Data Analytics, HealthIT, AI, Robotics, AgTech Computing, and SaaS Sectors Among Top Industry Sectors Represented
WASHINGTON, DC, May 17, 2017 — As part of MAVA’s ongoing commitment to foster seed and early-stage company growth, the latest group of startup companies has been selected from a range of industry sectors to be showcased on stage at the second installment of MAVA’s year-long TechBUZZ program for 2017. Since the program was launched in 2011, TechBUZZ presenting companies have received more than$610M in aggregate disclosed funding, with many more investments and acquisitions made under undisclosed terms.
The TechBUZZ Summer program will provide an unparalleled opportunity for these 17 selected companies to share their company launch and fund-raising pitch, in a four-minute format, along with their demo to an in-person audience of hundreds of business leaders, fellow innovators, experienced company-builders, corporate strategic partners, potential acquirers and active investors. The event will be held on June 13th on the 11th floor of 2011 Crystal Drive in Arlington, VA. This Summer edition is hosted by Crystal City BID and Vornado (A Charles E Smith Company) and sponsored by Venable LLP (Booster Sponsor).
By consistently presenting promising, fundable and market-ready business start-ups, TechBUZZ provides a uniquely independent platform and is one of the most recognized of its kind in the country, attracting both innovative tech and tech-enabled companies, along with investors and collaborators from across the country and beyond who track new trends and up-and-coming companies. The TechBUZZ platform provides a best-in-class platform focused solely on advancing viable market-ready companies and connecting them with critical resources.
“Competitively reviewed by a team of active investors and industry professionals, each selected company has earned one of the coveted spots on the program to present at TechBUZZ,” said Julia Spicer, Executive Director, MAVA. “In addition to hitting the radars of potential investors, selected companies benefit from increased visibility and industry interest which helps to secure new customers, hire talent and garner important market mind-share.”
Providing Solutions to Business, Consumer and Health Industry Problems
“The Summer line-up of presenting companies represents a variety of sectors including Saas, AI, mobility, data analytics, business services, AgTech and eCommerce”, continued Spicer. “These businesses are offering wide-ranging, real-world solutions, from providing caregiver support for in-home healthcare monitoring; increasing cost -saving disease-detection for crop production; creating a connective transportation network for motorcycle riders; and enhancing security for cdevelopers and enterprises working in remote workplaces to name a few.”
Featured TechBUZZ presenting companies were selected because of their innovative technology, approach to a commerce or enterprise problem, or perhaps a new twist to a market maker’s approach, making TechBUZZ a nationally watched platform by industry and investors, with seed to later stage interests. Collectively, the presenting companies provide a representative showing of industry start-ups and businesses being launched across a broad range of sectors including healthIT, robotics,software, ecommerce, AI, dataanalytics, edge computing, AgTech, business productivity, and many others.
Each of the startups chosen for the 17 formal presentation slots will take the stage for four minutes to describe their respective company, business vision, and product or service. Presenting companies were selected from a highly competitive pool of diverse startups by a review committee of more than 20 MAVA member investors and business advisors. The Review and Selection Committee for the TechBUZZ Summer edition was co-chaired by Jim Keeratisakdawong, Vice President, Core Capital Partners and Mourad Yesayan, Principal, Paladin Capital Group.
Ranging in development from nascent to seed stage, the startup companies presenting at TechBUZZ Summer reflect the strength of the East Coast as a birthplace of game-changing innovations. The 17 companies on stage for this edition of TechBUZZ represent startup communities from California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC.
TechBUZZ is a uniquely independent platform followed regularly by industry and investors across the US and abroad and is recognized by business leaders across the country as one of the premier venues for credible early companies coming to market. Having showcased more than 300 competitively-selected companies since the program’s founding years, the TechBUZZ program surfaces some of the latest industry trends to watch.
What Recent Presenting Companies Have to Say
“As a Techstars Alum, my bar is set very high and I speak with complete confidence that TechBUZZ is as professional as it gets. Everything from the selection process to the informative emails keeping me up to date, to the hospitality of the people at registration, to the people behind the scenes, to the assigned coaches and support staff and even fellow presenters is all Excellent!”. Ray Antonino, CEO of PermitZone (Fall 2016 Presenter)
“TechBUZZ does an outstanding job of bringing together entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Thank you for recognizing the value of our product and giving us the opportunity to showcase our platform on your stage. We’re poised to take our company to the next level, and the meaningful connections we made at TechBUZZ will be invaluable as we move forward.” Michael Madon, CEO of Ataata (Fall 2016 Presenter)
Croptix’s handheld optical spectrometer detects diseases in crops. Currently the spectrometer can detect HLB Citrus Greening disease with 90%+ accuracy within 3 months of infection. The technology has been proven to work on potatoes, tomatoes, cassava (yuca) and cacao.
HUNGRY utilizes AI based food profiles to revolutionize office food catering. With a partner network of 60+ top local chefs HUNGRY ensures each meal is both exceptional and truly authentic, yet price competitive with regular restaurant food and ordinary catering services.
INF Robotics provides a method for more effective communication to doctors and caregivers from the safety, security and convenience of the user’s home, assisted living facility or hospital. Assistance with medication adherence as well as assistive and safety features enhance the user’s experience.
Keshif dashboards create the fastest way to provide rich insights by enabling an interactive and visual dialogue with data. Through its innovative design and years of research and development, anybody can now analyze and explore their raw data to reach actionable insights. We target organizations with a need to quickly explore their data.
LinkingSpot is a disruptive online home improvement platform where homeowners can post their project needs in a marketplace where professionals can bid on them. This open and transparent bidding process combined with dynamic group bundling enable homeowners to gain better pricing and quality
Lookbk is “what a men’s magazine should be”— delivering a daily dose of beautiful and interesting content that men love, in a mobile experience like none other. Our image-centric experience uniquely replicates the superior attributes of the print medium in a fully immersive mobile environment, and is driving 50-100x engagement over current desktop and mobile web offerings, which enables substantial premiums in advertising rates.
Mariner Exchange is Angie’s List for boats. We help boaters find the best marine repair professionals to get their boats fixed. Boaters can see ratings and reviews on service providers and pay seamlessly over the platform.
SoccerSkybox is America’s only youth soccer platform and online marketplace. With SoccerSkybox, the youth soccer community in America can discover, register, manage, and shop for all youth soccer activities, eliminating time-consuming tasks and simplifying the entire experience.
Solebrity’s highly personalized, reward-based platform lets users shop for their favorite brands, create shopable content from their images and videos (akin to Snapchat stories), shop with friends in real-time, get recommendations from Bella™ (an AI shopping bot), and earn money from sales of products they recommend.
UnomicEdge enables faster and more secure innovation between developers and enterprises working in flexible workplaces by implementing a software defined edge network across local area wired and wireless networks – similar to what VMWare does for data centers.
WolfPack Systems’ technology provides integrated navigation, radar, and communication via a motorcycle rider’s mobile phone.
Piloted in Baltimore in 2010, TechBUZZ has become a year-long program providing a continuous platform for early stage companies by showcasing 16-20 companies at three events per year. Today TechBUZZ is one of MAVA’s annual flagship programs and routinely attracts between 300-400 attendees to each pitch event hosted at a variety of venues. TechBUZZ shines a well-deserved light on the visionary innovators and company-builders who are actively pursuing a path toward market entry, and can exhibit customer validation.
About MAVA:The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) brings together company-builders from across the country and at every stage of development, providing a trusted public showcase to promote these enterprises, from promising startups to publicly-traded success stories. TechBUZZ in particular offers a public platform for community partners and their companies and helps shape a supportive ecosystem for the earliest of start-ups.
For 30 years, MAVA has served the full community of innovators, companies, corporate partners, private capital, and key advisors needed to build successful businesses from start-up to exit. From venture to private equity, angel to growth equity, and family office to strategic corporates, MAVA brings together the full spectrum of capital and key resources necessary to accelerate the growth of companies across industry sectors and stages of development. MAVA provides a wide range of programs designed to stimulate revenue and company growth, create efficiencies for conducting business, facilitate quality deal flow, encourage collaboration and foster relationships among entrepreneurs, corporate decision makers, investors, strategic partners and customers.
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