SEMIFINALISTS SELECTED FOR 43NORTH, THE $5 MILLION STARTUP COMPETITION

DATE: July 25, 2016

Contact: Katie Krawczyk  |  716.218.0585  |  [email protected] 

142 companies advance for shot at $1 million grand prize

BUFFALO, NY – Today, 43North–The $5 million startup competition–announced its 142 year-three semifinalists. 43North attracts entrepreneurs from around the world to compete for prizes that turn startups with high growth potential into funded enterprises in Buffalo, N.Y.

The semifinalists were vetted during a formal, month-long review period conducted by judges from an array of professional sectors. The 2016 semifinalist list is live on 43North.org.

The 2016 competition includes a revised prize structure that now features a grand prize of $1 million, a runner-up prize of $600,000, and six $500,000 awards. An additional $400,000 will be awarded to winners as incentivized follow-on funding. Part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, the competition operates through $6 million in support from the New York Power Authority and $1 million from Empire State Development.

“43North was born out of Governor Cuomo’s visionary Buffalo Billion initiative and over the last two and a half years, 43North has constantly improved its processes to ensure the best possible results for the Western New York community. This year, 43North doubled down on strategies designed to attract the highest quality startups to enter the competition and I’m very pleased with the caliber of our applicants,” said 43North Board Chairman William J. Maggio Jr. “I’m excited to see which companies make it through our semifinal round to join us at our finals in Buffalo in October.”

“43North is helping to put Buffalo on the map for quality startups, and that can be seen in this year’s class of semifinalists, which hail from across the U.S. and around the globe,” said 43North Executive Director John T. Gavigan. “Over the coming weeks, our semifinalists will each give live video pitches to a team of judges who will help us determine which are best of the best; these startups will become this year’s finalists.”

43North has an inclusive semifinalists set, with 37 percent of semifinalists having founders who identified themselves as being of African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino or other non-white ethnicity and 23 percent identifying as women, which is significant, given that the Center for Venture Research states that only 7 percent of annual U.S. venture capital funding is awarded to women (TechRepublic, July 2014).

    

The 43North competition is broken down into three rounds:

  • Round 1 (March 4 – May 31, 2016): Application period.
  • Round 2 (July-August 2016): Live semifinals video pitches.
  • Round 3 (October 26 & 27, 2016): Finalist teams will pitch their businesses in person to a panel of judges in Buffalo. The competition concludes with a celebration of 8 selected winners.

 

The 2016 Semifinalists (and their hometowns) are:

8 Beat Co. Ltd. – Seoul, South Korea
Abcombi Biosciences Inc. – Buffalo, New York
AccuTheranostics,  Inc – Buffalo, New York
Admetsys – Boston, Massachusetts
Andromium – San Francisco, California
Angiograft.,  LLC – Amherst, New York  
AreaProbe – Washington, DC
Argo Tutors – New York, New York
Arthena – New York, New York  
Asarasi, Inc. – Katonah, New York  
Beagle Inc. – Kitchener, Ontario
Behold.ai – New York, New York  
BioSavita – Plymouth, Michigan  
Bounce Imaging – Boston, Massachusetts  
Brainiac Supplements,  LLC – Tucson, Arizona
Buffalo Automation – Buffalo, New York  
Caseworx – Long Beach, California  
Cellular Preservation Technologies,  LLC – Buffalo, New York  
Chalk.com – Kitchener, Ontario  
Chorus Connection – New York, New York
CleanCapital – Alexandria, Virginia   
ClearView Social – Buffalo, New York   
Cogentis Therapeutics – Baltimore, Maryland
ColdBlock Technologies Inc. – St. Catherines, Ontario
Color Pencils – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
CommPro Global,  Inc. – New York, New York  
Crowdmark Inc. – Toronto, Ontario
D&P Bioinnovations – San Diego, California  
DecisionLink Corporation – Atlanta, Georgia
Dozr Inc. – Guelph, Ontario
Empirican Group,  LLC – Buffalo, New York
Energy Harvesters LLC – Boston, Massachusetts  
Eventuosity LLC – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
ExpertFile Inc. – Toronto, Ontario
FABRIQ – Boulder, Colorado  
Fanbassador – Buffalo, New York
Fibralign Corp. – Union City, California
Fiducia Solutions LLC – Buffalo, New York   
FluxTeq,  LLC – Blacksburg, Virginia
Formarum Inc – Richmond Hill, Ontario  
Garwood Medical Devices,  LLC – Buffalo, New York  
General Technologies Corp Ltd – New York, New York  
GlucoGuide Corp. – London, Ontario
GoldBean – New York, New York  

GroupRaise – Houston, Texas
Growth Maps – Santa Clara, California
Guard Llama – Chicago, Illinois
GYPSY CIRCLE – New York, New York
HarkerBIO LLC – Buffalo, New York  
Healthwick – Oakville, Ontario
HigherMe – Boston, Massachusetts
Humblee – Brooklyn, New York
iClinical Inc – San Francisco, California
iGreet – Sofia, Bulgaria
Instant Access Networks,  LLC – Arnold, Maryland
Integral Information Systems,  LLC – Buffalo, New York
IntuiTap Medical – Houston, Texas
iRxReminder LLC – Cleveland, Ohio
JBM computer Consultants – West Seneca, New York  
Jointle – Mystic, Connecticut  
Karz Software Technologies – Kfar Saba, Israel
Kemgo Inc. – Princeton, New Jersey  
Ketos Inc. – Santa Clara, California
Knowledgehook – Waterloo, Ontario
Lab Sensor Solutions,  Inc. – Redwood City, California  
Learning Hyperdrive Inc. – Rockville, Maryland
Living Lean – Miranda, Australia  
Loptr LLC – East Aurora, New York  
Loupe – Buffalo, New York  
Meals IQ – Vasteras, Sweden  
Medella Health Inc. – Waterloo, Ontario  
MedWhat – San Francisco, California  
Mitigate Injury Management Inc. – Buffalo, New York  
MobioSense – Boston, Massachusetts  
Mother Nature’s Sugar – Clarence Center, New York
MultiScopic Instruments,  LLC – Norwell, Massachusetts  
MUrgency Inc. – San Francisco, California  
My Pro Hero – Waterloo, Ontario  
Near Field Magnetics,  Inc. (NFMI) – Milford, New Hampshire
NeoReach – San Francisco, California  
NeuroTrix LLC – St Augustine, Florida  
NeXtGen Biologics,  Inc. – Gainesville, Florida  
NG Needle – Jerusalem, Israel  
Nicoya Lifesciences – Kitchener, Ontario  
Novel 3D Printing – E. Amherst, New York
Odesso Los Angeles, California  
Oncolinx – Boston, Massachusetts  
Oneiric Hockey – Toronto, Ontario  
OSVehicle – Palo Alto, California  
Ovitz – West Henrietta, New York  
Pathcore Inc – Toronto, Ontario  
PathoVax – Baltimore, Maryland  
Patient Pattern, Inc – Buffalo, New York  
Pendo Systems – Montclair, New Jersey
Pitstop – Kitchener, Ontario
PneumaGlide,  P.C. – Grand Island, New York
PostProcess Technologies – Buffalo, New York  
Precision Scientific Instruments, Inc. – Buffalo, New York  
Pundit – New York, New York  
Quantified Habits Inc. – Alexandria, Virginia  
RaceIQ Engineering – Atlanta, Georgia  
Rachel’s Remedies Buffalo, New York
RightBlue Labs – Toronto, Ontario
Sampler – Toronto, Ontario  
SandBox Commerce – Austin, Texas
SciKon Innovation, Inc. – Durham, North Carolina
Self Care Catalysts Inc – Toronto, Ontario  
Semantix – Gainesville, Florida  
SensPD – Haifa, Israel 
Sevengenes – Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Shipedge,  LLC – Durham, North Carolina  
Sintact Medical Systems – Bloomington, Indiana
SirenMD – Miami, Florida   

Snapwise Inc. – Kitchener, Ontario  
Sober Grid – Boston, Massachusetts
Soccer Office Maryland, LLC – Pocomoke City, Maryland  
Sodium Analyte Level Test (S.A.L.T.) – New York, New York  
Stathletes – St. Catherines, Ontario  
StimMed, LLC – Buffalo, New York  
Strawberry Energy – Belgrade, Serbia
Stroovy – San Diego, California  
SynchroPET – Stony Brook, New York  
TalkMarkets – Highland Park, New Jersey  
TeamUp Oy – Tampere, Finland
Tellspec Inc. – Toronto, Ontario  
The Crated – Brooklyn, New York  
The Wealth Factory Washington, D.C.
Thimble.io – Buffalo, New York  
Third Eye Design, Inc, – Pittsford, New York  
Topspin Technologies Ltd. – London, Ontario  
TVL International LLC – Matthews, North Carolina
U-Feast Corporation – Markham, Ontario  
uConekt Inc. – Pickering, Ontario  
UltraCell Insulation – Lewiston, New York  
UND Life Sciences- Federal Way, Washington  
University Beyond – New York, New York
Validere – Toronto, Ontario 
Visual Action Software,  Inc. – Dallas, Texas  
WearWorks – New York, New York  
WeDidIt – Brooklyn, New York
Yosi Inc – New York, New York  
Zizmos Inc. – Menlo Park, California  

 

To learn more about the past 2014 and 2015 winners, click here.

 

About 43North

43North is the $5 million startup competition, awarding cash prizes to some of the best entrepreneurs and startups from around the world. 43North winners also receive free incubator space in Buffalo for one year, guidance from mentors in related fields, and access to other business incentive programs such as START-UP NY. 43North operates through the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative and grants of $6 million from the New York Power Authority and $1 million from Empire State Development. Additional support comes from National Grid and several other sponsors. For a full list of sponsors and more information about 43North, visit www.43north.org.

 

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