Year after year, one of the most popular — and exciting — parts of the Smart Kitchen Summit (SKS) is the Startup Showcase. Not only do you get to watch as startup founders with an idea for the next great kitchen appliance, AI-driven personalization app or food robot get on stage at Benaroya Hall and tell us how they will change the way we cook and eat forever, but you get to follow that up by seeing, touching and tasting all the products at our Showcase happy hour.
This year we had an amazing pool of applicants, but have finally whittled the list down to 13 startups which we think show some serious potential. Learn about the diverse set of finalists, then snag your tickets to SKS to see live demos of their technology on the show floor.
Startup Showcase Finalists
Kabaq partners with restaurants and food brands to create immersive experiences for their customers. Using AR, VR, and mixed reality, the startup creates 3D visualizations of food so people can visualize exactly what their next meal (or wedding cake) will look like.
Suggestic combines AI, AR and personalized nutrition to help people eat better. Users can input health goals and Suggestic’s app will create weekly meal plans, suggest restaurants, and give fitness tips. They’re currently working on an AR feature which will let users “read” restaurant menus to determine which items are on their diet plan — and which aren’t.
Croatian startup Dizzconcept designs pop-up kitchens designed to fit into our urbanized world. Their portable kitchens take up 1.6 square meters of space and function as a TV cabinet when closed. However, they open up to reveal a fully operational mini-kitchen, including a sink, fridge, and stove.
Dexai Robotics makes a robotic arm for foodservice. Named ‘Alfred,’ the robot can learn restaurant layouts and recipes and rotate hand attachments for different ingredients. It also integrates with restaurants’ POS systems so that it can start preparing food as soon as an order comes in.
Have you ever experienced the crushing disappointment of finding that your delivery fries have gotten soggy in transit? As its name implies, Soggy Food Sucks is out to fix that nagging problem plaguing food delivery. They make a patented peel-and-stick patch which absorbs condensation and can keep your food from getting soggy during transit.
Mimesis is the maker of smartcook, a connected all-in-one kitchen appliance that aims to streamline home cooking. Their smart surface acts as a visual interface with interactive recipes, video cooking lessons, and online grocery ordering, and also functions as a stove, cutting board, and kitchen scale.
Pizzametry’s concept is pretty darn simple: pizza vending machines. They can make and cook 8-inch pizzas (in cheese or pepperoni) in three and a half minutes.
MyFavorEats uses AI to create modular, easily customizable online recipes. The startup translates online recipes into a machine-readable format, so users can easily swap ingredients and personalize meals to their particular diets, preferences, and kitchen appliances.
Hot Bot is a two-part system which combines an in-store induction heating unit with special drink bottles. The result? Grab-and-go hot beverages and soups available in restaurants, grocery stores, office canteens, and more — all in roughly a minute.
Mojoe is a portable coffee brewer/travel mug that lets users brew coffee on the go. Pop in some ground coffee or tea (you can buy a Mojoe pod or custom-fill your own) into the brewer, add any temperature water, and brew. The device can be powered by wall socket, car charger, or a rechargeable battery, and fits in a standard cupholder.
Klove Chef is a white label voice technology service for the kitchen. Their technology can guide users through recipe preparation, sync up with smart home devices to monitor cook temperature and time, and can also order groceries.
The Mockmill 100 is a tabletop stone mill for home/restaurant/bakery production of bakery-quality flours, also for milling of spices, pulses,and other dry foods.
Garbi is a smart trash can that recognizes items you throw away and reorders them for you from local e-commerce retailers. They’re also working on a recycling functionality that would let Garbi’s garbage cans indicate to users whether items should go in the trash, recycling, or compost.