Five Orlando startups were named Cade Prize Sweet 16 Finalists by the Cade Museum of Creativity and Invention in Gainesville. The $50,000 Cade Museum Prize, now in its 10th year, recognizes early stage inventors and entrepreneurs in Florida with ideas that demonstrate innovation, large potential impact in the world, and market credibility.
The 5 finalists from Orlando, the largest number from any city in Florida, are:
Capacitech Energy: High-power, high-density conductor that increases battery life and capacity.
Locus Agricultural Solutions, LLC.: “Agriculture Probiotics” that improve crop yields.
Nano Discovery, Inc.: Blood test that detects immune activity and early stage infection in livestock.
Path Optical Systems, Inc.: Small and affordable fiber optics that transport information at the speed of light.
Thor ORE: Portable, environmentally safe filtration system for mining of multiple precious metals.
Previous Orlando startup winners include: InitWeather, 4th in 2018, HyCarb, 2nd and Sensatek, 3rd in 2017, Feynman Nano, 2nd and Hesperos, 3rd in 2016, and Everix, 1st in 2015.
The Sweet 16 Finalists are now in the final round of judging. You can meet all of the Finalists at the Sweet 16 Cade Prize Finalist Expo in Gainesville on April 10. Registration here. Four Finalists will share the $50,000 cash award at the Cade Prize Inventivity Bash on May 18th in Gainesville.