Cloud collaboration software for municipal utilities
Category: Information & Communications Technologies | Region: Southeast
www.bitgrid.co | @BitGrid
CEO: Charles Taylor
Elevator pitch: Our platform enables municipal utilities to communicate mutual aid needs and collaborate their response by cataloging assets and digitizing communications. Utilities can easily understand and use our tools, allowing them to respond faster and more effectively.
How we make a difference: Most of us will remember from watching the news how long it took to restore power after Hurricane Sandy. Thousands of workers from utilities across the country came to help, and the lack of proper communication tools cost them billions.
At BitGrid, we have developed a platform that solves this problem by cataloging assets and digitizing communications. Utilities can easily understand and use our tools, allowing them to respond faster and more effectively.
As utilities rely on each other more and more, how they communicate their needs must adapt. Our team has been working with the only trade organization for public power to build a platform to enable them to do just that.
Our SaaS model is immediately deployable and extremely competitive in this multi-billion dollar market. After our pilot, we will scale to the almost 3,000 public utilities in the US, ushering in the next generation of public power collaboration.
If we win? Winning the Global Forum would enable us to get our message out to an even larger audience, and would provide us with the funds to continue to bootstrap our business until the end of 2016. As a winner of the Global Forum, we would also have invaluable additional level of legitimacy that would be vital in utility sales meetings.
Cleantech Open anecdote: We had the pleasure of meeting with the Mayor of Arlington, VA at the Cleantech Open Southeast. He loved what we are doing, and immediately understood our vision for the platform. It was fantastic to get his input as someone who would be and has been centrally involved in the crisis response process of municipal utilities. He provided great insight into what we could do to make our product as intuitive and useful as possible.