Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Finalists in the Fall 2018 Arizona Innovation Challenge

 

PHOENIX, AZ (December 10, 2018) — The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 20 finalists in the Fall 2018 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge, a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries.


As many as ten recipients in each round will receive up to $150,000 each in capital to grow their businesses, advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona. The funding for each awardee will be released in phases, according to milestones that are defined by participation in the Venture Ready mentorship program.

 

“The technologies being developed by each of our 20 finalists is truly impressive, and we congratulate them on being named finalists,” said Sandra Watson, President & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “I wish all of them the very best of luck in the next round of the competition and look forward to watching their final pitches!”

 

The 20 Fall 2018 Arizona Innovation Challenge Finalists are as follows:

Company

Industry 

Location

Atlas Guides, LLC

IT - Software

Flagstaff, AZ

Breezing Sciences

Bio & Life Sciences

Tempe, AZ

BrightGuest Technologies, Inc.

IT - Software

Gilbert, AZ

eTrack Tech, Inc.

IT - Software

Scottsdale, AZ

Innovative Climatic Technologies (Air2o)

Cleantech/Renewable Energy

Scottsdale, AZ

Kinetic Edge Systems, Inc.

Advanced Manufacturing

Tempe, AZ

Mindset Medical

IT - Software

Phoenix, AZ

Omni Bioceutical Innovations

Bio & Life Sciences

Phoenix, AZ

Optimum Technologies, Inc.

IT - Software

Mesa, AZ

OraVu

Bio & Life Sciences

Scottsdale, AZ

OTOjOY

IT - Hardware

Phoenix, AZ

Paradigm Diagnostics

Bio & Life Sciences

Phoenix, AZ

Persosa

IT - Software

Phoenix, AZ

Quote Countertops

IT - Software

Phoenix, AZ

Qwick

IT - Software

Phoenix, AZ

RexPay

IT - Software

Phoenix, AZ

Solid State Networks

IT - Software

Phoenix, AZ

The TouchPoint Solution

Bio & Life Sciences

Scottsdale, AZ

Trainual

IT - Software

Scottsdale, AZ

Virtuous Software, LLC

IT - Software

Phoenix, AZ

 

A total of 104 applications were received for the Fall 2018 round from companies across Arizona. The judges assessed each application on a set of criteria including technology potential, marketing strategy, quality of management team and economic impact.

 

The Fall 2018 semifinalist companies represent the following high-value sectors:

Sector

Count

Percentage

IT - Software

12

60%

Bio & Life Sciences

5

25%

Cleantech/Renewable Energy

1

5%

IT - Hardware

1

5%

Advanced Manufacturing

1

5%


Every applicant that meets the Challenge’s eligibility requirements receives constructive feedback generated from the rigorous online evaluation and scoring process. Semifinalists will participate in another round of judging and 20 finalists will be selected to continue on to the next round of the Challenge. Up to ten awardees will then be selected from that group of finalists.

 

All awardees will participate in Venture Ready, the ACA’s mentor program that connects early stage companies with high-level CEOs to further refine business plans and investor pitches. In order for the awardees to receive all of their grant funding, they will be required to successfully graduate from Venture Ready within 12 months.

 

Media Contact

Connie Weber, Arizona Commerce Authority, conniew@azcommerce.com

  

About the Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona's economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create - attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit azcommerce.com and follow the ACA on Twitter at @azcommerce.