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Ameren selects 7 energy-focused startups for new accelerator program


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The selected companies come from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, including two start-ups from St. Louis.

The startups chosen from the global applicant pool will be granted $100,000 in seed capital and, for the next 12 weeks, will have access to representatives from Ameren, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Capital Innovators as they hone the marketability of their products.

The companies, with descriptions provided by Ameren, are:

• /blossom (St. Louis): /blossom is a tool for businesses to connect and gather data and control their resources remotely.

• Hyperion Sensors (Toronto): Hyperion has developed specialized fiber-optic sensors used in utility substations.

• Omega Grid (Chicago): Omega Grid provides market software that removes the revenue risk of distributed generation of utilities, encourages energy investment by property owners, and allows access to lower rates for everyone.

• Rebate Bus (Madison, Wis.): Rebate Bus is a platform for utility programs to deliver instant incentives online.

• SensrTrx (St. Louis): SensrTrx is an industrial analytics application focused on using industrial data to improve uptime, performance, and reliability of manufacturing and industrial systems.

• Switched Source (East Lansing, Mich.): Switched Source provides equipment solutions for electric distribution companies that make the grid more resilient and efficient while supporting the integration of more distributed generation.

• WIFIPLUG (Leeds, U.K.): WIFIPLUG produces an app-controlled smart plug.

Ameren reported that more than 200 companies from 31 countries and 23 states applied for the program.

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