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Nine Pa. entrepreneurs earn chance to pitch AOL founder, win $100K

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Matthew Bloom is president and CEO of Crimewatch Technologies Inc., an information-sharing and intelligence-gathering network for law enforcement. He will be among nine entrepreneurs making a pitch to AOL founder Steve Case for $100,000 in funding when Case visits the midstate in October.
Matthew Bloom is president and CEO of Crimewatch Technologies Inc., an information-sharing and intelligence-gathering network for law enforcement. He will be among nine entrepreneurs making a pitch to AOL founder Steve Case for $100,000 in funding when Case visits the midstate in October. - (Photo / )

Nine budding entrepreneurs from Central Pennsylvania and neighboring regions will have an opportunity to make a pitch to AOL founder Steve Case next month for $100,000 in investment funding.

The companies will make their pitches to Case and a panel of judges when Case visits the midstate on Oct. 10 as part of his Rise of The Rest road trip.

He will start the day with stops in York and Lancaster before heading to the Harrisburg Midtown Art Center for a fireside chat with Penn State University President Eric Barron.

Case’s Rise of the Rest is a three-year-old nationwide initiative designed to support and promote entrepreneurs in emerging startup regions. The investment cash will come from Revolution LLC, the Washington, D.C.-based venture-capital firm Case co-founded.

The nine finalists, announced Thursday, are:

1. BeneFix, a Lancaster-based firm that provides quoting software to the health insurance industry. Pitching will be Matthew Ranauro, founder and CEO.

2. TurnoutNow, of Lancaster. The company provides high-resolution event data using wearable tech and predictive analytics. Pitching will be CEO Harpreet Chatha.

3. Augean Robotics of Phoenixville, Chester County. The company builds robotic following carts for workers in rugged environments. Pitching will be CEO Charles Andersen.

4. Crimewatch Technologies of Carlisle, a provider of electronic criminal justice data to law enforcement and government agencies. Pitching: CEO Matthew Bloom.

5. INTAG of Harrisburg, which develops modular ecosystems for resilient agriculture and hyper-local food. Pitching: Ian Kanski, co-founder and president.

6. Device Events of York. The company develops software that identifies patterns of problems with medical devices to improve patient safety and reduce risk. Pitching: CEO Madris Tomes.

7. Schedule Engine, which uses apps to allow contractors to deliver a modern customer experience. Pitching: Austin Haller, co-founder and CEO.

8. TEAMology of State College, an education-based technology program. Pitching: Linsey Covert, founder.

9. Fizika Group LLC of Lancaster, which helps those at risk of developing dementia reduce heart health risks and maintain brain health. Pitching: Martha Harris, founder, president and CEO.

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An anonymous reader September 14, 2017 11:24 pm

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John Sider September 14, 2017 2:34 pm

We’re proud of all the companies in our portfolio and very excited for those that will have the opportunity to be involved in this high-profile pitch competition. Obviously, the investment from Steve Case is sensational, and will be much appreciated by the winner. But, the exposure, recognition and contacts that all the contestants will receive from the Rise of the Rest experience is even more valuable. We definitely agree with Mr. Case that there are many worthy venture capital investment opportunities outside of Silicon Valley, and we appreciate all he is doing to showcase that here in Central PA.

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