On March 15, six startups—each with at least one current Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) student or recent alum—will pitch professional investors for $50,000 in prizes in the first-ever “demo day” of the Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition.

Register for a free ticket to this on-campus event, March 15 at the Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box]. The competition starts at 7 p.m.

MPSCLearn more about each finalist:

  • Apollo Medical Devices: rapid blood-testing technology providing eight measurements within five minutes from a single drop
  • Everhire: employee-recruiting pairing artificial intelligence and professional screeners
  • Hedgemon: hedgehog-inspired tech for safer football helmets
  • KitcheNet: grocery boxes to neighborhoods lacking fresh, diverse food sources
  • ImaginAg: algorithms to analyze aerial images of agriculture and timber lands
  • Inspirit: wearable devices to monitor dehydration among the elderly and others

Jumpstart logoThe awards are $25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third. Prizes are provided by JumpStart Inc., a nationally recognized Cleveland nonprofit that supports and invests in Ohio-based tech startups.

Competition judges are Troy Vosseller, a founder of the accelerator Gener8tor; Lee Zapis of Zapis Capital Group; and Bob Pavey, a legendary venture capitalist—managing partner of Pavey Investments in Cleveland and Silicon Valley, California, and partner emeritus at Cleveland-based Morgenthaler Ventures—and a Case Western Reserve trustee.

The competition was started to honor the memory of legendary startup investor David Morgenthaler.


For more information, contact Daniel Robison at daniel.robison@case.edu.

This article was originally published March 5, 2018.