Ameren selects 7 energy-focused startups for new accelerator program

420598_382271735134703_1342298342_n.jpgAmeren identified seven energy-focused start-up companies that have been chosen to participate in its new Ameren Accelerator program — an initiative that pools money and resources to help new companies develop and market tech products geared toward energy.

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.