After several rounds of vetting, eight finalists have been selected to pitch their businesses to a team of experts and compete for $75,000 in prizes at next week’s second annual Beta City event, Betamore announced Thursday.
The pitch contest is one portion of the celebration and showcase of Maryland entrepreneurship and innovation, which will be held Sept. 29 at Sagamore Ventures’s City Garage facility – home to several companies with a light-manufacturing focus.
“This year, the applications to present at our pitch competition grew by over 70 percent, attracting local, national and international companies,” Betamore CEO Jennifer Meyer said in a statement. “Beta City is confirming what many already know: that our region is attracting top-tier talent and investment for entrepreneurs.”
The eight competitors are:
emocha – a mobile health platform that provides real-time access to health data;
Fixt – a mobile app that helps with maintenance for internet-connected devices;
Sickweather – an app that scans social media for posts indicating illness, then provides users with a score indicating the relative level of illness in their area;
Sisu Global Health – a medical device company that has developed a way to salvage and reuse blood lost during surgery and wants to improve health access in remote and developing areas;
SnobSwap – a simple online platform that give uses access to a collection of high-end boutiques;
Tissue Analytics – makers of a mobile app to help assess skin wounds and offer information to both patients and providers;
TopBox – a software company that offers cloud-based interaction analytics to help organizations discover the root cause of issues that affect their customers;
Workbench – a platform that allows educators to create and share classes and monitor student progress on activities in real time.
Another 17 entrepreneurs and companies have been selected to demo their ideas and products at a Beta City VIP event following the competition.