Announcing the ‘Future Home’ Accelerator class of 2019!

Announcing ‘Future Home’ Accelerator class of 2019!

We are proud to present the 10 international founder teams that start the program in Munich this week! The program kicked off on February 4th.

Founders Welcome Weekend near Munich

With a bit of Jetlag due to some long distance flights, the long awaited founder teams finally arrived to Munich on the weekend of February 2nd where they were welcomed by BSH and Techstars. The ten winning teams came from United States, Great Britain, South Korea, and Hong Kong to the Bavarian capital, where BSH headquarter is located. After a founders retreat, the startups moved into a co-working space in the city centre. From there, they will develop hard- and software solutions for various challenges in the "Future Home". The startup teams will be accompanied and advised by experienced mentors of the Techstars global network and of BSH mentors from departments that include design, engineering, and marketing, as well as experts from Home Connect - our platform for connected devices and partners.

The business models show the relevant trends in the connected home and it’s heart, the kitchen– including a Spotify of cooking and an automated grocery replenishment platform. Without further ado, these are the founder startups:

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 pub-lic internet recipes, then to create personalized meal plans in real time to fit users’ exact nutri-tion, diets, budget and taste preferences, and finally to shop the ingredients automatically via online grocery supermarkets. The service enables people to do their weekly shopping – with healthy options – in less than a minute.


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

ckbk, headquartered in London, aims to become the go-to resource 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.


YouAte (USA) - An effortless journaling approach to overcome emotional eating

YouAte empowers people impacted by emotional eating to eat better and feel better. YouAte helps them achieve this through self-awareness, self-diagnostics, and self-improvement. The approach is focused on tracking eating habits and associated emotions in an effortless, mindful, and non-judgmental way. Premium versions are available for both users and coaches.


Rocky Robots (South Korea) - Healthier lifestyle with an accountability assistant

Regularly exercising and eating healthy requires a lot of discipline. Rocky Robots is developing a dialogue-based A.I. “Coach" which helps users to build better habits and routines while providing quantified behavioural data with personalized insights.


Pantri (UK) - Grocery inventory management & automated re-ordering

Pantri is an automated grocery replenishment platform that aims to connect every smart appliance to every online grocery retailer across the globe. At launch, users will be able to connect their smart dishwasher to automatically re-order dishwasher tablets from a mail fulfiller. Pantri will then set about linking users’ connected coffee machine, refrigerator, or connected wine rack to their favourite online retailer.


WIFIPLUG (UK) - The smartest smart plug on the planet

WIFIPLUG is building a brain for large home appliances. It started as a fully voice assistant agnostic smart plug closely monitoring the consumption of appliances. WIFIPLUG 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, trans-forming "not-so-smart" appliances into very clever ones.


Sensorscall (USA) - An AI device platform that enables well-being of seniors

Sensorscall is developing a multi-sensor, connected platform that enables aging in place and looks after the well-being of seniors in their everyday life. The device learns the pattern of daily habits and notifies caretakers of potential unusual events. It is completely unobtrusive with no camera or wearable. It also has a built-in voice communication and medical reminder feature. Installation is as simple as plugging it into a standard electrical outlet and 1-touch con-figuration using the app.


Qi Aerista (Hong Kong) - A fun, easy and smart way to brew tea perfect every time

The Qi Aerista Smart Tea Brewer lets today’s tea lovers brew any kind of tea to perfection right on their smartphone with a patented Aero-Brew multi-infusion system. It is the first and most versatile brewer in the world that can hot, cold & strong-brew your favourite teas easily ‒ including authentic HK-style milk tea with nine pre-set programs and fun-to-use app features. It is available now on the Qi Aerista online store and selected retail locations.


Inirv (USA) - Connected devices that make any kitchen smart

Inirv is building IoT devices that make existing kitchens smart in the fastest, most affordable way. Iniry’s first product makes any gas or electric stove smart through smart knobs that can automatically adjust burner temperature based on a variety of inputs. This opens up the opportunity for cooking automation, data collection and a deeper understanding of consumer behaviour around home cooking and safety.


aimee (USA) - Make any refrigerator smart

The average smart refrigerator is quite expensive. For a fraction of the price, the aimee IoT device attaches to any refrigerator in minutes and allows users to automatically reorder groceries, be notified on expiring foods to reduce waste, see recipes based on what’s inside the unit, and see what’s inside the refrigerator while users are at the grocery store.