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IgniteX Accelerator

Black & Veatch's IgniteX growth accelerator program partners with companies who share our passion for Building a World of Difference. Our annual program selects themes to partner with various companies to help solve some of the world's most complex problems. View our past program partners who we have partnered to advance engineering services around the world. 

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2020 Program: COVID-19 Solutions

Our 2020 IgniteX COVID-19 Response Accelerator program focused on working with companies who are developing solutions that would help reduce the severity of the coronavirus outbreak. View demonstrations from companies who participated in our 12-week accelerator program to further advance the development of their solutions around disinfection, environmental sensing, facilitating a safe return-to-work, health screening, and tracking/tracing. 

Technologies discussed include a multi-day persistent sanitizer for surfaces, smart UV lighting, a concentration device for pathogen detection, mobile data collection, automated site design and wearables for social distance compliance. Our 2020 partner companies included:

  • Aquisense: Desktop ultraviolet (UV) disinfection of masks
  • Motega:  Developed a multi-day persistent sanitizer for surfaces and hands.  Company has formulation specialists in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, foods and chemicals.
  • NanoGuard: Reactive gas (ozone) disinfection for food and other markets
  • Windgo: Smart UV lighting
  • University of Missouri: Biosensor for rapid pathogen detection
  • InnovaPrep: Concentration device for pathogen detection
  • Fluid Robotics: Automated sampling devices and wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE)
  • Transcend H2O: Automatic site design for the portable, quickly deployable Rapid Modular Health System (RaMHS)
  • Field2Base: Mobile data collection partner for COVOPERATE
  • Translational Pulmonary & Immunology Research Center: Health partner for return-to-X assessments
  • OneScreen: Infrared temperature scanner
  • Ubudu: Small wearable for social distance compliance and contact tracing
  • EB Systems:  Indoor/On-Site tracking, contact tracing, and real-time alerting systems
  • Energy Cloud: Air filtration system
  • MySidewalk: City intelligence platform
  • OnFrontiers: Platform for enterprise knowledge networks
  • Cykyl Systems: Pneumatic device for constant air pressure in medical and other devices
  • Avatour: 360-degree virtual telepresence
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2019 Program: CleanTech Solutions

“We have a lot to build.” That was the recurring theme at the first Black & Veatch Ignitex Demo Day. Each of the startups presented ideas for bringing about a better world through technologies aligned with Black & Veatch’s mission of Building a World of Difference through innovation in sustainable infrastructure. As the presentations unfolded, it became clear that while we do, indeed, have a lot to build, we’ve done a lot of great work so far.  Some examples of cleantech progress from the program:

  • Electriphi (now Ford Pro): Fleet electrification for cutting down carbon emissions
  • Built Robotics: Autonomous construction equipment for worker safety and faster builds
  • InfraLytiks: AI data analytics for sustainable infrastructure improvement
  • ecoSPEARS: Environmental remediation in waterways
  • Aware Vehicles: Smart drones for precision agriculture and infrastructure maintenance
  • Novonutrients: Converting CO2 emissions into protein-rich feed for aquaculture
  • Extensible Energy: Helping commercial building owners save money by going solar
  • On Frontiers: Find a vetted expert on any topic ready to jump in on a project
  • NanoGuard Technologies: Prevents waste and protects health by eradicating harmful pathogens anywhere they post a threat

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