Breed Reply launches new investor search for great IoT startups

IoT incubator Breed Reply has launched a new search for early-stage IoT businesses that have the potential to benefit from funding, advice, and support.

This is the seventh time that the company has run its Best in Breed talent-search programme.

Last year, one-third of Breed Reply’s 18-strong portfolio raised a total of more than $ 50 million in Series A funding from investors.

Funding for growth

Breed Reply funds and supports the development of early-stage companies in the Internet of Things, in Europe and the USA. Based in London, with offices in Germany and Italy, the incubator’s aim is to support talent by bringing new ideas to market swiftly.

Its grant programme provides early-stage funding and supports startups with active operational involvement – managerial and technological expertise, as well as go-to market support through its Reply network.

It focuses on investing in IOT applications for: health; fitness and wellness; smart buildings and cities; security; industrial IoT; big data; platforms; and drones.

Success stories

Many of the companies in Breed Reply’s portfolio were discovered through previous Best in Breed talent searches, including:

Canard Drones (Spain)
Inova Design (health & wellness, UK)
Cocoon (smart homes, UK)
Kokoon (wellness, UK)
Connecterra (agritech, Netherlands)
RazorSecure (cybersecurity, UK)
enModus (smart buildings, UK)
Senseye (industrial IoT, UK)
Gymcraft (wellness, Spain)
Sentryo (industrial security, France)
Iotic Labs (IoT platform, UK)
Wearable Technologies (industrial health & safety, UK)

The route to success

Emanuele Angelidis, chief executive of Breed Reply, told Internet of Business that the most important thing in a good disruptive startup is its people. “You can have fantastic ideas, but if the team can’t execute them correctly then they will fail. Good management can overcome lots of other problems. It is not always the very best ideas that succeed.”

He said the three most common characteristics in successful IoT startups are:-

  • Excellent people
  • technology that solves a market problem
  • a sustainable, scalable business model.

“If you look at all the businesses we invest in, they are fixing an issue,” he said. “For example, Senseye helps manufacturers prevent machine downtime through predictive analysis. FoodMarble has produced a device that can help people with digestive problems, and Connecterra has developed a wearable device for cows that not only improves the productivity of the herd, but also delivers benefits across the whole farming ecosystem.

“These are age-old problems that are found across the globe. The emergence of IoT is creating effective solutions to some of them, and new business models. So the opportunities for this technology are evident. But whatever the solution, the technology needs to be sustainable and scalable.

“By that, we mean it has a long-term use, and it’s good enough to survive the inevitable arrival of competition – and can be replicated for different territories. Start-ups that tick all of these boxes will do well in Best in Breed.”

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Google and Twitter told Congress they do not believe Russian trolls interfered in last year’s elections in Virginia and New Jersey. Facebook didn’t reply.

The companies’ comments came in response to another round of questions from Congress.

Google and Twitter told the U.S. Congress on Thursday that they did not spot any attempts by Russian agents to spread disinformation on their sites when voters headed to the polls in Virginia and New Jersey last year.

Facebook, on the other hand, sidestepped the matter entirely.

The admissions — published Thursday — came in response to another round of questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee, which grilled all three tech giants at a hearing last year to probe the extent to which Russian-aligned trolls sowed social and political unrest during the 2016 presidential race.

Specifically, Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris asked the companies if they had “seen any evidence of state-sponsored information operations associated with American elections in 2017, including the gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey.”

In response, Twitter said it is “not aware of any specific state-sponsored attempts to interfere in any American elections in 2017, including the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial elections.”

Google, meanwhile, said similarly it had “not specifically detected any abuse of our platforms in connection with the 2017 state elections.”

Facebook, however, answered the question — without actually answering it.

“We have learned from the 2016 election cycle and from elections worldwide this last year,” the company began in its short reply. “We have incorporated that learning into our automated systems and human review and have greatly improved in preparation for the upcoming elections. We hope to continue learning and improving through increased industry cooperation and dialogue with law enforcement moving forward.”

A spokesman for Facebook did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Thursday.

The companies’ replies to Congress — dated earlier this month — may offer only limited consolation to lawmakers who are worried that the tech industry is unprepared for an even larger election in November 2018. That’s why lawmakers like Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, who sits on the Intelligence Committee, have sought to regulate the political ads that appear on major social media sites.

During the 2016 election, Facebook said that more than 126 million U.S. users had seen some form of Russian propaganda over the course of the 2016 election, including ads purchased by trolls tied to the Kremlin as well as organic posts, like photos and status updates, that appeared in their feeds. Similar content appeared on Instagram, affecting an additional 20 million U.S. users.

Google, meanwhile, previously informed Congress that it had discovered that Russian agents spent about $ 4,700 on ads and launched 18 channels on YouTube, posting more than 1,100 videos that had been viewed about 309,000 times.

And Twitter told lawmakers at first that it found 2,752 accounts tied to the Russia-aligned Internet Research Agency. Last week, however, the company updated that estimate, noting that Russian trolls had more than 3,000 accounts — while Russian-based bots talking about election-related issues numbered more than 50,000.

Facebook, Twitter and Google each has promised improvements in the wake of the 2016 president election. All three tech companies have committed to building new dashboards that will show information about who buys some campaign advertisements, for example. Facebook also pledged to hire 1,000 more content moderators to review ads.

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