Three Health Firms Dominate at Startup Connection

By November 21, 2014

photo credit: Matt Menietti

A trio of medically related companies dominated the Startup Competition for the fifth-annual Startup Connection this year, walking away with $100,000 in total.


Jolijt Tamanaha, Champio (photo credit: Matt Menietti)

Nanopore Diagnostics, a producer of 30 minute-test doctors can use to detect bacterial infections, won the top prize of $50,000. Zymplr, the developer of a football helmet with the potential to significantly reduce concussions, took the runner-up prize of $30,000. Immunophotonics, a biotechnology firm, won the third-place prize of $20,000.

About 70 different companies pitched their businesses at the event, which took place at Saint Louis University. In total, nearly 130 startups and service provider firms were on hand. Startup Connection is put on as a resource for entrepreneurs and a way to highlight St. Louis’ growing startup scene.

The three big winners weren’t the only Startups who came away from the event with cash. Four other companies received Bright Future Awards – awards given to minority, women, veteran or immigrant-owned businesses- of $5,000: Better Weekdays (minority-owned), Blue Line Security Solutions (veteran-owned), HIPAAtrek (women-owned) and Zymplr (immigrant-owned).

Moreover, a host of other companies won cash and prizes from the many service organizations on hand. These winners, and the organizations awarding the prizes, were:

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs ($1,250 cash): Champio

Simplify Commerce by MasterCard ($1,500 in-kind, free processing of $50,000 in transactions): Unique Metal

Color Art ($1,250 in-kind): Gremln

Mueller Prost ($1,250 in-kind): Hyde

Bank of America ($1,250 cash): Immunophotonics

Spry Digital ($1,500 in-kind): Arvegenix

EO ($1,600 in-kind): Dabble

CIC ($2,000 in-kind): BarrelFish

Stone Carlie ($2,500 in-kind): Unique Metal

Bryan Cave ($5,000 in-kind): Lipospectrum

iSelectFund ($7,500 in-kind): TAKO

Polsinelli (Three $4,000 in-kind): Dabble, Better Weekdays, Cast ($5,000 in-kind): Love Will Inc.

CreatiVenture Law (Two $1,250 in-kind): Lipospectrum, HIPAATrek

BioSTL (Two $1,250 cash): Talariant, YourBevCo

Cultivation Capital (Two $1,000 cash): Nanopore Diagnostics, PFITR

Lewis Rice: ($2,500 cash): Champio


James Koetting, PFITR (photo credit: Matt Menietti)