BSH and Techstars launch the Future Home Accelerator

BSH Hausgeräte and Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, has launched the Future Home Accelerator Powered by Techstars in Munich, Germany.

Once a year, startup teams from all over the world are selected to participate in the accelerator – the programme focuses on the smart kitchen as the centre of the ‘connected home’.

For the first year of the programme, out of hundreds of applicants from around the globe, 10 startups were selected. The internationally staffed participating startups come from Great Britain, South Korea, Hong Kong and the US to the corporate headquarters in Munich to develop hard- and software solutions for various challenges in the ‘Future Home’ – including a ‘Spotify for recipes’ and an automated grocery replenishment platform.

The participants will be accompanied and advised by experienced mentors of the Techstars global network and of BSH Home Appliances decision-makers from e.g. design, engineering and marketing, as well as experts from Home Connect – BSH’s platform for connected devices and partners. For the duration of the 13-week programme, the startups will work in a co-working space in Munich city centre.
Tibor Kramer, Venture and Accelerator Partner, said: “The business models of this first class show the relevant trends in the kitchen acting as the centre of the connected home and give an insight on which applications people will use in this area in the future. At BSH, we are inspired by the collaboration with these creative young companies which, in turn, will speed up our pace of innovation.”

The programme ends on the 9 May with a demo day event at which the startups present their refined business models to investors.

Some of the 10 startups of the BSH Future Home Accelerator include:

Meal IQ (UK) – Intelligent Meal Planning and Shopping

Meal IQ aims to help people fight long-term health conditions or nutritional intolerances through dietary intervention. Meal IQ is a service that makes it super-convenient for people with health conditions to plan and shop their meals in three clicks. AI is first used to read public internet recipes, then to create personalised meal plans in real time to fit users’ exact nutrition, diets, budget and taste preferences, and finally to shop the ingredients automatically via online grocery supermarkets. The healthy, weekly shop in under a minute.

ckbk (UK/USA) – The ultimate online tool for anyone who loves to cook

ckbk, headquartered in London, aims to become the Spotify of cooking, offering users unlimited access to a curated collection of more than 100,000 recipes, videos and articles. ckbk’s service brings together the full content of hundreds of the world’s finest cookbooks, and adds social sharing, recipe playlists, grocery orders, menu planning and smart kitchen integration to create the essential companion for any cooking enthusiast.

WIFIPLUG (UK) – The Smartest Smart plug on the Planet

WIFIPLUG is building a brain for large home appliances. Started as a fully voice assistant agnostic smart plug closely monitoring the consumption of appliances, they recently built the first API-enabled smart plug delivering very detailed data to OEMs. Equipped with a WIFIPLUG, one could trigger automatic replenishment of dishwasher or washer tablets, transforming ‘not-so-smart’ appliances into very clever ones.