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

August 31, 2017

12:20 pm

The Midwest is home to more than friendly faces, great sports teams, and frigid weather. This part of the country is filled with startups and entrepreneurs that are more than happy to show the coasts where innovation really comes from. And with success stories like Groupon and Grubhub coming out of the Midwest, it’s no wonder this part of the country is so hungry to prove itself in the business world.

Over the last five years, TechCo has searched for the fastest growing companies in the country to compete in the Startup of the Year competition. This year is no different, as we’ve found 100 semifinalists in every industry from food and beverage to education and entertainment, revolutionizing technology in more ways than you can count.

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 between October 9th and October 11th, take a look at all the companies hailing from the Midwest below. Also, make sure to vote by clicking on the links provided!


BallotReady (Chicago, IL) [Click to Vote]

BallotReady is the nonpartisan online voter guide to every race and referendum. From the top of the ticket to the very bottom, BallotReady helps voters compare candidates based on stances on issues, biography, and endorsements.

BeyondTag (Chicago, IL) [Click to Vote]

Users wish a price on every product and instantly know whether they got the deal! Never pay full price again and always have a say.

ChangEd (Chicago, IL) [Click to Vote]

ChangEd is an iOS app that helps student loan borrowers pay down their debt more effectively using spare change from everyday purchases. Get out of debt years sooner without any budgeting.

The LISA App (Chicago, IL) [Click to Vote]

The LISA App brings together thousands of service providers (i.e., artists) through technology. LISA’s independent artists determine the services that they will provide, where they want to provide those services, and the price that they want to charge. LISA is an artist’s storefront, and that artist can manage his or her entire clientele from our platform.

Luna Lights (Chicago, IL) [Click to Vote]

Luna Lights is an automated lighting system that utilizes behavior analysis to keep older adults safer at night.

PhenixP2P (Chicago, IL) [Click to Vote]

PhenixP2P is revolutionizing content delivery with the world’s only real-time video streaming platform enabling unprecedented low latency video at massive scale.


GoSun Stove (Cincinnati, OH) [Click to Vote]

Breakthrough solar technology that cooks like an oven. GoSun is making outdoor cooking easier, cleaner and more accessible around the world.

Juggle (Columbus, OH) [Click to Vote]

Juggle helps families by connecting them with mom-approved college students for on-demand childcare, pet sitting, and party assistance via a mobile app that allows them to look, book and pay sitters their friends have used and reviewed.

Spatial.AI (Cincinnati, OH) [Click to Vote]

With Spatial, navigate the world like a local with a dynamic, human-driven layer of social intelligence for maps.


SPLT (Detroit, MI) [Click to Vote]

SPLT is a proven carpooling platform for enterprise reinventing the commute, partnered with Lyft for on-demand non-emergency medical transport.


Allergy Amulet (Madison, WI) [Click to Vote]

The Allergy Amulet is a rapid, portable, point-of-consumption food allergen and ingredient detection device that connects to a patent-pending disposable test strip.


JuniorTube (Lafayette, IN) [Click to Vote]

JuniorTube is a collection of curated educational videos for kids and students in K-12 schools.


PerfectCube (Kansas City, MO) [Click to Vote]

PerfectCube gives retail business owners easy, timely and affordable access to information they need to make better decisions faster.

North Dakota

PHR Plus (Fargo, ND) [Click to Vote]

PHR Plus is a SaaS platform that powers population health programs and puts individuals in control over their health information.

Register Now to Attend Innovate! and Celebrate 2017

Come join us at the Innovate! and 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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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at

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