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13 Startups Present at Plug and Play Northwest Arkansas Supply Chain and Logistics Summit

BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS, August 14, 2020 - On August 18th, Plug and Play, the largest global innovation platform, will be showcasing 13 startups that participated in the second Supply Chain and Logistics program in Northwest Arkansas. 

Startups will showcase their progress at Plug and Play's Northwest Arkansas Expo, by engaging in virtual panels lead by our corporate partners: Walmart, Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt, and Georgia Pacific, in front of investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, and other industry leaders on the virtual networking platform, Remo Conference. 

The program in Northwest Arkansas is also continuously supported by committed community partners: Arkansas Economic Development Center, NWA Council, Walton Family Foundation, and the University of Arkansas who will lead a Community Partner Panel during the Expo focusing on the economic development efforts and achievements in Northwest Arkansas.

 “Even through a pandemic, we’re progressing and adapting the way we engage with startups and our corporate partners as it’s even more important now to accelerate supply chain innovation to keep products moving efficiently across the country,” says Greg Kessman, Plug and Play’s Northwest Arkansas Managing Director.

Plug and Play’s Northwest Arkansas Summit serves an important role in developing and engaging the entrepreneurial community in Arkansas and across the region,” Arkansas Secretary of Commerce and Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission Mike Preston said. “The 13 startups that have participated in this year’s Supply Chain and Logistics program demonstrate the progress that we continue to make in driving long-term economic growth through entrepreneurship, despite recent economic setbacks.

The virtual program began on April 30, 2020 with the following startups that were selected for the 2020 cohort and has made 39 startup/corporate introductions, 14 executed NDAs and over 5 PoCs:

Automation Hero

Automation Hero combines RPA with AI to form an end-to-end intelligent process automation platform that automates repetitive and time-consuming tasks for knowledge workers.


Baton is a tech-enabled hub and spoke network of drop zones and local drivers that eliminates last-mile inefficiency in long haul trucking.

Cloudleaf, Inc

Cloudleaf enables the next generation of intelligent supply chains. We deliver continuous visibility and actionable insights across the next generation of intelligent supply chain, helping enterprises make the right decisions in real time, to increase revenues, avoid disruptions, improve customer satisfaction and increase sustainability.


Commerce.ai is AI that understands consumer feedback at scale, to help automate product and supply chain decisions.


KlearNow is a technology company looking to disrupt a multi-billion-dollar portion of the global supply chain by having the fastest way to clear customs, track shipments and access your critical data in real-time. Period.

Optimal Dynamics

Optimal Dynamics uses advanced AI to automate and optimize logistics and supply chain operations. Our current product, CORE.ai, automates and optimizes load planning, dispatching, and strategic decisions for full truckload operations.


Orderful is API for EDI powering supply chains. Improves the global supply chain by enabling buyers and suppliers to immediately trade supply chain data.

Ottopia Technologies

Ottopia is the teleoperation company. Ottopia is the only company that develops and provides all key technologies to control vehicles remotely and safely.


3D computer vision sensors merged with modern smartphone functionality into an industrial handheld. Generate instant dimensions, shape and color image of any item, small to large.


Senseye is a computational neuroscience company based in Austin, TX that uses video footage of the eye to quantify previously inaccessible cognitive insights. Unlike conventional technologies like functional magnetic resonance imaging or electroencephalography, Senseye’s approach to quantifying brain activity is non-invasive and highly accessible.


Specifications are the digital thread of the modern supply chain. Specification Management from Specright powers packaging, quality, traceability, procurement, sustainability, supplier management and product development by allowing our customers to manage their supply chain at the most foundational level; the spec.

SVT Robotics

The fastest, simplest way to connect Any robot to Any company! Integrating automation without code development.

Verve (stealth)

Verve commercializes wearable technologies to empower the way people move in the world. Our product is a lightweight, textile-based system that augments and protects industry associates performing physically strenuous tasks such as repetitive lifting and reaching.

The 3-month program aims to facilitate opportunities for pilots, POCs, and new relationships between the selected batch startups and Plug and Play's global ecosystem, with a special focus on the corporate partners Walmart, J.B. Hunt, Tyson Foods, Georgia Pacific, and Crowley Maritime. The program is structured around discovery meeting sessions, corporate office hours, mentor meetings, pitch polishing sessions, workshops, deep dives, and networking events.

Register hereto attend the Summit Event. 

For questions and more information about the event please contact Christine Pummill at christine@pnptc.com

About Plug and Play

Plug and Play is a global innovation platform. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, we have built accelerator programs, corporate innovation services, and an in-house VC to make technological advancement progress faster than ever before. Since inception in 2006, our programs have expanded worldwide to include a presence in over 30 locations globally, giving startups the necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley and beyond. With over 30,000 startups and 400 official corporate partners, we have created the ultimate startup ecosystem in many industries. Companies in our community have raised over $9 billion in funding, with successful portfolio exits including Danger, Dropbox, Lending Club and PayPal. For more information, visit


About Plug and Play Northwest Arkansas

Established in 2019, Plug and Play Northwest Arkansas is a hub for supply chain and logistics solutions for future-thinking corporations and eager startups to meet and engage. Our program is designed to reflect our vision of bringing together innovators so that we can help revolutionary new ideas grow.