Our Vanguard Startups

These startups are in the vanguard of companies leading the way in new developments and ideas in clean technology for sustainable, smarter cities. ProspectSV is proud to contribute to their success. Our startups have raised close to $200M in follow-on funding and created hundreds of jobs. Applications for the Vanguard program are accepted on a continuous basis. Benefits include:

  • Customized commercialization support
  • Assignment of subject matter expert from ProspectSV to work directly with you to develop and implement an action plan tailored to your needs
  • Assistance with pilots and demonstrations of your product
  • Introductions to members of the ProspectSV ecosystem, including investors, corporate strategic partners, cities, public agencies and other resources
  • Free admission to all ProspectSV events, including the annual symposium
  • Consideration for inclusion in grant-funded projects or grant proposals led by ProspectSV
  • Visibility on the ProspectSV website
  • Poster in our Technology Demonstration Center

Questions about the benefits of the Vanguard program? Email us at info@prospectsv.org.

ProspectSV Vanguards

Adara Power (formerly JuiceBox Energy) is a Silicon Valley based company that develops advanced energy storage and management systems to meet the growing demand for renewable energy storage. The company delivers innovative clean technologies to its customers in order to reduce both energy costs and CO2 emissions and accelerates the transition to a resilient and reliable grid.


Arini Geographics is a geographic information systems company developing and implementing award-winning enterprise Geocentric Management Systems. Through highly integrated immersive situational awareness, we create decision-making support systems that increase our clients’ operational effectiveness. Our expertise spans all tiers of integrated location-based intelligence, including high-quality data collection, data transformation and processing, geospatial analytics and pattern validation, integration with business-specific applications, web and mobile application development, and high-performance systems architecture. We proudly serve a wide variety of industries such as energy, transportation, pipeline and electric utilities, local government, public safety, sustainable development, urban design, and heritage preservation.


AutoGrid organizes the world’s energy data using Internet scale, secure cloud-computing to process the petabytes of information produced from an increasingly networked and automated grid. AutoGrid employs Big Data analytics to generate real-time predictions and implement programs for electricity generators, providers, grid operators, and their customers to optimize utilization of assets across the grid and manage costs through a comprehensive Energy Data Platform (EDP) Apps built upon EDP are powered by forecasting and optimization engines and manage functions such as:

End-to-end Demand Response with our Demand Response Optimization & Management System (DROMS)
Residential Demand Response capabilities incorporated into Schneider Electric’s Wiser product
Peak Charge Management for facilities with Energy Cost Optimizer (ECO), an app co-developed with NTT DATA
Revenue Assurance (more information available upon request)


Imagine a scenario where you are standing in front of your EV in the morning, ready to go to work. But you realize that you forgot to plug in the vehicle the night before. At this point this expensive car is simply a block of steel for you. You are going to have to call a cab to get to work. Imagine the same scenario but this time with ConnectMyEV’s automated charger installed in your garage. This charger would have connected your car to the power supply last night as you were walking away from the car. ConnectMyEV has developed a conductive hands-free charging solution for EVs and PHEVs which seamlessly connects the vehicle to the power supply while the driver walks away, no different than parking a gasoline car.

ConnectMyEV’s solution is a conductive approach and produces no magnetic field, adheres to traditional electrical safety protocols, offers near 100% efficiency and wide (40cm x 40cm) parking tolerance. Moreover, it’s the only hands free technology for high powered EVs and DC fast charging. ConnectMyEV’s partnership with ProspectSV allows ConnectMyEV to access to public infrastructure, working space as well as it provides relationships with potential customers, market entry opportunities in Silicon Valley, collaboration and integration with other emerging technologies, public and private capital sources. ConnectMyEV is also known by its former name, Green Dot.


DD DANNAR is an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of a mobile, off-road energy platform for the U.S. governmental market. The DANNAR Mobile Power Station® (MPS) is a revolutionary, multi-purpose vehicle, the first in a “new” class of electric work machines for governmental fleets. The MPS provides powerful versatility to work year round in all areas of infrastructure maintenance, rapid response to emergency situations, and supplemental off-grid power when needed.


Duet is a transportation logistics startup based in the Bay Area. We develop technologies and innovate new service models to make ride service more convenient and affordable so everyone can use it and enjoy it. Our ultimate goal is to provide a compelling alternative mobility solution to driving so that we can get around easily and freely without owning a car, and hence to improve our quality of life and minimize the number of cars on the road as well as their impact on traffic and environment.


Our Patented EASCOR technology embraces hybrid lighting with a holistic approach, providing blended, balanced daylight and daylight spectrum light, harvested by our “Daylight Arrays TM”, through a variety of aesthetically pleasing proprietary light fixtures. We have merged the best of diverse technologies together with smart systems integration. The result is scalable, cost-effective commercialization, not typically accomplished by any one technology alone. Our autonomous Lighting Energy Ecosystem is ideally suited for commercial, industrial and institutional interior spaces, including commercial office, retail, government and educational facilities. We also provide renewable lighting energy solutions for a variety of specialized Street Lighting, Algae, Biofuel and Horticulture applications. Several studies have shown that natural lighting offers a multitude of benefits when delivered indoors, including increased productivity and reduced stress level for building occupants. Accelerating population shifts toward urbanization and the consequential increasing demand for electricity in cities around the world are driving the necessity of a universal quest for energy conservation. EASCOR is developing a production capacity blueprint and a regulatory compliance initiative to serve the needs of the national and international marketplace. EASCOR technology targets to reduce 90% of all lighting cost, in new construction buildings and parking lots, including retrofits, by replacing current conventional lighting, with our Solar Hybrid Lighting system, utilizing the complete suite of EASCOR components. Other advantages for our hybrid lighting technology include:

An immediate 70% savings by simply replacing current lights with our super-efficient/smart LED luminaries; One third the time for installation/material and cost, compared to traditional lighting systems in new construction, and no need for an emergency back-up generators; Greatly lowered ongoing maintenance costs due to the quality of our Solar/LED lighting fixtures; EASCOR lighting fixtures are connected via DC low voltage Ethernet cables (a new technology developed by EASCOR); All the benefits of natural daylight when our “Daylight Arrays TM” are deployed.


electriphi, Inc. provides an EV fleet and energy management solution that saves money, increases reliability and helps manage the transition from conventional to electric vehicles.


ELIX provides a true wireless charging technology that is safe, robust, efficient, scalable, modular, and cost effective. ELIX’s patented charging technology can transfer power wirelessly across air, water, metal, and even human tissue. The ELIX Magneto-Dynamic Coupling (MDC) technology uses the interaction between magnetic fields to create a “remote magnetic gear” system. The ELIX Transmitter generates a primary magnetic field which causes the receiver magnet to move. The active receiver magnet generates a secondary magnetic field that induces current in a nearby coil. ELIX is safe even in hazardous environments as the entire system can be IP sealed and does not rely on electrical contact between the self-contained units. ELIX MDC provides safe, low-frequency, wireless power at multiple power levels — from μW to hundreds of kW. ELIX has recently developed its model E8K, 7.7KW charger that has already shipped to beta customers.


Geli provides software and business solutions to design, connect, and operate energy storage and microgrid systems. Geli’s suite of products creates an ecosystem where project developers, OEMs, financiers, and project operators can deploy advanced energy projects using a seamless hardware-agnostic software platform. Geli ESyst is an online design tool for the analysis and design of energy storage and microgrids. Geli EOS, short for Energy Operating System, is a software platform that allows for advanced functionality of any OEM equipment via Geli Energy Apps & Geli Energy Drivers. Geli GENI, which stands for Global Energy Network Interface, is the portal through which systems are monitored for performance and can be aggregated for virtual power-plant services.


Keewi Solutions Inc. creates products that track the energy usage of commercial buildings and tailors consumption to their demand through their mobile device and web browser. Individual users are incentivized to lower their own consumption through Keewi’s mobile application, which engages the user and promotes energy-efficiency.


LYT is a connected vehicle platform for traffic management. Using telemetry data collected from buses, LYT can coordinate intersections so public transit spends less time at red lights and more time moving people.


Glide is Mogol’s route aware fuel economy system. Instead of changing the mechanics of a vehicle, Glide changes how it is driven. Knowing the route the vehicle is going to drive, Glide predictively adjusts the vehicle acceleration and speed for better fuel economy. It uses multiple data sources to strategically determine the best way to drive. Glide may be integrated into a vehicle’s adaptive cruise control and navigation with a software update – no mechanical changes required.


Nelumbo develops and deploys advanced materials to solve energy problems. Nelumbo’s coating products OmniphobeTM and Ice-NeinTM improve energy efficiency and reduce equipment downtime for commercial Air Conditioning and Refrigeration equipment, providing savings to sectors including supermarkets, data centers, and retail.


P3Mobility provides a software platform, along with a roadmap and consulting services all of which help governments and road operators monetize deployments of V2X infrastructure. Our goal is to provide sustainable funding to build and operate intelligent transportation equipment and services. We are undertaking pilot deployments in Michigan, California, Alberta and Ontario, Canada each with an objective of showcasing the benefits of inter-operability and wide scale deployment.


PowerHydrant is an early stage startup focused on applying the “smart phone dividend” to deliver 3D sensor based conductive autonomous fast-charging for Autonomous Vehicles and eMobility. Based in Boston’s Innovation District and now in San Jose, PowerHydrant is a member of the MIT Startup Exchange and part of Autodesk’s inaugural Startups in Residence (STIR) group. We are Participants in the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Infrastructure Working Council and we are regular contributor to Imaging Cafe and Boston Imaging and Video. We recently won a “companies to action” award to disruptive startups from Frost and Sullivan. Since PowerHydrant is heavy-duty and conductive, it can support the highest Power Transfer levels (class 1 Megawatt) including UltraCap Charge transfer.


Quanergy is a privately-held, Silicon-Valley-based technology company developing smart sensing solutions for real-time 3D mapping and object detection, tracking, and classification. Quanergy is the leading manufacturer of automotive grade 3D time-of-flight LiDAR sensors designed from the ground up to meet all four key commercialization criteria: Cost, Performance, Reliability, and Size. Quanergy’s innovations, covered by 20 patent applications, address the needs in various markets for 3D LiDAR sensors and LiDAR-based sensing systems. Key markets include passenger vehicles, corporate / commercial / municipal fleets, digital mapping fleets, and military vehicles.


SHARC International Systems Inc. dba SHARC Energy Systems is a world leader in wastewater heat recovery technology. SHARC designs and develops renewable energy systems that extract thermal energy from wastewater, generating the most energy efficient and economical systems for heating, cooling & hot water for commercial, residential and industrial buildings. The business was founded in 2010 in Vancouver, B.C. by a team of technical and engineering professionals with over 100 years of combined experience in the heating, ventilating and geo-exchange industries. SHARC has successfully delivered thermal recovery solutions across Canada, USA, UK and Australia.


Signal Labs, based in San Francisco, has reinvented the traffic sign. Our patent pending software warns drivers of upcoming hazard, such as dangerous intersections, unofficial pedestrian crossings, two-way stop signs and dozens of other unseen risks. We use statistical models and both public and proprietary data to inform drivers when they are at risk. Our product is primarily sold to fleet customers and distributed as a smartphone app. Signal Labs was started after we lost a friend in a car crash, when he missed an unmarked turn. Today, our vision is to eliminate the traffic accident.


Sensitel is a Silicon Valley startup with offices in Santa Clara (USA), developing AI technology that leverages the full potential of connected and autonomous vehicles to improve flow of goods and services in urban environments. Founded by innovators in Logistics and AI, Sensitel provides a fleet management platform, called TrackAware, designed to connect, operate and optimize any fleet of connected vehicles; and an analytics platform called SENS  to  analyze driver and rider behavior and to accelerate adoption of new mobility and delivery services. Purpose built to leverage autonomous fleets, SENS enables automotive companies and delivery service providers to introduce and grow new delivery services.

Sensitel is different from other mobility services startups due to its unique capabilities to process and leverage real time data from sensors and video sources and link activities across multiple transport segments.

Sensitel solutions are currently in use to monitor and track millions of shipments in high value automotive and semiconductor value chains.


Software Motor Company (SMC) was founded in Silicon Valley to bring intelligence to electric motors, which consume over 45% of global electricity. SMC’s Smart Switched Reluctance Motor (SSRM) combines patented hardware and software control with modern IoT technologies to enable the most efficient, reliable, and intelligent motors on the market. The motors are easy-to-retrofit and integrate with new and legacy HVAC, refrigeration, and pumping systems as well as industrial applications. SMC motors deliver energy savings of 20 to 50 percent compared to NEMA Premium Efficiency standards while providing full programmability and connectivity.


Swiftly makes data-driven software applications that improve urban mobility. For residents, the Swiftly mobile app finds the fastest and most affordable ways to get around town by analyzing real-time multi-modal information. For governments, Swiftly provides software tools that help cities and transit agencies improve operational efficiency, make smarter investments, and better engage riders. The company is based in San Francisco, CA, and more information can be found at goswift.ly and on Twitter @SwiftlyInc.


SwiftMile is an innovative “first and last-mile” solution to public commuting. They are creating solar powered charging stations for “PETs” (Portable Electric Transporters) that help reduce congestion and smog while making public transit, carpooling, ridesharing and carsharing a lot more practical. More importantly though, they provide a high ROLE score for users: Return On Life Enjoyment for everyday commuters.


Thomson Power provides innovative technology products that dramatically improve the performance and efficiency of electric (EV) and hybrid (HEV) drives in commercial transport vehicles including buses, coaches, trucks and delivery vans using an adaptive engine management controller. Migration from Diesel to Electric power is a rapidly growing business driven by social policy and econometric benefits. Eliminating range anxiety, meeting performance metrics and reducing cost with deployment of EV powered transport are the most important things we heard from the Industry. Our innovative solutions help achieve that goal!

Our vision is to accelerate the adoption of EV powered transport, contribute to more livable cities and grow the business into a market leader. We chose Prospect Silicon Valley to complete our prototypes and demonstration activities because we believe the leadership share a common vision with us: To demonstrate the next generation of technology.


Trio Motors is developing an advanced tri-mode commuting vehicle, purpose-built for sustainable nearby commuting. Trio blends safety, convenience, and availability to address unmet commuting and errand needs using bike lane routes.

Viking’s Phase Change Material (PCM) Thermal Energy Storage Cells and control system allow existing industrial freezer refrigeration equipment to more efficiently extract heat. The system reduces electricity consumption, shifts significant demand and load to off-peak periods and provides temperature stability over extended periods of time while reducing or eliminating equipment runtime.


As more and more data is generated from connected cars, streaming data analytics is becoming an increasingly critical component for OEMs to detect cyber attacks, ECU malfunctions and even prevent call-back. VisualThreat is a leading connected-car data analytics vendor based in California. The company offers the end-to-end visual analytics platform for automotive big data to provide real-time query and interactive analytics on streaming data.


ZERE Energy and Biofuels, Inc. formerly Clean EnGen Group, LLC, was formed in 2008. ZERE has been awarded 3 patents and filed for 2 more.

Prior to ZERE’s solid fuel chemical looping innovation to generate energy, ZERE’s founders have deep experience in the energy field managing all sides of the power generation business including gas turbine, natural gas, and alternative energy. ZERE has been awarded nearly 1 million dollars from the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) to demonstrate a fuel flexible combined heat and power (CHP) system and has chosen to use Prospect Silicon Valley and its resources to develop the pilot scale unit to validate their technology.


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