Eight start-up winners at the Construction Startup Competition 2023

Construction Startup competition 2024 - Winners
The eight solutions just selected from hundreds of submissions offer promising solutions in the fields of sustainable construction, productivity enhancement, supply chain management and new construction methods and technologies.

For the fourth year running, Leonard has teamed up with Cemex Ventures and eight other construction industry leaders (Black & Veatch, Dysruptek by Haskell, Ferrovial, Hilti, NOVA by Saint-Gobain, Trimble and Trimble Ventures and Zacua Ventures) for the 7th edition of the Construction Startup Competition, the largest competition dedicated to start-ups in the construction sector. The aim is to distinguish the most promising start-ups and support them as they progress.

The 8 finalists for the 2023 edition are :

  • In the “Green Construction” category, Firstplanit (UK) and Vizcab (France).
  • In the “Enhanced Productivity” category, Frontline (Singapore), FYLD (UK), and RodRadar (Israel).
  • In the “Construction Supply Chain” category, Construex (Ecuador).
  • In the “Construction’s Future is Now” category, Civ Robotics (USA) and sensmore (Germany).

These winning companies will go on to the final stage of the competition, the “Pitch Day”, to be held on November 7 in Las Vegas, to decide between them and name the overall winner. During the day, they will present their projects to industry executives, be put in touch with industry leaders, and be offered access to capital investment and full-scale pilot projects. Gold, silver and bronze medallists will also receive financial compensation on the day.

We’re delighted to be taking part in this latest edition of the Construction Startup Competition, a pioneering event for the emergence of new technologies and projects in the sector. This year’s eight finalists, among whom we are delighted to find four solutions born on our continent, are true agents of change. We’re convinced that their relationships with the competition partners will lead to the emergence of new industrial paradigmsnotes Julien Villalongue, Director of Leonard.

About the winning start-ups:

  • Civ Robotics (USA) builds autonomous layout systems for the industrial sector, particularly solar farms and road projects.
  • Construex (Ecuador) digitizes suppliers to the construction sector in Latin America, offering software tools to manage their digital presence, find and manage customers and develop their business.
  • Firstplanit (UK) provides designers, developers and manufacturers with information on the environmental, social, health and monetary benefits of building materials and products through a data-driven digital platform.
  • Frontline (Singapore) is a platform for simulating and optimizing construction planning using algorithms that enable the various players in the construction industry to quickly identify the best construction plans with the optimum sequence of activities and allocation of resources.
  • FYLD (UK) is an AI-driven construction execution platform that provides remote, real-time visibility of construction operations.
  • RodRadar (Israel) offers an unprecedented technology, Live Dig Radar®, which automatically detects underground utility infrastructures in real time, during excavation, without the need for expert analysis, thus improving construction safety and productivity.
  • sensmore (Germany) is an automation software 2.0 company that uses new radar technology and artificial intelligence to solve automation problems on heavy machinery, even under the most difficult conditions, unlike vision-based systems.
  • Vizcab (France) aims to help construction companies manage the carbon emissions of their projects, by ensuring that RE 2020 thresholds are met right from the design stage with Explo, and by making the most of regulatory LCAs with Eval.

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