Semifinalists named for $1 million Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

An Airbnb for empty car seats, a cavity-diagnosis tool and an app for gaining weight are among 24 semifinalists set to duke it out for a share of $1 million in the ninth annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition.

The startups were selected from a list of 300 applicants and chosen "based on innovation, business development and customer traction," according to a Wednesday announcement. More than 70 venture capitalists and community leaders helped to whittle down the list for the pitch competition.

Companies hail from across Michigan as well as other states, including New York and Kentucky, but all have a presence in Michigan. Most are focused on information technology and health care.

The competition launched in 2010, and its winners have hired more than 1,000 people and attracted more than $650 million in investment, organizers say.

In addition to the top overall prizes, additional sector-specific prizes include the Mission Throttle Social Enterprise Prize, the Laurence Technological University Hardware Prize and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Caregiver prize.

Winners will be announced Nov. 13 at the Lexus Velodrome in Detroit. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

Following is the list of semifinalists, as listed on the news release:

  • Arroyo Networks, based in Houghton, provides cloud-based network security through an AI-driven network function virtualization platform.

  • Bulk, based in Detroit, provides a fitness app that teaches beginners how to gain weight.

  • Blue Newt Software Technologies, based in Ann Arbor, creates Internet-of-Things software applications that deliver exceptional insights.

  • BrandXR, based in Ann Arbor, provides no-code software that makes it easy for businesses to create and publish augmented, virtual and mixed reality.

  • Carol Health, based in Grand Rapids, delivers affordable and accessible skilled nursing care to homes starting at $35 and in as little as an hour.

  • Celant Innovations, based in Ann Arbor, automates the production of legal documents for legal professionals.

  • Derq, based in Detroit, provides patented artificial intelligence and V2X technology to predict and prevent crashes to save lives.

  • Digitouch Health, based in Valhalla, N.Y., enables blood pressure monitoring with clinical accuracy by pressing a button on mobile devices.

  • Dynamo Metrics, based in Detroit, provides cloud-based software-as-a-service products that aggregate and translate property data.

  • Fluity, based in Ann Arbor, provides an SaaS platform for manufacturers to quote jobs and enter production in five minutes.

  • GreenMark Biomedical Inc., based in East Lansing, diagnoses early-stage cavities and develops a painless way to treat them without a dentist's drill.

  • Inductive Intelligence, based in Ada, makes it possible to use a wireless phone charger to conveniently, consistently and safely heat items.

  • MyNurse US LLC, based in Louisville, provides a platform that enables patients to select in-home caregivers in real time.

  • Orasis Systems, based in East Lansing, provides all-weather radar imaging with LiDAR-like resolution.

  • Pathware, based in Ann Arbor, intervenes during a biopsy to ensure its success.

  • PhotosynQ LLC, based in East Lansing, accelerates the crop improvement cycle and protects yield loses.

  • PocketNest, based in Ann Arbor, provides financial planning to Generation X and millennials in a digital, methodical format.

  • PreCare Medical Inc., based in Ann Arbor, provides a more targeted, less costly treatment for the $11 billion chronic wound care market.

  • S3D Precision Dispensing, based in Ann Arbor, offers print heads that enable the manufacturing of next-generation electronics from automotive smart surfaces to biomedical devices.

  • Shoptelligence, based in Ann Arbor, is an AI-style discovery platform that creates contextual and interactive ensembles.

  • SpellBound, based in Ann Arbor, uses augmented reality to help patients better engage with treatment and hospitals to maximize reimbursement revenue.

  • Urbaneer Inc., based in Grand Rapids, creates smart living interiors that are configurable, connected and commerce-enabled.

  • VerteCore, based in Natchez, Miss., provides a safe, effective and cost-conscious wearable to relieve back pain and spinal disorders.

  • Wheeli, based in New York, provides a carpooling app for college students and bills itself as the Airbnb for empty car seats on the road.