TechCo Startup of Year

Who should be named Startup of the Year from the Midwest [East North] region? You can share your opinion by voting for your favorite startup in our Reader’s Choice Poll below. Reader’s Choice Poll voting will help guide the selection of the top 100 startup semifinalists who will compete for cash, prizes and more, at the Innovate! and Celebrate conference in San Francisco on October 9th – 11th, 2017. The deadline to vote is July 12th.

There’s a “Click to Vote” link next to each startup below, vote for the startup you like the best located in the Midwest [East North] region:

Akanocure Pharmaceuticals (West Lafayette, IN) [Click to Vote]
Akanocure develops a novel class of bioinspired anticancer agents for orphan and unmet needs in cancer using disruptive chemistry technology.

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.

Beehex (Columbus, OH) [Click to Vote]
BeeHex designs and builds commercial 3D food printers and fresh-food producing robots – all controlled by BeeHex software and mobile app. BeeHex’s Chef3D printers and food bots streamline fresh food production with truly personalized nutrition.

Edcoda (Kansas City, MO) [Click to Vote]
Edcoda is an educational technology startup that has gamifies everyday practice and assessment items using a 3D video game to engage students, as well as provides management tools and analytics to teachers.

Everykey (Cleveland, OH) [Click to Vote]
Everykey unlocks your phone, laptop, tablet, house door, car door, and other access-controlled devices when you are nearby, then locks them back down when you walk away.

FanFood (Iowa City, IA) [Click to Vote]
FanFood app allows fans to have concessions delivered directly to their seat at sporting events!

FireStrike Industries (Elgin, IL) [Click to Vote]
Fear no fire with military grade technology called the Phoenix! Keep your home safe with FireStrike Industry’s revolutionary invention that will automatically detect and suppress fires with a dry chemical.

FlipSnap (Chagrin Falls, OH) [Click to Vote]
Flip out of reality and into the world of FlipSnap, the only augmented reality App that allows you to seamlessly merge yourself into videos with your favorite celebrities, brands, and friends.

Food Design Headquarters (East Lansing, MI) [Click to Vote]
Food Design Headquarters is a user friendly mobile application that transforms your heinous home cooking into world class dishes.

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.

Haptile (Flushing, MI) [Click to Vote]
Haptile serves as an alternative to traditional super PACs, and an avenue to diplomacy with one of the most restricted yet lucrative internet markets on the planet, China.

Indigo Interactive (Schaumburg, IL) [Click to Vote]
Indigo Interactive, a women-owned education tech firm, offers Jura®, accreditation software that streamlines quality management process and workflow.

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.

JuniorTube (Lafayette, IN) [Click to Vote]
JuniorTube is a collection of curated educational videos for kids and students in K-12 schools.

LOOK (Lafayette, IN) [Click to Vote]
The next big thing in content marketing and education is video. LOOK is for content marketing and employee education, using videos.

Losant (Cincinnati, OH) [Click to Vote]
Losant provides an Internet of Things solution platform that allows enterprises to build complex, connected solutions quickly and easily.

Military Cost Cutters (Davenport, IA) [Click to Vote]
Military Cost Cutters connects military friendly businesses with the military community via our centralized web and mobile platform.

Mimir (Indianapolis, IN) [Click to Vote]
Mimir automates the Computer Science classroom and helps students find jobs while doing it.

Modern Thrive (Peoria, IL) [Click to Vote]
Modern Thrive is an online platform that teaches people how to pivot into self-employment.

Mycroft AI (Kansas City, MO) [Click to Vote]
Mycroft AI is the open-source alternative to the Silicon giants artificial intelligence.

MySwimPro (Ann Arbor, MI) [Click to Vote]
MySwimPro is a technology company that helps members of its community achieve their fitness and training goals by delivering personalized swim workouts, instructional video content and analytics through mobile and wearable apps.

NextChapter (Columbus, OH) [Click to Vote]
TurboTax for Bankruptcy Attorneys. NextChapter is a web application for attorneys to prepare, manage and file their bankruptcy cases online.

Nopneu (Cincinnati, OH) [Click to Vote]
Nopneu is a social enterprise, biotech startup dedicated to empowering caregivers to say no to pneumonia w/ innovative diagnostic technology.

NursePass (Lafayette, IN) [Click to Vote]
Today’s school nurses, faced with increased duties, are turning to NursePass so they can focus more on what they know best, student health.

Parihug (Cleveland, OH) [Click to Vote]
With Parihug, share hugs with loved ones all over the world, and add the humanity back into long-distance technological communication.

Prndl (East Lansing, MI) [Click to Vote]
Prndl lets you reserve parking in advance, and make additional income.

Purse Strings (Grayslake, IL) [Click to Vote]
Purse Strings educates users on how to reach, engage and earn the female dollar.

Qikpix (Normal, IL) [Click to Vote]
Qikpix is an on-demand photography service. Book a photographer in as little as 60 seconds for just $99 per hour. Professionally edited photos are just $1.50

SenseStyles (Westmont, IL) [Click to Vote]
SenseStyles.com is an online try room where you can create a 3D twin of yourself and try different styles. You can also compare various looks of yourself to find the best one.

SharedWorkshop (Harrison Twp, MI) [Click to Vote]
We are a peer-to-peer marketplace that matches companies with excess manufacturing capacity with those who need it.

Solar Screen (Cleveland, OH) [Click to Vote]
Solar Screen is a health awareness marketing company who is dedicated to fighting against skin cancer, providing assistance to the community.

Solutions Vending International (Columbus, OH) [Click to Vote]
Solutions Vending (SVI) is an automated retail technology company with a SaaS platform for intelligent vending solutions driven by data and analytics.

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.

TapOnIt Mobile Deals (Davenport, IA) [Click to Vote]
TapOnIt is the newest form of mobile marketing. We build databases of opt-in subscribers that want to receive offers from local businesses!

WES (Cleveland, OH) [Click to Vote]
WES’s payment/investment system is independent of existing credit cards, debit cards, mobile pay solutions, or investment firms. Our system can perform 3-second anonymous debit payments using digital currency stored on NFC cards.

Thank you to our Startup of the Year sponsors and partners.
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We invite you to join us at Innovate! and Celebrate the 3-day global conference in San Francisco on October 9th-11th. Aside from our 5th annual Startup of the Year Competition, this conference is a must attend event to meet thought-leaders, mentors, investors, and media. Watch the video below, we hope to see you there.