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Watch CWRU startups pitch investors for $50K in prizes

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

This article was originally published March 5, 2018.