that has managed to integrate live sports engagement with social interactions, fast live scores and data for eight sports.

HoloSuit  — AR, VR, MR

Singapore-based HoloSuit has developed HoloTainment that uses AR/VR/Mixed Reality technologies and tools to bring 10x improvement in time and cost of producing immersive, interactive and engaging content for media and entertainment industry.

SPACES — VR

US-based SPACES provides a ground-breaking service: transportation to new realities. This startup deploys cutting-edge technology and immersive, multi-player, highly sensorial experiences featuring original and globally recognised Hollywood and video game brands.

Zerone Microsystems –IoE, automation, AI

Zerone Microsystems has developed a Virtual POS machine for smartphones, based on ZPI, its patented proximity payment technology. ZPI allows payments from one smartphone to another by simply swiping the two. It does not use NFC and hence works on every smartphone on this planet, including the cheapest of phones. It also does not use sound and hence works in noisy marketplaces of developing countries.