Meet 8 tech startups vying for on-site funding at the Pure Pitch Rally
F“From the gig economy and healthcare companies to startups tackling supply chain issues, the solutions to today’s challenges come from promising innovators in Kansas City,” said Karen Fenaroli, announcing the eight competitors for this fall’s Pure Pitch Rally.
The invitation-only event brings together top executives and investors to provide mentorship, networking, and financial support to emerging technology companies, and to collaborate on how we, as a community, can best encourage success. additional entrepreneurship in our city and region.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the diversity of ideas, industries and experiences represented in this year’s cohort that will be exhibited and evaluated by our land sharks,” said Fenaroli, Main Sponsor and Founder of Pure Pitch Rally. “Most importantly, we continue our mission of facilitating critical connections across the Kansas City entrepreneurial ecosystem to improve our community and our region.”
The one-of-a-kind pitch competition is about to return for an in-person, invitation-only event on October 12 at the Neptune Ballroom at the new downtown Loews Hotel Kansas City.
Mimicking the popular “Shark Tank,” Pure Pitch Rally brings together more than 80 investors – or “land sharks,” a nod to Kansas City’s landlocked geography – to assess each presentation. Each land shark donates $ 1,000 to one of the startups at the end of the contest. Up to $ 1 million in cash and resources will be awarded.
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Competitors for this year’s event include:
- AgButler Inc., Kevin Johansen – The concert economy platform serves as a solution to a labor shortage in rural America. AgButler provides jobs on demand, giving farmers and ranchers access to a high-quality workforce while boosting rural economies.
- Air traffic awareness, Merwan Abdelmajeed – What started as a classroom project at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is now a startup providing solutions to improve situational awareness for general aviation to increase in-flight safety.
- AWA technology, William Walls – AWA technology streamlines processes and reduces costs in the automotive fluids industry by eliminating the need to transport water, minimizing end-use plastic waste, and dramatically reducing storage time and problems shelf life.
- Stand Navigator, Alan Harris – The supply chain mobile app is designed to manage inventory and streamline transactions for suppliers at sporting events, concerts and festivals.
- Plasmonic Diagnostics LLC, Syed Barizuddin – The startup’s cutting-edge technology platform, P-Libres, enables faster, easier, and less expensive diagnoses of diseases such as tuberculosis and SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) through advanced technology from detection of single molecules.
- PMI Pro Rate, Nomi Smith – This unique scoring tool allows loan officers to complete a short form and receive results from all national private mortgage insurance (PMI) providers in less than six seconds.
- Relay Trading Solutions, Delvin Higginson – The collaborative supply chain platform connects shippers, carriers, origins and destinations for seamless ordering on delivery, saving up to 50% on back office costs.
- SureShow Inc., Shelley Cooper – This platform helps medical practices replace walk-in appointments with income-generating telehealth visits, with a focus on populations that need better access to care.
In addition to access to funding opportunities, participating startups are invited to four bootcamps that aim to help them build a solid foundation for their business. Bootcamps focus on honing their pitch, branding, product development, and scale-up advice in finance, mergers and acquisitions, and legal support.
Click on here to see the winners and photos from the 2019 Pure Pitch Rally event.
“The fifth annual Pure Pitch Rally will be bigger, better and safer than ever,” said Fenaroli, who is also CEO of Fenaroli & Associates, leading talent consultancy, with a focus on COVID-19 awareness and efforts to address concerns well before October in person. 12 event. “We will take the utmost precautions to ensure the safety of founders, land sharks and sponsors at one of the only events for the startup community this year.”
Click on here to learn more about the reasons for the shortage of other tech and startup events this fall.
The 13,000-square-foot ballroom at the Loews Hotel will leave enough space for social distancing, and masks are required, Fenaroli added. Participation should be capped at just over 100, she said previously, noting that more than 80 land sharks are expected to participate by handing out cash funding, which is the largest in Pure Pitch Rally history. .
New and notable land sharks include Kansas City business leaders such as:
- Toby Rush, CEO of Smart Warehousing and Founder of EyeVerify / Zoloz
- Zane Burke, CEO of Livongo and former chairman of Cerner Corp.
- Dominique Davison, CEO and founder of PlanIT Impact, a former student of the Pure Pitch Rally 2017
- Christopher Jones, CEO and Founder of MatchRite Care, a 2019 Pure Pitch Rally alumnus
- Bek Abdullayev, CEO and Founder of Super Dispatch
- Maria Flynn, founder of Orbis Biosciences and serial entrepreneur
- Joel Worcester, partner and co-founder of Worcester Investments
- Mary Ann Camacho, Executive Director, National Customer Service Operations for Quest Diagnostics
- Maria Maffry, Director of Business Development at BNIM
- Eileen Weir, Mayor of Independence
- Simone Curls, Executive Director of the Prospect Business Association
- Nia Richardson, Assistant to the Director of KC Bizcare
- Matthew Mellor, Serial Entrepreneur and Chief Strategy Officer for Startland
The incubator event and academies are sponsored by Artisan Technology Group, BKD, C3 Capital, Circle Sideways, Fenaroli & Associates, First Business Bank, Morningstar Communications, Park University, Polsinelli, Real Media and Paradise Productions KC.