By Hayley Ringle – Reporter, Phoenix Business Journal
The Arizona Commerce Authority has announced the 25 semifinalists in the Fall 2017 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge.
The bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries will award $1.5 million this round to the most qualified, innovative startups.
Winners receive up to $250,000 each to grow their business to advance innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in the state.
The 2017 Fall semifinalists are (listed in alphabetical order, with industry and headquarters):
Breezing Co., bio and life sciences, Tempe
Fullbay, IT-software, Phoenix
GT Medical Technologies, bio and life sciences, Gilbert
Hivemetric, IT-software, Tucson
Hyver Labs LLC, IT-software, Phoenix
Life365 Inc., Bio and life sciences, Tempe
Merchant’s Garden AgroTech Inc., bio and life sciences, Tucson
MicronView LLC, bio and life sciences, Tucson
MobileLogix, which recently changed its name to AgileField Inc., IT-software, Scottsdale
N4 Power, cleantech/renewable energy, Scottsdale
NanoPin Technologies Inc., Bio and life sciences, Phoenix
OTOjOY, IT-hardware, Phoenix
Paradox LLC, IT-software, Scottsdale
PHR Plus, IT-software, Scottsdale
Renewology, cleantech/renewable energy, Salt Lake City, Utah
Polyceed Inc., cleantech/renewable energy, Tucson
Resonea, bio and life sciences, Scottsdale
SimpleWan, IT-software, Phoenix
Six Bricks, IT-software, Scottsdale
SkinSafe Inc., bio and life sciences, Scottsdale
Swift Coat, advanced manufacturing, Peoria
The TouchPoint Solution, IT-hardware, Scottsdale
Urbix Resources LLC, advanced materials, Mesa
VB Cosmetics Inc., advanced materials, Chandler
VivaHR, IT-software, Phoenix
There were 115 eligible applicants from which the 25 semifinalists were selected, according to an ACA spokesman.
Judging will take place between Nov. 13 and Dec. 1, with finalists expected to be announced the week of Dec. 11. The winners are expected to be named the week of Dec. 18, according to the ACA.