UK WiFi plug startup wins place at US global energy accelerator

August 01, 2017 // By Nick Flaherty
A UK startup from Leeds has won a place at a prestigious US energy technology accelerator.

WIFIPLUG has developed a WiFi enabled plug with an open API that is controlled through voice services such as using Siri, Alexa and Google. It also learns your routine to automate functions.

It is one of seven companies out of 200 selected for the Ameren Accelerator, a partnership betwteen the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators in Cortex, St Louis. Each company will receive up to $100,000 in seed funding in addition to intensive mentoring, technical assistance, facilities and networking connections from the Ameren Accelerator partners. 

WIFIPLUG is joined by Hyperion Sensors from Toronto, Canada that has developed a substation-hardened distributed fiberoptic sensor for high voltage assets allowing them to become intelligent as well as Switched Source from East Lansing, Michigan, that provides equipment that make the grid more resilient and efficient while supporting the integration of more distributed generation. There are two local St Louis companies in the scheme. SensrTrx is developing an industrial analytics application focused on using industrial data to improve uptime, performance, and reliability of manufacturing and industrial systems while /blossom is developing a tool for businesses to connect and gather data and control their resources remotely.

More than 200 companies from 31 countries and 23 states applied for the 12-week programme. The companies were selected through a series of interviews and evaluations, which culminated at a Pitch Day event where the final seven applicants were selected.