PCH Highway1 Holds Eighth Demo Day

New solutions include a connected mailbox for secure courier deliveries, an online water quality monitor and a wearable satellite messenger

Highway1, the PCH accelerator program for hardware startups, held its eighth Demo Day since launching in October 2013, showcasing the latest connected hardware products developed by startups in the program. The Spring 2017 class is the eighth group of startups to participate in the Highway1 accelerator, with companies developing a range of products:

  • Mailhaven – a connected mailbox for secure courier deliveries;
  • Osmo Systems – an online water quality monitor;
  • Telegnos – a remote monitor providing information to boat users and owners;
  • Somewear – a wearable satellite communications device;
  • and Pubinno – a smart beer tap delivering the perfect beer.

“Highway1 continues to attract the most innovative hardware and IoT startups,” said Kurt Dammermann, VP of Highway1. “We are immensely proud of this latest cohort of passionate and determined entrepreneurs and the unique products they have developed to address real consumer needs. We are encouraged by the momentum behind the teams, many of whom have already attracted investment, have tested their products with consumers, and are developing a customer base.”

Highway1 has 79 total alumni companies, including this class, who have raised more than $120 million in funding, and include such companies as Ringly, Drop, Modbot, Molekule, Navdy, RecoverX, Cloudastructure and Cue. Twenty of the companies who have completed the program have shipped products thus far.


“Highway1 nurtures entrepreneurs who have a passion for design, brand and the consumer experience. We focus on helping them navigate potential hurdles that are unique to hardware, and getting their products ready to take to investors for funding.”

Liam Casey, Founder and CEO, PCH

Highway1 is a four-month collaborative program offering startups the opportunity to build their business into a successful company by focusing on their business model, as well as industrial design, product development, manufacturing and supply chain management. Highway1, which attracts startups from around the world, is now accepting applications to its next class, which begins in the Fall of 2017. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 22, 2017.

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Demo Day included presentations from the following five companies:


Mailhaven solves inefficiencies in the last mile of the consumer package delivery supply chain. Mailhaven eliminates missed deliveries and stolen packages with an automated physical mailbox, the Haven, that secures packages for homeowners. The standalone mobile app allows online shoppers to track and manage their deliveries across couriers, providing a more convenient online shopping experience. Together, the Mailhaven ecosystem gives homeowners, couriers, and retailers the accountability and reliability they need for a worry-free eCommerce experience.

Osmo Systems

Osmo Systems is helping the world’s largest fish and shrimp farms monitor their water quality online. The company’s first product, OsmoBot, helps increase yields and efficiency by eliminating manual testing and automatically tracking and uploading the most important aquatic parameters to the cloud. This gives farm managers unprecedented insight into their water quality with minimal skill required by employees, all at a price that is scalable across thousands of tanks and ponds. The company has pre-sold 50 units to small farms and universities in North America and has a LOI and testing agreement with one of the world’s largest shrimp hatcheries.


Pubinno is building smart taps for perfect beer. The smart tap, Taptronics, increases keg yield using smart flow algorithms and patent-pending robotics. Installed in place of manual taps, Taptronics reduces waste, controls the flow of beer with precision, and saves bartenders time. Taptronics serves the perfect beer and delivers a smooth and creamy foam that creates a wonderful drinking experience. Taptronics is a new channel between bars and beer brands, and yields operational and quality metrics in real-time. The company already has 30 paying customers, and is currently working with two of the 10 largest breweries in the world, Heineken and Efes Pilsen.


Somewear is building the next generation of technology for adventure travel. The company’s first product, a compact satellite hotspot, keeps any smartphone connected off grid. By laying a foundation of connectivity, Somewear is bringing real-time, connected applications to outdoor explorers and adventure travelers.


Telegnos is passionate about keeping boats and boaters safe. The Telegnos Suite includes a location tracker, a fleet management system, and a BoatHub that integrates with a boat’s existing systems, and collects and monitors boat- and marine-related data. Telegnos offers boat owners and managers peace of mind through remote access and control, reducing the potential financial costs of undiagnosed problems and catastrophic disasters, while increasing profits from rentals. The Telegnos Suite allows users to spend less time and money on maintenance and other issues

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About Hightway1:

Highway1, a division of PCH, is a hardware startup accelerator located in San Francisco that attracts startups from around the world. We work with hardware startups to develop products that deliver customer value, are delightful to use, and can be manufactured at scale.

About PCH:

PCH designs custom product solutions for startups and Fortune 500 companies. PCH takes products from concept to consumer and each stage in between, including design engineering and development, manufacturing and fulfilment, distribution and retail. If it can be imagined, it can be made. At PCH, we make.