Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator Announces Class of 2024

Mar 11, 2024

Today, we’re excited to announce the 10 startups selected for the 2024 class of the Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator run in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee Valley Authority, and University of Tennessee.

These promising, early-stage companies are focused on emerging technologies across industries including artificial intelligence, climate tech, advanced materials and manufacturing, biotech, medtech, and clean energy.

“These startups have the potential to transform the future of their industries. Knoxville leads the world in a lot of different industries including supercomputing, public power, nuclear security and safety, homebuilding, travel centers, lifestyle media, theaters, recreational watercraft building, pet products, jewelry, advanced manufacturing, cleantech, and the most visited national park in the country. What’s next? The founders of these companies have the energy and commitment to be part of the next wave of success stories in the Knoxville and Oak Ridge region.” 

Introducing the 10 companies selected for the 2024 class of the Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator:

AutoMetrics is committed to enhancing manufacturing quality by building the machine brain for industrial automation. Powered by machine learning and analytics, its Inspection 4.0 technology provides real-time monitoring for welding and other industrial operations to reduce costly defects and downtime.

Dig Robotics develops a dedicated guidance and control system for excavators. It improves efficiency by 40% by ensuring bucket fill every cycle, while reducing excavation time, energy consumption, and GHG emissions.

Flutter Care builds digital health tools to promote maternal and fetal health. The Flutter Care Pregnancy Health Companion includes an always-on real-time fetal kick counter to promote inclusive, informed, and accessible perinatal care.

Narval develops synthetic Antibody Mimetic Proteins™ (AMP) to replace conventional antibodies in novel first-in-class therapeutics and make antibody drugs accessible to everyone. They make antibodies as affordable, accessible, and easy to use as small molecule drugs.

NeuroX1 utilizes high-performance computing and machine learning to identify and treat neurodegenerative diseases that affect millions of people each year, reinvigorating the neurodegenerative pipeline.

NKA Bio develops new medicines to improve critical care. Their lead product, NKA01, is a temperature-stable antibody for trauma patients. With an injection of NKA01 by EMS, more time is available for transport and lifesaving surgery.

Orbital Arc develops novel ion thrusters using a patent-pending ionization technology that produces ions ~4x as efficiently as competing Hall Effect and gridded ion thrusters. These electric propulsion thrusters operate at higher thrust while in low-power regimes.

Perleybrook Labs seamlessly connects to existing ONVIF IP cameras or proprietary USB cameras, transforming them into intelligent mounted vision sensors. By continuously monitoring the workplace, their product Flagman can identify potential safety hazards and alert personnel in real-time, helping prevent accidents before they occur.

3D Solar is enabling the carbon zero future by engineering highly efficient, easy to manufacture, deploy-anywhere solar. Their process allows micro-solar 3D cells to be manufactured close to carbon neutral by re-using glass from discarded solar panels.

Witching Hour utilizes advanced materials to reduce faults and ignitions of power lines that can lead to catastrophic forest fires. Their technology can reduce mitigation costs by up to 97%.

The Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator runs for 13 weeks from March 11 to June 6, 2024. Companies will be working toward major milestones including signing more customers, iterating products, refining algorithms, building prototypes, and raising capital. They’ll be boosted by dozens of committed mentors from Knoxville and the global Techstars network. There is still time to sign up to be a mentor. And the founders will be assisted by 10 talented student interns from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Meet the founders at the Kickoff Event on March 18. 

Reserve your free ticket for Demo Day on June 6. 

About the Author
Brandon Bruce

Brandon Bruce is a serial entrepreneur, he has started several companies including Cirrus Insight, Uncat, and Evasive. Brandon is a co-founder of the Knoxville Technology Council and Startup Knox, and he has served on many boards including the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center and the University of Tennessee Research Park.