2015 Charlotte Venture Challenge Finalists Selected

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14th ANNUAL CHARLOTTE VENTURE CHALLENGE FINALISTS SELECTED

30 Finalists to Compete

 

On March 31st, 2015, the Charlotte Venture Challenge (CVC) will showcase 30 finalists selected from over 112 startup competitors located throughout the Southeast. This year’s finals event will introduce these emerging companies to investors, corporate executives, and the business community.

The 2015 Challenge will be held in partnership with the Southeast Venture Conference (SEVC), giving finalists access to 600+ investors and Fortune 500 innovation executives. The event features exciting speakers, including Steve Wozniak, “The Woz”, co-founder of Apple and Scott Kupor, Managing Partner of Andreessen Horowitz.

The Charlotte Venture Challenge Finals will be held on Tuesday, March 31, at Le Meridien, Charlotte, NC. It is open to the public, with registration required. The 30 finalists will pitch and take questions from judging panels made up of investors and potential early corporate customers for a chance to win cash prizes.

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“The Charlotte Venture Challenge continues to attract innovative early-stage companies” said Devin Collins, Assistant Director, Charlotte Research Institute. “We are excited to connect these companies with the investors at the Southeast Venture Conference.”

The 2015 Charlotte Venture Challenge finalists are listed below:

Competition categories are: General, Health IT & Biotechnology, IT & Informatics, New Energy & High Technology, and Student Ventures.

General – SnapYeti (Raleigh, NC), GuideOn (Whispering Pines, NC), GivStream (Simpsonville, SC), Halo Smart Labs (Charlotte, NC), Tiger Eye Sensor (Clayton, NC), FotoSwipe (Raleigh, NC)

Health IT and Biotechnology – dReiniger (Chapel Hill, NC), StethoBarrier (Carrboro, NC), Surgilum (Wilmington, NC), Magna Solutions (Boone, NC), Tarian Orthotics, (Mount Pleasant, SC)

IT and Informatics –  Akili Software (Raleigh, NC), BountyMiner (Chapel Hill,NC), Quorum (Washington, DC), ShomoLive (Charlotte, NC), KWIPPED (Wilmington, NC), DYME (Charlotte, NC)

New Energy and High Technology – Verdante Bioenergy Services (Lenoir, NC) General Graphene (Oak Ridge, TN), EcoH20 Innovations (Charlotte, NC), Bluecell Energy, (Research Triangle Park, NC)

Student Ventures – SmartBrush (UNC Charlotte), The Citizen (Lenoir-Rhyne University), MYO’bility (Appalachian State University) TeacherLoop (NC State), RightOn (Pfeiffer University), Waterless Buddy’s, LLC (UNC Chapel Hill), CommuniGift (UNC Chapel Hill), SquaddD (Elon University), LoboStim (NC State)

In order to attend the Charlotte Venture Challenge and Southeast Venture Conference, please visit www.seventure.org to register.