June 25, 2015
Wednesday night, Tech Cocktail (a Tech.Co production) took its Startup of the Year Competition and Tour to the gritty streets of Baltimore. Seven startups showcased their ideas and pitched to the audience. There were several health/medical related startups, which is not surprising due to the presence of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and its strong health and science programs. Other startups showcased products and services for urban farming, food allergy solutions, and rentable office space solutions inspired by AirBnB.
The Showcasing Startups:
Urban Pastoral, LLC
Aristotle Health, LLC
From these seven, two were chosen (by online vote and live audience vote) to move on to the Startup of the Year final competition at Tech.Co’s Celebrate Conference that takes place October 4-6 in Las Vegas.
Reader’s Choice: Mooki
Mooki.co is a professional social network that helps connect college students and recent graduates with companies seeking new talent. Their goal is to bridge the gap between higher education and the needs of the larger economy. One big feature of Mooki is the virtual competitions they host to help students showcase their talents and gain valuable experience. They also offer built-in resumes and any experience that takes place through Mooki’s platform will be automatically uploaded to the student’s on-site resume. Some of their features are still under wraps until their official launch, which is planned for August.
Live Pitch Winner: Sonavex
Sonavex has created a solution to easily monitor for blood clots at surgical sites. Their two-part solution consists first of an absorbable tissue marker to mark the surgical site (EchoMark) and software (EchoFind) to guide users to the right position and extract blood flow data. According to the Sonavex website
“Each year, over 550,000 patients in the U.S. alone will undergo procedures where arteries or veins are surgically connected (anastomosis). These procedures are performed in reconstructive, transplant and vascular surgery. Invariably, there is a risk of a clot (thrombosis) forming in the newly connected vessels during the postoperative period. Detecting clot formation in a rapid manner allows intervention to remove the clot before it permanently blocks the vessels and is key to preventing catastrophic and costly surgical failures.”
Want to get in on the startup competition? Apply now!
Image Credit: Flickr/Ian Freimuth
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