Four finalists will move on to the NH Start Up Challenge Finals
NH Start Up Challenge Finals to be held on Wednesday, May 16 at FIRST
The winner of the 2018 NH Start Up Challenge will be selected from the following four finalists on Wednesday, May 16, 5:30 p.m., at FIRST, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester:
- Cyborg Inc.(Concord, NH): Cyborg is reimagining the fitness segment. We start with a free, gamified activity-tracking app that converts your movement into a score and offers a digital fitness coach you can talk to. Our wearables help you go faster and farther than you ever dreamed possible. Using Cyborg products, you’re empowered with simple metrics and exhilarating experiences of your new heightened capability.
- QuadraSquare Inc.(Derry, NH): Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women and claims over 40,000 lives annually in the US. QuadraSquare is developing a medical device that has significantly higher cancer detection rate and lower false positives than 3D mammography and ultrasound. Our patient focused design has no breast compression and will encourage screening, thereby significantly reduce deaths from breast cancer.
- SkinGreat, LLC(Laconia, NH): The StretchPatch is a large, lotion infused dermal delivery system that was specifically designed to treat scars.
- Vybe Software, LLC(Nashua, NH): Vybe Software is a mobile and web applications development company with a focus on AI and Machine Learning. Their newest platform, Leia, aims to disrupt the DIY web development space by turning simple voice commands from users into beautiful, custom websites in seconds.
The NH Start Up Challenge is a business plan competition created in 2008 by the Manchester Young Professionals Network (MYPN) to connect entrepreneurs and social innovators with seed capital and key services to help them on their path toward sustainable growth. Through the Challenge, MYPN has helped to create business opportunities for young professionals and young companies alike. Furthermore, the Challenge encourages investment in New Hampshire’s early-stage companies and cultivates the state’s entrepreneurial culture.
Applicants submit their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges (past judges have included prominent investment bankers, venture capitalists, high tech experts, and leaders of non-profit organizations). Ultimately, one winner will be chosen to receive a prize package valued at approximately $50,000 in cash and professional services from Manchester-area businesses.
Those interested in attending the NH Start Up Challenge Final Event on Wednesday, May 16, should register at: https://startupchallengefinals.eventbrite.com. At the Final Event, each of the finalists will pitch their ventures, the audience will hear keynote Jay Jacobs (founder of RAPID) tell his story of growing an incredibly successful business right here in New Hampshire, and the winner of this year’s Startup Challenge will be announced and awarded their prize.
Thanks to this year’s Start Up Challenge Sponsors: Business NH Magazine, Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson p.l.l.c., Howe Riley & Howe, 36 Creative, Red Oak Coworking Offices, Bellwether Community Credit Union, Jupiter Hall, Anagnost Companies, The Provident Bank, and TD Bank.