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People Board the Rise of The Rest Road Trip bus in May in Atlanta. (Flickr / Rise of the Rest / Atlanta-Rising 31 / CC BY 2.0 / cropped and resized)

Eight startups named for Rise of the Rest pitch contest

Eight Baltimore-area startups will compete for a $100,000 investment prize when AOL co-founder Steve Case brings his “Rise of the Rest” bus tour to Baltimore Monday.

Case’s tour is part of an effort to promote startups and entrepreneurship nationwide and will include visits to Baltimore incubators such as Fast Forward and Betamore as well as companies including Under Armour and OrderUp before the pitch contest at the Baltimore Museum of Industry Monday afternoon.

The eight competing startups are:

  • ShapeU – A web platform that lets users set personal training goals and form groups to support and encourage each other.
  • Sisu Global Health – A medical device company that has developed a way re-transfuse a patient’s own blood.
  • Edessa – An automated hand washing system that automatically dispenses soap from faucets.
  • Sonavex – A simplified ultrasound device to detect blood clots.
  • Giftcard Rescue – A platform that allows users to buy discounted gift cards and sell unwanted cards for cash.
  • Proscia – Developers of digital pathology and image analysis technology.
  • Javazen – Providers of healthier coffee blends.
  • PapGene – A system for early-detection of ovarian cancer.

The pitch contest will be judged by Case, former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous, OrderUp Founder Chris Jeffrey and others, according to Revolution LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based investment firm founded and co-chaired by Case.

The Rise of the Rest tours have invested $1.5 million in startups in 14 cities across the country, according to Revolution.