Welcome to the March 2024 edition of StartUp Vegas’ premier LevelUp event. As our regular readers know, LevelUp is StartUp Vegas’ can’t-miss battlefield where innovators from around the world gather to share ideas, push boundaries, and explore an uncharted future together. This passion for innovation is what makes Las Vegas one of the hottest new tech destinations in the country, and we’re proud to facilitate these gatherings.

Our most recent LevelUp event, which took place on March 15th, brought together some awesome businesses that live on the cusp of tech innovation.

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This month’s event was a resounding success. It drew a crowd eager to catch a glimpse of the latest breakthroughs and advancements in Las Vegas tech. Among the many highlights were three standout companies that captivated attendees with their innovative solutions and demonstrated the dynamic progress being made in their respective fields. Read on to hear their stories!

Photon Reimagines Connectivity with Cutting-Edge IT Infrastructure

[Photon, Francois Moderresse, CEO]

Amid a growing landscape of wireless connectivity services, Photon is making waves with a new and highly secure solution to support mission-critical IT infrastructure. Billions are lost annually to insufficient enterprise connectivity and cybersecurity measures. Photon introduces a proposition that’s hard to ignore—a solution touted for its undetectability and invulnerability to cyber threats, alongside industry-leading stability and speed. These features coordinate into a wireless connectivity solution unlike any other on the market.

Central to Photon’s innovation is an arsenal of 33 patents, which underpin multi-level security and a growth strategy built around daisy chaining expansion. Photon upgrades existing systems, and it invites customers to reimagine how secure connectivity can be achieved and maintained.

The significance of Photon’s work is underscored by the sheer size of its total addressable market—$16 billion in enterprise connectivity and $80 billion in the gaming hardware sector. This wide-reaching impact hints at the transformative nature of their technology, which finds applications across diverse domains such as defense, space exploration, corporate networks, and aviation.

Photon’s business model balances initial hardware sales with the promise of recurring software revenue, a strategy that supports sustainable growth. This approach facilitates a steady revenue stream, and it aligns with the company’s vision to become indispensable across various industries.

Distribution efforts are bolstered with an established network of distributor partners to make sure that their secure connectivity solutions reach a broad audience. Such collaborations help navigate the complexities of global markets and cater to the needs of each sector.

Currently, Photon is raising $2 million in funding through a SAFE convertible to series A. This funding initiative represents an important step in their journey—it supports upcoming sales, marketing, and R&D efforts.

Contact [email protected] to learn more!

Capattery Charges into the Future by Revolutionizing Graphene Battery Production

[Capattery, Gopi Latpate, Co-Founder/Chief Business Officer]

Dive into the future of nanotechnology with Capattery—a company that’s leading the charge with groundbreaking advancements in material science.

Capattery’s innovations transform crucial sectors such as electronics and energy storage through the power of graphene and its derivatives. Imagine batteries that charge faster, last longer, and lead to safer, more efficient energy solutions. This isn’t just a dream; with Capattery and their patent-pending graphene cell battery technology, it’s the new reality.

Capattery leverages a unique, cost-effective process that produces graphene and graphene derivatives that will revolutionize the market. They are redefining what batteries can do. With rapid-charging capabilities, extended life cycles, and enhanced mileage at competitive prices per kWh, Capattery aims to set a new standard for what’s possible. And with graphene research accelerating at an unprecedented pace, they’re at the forefront of this technological wave.

What sets Capattery apart is their innovative products and their approach to production. They’ve developed a low-cost graphene manufacturing process that reduces costs below industry averages. This high-yield, scalable process yields batteries that are advanced and accessible. Certified and tested, these batteries are ready to lead the charge (pun intended) in transforming the B2B transportation and grid storage markets.

But innovation doesn’t stop at product development. The company’s competitive edge is sharpened by its patents that are pending, economical production methods, and proprietary slurry material, all developed in a state-of-the-art pilot production and R&D facility.

With ambitious growth plans, Capattery is currently raising $3M in funding, which will support ongoing commercial pilot programs, strengthen internal staffing, and enhance R&D capabilities. This investment is in their company, and it’s in the future of energy storage and transportation.

Contact [email protected] or visit https://capattery.co  to learn more!

Aero AI Soars Beyond the Blueprint with Next-Generation Aerial Data

[Aero AI, Victory Igbinobaro, CEO]

With the built environment constantly changing, Aero AI presents a pioneering solution in aerial data and geospatial intelligence. This solution addresses a critical problem in construction: traditional methods for collecting aerial and geospatial data are slow, error-prone, and may lead to excessive costs and delays. For companies that struggle with efficiency, the integration of precise aerial data and geospatial intelligence becomes invaluable.

Aero AI’s intelligence solutions are powered by SiEGA—the Simulated Environment for Geospatial Assets Platform. This end-to-end platform intends to revolutionize commercial aerial data and geospatial intelligence with high-quality video capture, advanced data processing, and AI analytics for all-encompassing insights. The platform’s proprietary digital twin technology enhances decision-making, while immersive geospatial data delivery and 3D visualizations bring unseen details to light.

Aero AI’s services provide a wide range of functionalities: cloud deployment, cross-platform connectivity, a data processing dashboard, a geospatial intelligence 3D marketplace, and more. Its advanced machine learning and AI capabilities automate core processes and optimize data management to reduce the time and effort needed to classify and manage data sets.

Backed by this impressive feature set, Aero AI helps clients enjoy improved efficiency, significant cost savings, and superior project outcomes. The platform targets a diverse market, including construction, architecture, urban planning, civil engineering, research institutions, and government entities. The core value proposition for these markets is clear: high-precision data integrated with cutting-edge analytics and visualization tools to elevate efficiencies and slash costs.

With a total addressable market of $11.16 billion in the construction drone sector alone, Aero AI has several revenue models under consideration. They range from freemium and subscription offerings to transactional models, sales-based commissions, and pay-per-use options.

Backed by $120,000 in non-dilutive funding and the support of over 1,000 beta users, Aero AI intends to lead a new era in the construction and geospatial sectors and deliver high-stakes data solutions with guaranteed precision.

Contact [email protected] or visit https://aeroai.io/ to learn more!

March 2024 LevelUp Overview

We’re pleased to announce that this month’s LevelUp event was another smashing success. Our March event saw 112 show up at our Town Square WeWork location to bring together industry professionals and creative minds from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Attendee Breakdown:

  • Entrepreneurs: 58%
  • Marketing: 12%
  • Investors: 12%
  • Developers: 11%
  • Creative: 5%
  • Other: 2%

Panelist Shout-Out

LevelUp wouldn’t be possible without the guidance of the expert panelists who volunteer their time to our events. This month, we’d like to recognize Bob Christopher, John Emmons, Sarah Evans, and Rachel Mackey. We appreciate you!

Coming Attractions

Hungry for more? StartUp Vegas hosts new events every month. Mark your calendar for the next event in our series:

  • LevelUp (Friday, May 3rd ) An event that highlights the best of #VegasTech. Get the chance to pitch to a panel of experts and share in a great networking opportunity for the Las Vegas ecosystem. (WeWork in Town Square, 6543 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119)

Get in touch to learn more about these upcoming opportunities or to get involved!

Heather Brown ([email protected]) and Piotr Tomasik ([email protected]) are the Co-Founders, operators, and creative visionaries behind StartUp Vegas. Their ongoing mission? Provide critical infrastructure, support, and community to make Las Vegas the premier tech ecosystem in the nation.