Arizona Startup Contest

Arizona Innovation Challenge Names 25 Semifinalists

There are now 25 startups from across Arizona and across the country competing for $3 million dollars in startup money. The competition is held annually by the Arizona Commerce Authority, reports the Arizona Republic.

The Arizona Commerce Authority received 138 applications from Arizona, Wisconsin, Texas, California and Massachusetts across a variety of technically related disciplines.

The semifinalist pool certainly runs the entire spectrum of modern technology. Companies from telemedicine to the internet of things are represented in the last below, as published by the Arizona Republic:

– eVisit, telemedicine company, Gilbert

– CampusLogic, financial aid solutions, Gilbert.

– Crowd Mics, a mobile app that turns smartphones into wireless microphones, Mesa.

– eMoneyPool, a community finance tool, Phoenix.

– Eventinterface, cloud-based software for event planning, Scottsdale.

Higgle, online shopping site where consumers can name the price they want to pay, Scottsdale.

iTel, solutions to help health providers connect with patients, Scottsdale.

Outski, trip-planning solutions, Tucson.

RevolutionParts Inc., online auto parts sales, Tempe.

Sentinel Internet Systems, online content monitoring solutions, Phoenix.

Smart Armor, a bluetooth-enabled portable locking system, Tempe.

Swimlane, security automation solutions, Tempe.

– WIQ Pinnacle, a web-based interactive platform that combines real-time voice and data interaction, Scottsdale.

IT/hardware semifinalists are:

– Keasy Lock, a high-tech lock system, Phoenix.

– Matrix Medical, which has developed systems to track orthopedic and spinal implants, based in New Berlin, Wis.

Bio/life sciences semifinalists are:

– Beacon Biomedical, a Scottsdale medical device company with blood tests for early cancer detection.

NVI Algae, a Phoenix company that has developed ways to produce highly valuable oils from algae biomass for use in dietary supplements and health products.

RightBio Metrics, a Scottsdale company with fluid measurement technologies.

VisionGate, a Phoenix company that has developed a non-invasive test for detection of lung cancer.

Advanced manufacturing and advanced materials semifinalists are:

EZ Dump Commercial, which offers waste receptical solutions for industries, Phoenix.

Infra-Tect Inc., solutions for underground water- and sewer-pipe problems, Tempe.

– Numa Tactical Eyewear, advanced eyewear protection, Phoenix.

– RBar Energy, energy bars, Tucson.

Clean tech/renewable energy semifinalists are:

Energy Conservation Management, technology for reducing natural gas and other oil/gas use, Scottsdale.

– NextPotential, a waste-to-fuel clean energy company, Phoenix.

Finalists will be named in June and the winners will be announced later that month. Startup winners will receive up to $250,000 in capital