Plug and Play

Plug and Play

A Sunnyvale, California-based company founded by Saeed Amidi that offers a service that includes accelerator programs, corporate innovation, and investment. Previous investments include Dropbox, PayPal, Lending Club, N26, FiscalNote, Honey, Rappi, Guardant Health, Shippo, and SoundHound.

Founded in 2006, Plug and Play, or Plug and Play Tech Center, is a global accelerator and venture capital firm headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. The firm invests in technology startups of any stage. The firm also provides non-equity accelerator programs which bring together Fortune 500 corporations and startups for pilots, POCs, strategic investment, and mergers and acquisitions. The firm has offices in Germany, France, China, Japan, and other locations. The firm focuses on companies operating in Insurance technology, Internet of Things, Financial technology, Brand & Retail, Mobility, Health, and other sectors. The firm's principals, Saeed Amidhozour and Rahim Amidhozour, have been investing in startups since 1998.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Plug and Play participates in Seed, Angel and Series A funding where they often co-invest with their strategic partners. Through years of experience and as part of their network, Plug and Play has put together a world-class network of serial entrepreneurs, strategic investors, and industry leaders who actively assist the firm with its successful and growing investment portfolio.

Investment

Plug and Play has helped grow companies such as PayPal, Danger, Google, DropBox, LendingClub, Zoosk, SoundHound, CreditSesame, Skytree, and has over 400 more early-stage startups in its portfolio.

Timeline

March 2017

Plug and Play launches 9 new accelerator programs

2006

Plug and Play was founded by Saeed Amidi.

Funded Companies

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Owkin is a medical treatment and therapeutics company founded by Thomas Clozel. They develop artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to augment and develop medical and biological research.

A microventure capital firm and syndicate in California that focuses on seed and early stage investments.

A patient connection and relationship management company, using artificial intelligence-enabled technology to drive more meaningful patient-doctor engagements while improving care utilization and pathways.

Contiq is a San Jose, California-based enterprise software and marketing and sales company using machine learning and data analysis founded in 2016 by Arun Lal and Rahul Kapoor.

Honey is a browser extension that automatically finds and applies coupon codes at checkout with a single click.

A software company offering a platform for international students to find and apply to top universities.

OLSET is a San Francisco-based company founded by Gadi Bashvitz.

TouristEye is a company founded by Ariel Camus.

A software company offering a platform for commuters to share rides within their communities.

A company offering a mobile application for users to gain access to sponsorship opportunities for playing soccer.

A company offering a platform for collecting information from vehicles such as location, fuel saving, and mechanical problems.

A defunct company that was offering a monetization platform for content creators.

Swiftmile is a company founded by Colin Roche, Keith Moravick and Leo Vera.

A company that uses machine learning in recruitment of employees based on skills to companies

37coins is a company founded by Johann Barbie.

Extend is an innovative digital credit card distribution platform that redefines how credit cards are issued and shared

Edgeworx is a San Jose, California-based company founded in 2017 by Kilton Hopkins.

Esusu is a New York-based company founded in 2016 by Samir Goel.

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People

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Role
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Candace Widdoes

Chief Operating Officer

Charlie Hilton

Global Head of Marketing

George Damouny

Partner

George Damouny

Employee

Ivan Zgomba

Partner

Juan-Luis Hortelano

Employee

Jupe Tan

Employee

Kevin Parakkattu

Investor

Michael Olmstead

Chief Revenue Officer

Mohannad El-Khairy

Employee

Nick Chow

Investor

Nick Daley

Investor

Noorjit Sidhu

Investor

Ruben Colomer

Employee

Saeed Amidi

Founder and CEO

Scott Robinson

Employee

Tarek Elessawi

Investor

Further reading

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Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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What is Plug and Play Tech Center?

December 1, 2015

Companies

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CEO
Location
Products/Services

Actifile

Cybersecurity

airXsys

Mobility

Aves Netsec

Cybersecurity

Bitwage

Fintech

BotDoc

Cybersecurity

ChangeTip

Fintech

CreditSesame

Fintech

Cyberlytic

Cybersecurity

Delvelabs

Cybersecurity

Digify

Cybersecurity

Dispel

Cybersecurity

Eastwind

Cybersecurity

Epiphyte

Fintech

Factom

Fintech

Mojio

Mobility

Mozio

Mobility

Onfido

Fintech

Prevedere

Fintech

Sentiance

Mobility

Spatial

Mobility

Splitsecnd

Mobility

Stellar

Fintech

Swiftly

Mobility

Threatlocker

Cybersecurity

Token

Fintech

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