Three well-known AR investment funds, GFR Fund, The Virtual Reality Fund and Super Ventures, have joined together to put on the first-ever Global AR Online Pitch Event, intended to uncover the best and brightest AR startups from around the world.
Open to applicants in April, the event received 241 submissions from AR startups from every corner of the world, with solutions ranging from AR in healthcare to AR displays to an AR content management system. Eight finalists were chosen to present to a global audience of more than 30 investors who are active in the AR space. The event will take place online on Tuesday, May 22, and is open to any investor interested in participating. AR investors, platform and technology providers interested in participating should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Each finalist will also present on stage on May 31 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at AWE (Augmented World Expo), the world’s #1 AR+VR conference and expo that takes place in Silicon Valley, May 30 – June 1, 2018. The eight companies chosen to pitch to investors and present at AWE are:
- ARwall is an LA-based augmented reality company. It has created the first AR display that requires no headset, goggles or smart device.
- Cortex Core, created by Binary Bubbles, Inc., is a codeless content management system that enables IP owners to maintain a strong and personal relationship with their consumers through always-on, world-aware digital AR characters.
- DeepAR is a powerful face-tracking, face FX and deep learning SDK that allows any app to integrate advanced, Snapchat-like face lenses in hours. The most advanced AR Advertising SDK on the market, Deep AR currently powers over 50 million users each month through its integration with top ad networks.
- JigSpace creates and shares interactive, 3D knowledge for anything.
- Infiniverse connects the entire world’s digital space into a single, persistent, virtual AR world. The augmented reality land registry, content distribution platform and marketplace runs on the blockchain.
- Insider Navigation (INS) is the first company that offers augmented-reality based indoor positioning and navigation for mobile devices .
- PLNAR is an Austin, TX, AR startup that optimizes the settlement of home interior property claims (flood, water, fire). PLNAR generates fully measured, detailed 3D models and material summaries of rooms using augmented reality.
- SentiAR is developing the first real-time AR software platform for interventional procedures on the HoloLens. Initially focused on catheter ablation procedures treating cardiac arrhythmia, the company aims to significantly change clinical practices.
The Global AR Online Event organizers have matched each finalist with a mentor to help with messaging and to improve their pitch deck. Mentors hail from Entering VR, Outpost Capital, 645 Ventures, Raine Ventures, XR Basefund, Scrum Ventures, The AR Show Podcast, and GFR Fund. On May 22, 2018, each company will give a 5-minute presentation, followed by a 3-minute Q&A. There will be an investor panel as well as more than 30 investors participating from around the world via online screen share.