Each year, MOHAI partners with GeekWire to present the Seattle 10—a collection of history-making local start-up companies. These ground-breaking businesses reproduce their ideas on giant cocktail napkins, which are displayed in a pop-up exhibit at the museum. See the exciting work being done by these innovative companies, as well as how they are impacting both Seattle and the world.
Each member of the Seattle 10 Class of 2017 has creatively reproduced their business plan on the back of a giant cocktail napkin. Visit the Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium to view the Seattle 10 Class of 2017 pop-up display through January 28, 2018.
Seattle and Puget Sound companies are pushing the boundaries of innovation and inspiring the future. Visit the Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium to view the Seattle 10 Class of 2017 pop-up display.
Innovation doesn’t just happen in a lab, in an office building, or in front of a computer—it’s all around us, especially in a place like Seattle. For the fifth year in a row, in partnership with GeekWire, MOHAI has conducted a search for the Seattle 10—the ten most promising and innovative startup companies in the region. These young companies range in focus from artificial intelligence to football helmets to healthcare management and draw on revolutionary technologies that aspire to change the world.
Say hello to the brightest startups in 2017
Leveraging artificial intelligence to create genuine interactions
Amplero’s artificial intelligence marketing platform leverages machine learning to optimize customer interactions. Their proprietary system allows companies to quickly test and analyze thousands of scenarios, so they can automatically deliver the correct message or experience to maximize customer lifetime value and loyalty.
Making housing accessible and affordable for everyone
Blokable creates sleek and environmentally-friendly modular housing units for community-based developers who desire an optimally functional, turn-key unit. The company’s 260-square-foot MicroBlok modular units, which include full bathrooms and kitchenettes, focus on affordable and workforce housing developments, student housing, and senior living.
Helping applicants successfully navigate the legal immigration process
Boundless empowers families to navigate the immigration system more confidently, rapidly, and affordably. The startup collects information from applicants and uses technology to fill out forms, offer advice, and provide support along the way. Once the application packet is complete, Boundless reviews the paperwork, helps the customer submit it, and provides interview preparation, educational materials, and reminders for deadlines.
Bringing the feeling of touch to virtual reality
HaptX helps make virtual experiences indistinguishable from real life. The startup has developed a “haptic textile” that works with virtual reality hardware to give users the sensation of touch as they experience virtual reality. The “haptic textile” simulates lifelike touch, allowing users to feel the texture, shape, motion, vibration, and temperature of virtual objects.
Transforming IT into a business accelerator
Heptio provides training, support, and services to speed integration of Kubernetes, one of the key building blocks in helping developers simplify how they deploy software. Heptio helps scale Kubernetes for developers and operators, reducing the cost and complexity of running these systems in production environments.
Giving home buyers a boost
Loftium helps home buyers get over the down payment hurdle. The company pays part of the down payment for home buyers willing to rent out a spare bedroom in their new house on Airbnb and split the profits, allowing home buyers to overcome high down payment costs and purchase the house of their dreams.
Revolutionizing the way food crops are grown
Phytelligence uses a proprietary growing process to ensure plants are healthier, virus-free, and genetically confirmed before they ship to growers. The startup’s unique culture process grows trees in a custom gel blend rather than traditional soil — a method that provides all necessary nutrients without the need for water. Each variety and type of plant receives its own custom gel formulation, ensuring that it’s ready to take off as soon as it’s planted.
Building a safer football helmet
Vicis engineers cutting-edge football helmets designed to mitigate the forces thought to cause concussions. Unlike traditional helmets, the outer shell is deformable and yields much like a car bumper upon impact, helping young athletes avoid concussions and play safer.
Making car repair hassle free
Wrench matches certified car repair experts with those in need of a fix. Customers book services online and Wrench sends a certified mechanic to their preferred location to perform the repair. The startup’s services cover almost anything that a shop or dealership would provide, offering everything from oil changes, tune ups, to brake jobs.
Improving the connection between physicians and patients
Xealth is a cloud-based platform that allows doctors to send digital treatments like instructional videos to patients. Their platform lets hospitals take advantage of materials from digital vendors and integrates with existing tools like electronic medical records. Patients can then actively manage their health by accessing these digital tools from their provider’s portal.