Startups are known to be adaptive, innovative, and agile. When there’s a crisis or disruption, these up-and-coming businesses are quick with a solution, and this situation is no different.
Despite being hit hard themselves, startups are stepping up to help by offering their virtual technologies and resources for free. Among them, I’m proud to share, are several cloud startups from the Oracle for Startups community.
Here’s a running list of some of the startups who are putting their ingenuity and inspiration into action:
1. Evreka is Offering Disinfection and Cleaning with Award-Winning SaaS
Evreka is a SaaS company focused on improving waste collection and cleaning operations by providing high technology and environmentally friendly solutions. An Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award winner, Evreka digitalizes and optimizes waste collection and cleaning processes, thus reducing costs, saving time and increasing public satisfaction.
“In light of our global experience in urban cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization, and by being aware that we all have responsibilities for a livable and sustainable world, we will provide our process management and tracking in disinfection operations technology completely free of charge to all relevant institutions and organizations,” said Umutcan Duman, CEO and cofounder of Evreka. “We want to contribute with solidarity to increase and strengthen the fight against the virus.”
2. AgroScout is Extending Help to Farmers and Growers
AgroScout’s software solution enables growers and farmers to turn a low-cost commercial drone into a digital agronomist, providing pinpoint detection of disease and pests, thereby protecting crops and increasing yield. During this economic crisis, AgroScout is offering its solution at discounted rates and including free use of a drone for two weeks in the case of growers who do not already own one, so the grower can try out the system without any cost.
“In these challenging times, we don’t want to ask farmers to put their hand into their pockets unless they are 100% positive it’s going to help them out,” said Simcha Shore, CEO of AgroScout. “In addition to our discounted offerings, we are also providing online demonstrations so growers can be acquainted with the system and understand the benefits.”
The solution accurately and autonomously detects, identifies, and monitors diseases, pests, and other agronomic problems in the field. Data is uploaded to the cloud and analyzed by AgroScout’s deep learning algorithms with the goal of sending growers accurate crop stress statuses, disease, and pinpointed pest locations, accompanied by treatment recommendation, directly to their computer or mobile device.
3. w3.care is Supporting Patient Triage via a Mobile App
Brazilian startup w3.care is focused on mobile emergency care through telemedicine and artificial intelligence solutions for ambulances, rescues, and healthcare units. The startup has developed a new and free service, TeleCOVID, which helps identify potential patients and calculates their severity into low- and high-risk profiles. Low-risk profiles receive care instructions and best-practice procedures, as well as connections with medical professionals. In the case of high risk, the TeleCOVID will start the medical tele-orientation using the w3.care platform, which is HIPAA and HL7 compliant, to help better connect high-risk patients to immediate care. (No personally identifiable information is used during the process.)
“Telemedicine is critical right now and the ability to help triage via TeleCOVID is helping the general population and the many medical doctors and organizations we are working with,” said Jamil Cade, MD and CEO of w3.care. “We are helping medical professionals to tele-triage, tele-orientate, tele-monitor and use real-time data visualization to battle this pandemic.”
To access information on this free service, visit their website.
4. Kinetica is Giving Real-time, Active Analytics Helping on the Front Lines
Kinetica is providing free access to its Active Analytics Platform for researchers, data scientists, and academics trying to analyze the impact of COVID-19. Kinetica helps organizations build real-time active analytical applications that react instantly to changing conditions. The platform leverages powerful GPUs to process and visualize complex streaming, historical, and location data at scale — layering on machine learning — to deliver real-time information for insight-driven actions and results.
“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. I believe it is our duty to do all we can for the safety of our community,” said Kinetica CEO Paul Appleby. “Kinetica was founded on the idea that data can change the world. By providing our analytics platform for free we will help provide critical, real-time information to protect the most vulnerable, assist emergency responders, better care for the sick, and find a solution against this terrible virus.”
Use this form to provide a basic overview of your project, and access the platform free.
5. GridMarkets is Throwing Studios and Artists a Lifeline
GridMarkets, a cloud rendering and simulation company for studios, animation/visual effects, and other industries, is providing its service at a significant discount (and in some cases, at no cost) to studios and freelance artists in need. GridMarkets’ “COVID-19 Relief Program” (powered by Oracle’s VMs) can help studios and freelance graphic artists in many ways, including:
• Enabling studios to continue work so they can preserve their cash and business
• Providing a lifeline to the artistic community
• Bootstrapping a freelance business (if they have been laid off by their studios)
• Helping professionals refresh their artistic “reels”
• Creating helpful community VFX 3D tutorials
“Visual effects studios and freelance 3D artists, who produce the world’s visual content, are being crushed by COVID-19. Demand is down and anyone fortunate enough to have a project is now, understandably, ultra-budget sensitive,” said cofounder Mark Ross. “Our visual effects cloud-based rendering and simulation service, powered and secured by Oracle, can be up and running for a studio or freelancer in minutes with no special skills required. We have cut our prices and made grants available as a way of giving back to the artistic community in their hour of need.”
Learn more about GridMarkets’ COVID-19 Relief Program on their webpage.
6. Complete Intelligence is Helping Navigate Volatility in Markets and Supply Chains
With economies around the would essentially being put on pause, there is a new level of uncertainty in markets and supply chains. As a result, manufacturers are quickly trying to pivot and make adjustments on the fly. Complete Intelligence is offering a free report and consultation call to help businesses adjust to volatility in markets and supply chains.
“We’ve seen a big shift in how category managers and planning managers are looking at their supply chains,” said Tony Nash, CEO and founder. “With entire economies being shut down with coronavirus, companies are taking a closer look at the concentration of supply chains by region. Our AI/ML software helps companies easily visualize their supply chains, and helps them pivot quickly.”
With Complete Intelligence, businesses can easily visualize their cost data, make predictions and plans, all in the context of a global economy. The company uses more than 15 billion data points in their AI/ML tool, so planning teams can see their cost projections in the context of market influences.
Contact Tony Nash at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
7. Sauce is Keeping Storytelling Fresh — Even While Working From Home
Video is paramount to brand storytelling, but creating great, engaging content when you can’t send out video crews or get face-to-face is a problem.
Sauce’s platform allows businesses to keep engaging with their audience, by transforming every organization’s community into a video creation team. The London-based startup enables video creation leveraging smartphone cameras, so anyone can become part of the film crew. The result is authentic user-generated content.
With features for editing, subtitling, and music — the platform is collaborative, fast, and robust.
“We’ve received an uptick in organizations needing advice and direction around video creation,” said Sauce cofounder Priya Shah. “We want to meet their needs with advice and technology resources so they can keep their video content and storytelling fresh and constant — even while we are all working from home.”
Contact Priya at email@example.com for advice on capturing great video, even when your whole team is at home.
8. BotSupply’s Chatbots Are Triaging Customer Service Calls
BotSupply is a conversational AI company that helps organizations create engaging and relevant customer experiences using their bot platform. Today, the cutting-edge startup is providing its AI platform for free to public and non-profit healthcare organizations so they can do what they do best: save lives.
Triage and response teams across industries are being overloaded with customer calls. As call volume increases, so do wait times. Chatbots help these organizations provide information in a timely manner, automating the most repetitive queries and routing only the most critical ones to human agents.
“The beauty of chatbots is that they are so flexible and easy to implement that you can respond to any crisis in a matter of hours, not weeks. This is something other communication tools simply can’t do,” said BotSupply cofounder Francesco Stasi. “We are happy to offer these resources free while many are in need.”
To get started, contact Francesco at firstname.lastname@example.org
9. TravelTime is Providing Mapping Services for Governments, Healthcare, and Startups
TravelTime’s platform processes maps and data from across the globe and delivers optimized travel time mapping, so you know what’s reachable in minutes, not miles.
Today, TravelTime is offering its data and mapping services to governments, charities, health services, and NGOs for free. The startup is also covering mapping and data costs for other startups and small businesses.
“Although the current situation is disrupting our personal lives, our technology remains as solid and stable as always and so it is business as (un)usual for us,” said TravelTime cofounder Charlie Davies. “There is no time limit on this, there is no contract, there is no assumption for future use. We want to repurpose our data and services to help. Lots of people have helped us along our way, now it’s our turn to try and do the same for others.”
Any government, charity, health service, or NGO that is actively helping to address the crisis can get unlimited free access to data to help them plan their responses, including:
• Arranging visits to vulnerable patients
• Mapping the right locations for testing centers
• Communicating to the public which test centers are right for them
Small businesses and startups can also take advantage of these services. Access the request form here.
10. Jobecam is Keeping HR Recruiting at Pace with a Virtual-AI Platform
Brazilian-based Jobecam is offering free access to its virtual recruitment platform so human resource teams can continue recruiting. Jobecam is a 100% digital recruiting experience that brings agility, accessibility, and diversity through AI-driven video technology. A pioneer in video blind interviews, Jobecam’s solution improves the recruiting experience and makes it virtual in a time when face-to-face meetings aren’t possible.
“In this moment of uncertainty and social isolation, we all need to come together and help,” said Jobecam COO Thereza Bukow. “By making our solution free, we enable businesses to be more agile in their recruitment process and deliver a better experience that is secure and modern.”
Jobecam’s solution offers:
• Registration of unlimited job posts
• Automatic screening of candidates
• Recorded video interviews
• AI-based intelligent rankings
• Live interview room, cultural matching, and video curriculum
Contact Jobecam by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. Holler Live is Offering Real-time Employee Feedback That’s Simple and Meaningful
Dutch startup Holler Live is offering their real-time feedback solution free to human resource managers, so employees can provide their opinions and feedback on various topics, including how they are adapting during this time.
“Employees across the world are working from home — many for the first time. Holler provides an easy way for employees to voice their opinions and feedback — allowing human resource managers to better understand how staff are handling the changes and challenges of remote working during this difficult time,” said CEO Rado Raykov.
With one swipe, Holler Live allows people to express their opinion in an easy and universally understandable way. Holler Live partners get specific and user-permissioned alerts, permitting them to promptly respond in real-time to the opinions of their target audience, whether it’s employees, customers, or other stakeholders.
12. aiconix is Keeping Media Rolling with AI-powered Content Tools
German startup aiconix is offering its multilingual transcription and subtitling solutions for free and discounted rates. An AI-powered media and content creation platform, the technology enables media and entertainment professionals to produce better content more efficiently by automating routine workflows and creating new content from large amounts of unstructured audio-visual data.
“In these days, where everybody communicates online, it should be essential to reach also those who need barrier-free access, and provide searchability in audio and video files,” said CEO and cofounder Eugen L. Gross. “We want to provide our live transcription and live subtitling feature for free for the next three months to those who need it like hospitals, authorities and NGOs.”
From press conferences to media content, aiconix’s transcription and subtitle services can plug into any data stream in multiple languages allowing organizations to quickly repurpose and disseminate valuable content. The platform enables automated subtitling of videos, semantic text analysis, transcription of audio, automated recognition of faces and local celebrities, label detection, and much more.
Contact aiconix to access your discount and get started: Live@aiconix.ai or contact form.
Startups are also reducing operating costs by taking advantage of free and discounted cloud with Oracle for Startups. Learn more and join them at oracle.com/startup.
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