Finalists named for this week’s “Start Here Pitch Competition” in Cookeville

Six Upper Cumberland start-ups have been named as finalists for this week’s “Start Here Pitch Competition.”

The all-morning event, scheduled for November 17, is a collaboration between The Biz Foundry, where the festivities will occur, and the Highlands CareerFest. A limited number of individuals can attend in-person at 114 North Cedar Avenue in Cookeville, and the event will also be live streamed at this link. Pre-registration is required for in-person attendance at this link.

As announced last week, there is breakfast and networking from 8 to 10 a.m. CST with the pitch competition beginning at 10:30 a.m. CST. The finalists are:

  • Skip the Line, an app that allows those attending concerts and other tour events to pre-order merchandise and literally have it waiting when they arrive at the venue;
  • MetaFlex/ATS Innovations that is marketing a therapy glove combining compression and progressive grip strengthening in a soft design that makes it comfortable during the day or at night;
  • GoKNEE, a revolutionary device and exercise program that speeds-up recovery after knee replacement surgery;
  • Arvo, a software product that allows clients to rapidly create everything from standard operating procedures to client portals without coding or design skills;
  • QVIN, a user-friendly app that tracks inspections, maintenance, and repair records for over-the-road trailer compliance for the Department of Transportation; and
  • Ripple, another app that uses the ripple effect of friends and their friends as recommenders and influencers based on a chain of trust.

The six will be competing for $10,000 and an opportunity to pitch to the Upper Cumberland Angel Investors Fund.


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