The next big thing in tech startups might be emerging this week in New York. At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference Tuesday, seven startups emerged as finalists in the conference’s 2015 Startup Battlefield competition. The contest began with 24 tech startup companies competing for a grand prize of $50,000.
"It was very difficult to make the decisions, but after much deliberation, we’ve got our seven finalists picked out," TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis, wrote in a blog post. "These companies will move on to the finals round tomorrow to compete for a large check and an even larger cup."
Since the conference started, more than 2,100 people have visited the Manhattan Center in New York to check out the event. Among attendees were New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina, along with presenters from the tech field, including Joanne Bradford, Dennis Crowley and Leandra Medine.
From Authenticators to Accelerators
The finalists include:
- BioBots, which builds 3D bio printers and bio inks that enable users to build 3D living tissues for scientific research, high-throughput drug screening and implantation;
- Bitfusion, which is developing software technology to transparently and automatically accelerate existing applications by orders of magnitude. The software unlocks hardware acceleration without requiring application rewrite.
- Cloudwear, which has developed an authentication solution that is easier and more secure than two-factor authentication, and offers a free API that enables developers to quickly and easily add advanced security to any Web site and mobile app.
- DigitalGenius, an enterprise-grade platform that leverages proprietary artificial intelligence and well-engineered natural language processing to automate human-like conversations at scale.
- Liquidity, which makes consumer water purification filters that are among a family of products that aim to deliver cleaner, healthier drinking water to the entire planet.
- Nucleus Scientific, which is developing a suite of technologies that aims to change the way energy is utilized in transportation and related industries globally, first by unlocking the full potential of certain off-the-shelf batteries by shortening charging times to only a few minutes and extending battery lifetimes.
- PageCloud, a Web publisher that brings the power of desktop publishing to the browser by integrating with apps that are on the desktop but native to the cloud.
Among the many that didn’t make the final cut were AirSig, which claims to be the first company to realize air signature authentication, letting a user hold a phone in the air and use it like a pen to sign in the air; and Testfire, which provides easy bug capture tools for mobile devices.
Finals judges include John Borthwick of Betaworks; Dennis Crowley of Foursquare; Eric Hippeau of Lerer Hippeau Ventures; Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital; Rich Miner of Google Ventures; Brian Pokorny of SV Angel; and TechCrunch’s Tsotsis.