South African science and technology company, LifeQ has been selected by Nedbank as one of the top 10 global innovators that will be connected to major corporates and business leaders at The Disruption Agenda.

The event, which will be held in Johannesburg on 18 September 2018, is a partnership between Nedbank and Silicon’s Valley’s Plug and Play, the world’s largest innovation platform.

“We’re incredibly excited for the 10 startups that are going to be part of The Disruption Agenda. The most important thing for Nedbank is to get pilots and experiments underway and push straight through to commercialisation where possible,” said Head of Disruption and Innovation at Nedbank CIB, Stuart van der Veen.

 We’ve engaged with our most forward-thinking clients and they will be participating in both the deal-flow sessions and be present at the actual pitches of the startups,” continued van der Veen.

Nedbank initiated their relationship with Plug and Play two years ago as a sponsor of the global FinTech programme.

LifeQ generates, and makes available, high-value personalised health information and solutions, which would traditionally be inaccessible or only obtainable through costly, invasive and inaccessible means, at a reliability level suitable for use by individuals, businesses, and clinical providers.

“At LifeQ we saw the opportunity to leverage physiological data by bridging the gap between insights generated from limited access to expensive medical grade outputs and the easily accessible inexpensive consumable devices with their low efficacy outputs,” said COO of LifeQ, Dylan Garnett.

“I am very excited that LifeQ has been selected for Plug and Play as it will undoubtedly serve as a great platform to help identify and, along with others, address real needs that exist in South Africa and the broader African continent, thereby furthering LifeQ’s vision of improving human health and wellbeing at scale,” continued Garnett.

The 10 startups attending The Disruption Agenda are from across the globe, with half based in Silicon Valley, but their solutions are all applicable to the African continent. The startups other than LifeQ selected for The Disruption Agenda are:

  • Koniku – An organisation that builds living machines with synthetic biology. Their machines can detect fake food, design taste, detect explosives, infectious diseases, cancers and more.
  • Airware An enterprise drone analytics company that enables enterprises to harness aerial data and turn it into valuable business insights.
  • SentianceAn organisation that analyses sensor data to understand human behaviour and context so their clients can develop new products and services that turn the Internet of Things (IoT) into the Internet of You.
  • Wasteless The world’s first machine-learning solution with real-time tracking for grocery stores looking to offer customers dynamic pricing based on a product’s expiration date.
  • Trueface AIAn organisation that provides facial recognition and spoof detection solutions for clients of all sizes.
  • Aerobotics An organisation that provides farmers around the world with world-leading pest and disease management systems for tree crop protection using drone and satellite data.
  • What3WordsA universal addressing system that provides a precise and incredibly simple way to talk about location.
  • Dispel – An organisation that makes cloaking technology, rendering networked infrastructure and endpoints invisible and segmented, stopping attackers from gaining actionable knowledge usable in a cyber-attack.
  • IoT.nxt – An organisation that has developed a world-leading framework that makes efficiencies, cost savings and increased revenue from IoT a reality for businesses.

“Some of the best startups in the world, when it comes to disruption, exist right here in South Africa. LifeQ, IoT.nxt and Aerobotics are proudly South African startups that will be participants in the event,” concluded van der Veen.

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