Two Buffalo companies are among the 16 finalists that will compete for a $1 million grand prize in the 43North business plan competition next month.
The finalists will compete for eight cash prizes during a daylong pitch contest on Oct. 5. In addition to the $1 million grand prize, the runner-up will get $650,000 and the third-place finisher will receive $550,000. Five other companies will get $500,000 prizes.
The finalists are:
- Burner Fitness: a Buffalo company that offers online training from professionals and wellness coaches.
- Cellular Preservation Technologies: a Buffalo medical device company that is developing a technology to preserve certain types of human cells, with an initial focus on blood platelets.
- Doblet: a San Francisco firm that is building a network of app-driven portable chargers that allow consumers to charge their phones for free anywhere.
- Dozop: a Watertown, Mass., company that designs ready-to-assemble utility carts that are used to transport personal belongings.
- Femi Secrets: an Atlanta-based company that makes eco-friendly feminine protection products.
- Fig Loans: a New York City firm that offers loans to borrowers with poor credit. The company offers an emergency loan designed in conjunction with financial coaches at the United Way that is 70 percent cheaper than high-interest payday loans.
- Kangarootime: a Long Beach, Calif., company that has developed a mobile and web operating system for childcare centers, schools and camps.
- MobieSense: a Boston business that has developed a portable and affordable device that can detect cardiac biomarkers, like Troponin, at high-sensitivity.
- Qidni Labs: a San Francisco company working on renal replacement therapies (artificial kidneys) that fit in the palm of the hand and can be used by millions of patients with kidney failure.
- Selfycart: a San Mateo, Calif., company that allows grocery shoppers to scan product barcodes, pay on their phone and walk out without standing in checkout lines.
- SomaDetect: a company from Fredericton, New Brunswick, that helps dairy farmers monitor the quality of the milk produced by their cows.
- Squire: a New York City company that is described as the "OpenTable for barber shops."
- Suncayr: a Kitchener, Ont., company that makes a product that changes colors to alert sunscreen users to when their sunscreen no longer is providing protection against ultraviolet light.
- Tara AI: a San Jose, Calif., company that uses artificial intelligence to speed up software development for products.
- Vivacelle Bio: a Chicago company that is developing a nanoparticle fluid to reverse the adverse effects of blood loss.
- Water Hero: a Beverly, Mass., company that allows users to control their water use through their smartphone, including turning water on and off remotely and shutting water automatically if a pipe breaks.