2019 Best Tech Startups in Davis

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Davis, California. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Spotlight


Founded: 2012

“Spotlight’s SaaS platform makes data understandable, insightful and actionable to anyone: teachers, administrators, parents and even students.

The platform automatically produces personalized articles, infographics and even mobile videos reports that offer analysis and recommendations tailored to each specific viewer. “Everyday users”​ thus understand and act on data more confidently and efficiently, and thus spend more time putting the data to work in accelerating and improving learning, while making educators’ lives easier.”

2. Cognivive, Inc.

Cognivive, Inc.

Founded: 2017

“Cognivive is creating virtual-reality digital therapeutics to treat neurocognitive and neuromotor impairments caused by brain injury and atypical brain development. We combine evidence-based therapies with commercial-quality virtual reality games to make “digital medicines you want to take”​.

Cognivive was founded in 2017, but its therapeutic are based on 30+ years of neuroscientific research conducted by co-founder and CEO Dr. Tony Simon. Dr. Simon is the director of the 22q11.2 Research Center and Clinic at the MIND Institute at UC Davis. Through his years of research, he learned that certain types of videogames can improve the brain’s ability to process visual information. In 2011, he began working on a videogame as a therapy for the children in his clinic. Several years later, he partnered with Ted Aronson, an industry-experienced game designer and developer, to make his prototype into a commercial-quality videogame. Thus began Cognivive!”

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