TechCrunch Disrupt 2022: Our Team’s Takeaways

The Runway team was excited to attend TechCrunch Disrupt 2022 in San Francisco last week. Our Corporate Innovation Consulting Team was scanning the latest technological trends and startups in health tech, space tech, robotics, factory automation, mobility tech, and food tech. It was inspirational to see that these innovative solutions hail from areas across the globe including from Japan supported by our friends from JETRO

Here are some of the insights the Runway team put together from their conversations at #TCDisrupt2022!

Key Highlights & Insights:

  • We are seeing great innovations from European startups in the Aerospace and Automotive sectors. Building advanced solutions that enhance structural monitoring and building functionality.
    • Touch Sensity (France) is developing sensitivity technology designed to make objects and materials sensitive to physical interactions. The technology is sensorless and non-invasive and allows for impact and deformation detection applications for the aerospace and automotive industry. Partnered with aerospace leaders including Airbus, Touch Sensitivity scales predictive monitoring & maintenance of critical structures.
    • There were also solutions accelerating the development of sustainable space accessibility. With Pangea Aerospace (Spain/France) providing reusable micro launchers that use biofuel such as liquid methane and liquid oxygen. Promising for a propulsion system that is able to carry more payloads, green, and cost-efficient.
  • The Food & Hospitality sector is seeing its fair share of technological advancements as well. With applications of unsuspecting technologies such as light and robotic technology.
    • CloudSpec allows winemakers and wine sellers to analyze the chemical composition of their wine harvest. With a device, developed in New Zealand, that can rapidly and precisely measure the color and phenolics of grapes, juices and wines by leveraging spectrophotometry analysis. Allowing business owners to optimize their products and brand.
    • Ally Robotics on the other hand has created a no-code robot hand designed for imitation learning. As tasks can be trained by anyone through demonstration. With their recent partnership with Miso Robotics, they are aiming to democratize robotics for the food and hospitality industry.
  • Also, the advertising space is seeing some new exciting opportunities by using AI to power video commerce: 
    • Last year’s TC Early Stage winner Vyrill helped brands to discover and leverage video reviews created by authentic customers and users. Interacting with them directly, and implementing focused & targeted marketing campaigns through the use of videos. The team made it again this year and has been selected as one of the Top 200 most promising startups by TechCrunch! The startup is backed by Noemis Ventures, Lightship Capital, Gaingels, Gener8tor, IBOS Ventures, and angel investors such as Head of Engineering at Google Shopping, SVP of E-commerce at Salesforce, and the Ex-Head of payments at Apple.