And then there were … six.
Panoramic Ventures, one of the largest venture firms in the Southeast, is bringing its Startup Showdown to Miami next week, and intended to present five Miami startups for the final judging. But the team just couldn’t do it because the quality of entries was so high.
The team evaluated more than 100 entries and invited 25 semifinalists to participate in an all-day Mentor Day, in which each mentor was paired with four relevant mentors for individual sessions. From there, the investment committee selected six startups, all from the Miami area, who will compete in the finale for a $120K investment, set for Sept. 30 at 7 pm at le Rouge. The event will be in-person but will be live-streamed to a virtual audience; RSVP to attend the event ) here.
The finalists as well as the entry pool at large represented the interesting diversity of the founders that are building here, said Tami McQueen, Panoramic’s marketing VP. The finalist selections represented a direct to consumer product maker, and solutions for the enterprise space, the sports world, consumer healthcare and for crypto finance, for instance.
The startup finalists are:
Defy Trends, to be pitched by founder/CEO Imge Su Cetin,: Defy Trends is an all-in-one, intuitive and real-time analytics application and chrome extension that provides crypto traders with real-time data and insights based on fundamentals and sentiment to make informed decisions. (Refresh Miami recently spotlighted this startup – read it here).
Doctor Allways, to be pitched by CEO Guillermo Rochin: Doctor AllWays removes the hassle and uncertainty from healthcare, offering affordable access to a network of licensed providers through an on-demand healthcare platform that provides up-front pricing before booking, making unpleasant billing surprises a thing from the past.
Gemini Sports, to be pitched by founder Jake Schuster: Gemini Sports leverages AI to modernize athlete management. The company forecasts and helps reduce athlete injuries by helping organizations improve their analytics operations from top to bottom.
Kazmaleje, to be pitched by co-founder LaToya Stirrup: Kazmaleje creates lifestyle amplifying tools and accessories that empower women, men and kids to pamper and groom themselves with love, care and style. It’s the first hair tool company to be certified Plastic Neutral by rePurpose Global.
Medblue, to be pitched by founder Alex Fernandez: Medblues remove the middleman (insurance company) by negotiating big discounts with top healthcare providers in your area, and giving you direct access to their pricing. Then it facilitates the booking of your online appointment within minutes.
Virtual Badge, to be pitched by co-founder Georges Duplessy: Virtual Badge offers a simple cloud based ID badging platform for enterprise companies and other organizations that need instant, no-hassle identity management with digital ID badges.
Judges for the event will be Chris Adamo of Flamingo Capital, Brian Brackeen of Lightship Capital, Mark Buffington of Panoramic Ventures, Ana Paula Gonzalez of SoftBank Group International’s Miami Initiative, and Paul Judge of Panoramic Ventures and SoftBank Opportunity Fund. McQueen will host and MC the event.
This is Panoramic’s fourth showcase since June. They have been hosting one a month and this is the first in-person event.
RSVP here for the free event to network and cheer on the finalists.
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