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Purdue Startup Lands Accelerator Opportunity

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A Purdue Research Park software company has been chosen to take part in a San Francisco accelerator program. SensorHound Innovations will participate in the Alchemist Accelerator, which is designed for startups whose revenue comes from enterprises rather than consumers.

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August 19, 2014

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West Lafayette, Ind. -- SensorHound Innovations LLC, a high-tech startup based in the Purdue Research Park, has been chosen to participate in the next class of the Alchemist Accelerator's IoT track beginning Thursday (Aug. 21).

The San Francisco-based Alchemist Accelerator's program is designed to assist startups whose revenue comes from enterprises, not consumers. Supporters of the program include Cisco Systems, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Khosla Ventures, Salesforce.com, SAP Ventures and US Venture Partners. It is managed by Ravi Belani, the Fenwick and West Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.

"We are looking for startups that can provide solutions for ensuring reliable and secure Internet of Things (IoT). SensorHound fits that model because their technology could play a crucial technical role in the future IoT as well as has tremendous commercial potential," Belani said. "In fact, the Alchemist Accelerator has already invested $50,000 in SensorHound."

SensorHound Innovations LLC is developing software products that could reduce the cost of developing and operating networked embedded systems. These systems act as sensors, gathering data from an environment and sharing it electronically.

The company's software solutions are based on research from Purdue University's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science. SensorHound was founded by Vinai Sundaram, who earned his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Purdue; Patrick Eugster, a Purdue associate professor of computer science; and Matthew Tan Creti, who is earning his doctorate at the university.

"We are honored to be part of the prestigious Alchemist Accelerator class," Sundaram said. "Their guidance will help us further develop our technology to monitor and verify large networked sensor systems at runtime and enable users to react quickly to identify and correct anomalies before a potential breakdown occurs."

Eugster added sensors being developed by SensorHound may be used to control the power grid and other systems. Improving how the systems communicate could diminish events like power outages.

SensorHound Innovations also has received a $150,000 SBIR Phase I grant from the NSF, assistance from the Purdue Foundry, an entrepreneurial initiative managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, and used office space in the Anvil, a student-operated, co-working space for entrepreneurs that opened in 2013.

The Foundry, which also opened in 2013, provides Purdue innovators with entrepreneurial resources to support the launch of new ventures. Assistance from the Foundry includes business plans, prototype creation, funding, grant writing and mentoring.

About SensorHound Innovations LLC
SensorHound Innovations specializes in software and services that improve reliability and reduce the operations cost of networked embedded systems, the enabling technology behind smart grids, energy-efficient buildings, smart manufacturing and high-precision agriculture.

About Purdue Research Park
The Purdue Research Park is the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The park is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org

About The Alchemist Accelerator
The Alchemist Accelerator is an accelerator exclusively for startups whose revenue comes from enterprises, not consumers. The accelerator focuses on enterprise customer development, sales (direct and online), market validation, and a structured path to fundraising.

Source: Purdue Research Park

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