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DANVILLE, Virginia – Wednesday, September 29, The launch location announced the top 10 finalists who will present their business plans on stage live at the ninth edition Big launch challenge to be held on October 14 at the NC Biotech Center in Durham, North Carolina.

This year’s BLC will offer 10 companies the opportunity to share their arguments with a panel of five judges representing several groups of investors located across the country. These finalists will have eight minutes to present their business plans to the judges, followed by a question and answer block. Here are the 10 finalists.

MyMatR will increase recycling efficiency with automatic waste sorting and recycling container for public spaces. This smart waste container improves recycling efficiency, diverts materials from landfills, collects real-time waste stream data to help reduce collection costs and greenhouse gases.

Health CliniSpan is a digital health company that is diversifying clinical trial recruitment. The company leverages cultural competencies, trusting relationships, and technology to educate and create access to medical research for diverse communities. CliniSpan Health is able to restore confidence in healthcare for diverse communities by working with trusted local community leaders as partners to promote research opportunities in their fields through their model of community engagement.

Green flow technologies is an environmental technology company based in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Green Stream offers an end-to-end solution for real-time flood monitoring to protect assets and improve safety.

CityGuyd uses AR technology to augment actual tour guides or famous personalities in cities, landmarks and events across the world – enhancing the travel experience, increasing fan engagement, and providing their customers with valuable data on their participants.

LiRA, Inc. develops next-generation AI-based voice restoration software.

MRGN is the heart of a small business in the making; a budgeting platform that guides SMEs through the arduous business planning process. Once MRGN has created its financial model, it provides the business with intuitive information that drives efficiency and scalability – no need for a CFO. Users can also delegate and collaborate with their colleagues, as well as simulate a wide variety of scenarios that could potentially impact their cash flow, before they happen.

SpartanTek is committed to bringing their powerful, scalable but low-cost prosecution deterrent to public safety officials to save lives, prevent injury and reduce taxpayer waste in communities nationwide. They have worked hard to produce a product that is not only mitigation after a lawsuit begins, but in the first place prevents it from bringing additional security to the community as well as public safety officials. Their long-term goal is to create a comprehensive platform consolidating many disparate public safety mapping solutions into a single platform, generating both analytical and effective public safety value as well as impact. positive for the community.

Flux hybrids is an NC State University automotive electrification startup targeting the commercial fleet vehicle market. They have developed a system that can convert any vehicle into a plug-in hybrid at a price that pays off in savings over the remaining life of the vehicle.

Kalia Health is a health justice startup dedicated to improving access to healthcare for people who give birth in the United States and around the world. Currently, they are developing the KAL-PDx, a home urine test for the early detection of preeclampsia. They aim to improve maternal health outcomes by providing women who give birth with the tools they need to take charge of their own health.

ArchiveCore is a cloud-based software company that uses distributed ledger technology to simplify healthcare accreditation. They help hospitals save millions of dollars and help healthcare professionals start treating patients sooner.

The full jury includes Elaine Bolle, Lead Venture Partner, The Active Aging and Longevity Portfolio Fund and Investment Chair for RTP capital; Tim Cartwright, co-founder and partner of Fifth Avenue Family Office, founder and president of the Tamiami Angel Fund Family; Marco Rubin, Senior Director of Investments, Innovative technology center (CIT) and Vice Chairman of The Launch Place Seed Fund Advisory Board; Louisa Smith, Executive Director, NO / LA Angels Network; and Autumn Visser, director, Woods Rogers PLC, legal counsel for The Launch Place.

The Launch Place especially thanked its sponsors: Innovative technology center, Rogers Wood and TriNet.

The BLC is part of a two-day event starting October 13 in the afternoon with Angel University of the Angel Capital Association (ACA) and ending with the pitch competition starting at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 14. at the NC Biotechnology Center (15 TW Alexander Dr, Durham, NC 27709).

ACA Angel University at The Big Launch Challenge is a two-day event providing a unique experience for angel investors and entrepreneurs that will be filled with immersive learning and networking. Two courses offered will prove invaluable to angel investors and entrepreneurs – Angel Exit Strategy and Risks in Angel Investing. This is the first time these two courses have been taught with angel investors and entrepreneurs learning together. Angel investors will learn how to achieve successful paydays – by reaping their investments by helping their businesses manage risk and succeed in exits.

Entrepreneurs gain a better understanding of how angel investors think about and evaluate start-ups, helping entrepreneurs build stronger partnerships with their investors. Learn more about ACA Angel University at

The challenge is free, but registration is required. You can register on

The Launch Place provides new and early stage business support services and pre-seed and seed investments for tech startups in Virginia and North Carolina. As a venture capital development organization with the aim of planning, financing, launching and developing businesses, TLP helps businesses start up or expand their operations by providing business, office and business advisory services. investing through its investment funds.


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