Venture Capital

We participate in Pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A investment rounds for sensors and MEMS companies, principally working in the emerging automotive, medical, robotics, drones, and IoT application areas.

Investment Criteria

We seek early-stage teams with the work ethic, creativity, and passion to drive innovative ideas, and we partner with founders who are motivated, disciplined, and trustworthy. We also offer mentorship and extensive connections throughout the sensors, MEMS, and microtechnology technology and applications segments to accelerate growth.

Portfolio Companies

Blink AI Technologies is an AI imaging company that utilizes machine learning to enhance sensor performance, extending the range of what cameras can see and detect in the real world. Building upon proprietary deep learning techniques researched by our team at Harvard and MIT originally for low signal-to-noise biomedical imaging applications, we have developed robust low-light video inference deployed on efficient low-power devices for automotive and other camera-embedded systems. With this enhanced video, we furthermore demonstrate dramatic improvements in object detection and classification in noisy and poor lighting conditions.

Consumer Physics has developed SCiO, an advanced optical spectrometer that allows users to identify the chemical makeup of anything around them. It works by shining light on an object and processing the reflected light's spectrum to obtain information about the properties of the sample. SCiO is "Google for matter", enabling the development of mobile applications that allow consumers to analyze the physical world using their smart phones. Customers include Cargill, Dupont Pioneer, CHR Hansen, Olam, and USB. Co-investors in the company include Khosla Ventures, Spruce Capital, Analog Devices, and Sound Ventures.

Hailo is developing a breakthrough chip, custom-built for the neural networks of the future. Hailo’s chip design is more power efficient (by several orders of magnitude from its parallels in the data centers), affordable, and compatible with a very large variety of verticals in need for edge device processing. Co-investors in the company include Next Gear Ventures, Delek Motors, and Maniv Mobility.

Powered by new types of vision sensors and AI, the perception systems developed by Kelzal produce 1000 times less image data, hyper-fast frame rate and wider dynamic range than conventional cameras. Kelzal is enabling the next generation of autonomous vehicles, retail automation and security to become a reality. Co-investors in the company include Motus Ventures.

MemryX comes from the work of Wei Lu, a professor in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, whose research also launched another U of M startup, Crossbar. Lu and his team have developed an in-memory computing system built to significantly outperform today’s CPU/GPU computing architecture for data-intensive tasks.

MEMS Journal is the largest MEMS publication worldwide, covering the most notable MEMS news and developments to ensure that their subscribers explore and take advantage of the latest business development, commercialization, and partnership opportunities. MEMS Journal was founded in 2003, currently has 34,800+ subscribers worldwide, and attracts top-level executives, engineers, and researchers who are active participants in the MEMS, sensors, and microtech community.

Mentium's architecture is based on non-volatile memory devices used to carry out analog in-memory computation, eliminating the memory transfer bottleneck and exploiting the inherent efficiency of analog computation. Analog computing is an old concept abandoned a long time ago due to its troubles dealing with variations and noise, leading to low precision computation. Mentium solved these challenges and their technology showed incredible resilience to temperature and device variations: they are able to deliver extremely fast and efficient AI computation. Co-investors in the company include Silicon Catalyst Angels.

OnScale is the emerging leader in on-demand scalable engineering simulation software, empowering engineers to accelerate innovation across multiple industries, including next-generation technologies such as MEMS IoT, 5G, biomedicine, and autonomous vehicles. OnScale combines powerful multiphysics solver technology used and validated by Fortune 50 companies for over 30 years, with the limitless speed and flexibility of cloud High Performance Computing (HPC). Co-investors in the company include Intel Capital and Gradient Ventures (Google's early stage venture fund focused on AI technologies).

Propel(x) is an online investment platform that works with investors to source, evaluate, and fund pioneering "deep" science and technology startups. The company is active in sensors, materials, and microtechnology segments. Co-investors in the company include Franklin Templeton, FreeS Venture Capital, Sky Saga Capital, ZhenFund, and MIT Alumni Angels of Northern California.

Sight Diagnostics is leveraging machine vision to bring affordable, scalable, and accurate blood analysis to the point of care from a finger prick. The company has introduced OLO, the first-ever 5-differential point-of-care (POC) Complete Blood Count (CBC) analyzer, which promises to bring immediate, lab-quality results into the physician's office. Co-investors in the company include Go Capital, Haisco, and Innovation Endeavors.

Siren has developed a novel way to embed electronics directly inside fabrics to create smart textiles that are flexible, washable, seamless, and which can be produced on standard weaving machines. The company's first product is a real-time injury detecting sock to help diabetics prevent amputations. Co-investors in the company include Khosla Ventures, DCM, and Anathem Ventures.