Accelerate Michigan Announces 2012 Semi-Finalists
The 53 semi-finalists competing in Accelerate Michigan, the business-plan competition targeting mid-to-late-stage startups located in the state, have been announced. At stake is more than $1 million in cash prizes, plus in-kind awards of services, staffing, and software. More than that, Accelerate Michigan winners are usually considered among Michigan’s most promising startps and companies to watch. Winners will be announced during the finals, which take place Nov. 13-15 in downtown Detroit.
The semi-finalists competing in the categories of Information Technology, Alternative Energy, Advanced Materials, Next Generation Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Medical Device, Advanced Transportation, and Products & Services are:
2 of 10: A veteran-owned startup founded to develop and commercialize innovative concealed carry products for the professional law enforcement market.
AccuTherm Systems: Spinout of Accumed Systems develops interventional cardiovascular devices.
ActaTex: Developer and manufacturer of low-pressure nanofiber membranes.
Aegis Bleu: Developer of software that assesses weaknesses in infrastructure security.
Algal Scientific Corporation: Developer of wastewater treatment technology that removes nutrient pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus from municipal and industrial wastewater while producing algal biomass that can be used for products such as fertilizer, bioplastics, and biofuels.
ArborWind: Designer of patented vertical axis wind turbine technology.
Biophotonic Solutions: Laser-technology firm with global product sales exceeding $1.5 million annually.
BioSavita: Biotechnology company focused on accelerating therapeutic antibody development.
Blaze Medical Devices: Medical device development company focusing on improving the efficacy and safety of blood transfusions.
Blue Water Bioproducts: Manufacturer of environmentally friendly, high-performance polyurethane resins from renewable sources.
Breonics: Developer of a technology to solve the shortage of transplantable kidneys.
Brio Device: Developer of a series of airway management devices for clinicians who insert breathing tubes into the windpipe through the procedure known as intubation.
Civionics: Provider of wireless monitoring for sub-meter building utilities, real-time energy audits, and controls for minimization of facility resource consumption.
CloudAccess.net: Cloud-based Internet hosting company.
Coliant Corporation: Designer, manufacturer, and distributor of rugged electrical accessories under the Powerlet brand.
Dynamic Intelligent Solutions: Provider of testing and measurement solutions that enable companies to develop better products more affordably.
ECO-Fueling: Developer of of a new fuel savings retrofit product.
Enkive: Developer of email archiving and e-discovery software and spin off from the Linux Box Corp.
ENRG Power Systems: Developer of an easy-to-retrofit ignition coil system to reduce fleet vehicle operating expenses.
ENT Biotech Solutions: Developer of a surgical tool tailored to adenoid removal (adenoidectomy).
Eco-Park/EWI: Developer of new technology to break down and re-use scrap tires.
HireStarts: Developer of website described as a “combination of Facebook and Match.com” to connect college students with hiring companies.