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Three local firms picked for New Orleans pitch competition

Three Buffalo companies – ACV Auctions, Loupe and Painless1099 – will represent the region at a pitch competition at a technology conference in New Orleans at the end of April.

The three companies, which include two winners of the 43North business plan competition, were selected by a group of local organizers who sifted through applications from local firms.

ACV Auctions, which won the $1 million grand prize in the 43North contest last year, runs auto auctions on mobile devices. Painless1099, the 43North runner-up last year, is developing software to help freelancers and independent contractors keep manage their taxes and tax withholding. Loupe, formerly City Dining Cards, a customer loyalty business that offers discounts for restaurants and businesses in 20 markets.

The Buffalo Niagara region was one of eight regions selected to participate in the Launch Pad Pitch competition that will be held during the Collision international tech conference from April 26-28. To be eligible, the companies must not have raised more than $3 million in funding. The field of 24 companies will be narrowed to four semifinalists during the conference.

Other cities participating in the Launch Pad Pitch competition include Charleston, S.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; San Antonio, Texas; and Birmingham, Ala.