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8 startups in Buffalo Niagara to pitch for $100,000 investment

Eight companies in the Buffalo Niagara region have been picked to make their pitches for a $100,000 investment during the Rise of the Rest startup competition Sept. 30.

The companies include:

KeepUp – A social media productivity app developed by one of the winners of last year’s 43North business plan competition.

triMirror – A 3-D virtual fitting room developed by another 43North winner from last year.

Cartefi – A network to post, find and share new opportunities.

POP Bio Technologies – A developer of a nanomedical cancer drug-delivery system.

• InteractiveX – The developer of a platform where professors collaborate in the development of interactive e-books.

Energy Intelligence – A 43North winner that developed a road-mounted energy-harvesting system.

Heads Up Display – A wearable technology company focused on allowing users to make data-driven decisions in real time.

• Smart Walls – A construction company that makes deployable walls for flood protection.

Each of the companies will make their pitch during a competition that begins at 4 p.m. at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., to AOL founder Steve Case and a panel of judges that includes former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas and developer Doug Swift.