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May 23, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Only eight U.S. start-ups make the grade for the “Inventures Startup Pitch Competition”

FLUIX, a participant in two Tennessee-based accelerators, was one of 30 participants in 2023.

Thousands of dollars are on the line along with exposure to a global audience and technology investors for 30 companies that have made the final cut for the “Inventures Startup Pitch Competition” that begins next week in Alberta, Calgary in Canada.

Unlike last year when FLUIX Inc. was a participant with ties to Knoxville, we have not found that any of the 30 start-ups competing in six categories has ties to the Volunteer State. FLUIX was a participant in the inaugural cohort of the “Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator” and is a participants in the “CO.LAB Sustainable Mobility Accelerator” currently underway in Chattanooga.

Pitch competition themes for the three-day event that starts May 29 are:

  • Growing Up: Food Tech Farm to Fork;
  • Tech Triathlon: Quantum + AI + IoT;
  • Blurring Boundaries: Tech At Work;
  • Entrepreneurship: Accelerating Scaleup;
  • Live Long Live Well: Unveiling Health Data; and
  • Earth Tech: Building Everything Better.

Interest in this year’s pitch competition resulted in more than double the applicants from the prior year. The field of 1,097 was screened to 477 before being narrowed to the 30 finalists. As western Canada’s leading innovation and investment conference, Inventures continues to attract a global following with 178 applications evaluated belonging to companies from outside of Canada. A further 212 applications came from Alberta companies with the remaining 87 coming from other provinces. Of the 30 finalists selected, eight are from the United States, nine from across Canada and 13 from within Alberta.


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