ShowStoppers Announces The 12 Finalists In Their Sixth Annual Launchit Startup Competition At CES 2018
We are just days away from the largest consumer technology event in the western hemisphere. CES 2018 officially opens on January 9th. On the day before the official opening 12 startups from across the globe will be pitching to a room full of venture capitalists, accelerator heads, and top tier media at ShowStoppers sixth annual Launchit competition.
The 12 startups were curated and selected out of a field of hundreds that applied this year, to the premiere startup pitch event at CES. The startups are all part of Eureka Park, the startup show, within the CES show that has over 900 startups exhibiting through January 12th.
The startups came from far and wide and represent a variety of popular technologies in 2018. Autonomous vehicles, distributed energy solutions, portable wifi and more are all represented during the event.
Here are the 12 startups selected:
- Athom, from Enschede, Netherlands — maker of Homey, the heart of the smart home.
- Big Boy Systems, from Wavre, Belgium – which developed and patented a camera and audio system made to see and hear like a human, recording in 3D and streaming content to VR headsets – used for surgery, psychology, technical training, education and entertainment.
- Cardiomo Care Inc., from New York City – maker of wearable technology and an analytics platform for heart disease prevention.
- Cinema Snowglobes, from San Francisco – the beloved nostalgic snowglobe, reinvented for the 21st Century.
- Cubomania, from Mykolaiv, Mykolaivs’ka oblast, Ukraine – interactive cubes to help children develop motor skills, logic, mathematics, financial literacy.
- Pebby Corp., from Sunnyvale, CA – a robotics company that strengthen the bonds between pet parents and pets, anytime, anywhere.
- Picoo, from Eindhoven, Netherlands – a robust, no-screen handheld that uniquely combines what kids love: interactive technology and active play.
- Robomart, from Santa Clara, CA – a fleet of on-demand, autonomous, self-driving stores for grocery retailers.
- SolarGaps, from San Francisco, CA – solving the world’s energy crisis with a network of distributed-energy solutions for Smart Cities.
- Velco, from Paris, France – designing and selling solutions for smarter, more personalized urban mobility, including the Wink Bar, the first connected handlebar.
- Stream, from Amsterdam, Netherlands – which provides secure mobile WiFi hotspots with embedded Cloud SIM technology to enable unlimited data in 100+ countries.
- Zhor-Tech, from Nancy, France – which pioneers smart shoes.
The 2018 Launchit judges panel included:
- Nicholas Zaldastani, managing director, Zaldastani Ventures and a Mentor Capitalist leveraging his venture capital and serial entrepreneurial experiences.
- Marita McGinn, manager of hardware products, Indiegogo, an international crowdfunding platform.
- Sharona Justman, a businesswoman known for connecting companies and leaders to align in creating rich opportunities for business. She co-founded STEP Strategy Advisors, an advisory firm focused on technology and consumer products providing strategic planning and acquisitions advisory to facilitate expanding the growth of companies through market entry expansion planning and execution.
- Arthur Rubinfeld, former chief creative officer and president, Global Innovation and Operational Lead of Starbucks Reserve Roasteries for Starbucks Coffee and Founder of AIRVISION. Rubenfeld is known for leading-edge, visionary work in integrated brand positioning, marketing, and design in retail. He is the author of Built for Growth: Expanding Your Business Around the Corner or Across the Globe, which has been printed in six languages.
The pitch event happens on Monday January 8th at the Mandalay Bay.