The Minnesota Cup statewide venture competition for aspiring entrepreneurs and their breakthrough ideas announced today ten high tech division semi-finalists for 2013.
Up to $65k in cash, mentorship, media and bragging rights are at stake in this years grand prize winner. Dozens of high tech startups have advanced through the Cup since inception nine years ago; notable high tech winners include 8thBridge (2009) and PreciouStatus (2012).
A June 19 reception at the Carlson School of Management will recognize the following high tech semi-finalists:
Apruve: eliminate expense reports, requisition forms, and credit card abuse at your business.
Cognitive Games for Health (CogCubed): a game and data company focused on creating fun cognitive games for education and health care.
Cravi: a picture-driven restaurant directory; find places to eat, take pictures and pin pic reviews while you’re there, share with friends.
Ellumilite: brings the maximum benefits of low energy usage and brightest light, all in a game changing small package.
Instapay: allows you to pay your bill at a restaurant as soon as you are ready to go.
NimbeLink: combines patented technologies with the offerings of multiple M2M technology providers to create simple to use products.
SMART Signal Technologies: a hardware and software solution that produces data that can be used to uniquely reduce traffic congestion.
Tarsier: hand gesturing touchscreen gaming TV Technology.
Teralytix Group: Measuring local economies in real time.
When I Work (thisClicks): employee scheduling software with texting and mobile apps.
On August 19, three finalists will be chosen to present their plans and the high tech division winner will be awarded $25k with $5k for runner up. Winners from each division will compete for an additional $40k grand prize on Sept. 11, and all winners will be celebrated at the Minnesota Cup Awards event that evening at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center.
Other tech semi-finalists from across the other divisions include:
Energy & Clean tech division:
Life Science and HealthIT division:
“Each year, the Minnesota Cup seeks to uncover groundbreaking business ideas— to help them build the connections and strategies they need to become profitable, Minnesota based companies,” says Minnesota Cup co-founder Scott Litman. “The 2013 competition is no exception—we are excited to see how the many strong applicants in this year’s pool will progress with mentoring and business planning this summer.”