Forethought has emerged the winner of this year’s startup battlefield Disrupt SF 2018 that is organised by TechCrunch.
Forethought finished ahead of its four main competitors – CB Therapeutics, Forethought, Mira, Origami Labs and Unbound – who had made it to the final round.
These startups made their way to the finale to demo in front of the final panel of judges, which included: Cyan Banister (Founders Fund), Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital), Jeff Clavier (Uncork Capital), Kirsten Green (Forerunner Ventures), Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures) and Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch).
Here is a closer look at the five finalists who pitched on the demo day.
Forethought who emerged winner and walked away with $100,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup, has a modern vision for enterprise search that uses AI to surface the content that matters most in the context of work. Its first use case involves customer service, but it has a broader ambition to work across the enterprise.
Unbound emerged first runner up. The startup makes fashion-forward vibrators, and their latest is the Palma. The new device masquerades as a ring, offers multiple speeds, and is completely waterproof. And the team plans to add accelerometer features.
CB Therapeutics is a new biotech company that aims to change the game with cannabinoids produced cleanly and cheaply in the lab, out of sugar.
Mira is a new device that aims to help women who are struggling to conceive. The Mira Fertility system offers personalized cycle prediction by measuring fertility hormone concentrations in urine samples, telling women which days they’re fertile.
Origami Labs has created its flagship product – ORII, the world’s first smart ring that uses voice assistant technology to let wearers sending messages and make phone calls in a discreet and stylish way.