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Nikola Labs Develops Wireless Technology at The Point at Otterbein

Nikola Labs Develops Wireless Technology at The Point at Otterbein

Award-winning startup company Nikola Labs is making strides in its new home at The Point at Otterbein University, where it is showing off its facilities and technologies to representatives from international companies and exploring potential partnerships.

Nikola Labs is one of the first portfolio companies at the Startup NurseryTM at Ikove Venture Partners, which invests in technology being developed in university research labs and helps those technologies to develop into successful startups. Nikola Labs is also the first startup company that has taken residence in The Point through Ikove’s relationship with Otterbein, which is currently supporting three internships for Otterbein engineering students.

“The partnership between Ikove and Otterbein will open the doors for new technology startups to grow in central Ohio with easy access to the resources they need,” said Rodolfo Bellesi, co-founder and managing partner of Ikove Venture Partners. “Eventually Nikola will move out of The Point into a larger facility, allowing another startup to take residence. The success of Nikola is a result of this partnership and a model for Ikove’s future startup companies.”

According to the Nikola Labs website, “Today’s electronic devices, including the rapidly growing internet of things (IoT), are designed for untethered connectivity. However, battery life constrains performance and limits freedom. We are addressing this by providing state-of-the-art wireless power solutions for 21st century devices.”

The technology the team is developing converts radio frequency (RF) energy into direct current (DC) power to charge wireless devices. In other words, its technology harvests electricity from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals and uses that to charge devices within range of the charger.

With its focus on technology rather than product development, Nikola Labs is partnering with international companies that will develop products that utilize Nikola’s technology. These products could include everything from mobile phones to hearing aids.

Nikola Labs was voted the top company at the Tech Crunch in New York and was selected as the “best pitch” winner at the conclusion of a three-month Plug and Play accelerator program in Silicon Valley. It beat out 23 other startups enrolled in the business development program, which had been selected from more than 800 applicants for the latest round of the IoT program for connected devices. Nikola Labs was also named one of the Silicon 60 Companies to Watch by EE Times.


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