This the third and final preview we’re giving of 43North, the $5 million startup competition, during which 18 startups will be traveling to Buffalo from across the U.S. and Canada to pitch in a Shark Tank-style event at Shea’s this Wednesday. Ultimately, there will be eight winners – eight startups that will be awarded $1 million or $500,000 and will pack their bags in January to move to Buffalo for a minimum of one year.
Part One and Part Two in this series covered 12 of the 18 finalists. Here, we break down the six remaining on the list of potential 2018 43North winners and Buffalo’s newest startups.
Routeique – Vancouver, British Columbia
Routeique synchronizes supply chains. They align partners, large and small, to enable data and product to flow seamlessly from partner to partner. From the largest manufacturers to their networks of distributors, to retailers large and small, Routeique ties them all together into a single, harmonious system, improving profitability along the way.
Rozzy Learning Company – St. Louis, Missouri
Rozzy Learning Company is a subscription-based software company that sells digital education materials with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and careers. In 18 months, they have signed on over 400 schools, generated over $300,000 in revenue and have retained 98% of their clients.
Savormetrics – Mississauga, Ontario
Savormetrics is a technology leader in artificial intelligence-driven portable sensing devices that provide businesses in the food sector with meaningful food safety and quality metrics. They help food processors, grocery chains and grain elevators to reduce shrinkage costs due to spoilage, regulatory issues and out of spec recalls.
SparkCharge – Syracuse, New York
SparkCharge offers a portable electric vehicle charging unit that is small, ultra-fast, and modular. Since SparkCharge’s chargers are compact, they can be delivered to an EV owner on demand via Uber, Lyft or AAA. This creates a mobile on-demand charging infrastructure allowing electric vehicle owners to have their cars charged fast and anywhere.
Touchjet – Campbell, California
Touchjet is a unified collaboration platform with hardware, software and a SaaS business model transforming how people collaborate digitally in meeting rooms and classrooms. Their solution is cost effective, to enable large touchscreen interactivity with mobile integration and cloud services for people to share content and collaborate.
Water Hero – Beverly, Massachusetts
Water Hero is an IoT device that allows you to control your water with your smartphone. You get real time water usage information. You can turn your water on/off remotely, and if a pipe breaks in your house, it automatically shuts your water off and sends you a text.
The $5 million 43North startup competition is designed to encourage entrepreneurs with high growth potential to compete for enterprise funding in Western New York. The finalists will participate in two rounds of live pitching at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo on October 3 for a shot at one of 43North’s eight cash awards, which include a $1 million grand prize and seven awards of $500,000.
The evening pitch session is, for the first time, SOLD OUT. However, daytime pitches are still free and open to the public, with no registration or tickets required.
Wednesday, October 3
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Shea’s Performing Arts Center