10 Must-Watch Digital Twins Startups Shaping the Future of Tech Investment

16 May 2024

In the swiftly evolving landscape of technology, digital twins stand out as a groundbreaking innovation with the power to transform various industries.   

According to BIS Research, the global digital twin market is expected to reach $1,036.4 Billion by 2033 with a CAGR of 58.52% during the forecast period (2023-2033). In 2023, the market was valued at $10.3 Billion.  

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As the digital and physical worlds converge, startups specializing in digital twins’ technology are emerging as pivotal players in this revolution.  

These startups are not just enhancing operational efficiencies but are also pioneering solutions that can lead to significant cost reductions, improved productivity, and enhanced decision-making capabilities across sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, automotive, and urban planning. The ability of digital twins to provide a granular, virtual look at real-world conditions presents a unique opportunity for companies to innovate and solve complex problems before they manifest themselves in the physical space.   

This article will explore how these startups are shaping the future, leveraging digital twins to create more resilient and efficient systems in an increasingly interconnected world.   

Leucine AI:  

Based in NYC, Leucine is developing an AI platform for drug manufacturers. Recently secured $7 Million funding will help streamline drug development workflows by replacing paper-based records with AI-powered digital twins.  

This financial boost will support the U.S.-based startup in expanding its Compliance Cloud platform. Leucine asserts that this platform could enhance compliance, safety, and operational speed in pharmaceutical manufacturing, offering significant advancements in how drugs are produced and regulated.  


DroneDeploy is a digital twin platform used in construction, oil & gas, and renewable energy to capture reality with drones, robots, and 360 cameras.  This data is then combined for AI analysis, helping these industries improve efficiency and decision making. 

CEO of DroneDeploy, says he has seen growth in use of drones and digital twins in several industries, including construction.  

“By creating a digital replica of these sites, you can more easily track, predict and act on these environments in real-time versus sending human workers to inspect different areas constantly.”  


Blackshark.ai uses machine learning to extract infrastructure insights from global satellite and aerial imagery, creating a detailed digital twin of the Earth. These twin powers various applications like visualization and mapping, with updates maintained through their cloud infrastructure.   

The blackshark.ai platform, supported by M12 – Microsoft’s Venture Fund, Point72 Ventures, and global space solutions provider Maxar Technologies, operates globally, serving major clients. With a robust team of over 100 individuals, blackshark.ai has established bases in Silicon Valley, US, and Graz, Austria, which is recognized as Europe’s hub for computer vision.  

 Twin Health:  

Twin Health developed Whole Body Digital Twin™ technology, aiming to reverse chronic metabolic diseases. They recently secured $50 million in a funding round led by Temasek, to expand their digital twin technology.   

Twin Health’s program integrates the Whole-Body Digital Twin™ technology with a specialized care team. This team continuously monitors sensor data, provides tailored recommendations, and offers support throughout your health journey. *Artificial Intelligence Delivers a Higher Remission Rate for Type 2 Diabetes Compared to Conventional Care.  


Unlearn.AI's digital twin generators utilize patient-level data to forecast changes in an individual’s health over time. Unlearn raised $50M in a Series C led by Altimeter Capital, to back their mission to speed up clinical trials with AI-powered digital twin tech, aiming to bring new treatments to patients faster by facilitating smaller, faster studies and reducing trial and error in medicine.  


KorrAI uses a combination of AI, ML, drone surveys, and satellite data to track and manage resources in the mining and environmental insurance sectors. Their technology allows for remote monitoring through digital twins, reducing the risks and costs associated with traditional methods.   

KorrAI (YC W22) has secured $1.6 million in funding to expedite the deployment of digital twins across the global natural resources sector.  

The pressing demand for new energy sources and the scarcity of these resources underscore the crucial role of the mining industry in paving the way to a low-carbon future. Co-founded by Rahul Anand and Rob McEwan, KorrAI leverages satellite data, on-site measurements, IoT, and AI to support the mining industry. The company aims to reduce operational costs, minimize risks, and enhance mining processes. This enables industry to locate and extract essential resources more quickly and responsibly, both environmentally and socially.  


Munich based RobCo, offers affordable robotics automation for SMEs. Their platform enables remote robot management through digital twins, simplifying operations with a low-code approach, eliminating complex programming needs.  

RobCo GmbH announced in February, 2024 that it has secured $42.5 million in Series B funding to bolster its development and expansion efforts. 

Founded in 2020 by three researchers, including Roman Hölzl, chair of robotics and artificial intelligence at the Technical University of Munich, RobCo specializes in creating flexible robotic hardware kits. These kits are designed for various applications in small and midsize enterprises (SMEs), such as machine loading and unloading, dispensing, palletizing, and welding. Alongside its patented modular hardware, RobCo also provides a low-code and remote system deployment approach. 


Mujin introduced the MujinController, which employs a real-time non-volatile digital twin and a suite of algorithms for perception, planning, and control, aiming to digitize and autonomously navigate the real world. They secured $85 million in the Series C funding round. 

MujinController utilizes a real-time digital twin and encompasses a comprehensive range of perception, planning, and control algorithms to digitize the physical world. This technology facilitates the autonomous operation of robots and industrial machinery, automating tasks in tough environments at industrial locations globally.  


Sedaro, a startup specializing in digital engineering software, has secured a Space Force contract to showcase the application of digital twins in spacecraft design. 

The $1.5 million contract, announced in August 2023 is part of a Small Business Innovation Research Phase 2 award. This initiative falls under the Orbital Prime program, which is managed by the U.S. Space Force and the Air Force Research Laboratory.  

Robbie Robertson, co-founder and CEO of Sedaro, said the company will use its cloud-based digital engineering software to design prototype spacecraft for missions known as ISAM, short for in-space servicing, assembly and manufacturing. 


The Digital Twin showcased on the ANNEA Platform serves as a digital counterpart to the physical wind turbines and their components. This goes beyond merely being a 3D model or a basic data visualization for monitoring purposes. The ANNEA Digital Twin provides predictive insights that enhance operational and maintenance efficiencies and performance optimization. ANNEA's expert team configures a hybrid Digital Twin for each wind turbine and its key components.  

ANNEA, a climate tech startup utilizes AI to generate digital twins of all components within wind turbines, eliminating the need for extra sensors. Specializing in predictive maintenance and performance optimization for renewable energy, they raised $2.9 million in Seed funding.  


The digital twin market represents a burgeoning sector within the broader technology landscape, characterized by rapid growth, innovation, and wide-ranging applications across multiple industries. At its core, a digital twin is a virtual replica of a physical object, process, system, or service.  

According to Rajat Srivastava, Lead Analyst, BIS Research, “The digital twin market is experiencing rapid growth, driven by increasing adoption across various industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, automotive, and aerospace. This growth is fueled by the need for improved operational efficiency, predictive maintenance, and innovation. Advances in internet of things (IoT), AI technologies, big data and ML technologies are key enablers of digital twin capabilities, allowing for more accurate simulations, real-time data analysis, and predictive analytics. Analysts often emphasize the role of these technologies in expanding the potential applications and effectiveness of digital twins. The market is seeing a rise in industry-specific applications of digital twins, with tailored solutions addressing the unique challenges and requirements of different sectors. This includes everything from optimizing manufacturing processes to personalizing healthcare treatments and enhancing urban planning.”