Ortiva Raises $8M, VMIX Establishes European Beachead, Three Finalists Selected for Venture Group’s $20K Pitchfest, & More San Diego BizTech News

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innovative kiosks to recycle cell phones and other types of consumer electronics, said it won one of the coveted “Best of What’s New” awards given by Popular Science each year.

Three startup companies have made it to the Dec. 2 finals of the San Diego Venture Group’s 11th annual holiday dinner and “PitchFest” business plan competition. The companies are Aonori Aquafarms, which has developed green technology for sustainable shrimp production; CortiCare, which provides hospitals and clinics with continuous EEG patient monitoring systems; and TakeLessons.com, which has developed a software platform to manage music lessons in over 2,800 cities across the U.S. The venture group will present the winner with a $20,000 check, depending on how the audience casts its ballot.

—In preparation for last week’s Xconomy Forum on Health IT, I put together what was intended to be a definitive list of health IT companies based in the San Diego area. Our event went off without a hitch, thanks to many people who stepped up when I was waylaid by a medical emergency. My personal thanks to Lisa Suennen of the Psilos Group (and who is a San Francisco Xconomist), Xconomy’s Michele Gerus, and to everyone who helped make the forum a success in my absence!

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