• Meet the top 100 semifinalists

    The first 50 semifinalists announced (listed alphabetically with city/state and vertical category).


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    70MillionJobs | Employment

    San Francisco, California

    70MillionJobs is a for-profit job board for the 70 million Americans with a criminal record. The company was a participant in Y Combinator (YC17), an early-stage investor incubator in Mountain View, California.

    Altopa Inc. | Healthy & Wellness

    Seattle, Washington

    Oblend allows users to make custom herbal remedies at home. It is the world's first at-home dispensary and app that gives people the power to find, customize, and create a variety of products from dozens of therapeutic herbal extracts and oils within minutes.

    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Anyware Solutions provides meaningful smart home experiences for connected living that offers users peace of mind and adds convenience to everyday life. Anyware Solutions offers seamless Smart Living on the award-winning Anyware Smart Adaptor that you fit into your lamp as easy as you would install a light bulb.

    Aperiomics, Inc. | Health & Wellness

    Ashburn, Virginia

    Aperiomics is helping chronically sick patients get answers. Aperiomics is the only company identifying every Bacteria, Virus, Fungus, and Parasite in one test. It reimagines the way the medical field tests for pathogens.

    AppsCo Inc. | Cybersecurity

    St. Louis, Missouri

    AppsCo connects people, cloud services, and connected devices simply and securely through a centralized dashboard while providing control and monitoring over sensitive company data flows.

    Ario | AR

    Norfolk, Virginia

    Ario is a productivity software that increases safety and efficiency in industrial environments by leveraging augmented reality to give teams the ability to create and share spatial information in real time. It provides real-world data in the real world.

    Athena Security | Security & Surveillance

    Austin, Texas

    Athena Security’s mission is to prevent crime through artificial intelligence. Athena’s smart security camera and alarm system uses human-computer vision to detect threats. When a mugger pulls out a knife or gun, or when a kidnapper grabs a child, Athena can recognize the threat and stop it before it becomes a crime.

    Attently | Marketing

    Fairbanks, Alaska

    Attently helps users create campaign messages that win by generating audience data. Most technology companies focus on digital interaction, but Attently learns from behavior in the real world to improve political messaging, PR, and marketing campaigns.

    Bartesian | Lifestyle

    Kitchener, Canada

    Bartesian is a single serve capsule based craft cocktail maker that makes it simple for everyone to enjoy authentic cocktails. It serves premium cocktails on demand.

    Bitsbox | Education

    Boulder, Colorado

    Bitsbox is a learning system that teaches real coding to kids. Every month, Bitsbox sends crazy fun app projects in the mail, and kids build the apps on the website. Real JavaScript on real mobile devices.

    Buoy Labs | Smart Home

    Boulder, Colorado

    Buoy Labs makes a smart home water device that measures and categorizes water usage with remote shut off that eliminates 90% of insurance losses from water damage and cuts consumption by up to 10%.

    C2RO Cloud Robotics | Cloud Services

    Santa Cruz, California

    C2RO makes robots work for your business delivering cloud run AI applications to any connected robot. CR2O offers AI software solutions in real-time via the cloud. Robots connected to the CR2O Cloud Robotics SaaS platform demonstrably increase business efficiency and improve the customer experience.

    Cambridge Cancer Genomics | Health & Wellness

    Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Cambridge Cancer Genomics are a leading precision medicine start-up, creating intelligent software to enable oncologists to monitor response to cancer therapy in near real-time leading to faster and more effective clinical decision making and better patient outcomes.

    CANDY HOUSE Inc. | Smart Home

    Palo Alto, California

    Installs in Seconds, unlock with phone, grant the access, enjoy your life! This is your reinvented key. This is Sesame.

    San Francisco, California

    Drop lets you dive into an immersive internet searching and browsing experience designed for virtual reality.

    FastVisa.us | Immigration

    Dallas, Texas

    FastVisa.us is the new standard for immigration workflow automation. With a solution that sees the whole picture and covers all the details, users can finally automate the immigration workflow from end-to-end. FastVisa offers a single, integrated platform to serve a high volume of applicants from intake and billing all the way to filing, saving time at every step along the way.

    FenSens, Inc. | IoT Hardware

    Austin, Texas

    FenSens brings new car technologies to all vehicles regardless of age -- with a focus on platform, plug & play installation, and affordability for any car owner; a smart wireless parking sensor.

    Fing | Cybersecurity

    London, Great Britain

    Fing provides award winning products for device recognition, network, cybersecurity, and troubleshooting. It plugs into an existing WiFi router and allows users to secure an troubleshoot their network from anywhere.

    Hashcut | Content Creation

    Sunnyvale, California

    Hashcut is building AI to automate gaming highlights so users can enter any Twitch or YouTube gameplay URL and return the best highlights from that match.

    HiberSense, Inc. | Smart Home

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    HiberSense connected climate control for every room delivers awesome comfort and up to 40% energy savings in homes with forced air heating and cooling systems. It acts as a network of smart thermostats adjusting the climate in every room so that it is perfect.

    InSpirAVE | Fintech

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


    InSpirAVE's social e-commerce platform inspires people to multiply their savings and afford big purchase goals for life's special moments.

    IssueVoter | Civic Tech

    New York, New York

    IssueVoter allows users to receive alerts on new bills before they are passed, send their opinions to their reps before Congress votes, and tracks the bill's outcome.

    iWABOO, Inc | Retail Technology

    Mountain View, California & Milan, Italy

    iWABOO is the bridge between tech products and retail shelves, powered by AI solutions. Unprecedented retail disruption means companies must make data-driven decisions to boost agility, gain a competitive advantage with price optimization to delight shoppers. It is a business development platform for makers.

    Kiss & Tell | E-commerce

    Austin, Texas

    Kiss & Tell is a global wedding and group travel booking platform that streamlines event planning, travel booking, guest list management, and group communications into one seamless app.

    Lifeina| Health & Wellness

    Paris, France

    Lifeina is the world's smallest intelligent fridge for the safe transport and storage of fragile medication.

    Lilu, Inc. | Health & Wellness

    New York, New York

    Lilu is building the next generation of products to help moms pump, track and manage their breast milk supply. Lilu enhances the breast pump by providing breast massage and compression while users pump, helping them to express more milk.

    Litesprite | Health & Wellness

    Bellevue, Washington

    Litesprite builds games to help people manage chronic health conditions with data that delivers insights to clinicians and players. Litesprite's platform is designed to strengthen the patient-provider relationship. Litesprite's mental health video game has won a U.S. Surgeon General Award.

    Lunii | Education

    Paris, France & New York, New York

    Lunii offers immersive audio experiences through an innovative device and original contents. In a world dominated by screen time, Lunii allows children to expand their imagination and creativity.

    Kampala, Uganda

    Mazima Retirement Plan is helping Africa’s informal sector (80%+ of the workforce) have a platform to save for retirement. MRP sets out to provide everyone an opportunity to open and fund an IRA.

    MemoryWell | Publishing

    Washington, DC

    MemoryWell is a digital platform for senior story telling. With MemoryWell, users can build a collaborative interactive timeline around a life story, adding photos, videos, letters, and documents.

    Milo Life | Health & Wellness

    Miami, Florida

    FDA cleared for home use, Milo's smart rapid result clinical and lab-grade blood, urine, and saliva tests wirelessly sync results to a mobile app and cloud in minutes.

    Mixtroz | Social

    Franklin, Tennessee

    Mixtroz is a networking app that makes events more valuable for organizers and attendees. It drives attendees from phone to face-to-face in real-time, increasing engagement and collecting data.

    NEEO, Inc. | Smart Home

    Cupertino, California & Switzerland

    NEEO focuses on simplifying the smart home for the mass market. The revolutionary remote with simple setup for your smart phone controls the TV, lighting, heating, and more.

    neo 360 | Video

    New York, New York

    neo 360's patent-pending technology provides users with a new way to interact with video on any mobile device. After the video is encoded with the neo 360 encoder, the end user can fully control the speed, direction, and frame at which the video is played back, giving the viewer a whole new engaging experience.

    Obe, Inc. | Pets

    St. Louis, Missouri & Sacramento, California

    Obe creates smart products and services for pet parents to keep pets healthier and happier and for pet industry partners to build value. Our first product is the Obe ProBowl, a dishwasher-safe bowl with a smart base, that connects via WiFi to the user's phone.

    OpticSurg, Inc. | AR, Health & Wellness

    New York, New York

    OpticSurg is transforming surgery with augmented reality by creating an AR software platform that surgeons can use in real-time to do their jobs better, minimize complications, and save lives.

    Park & Diamond | Health & Wellness

    Brooklyn, New York

    Park & Diamond is improving cycling safety with our helmet that rolls up into the shape of a water bottle and looks like a hat. Park & Diamond enables users to live confidently with precisely engineered products to decrease their risk of life altering injuries.

    Pass It Down | Publishing

    Chattanooga, Tennessee

    Pass It Down is an award-winning storytelling platform innovating how communities tell their stories.

    Penji | Marketing

    Camden, New Jersey

    Penji offers unlimited graphic design, all at a flat monthly rate (no hourly billing, can cancel at any time). Penji helps agencies, marketing teams, and startups with all of their graphic design needs.

    PolyPort | Cybersecurity

    Denver, Colorado

    PolyPort protects valuable 3D assets through a secure collaboration and delivery platform. With PolyPort's unique platform, user's co-located workforce can use their local tools and high performance hardware to work on sensitive designs while protecting their IP.

    Protosthetics | Health & Wellness

    Fargo, North Dakota

    Protosthetics designs, manufactures, and distributes custom prosthetic and orthotic devices, primarily utilizing 3D printing.

    Qoins | Fintech

    Atlanta, Georgia

    Qoins is a new and yet simple way to pay off debt. Users can use the spare change from everyday purchases to automatically pay off debt faster than ever.

    Reap | Aribusiness, SaaS

    Las Cruces, New Mexico

    Reap is a new mobile app that puts user's farm field log on their tablet or smartphone and takes the mystery and risk out of farming by delivering actionable information mined from a massive body of relevant data.

    Rose Gold | Business

    Austin, Texas

    Rose Gold helps women achieve financial independence by launching small beauty-based businesses with the support and tools to help them win.

    Seek | AR

    Lehi, Utah

    Seek allows users to create, publish, discover, and share AR all in one social platform. By publishing content to Seek, users can instantly access the largest AR audience in the world.

    Sleepbox | Real Estate

    Boston, Massachusetts

    Sleepbox creates a new type of technology-driven, micro-hotel concept for millennials that can be launched anywhere, to make the user's journeys easier and more fun.

    Stefanka | Retail Technology

    Quebec, Canada

    Stefanka helps shoppers find the right products and enables consumers to find the ideal fit. Clothing, uniforms, and workwear retailers along with military clothing and sportswear retailers are a few examples. Stefanka has a suite of solutions for every need. The result: fewer returns and a better shopping experience.

    Unruly Studios | Education

    Boston, Massachusetts

    Unruly Studios has created the first STEM toy that teaches kids to code and get them active. Unruly teaches kids the logic of coding and challenges kids six and up to apply STEM skills to the real world, creating active games to play with friends.

    Valisure | Health & Wellness

    New Haven, Connecticut

    Valisure is a novel digital pharmacy that chemically batch-tests all medications for quality and consistency. It is delivered to consumers with an easy-to-understand certificate of analysis.

    WeatherCheck | Fintech, Real Estate

    Louisville, Kentucky

    WeatherCheck monitors property by address for weather damage, notifies when damage has occurred, and provides data to support valid insurance claims.

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