Meet the Top Startups Competing at Innovate Celebrate 2017 [WEST]

For anyone that loves beautiful weather, outdoor adventures, and innovative startups, the West Coast is the place to be. Not only do states like California, Colorado, Washington, and New Mexico enjoy enough sunshine to make tanning lotion a necessity, they also house some of the most inventive and ingenious companies around in tech hubs like Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle, and Albuquerque. Plus, with Silicon Valley calling the West Coast home, it’s hard to argue that this part of the country is the center of innovation.

In search of the Startup of the Year, TechCo has scoured the country for the best ideas, the most qualified teams, and the most revolutionary products on the market today. And trust us, we did not disappoint, as this year’s batch of startups is poised to impress even the most critical of judges. From game-changing artificial intelligence to impressive cybersecurity, these startups will make the entrepreneurial hair on the back of your neck stand on end.

If you’re interested in getting a glimpse at the startups competing at this year’s competition, which takes place at Innovate Celebrate 2017 in San Francisco, take a look at all the companies hailing from the West Coast below. Also, make sure to vote by clicking on the links provided!


Airspace Technologies (Carlsbad, CA) [Click to Vote]

Airspace Technologies offers end-to-end logistics solutions: we take a modern approach to time critical shipments by enabling technology.

Baarb (Los Angeles, CA) [Click to Vote]

Baarb is a revolutionary new way to book hotels on your desktop or mobile app. They’ve combined vast human experience with cutting-edge artificial intelligence and natural language search capability to deliver the highest level of personalized hotel search results that meet your individual preferences.

BenjiLock (Los Angeles, CA) [Click to Vote]

BenjiLock’s purpose is to redefine the personal security experience, using hybrid technology with the consumer in mind.

Brilliant (San Mateo, CA) [Click to Vote]

You don’t need a smartphone to manage your smart home. Brilliant’s Control lets you control your smart home devices directly from any room.

Chui (San Francisco, CA) [Click to Vote]

Chui is an intelligent access control company that utilizes machine learning and facial recognition to provide seamless access control and analytics.

Cnote (San Francisco, CA) [Click to Vote]

CNote Savings helps celebrate good savers by earning them 2.5 percent, that’s 40x more than a traditional savings account. CNote does this by working with a government-backed program, CDFI, to create what the public rarely hears about in finance.

Context AI (Santa Clara, CA) [Click to Vote]

Context AI harvests novel sound, vibration and bioelectric impulse data using bespoke wearable sensor arrays attuned for machine learning to discover digital biomarker fingerprints of health and disease

Court Buddy (San Francisco, CA) [Click to Vote]

Court Buddy is a legal tech platform that instantly matches people with vetted solo attorneys based on the client’s budget.

EVmatch (Santa Barbara, CA) [Click to Vote]

EVmatch brings electric vehicles mainstream with a peer-to-peer network of reservable charging stations available anywhere.

fAds (Los Angeles, CA) [Click to Vote]

fAds replaces ads with what you follow on Instagram so you can see what you want to see instead of what they want you to see.

FriendlyData (San Francisco, CA)

FriendlyData helps businesses make data accessible for non-technical people by providing a natural language interface to databases

Golden (San Francisco, CA)

Golden is an easy-to-use and secure financial assistant that helps assure the health and financial security of our loved ones as they get older.

JOY (San Francisco, CA) [Click to Vote]

JOY builds technology for families with the first icon based schedule watch known as the Octopus. The watch empowers kids by teaching them good habits and the concept of time. (San Francisco, CA) [Click to Vote] is the first of its kind, on-demand up streaming comedy service. They have the largest catalog of company representing over 650 comedians—from Aziz Ansari to Weird Al Yanjovic.

Lifelique (San Francisco, CA) [Click to Vote]

Lifeliqe is the world’s first visual publishing platform presenting complete interactive 3D middle school science curriculum. Students, teachers and homeschoolers can access more than 1000 premium, ready-to-use 3D & augmented reality models and lesson plans for learning, creating and sharing their own content.

Markett (Venice, CA) [Click to Vote]

Markett is a performance based platform that systematizes word of mouth marketing by providing ambassadors with all the tools they need to acquire new customers for their favorite brands.

Nimb (Los Altos, CA) [Click to Vote]

Nimb – security platform and a stylish ring to send an alert signal to any chosen and available response team member in case of an emergency

OpenInvest (San Francisco, CA) [Click to Vote]

OpenInvest is a social impact investing platform for retail investors. It uses proprietary technology to empower a user’s values and lets them take action, while their investments stay diversified and broadly tracking the performance of the market.

Oska Wellness (Carlsbad, CA) [Click to Vote]

Oska Wellness is a new health-tech, wearable pain relief device that can help areas of the body prone to injury and degeneration.

Pawprint (San Francisco, CA) [Click to Vote]

Pawprint is the official medical record for pets. Their platform handles all the paperwork needed to connect pet parents with veterinarians and service providers (groomers, daycares, boarders).

Pilotly (Oakland, CA) [Click to Vote]

Pilotly, the consumer insights platform that enables content creators to get feedback from target audiences anywhere in the world.

RentTrack (Santa Barbara, CA) [Click to Vote]

Build credit and pay rent. RentTrack is the only online payment portal that reports monthly rental payments to all three major credit bureaus.

Senstone  (San Francisco, CA)

Senstone is a sensitive voice tracker that lets creative people capture their thoughts and document life experiences on the go in just a finger snap.

Sentio (San Francisco, CA) [Click to Vote]

The Superbook by Sentio is empowering the next billion students and knowledge workers by giving “laptop superpowers” to smartphones.

SmartBeings (San Francisco, CA) [Click to Vote]

Smart Beings is combining device intelligence, cloud connectivity and feature-rich applications to solve real-world problems for intelligent security, facility awareness and virtual collaboration.

SnapCheck (San Francisco, CA) [Click to Vote]

SnapCheck is on a mission to eliminate paper checks and empower businesses to cross the digital divide in payments and save $50B annually.

SolarGaps (Redwood, CA) [Click to Vote]

The world’s first solar smart blinds.

Swiftmile (San Mateo, CA) [Click to Vote]

Swiftmile is a solar powered electric bike-sharing system for commuters. They have a 40 mile range and can travel up to 20 Mph. Just “Tap, rent and Roll” on their app to get going.

Up Sonder (Los Angeles, CA) [Click to Vote]

Up Sonder is an on-demand drone and service rental marketplace powered by UberRUSH. Drone pilots and drone owners earn extra money by listing their drone or service on their website for rent.

VaGenie (Los Angeles, CA) [Click to Vote]

VaGenie is a combination device and app Kegel trainer that helps women strengthen their pelvic floor. It’s a FitBit for lady bits!

Visabot (San Francisco, CA) [Click to Vote]

Visabot is an immigration robot powered by artificial intelligence, which aims to ease the visa application process for individuals looking to enter the United States of America.

Weavy (Los Angeles, CA) [Click to Vote]

Weavy is a framework that adds collaboration and enhanced communication to any web application. Instant messaging, video calls, document collaboration, file sharing, task management, integrations with Office 365, Dropbox, and more.

ZenSports (San Francisco, CA) [Click to Vote]

ZenSports lets anyone find and connect with friends and others to play sports. Download the app now and get on the field!


informu (Denver, CO) [Click to Vote]

Informu eliminates the stress, expense, and wasted time associated with losing valuables. They have created an intelligent flexible chip (Mu tag) integrated within an easy-to-use app to keep belongings safe.

Kitables (Boulder, CO) [Click to Vote]

Kitables gives people the confidence to build by selling approachable, project-based DIY kits in the fields of science, engineering, and beyond through a multi-channel direct to consumer ecommerce platform.


Booqu (Seattle, WA) [Click to Vote]

Booqu is the first online concierge that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to find and book local services.

New Mexico

Babierge (Albuquerque, NM) [Click to Vote]

Babierge is a baby equipment rental marketplace business that aims to delight vacationing families by providing trusted baby gear while providing their partners with a reliable and rewarding income.

MyTap Inc. (Albuquerque, NM) [Click to Vote]

Their product WhichCraft is changing the way people shop for craft beer by providing rich product details that teach users more about their beer palate.


Register Now to Attend Innovate Celebrate 2017

Come join us at the Innovate Celebrate conference in San Francisco, CA. The event will take place October 9-11, and is held in partnership with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

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