Genius NY Finalist LogoFor the fifth consecutive year, Skild has partnered with GENIUS NY, the world’s largest accelerator program for unmanned systems, IoT, and big data. The program is funded by Empire State Development and administered at CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden incubator in Syracuse, New York. Five finalists are selected for the year-long program and receive $3M in funding.

On August 17, GENIUS NY announced the five finalist companies selected for its fifth round. These startup unmanned systems and robotics industry companies will participate in the year-long program and will compete for a total of $3 million in direct investment, with one grand prize of up to $1 million and four $500,000 awards. 

The companies were selected from a pool of more than 600 submissions. Finalists include teams with international and New York state representation. 

The five selected finalists are:

Airial Robotics (Hamburg, Germany): Airial Robotics develops commercial UAVs for surveillance, logistics, and agriculture modeled after gyrocopter/helicopter hybrids that are challenging industry performance limits for safety, payload, range, and speed.

Airtonomy (Grand Forks, North Dakota): Airtonomy's push-button software automates uniform collection, packaging, and analysis of data acquired by autonomous vehicles and sensors, specifically targeting critical energy infrastructure. 

CarScanner (Krakow, Poland): CarScanner develops a used car inspection robot that autonomously navigates around a car and automatically detects scratches, dents, repainted body surfaces, and other damages with structured light, thermography, and machine-learning algorithms.

Circle Optics (Rochester, New York): Circle Optics develops high-resolution, wide field-of-view imaging systems that enable real-time capture without the time and expense of post-processing required by other multi-camera systems. Paired to a UAS, this technology can enable immersive telepresence, better autonomy, and a platform to run edge applications such as self-localization, object recognition/tracking, and volumetric data capture.

WindShape (Geneva, Switzerland): WindShape develops indoor weather simulation technology to test and certify drones under controllable and repeatable flight conditions to enable autonomous and scalable drone applications.

This month, those five companies will move into The Tech Garden, in downtown Syracuse, and will begin to refine work on their business cases, which they will present at the Pitch Finals event held Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

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