Monday night Orlando-based startup AireHealth won a $100,000 investment from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund during the evening pitch competition (photo below). Revolution is the D.C. investment firm founded and led by Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and Chairman and CEO of Revolution. AireHealth co-founder and CEO Stacie Ruth pitched judges which included Steve Case, Suneera Madhani (Fattmerchant), Jason Hirschhorn (REDEF), Stephen Beres (HBO), AJ Fang of Silicon Valley Bank, Phoebe Cade Miles (Cade Museum), David Metcalf (University of Central Florida), and Tilak Mandadi (Walt Disney World Parks, Experiences, and Products).
AireHealth is revolutionizing care management and drug delivery for respiratory illness via a connected-portable nebulizer. The company sees the potential to positively impact 100 million people in the US who live with respiratory illness through a more proactive approach and patient engagement.
The startups that pitched Monday were selected from hundreds of entries to compete in the competition. Below is the complete list of the companies that competed in the pitch competition:
|Company Name||Industry (Self-Reported)||Description||Pitcher:|
|AireHealth (winner of $100,00 investment)||MedTech||AireHealth is revolutionizing care management and drug delivery for respiratory illness via a connected-portable nebulizer.||Stacie Ruth|
|Alertgy||Wearable Medical Monitor||Alertgy has developed the first truly non-invasive continuous blood glucose monitor and alert system.||Marc Rippen|
|Doghead Simulations||VR||rumii is a social-virtual reality platform that enables people to educate and collaborate in a 3D virtual environment from anywhere on earth.||Chance Glasco|
|Edukate||HR Tech / FinTech||Edukate is a financial wellness platform that creates a confident, productive, and engaged workforce by empowering employees with personalized financial benefits and guidance.||Chris Whitlow|
|FleetZoo, LLC||Logistics and transportation||FleetZoo provides a powerful AI-based route planning and optimization SaaS platform that delivers increased profitability to fleet owners in the services and last mile delivery space.||Mansooreh Mollaghasemi|
|InitWeather, LLC||Industrial Meteorology||InitWeather uses artificial intelligence to develop more accurate weather forecasts for the energy and financial industries to help them make better, smarter, and faster weather based-decisions.||Leela Watson|
|Millebot, Inc.||Advanced Manufacturing||Milebot designs and builds a giant containerized 3D Printer for on-demand production where traditional manufacturing do not make sense or is impossible.||Andy Tran|
|Pangian||HR/Recruiting||Pangian is AI-powered Linkedin for Millennials working remotely.||Mag Boron|
Revolution’s Rise of the Rest startup bus tour visited Orlando on April 30th led by Revolution chairman/CEO and AOL cofounder, Steve Case. At various points during the day, they were joined by dozens of entrepreneurs, elected officials and CEOs including Mayor Buddy Dyer, Mayor Jerry Demings, Tim Giuliani (Orlando Economic Partnership) George Kalogridis (Walt Disney World) Susan Alzner (Shift7), AJ Fang (Silicon Valley Bank),Matt Broffman (City of Orlando), Tim Giuliani (Orlando Economic Partnership), Rasesh Thakkar (Tavistock), Phoebe Cade-Miles (Cade Museum), JaNay Queen Nazaire (Living Cities), Jeff Cherry (SHIFT Ventures).
Other startup and local company stops Case and the team visited along the day included: GM Test Track Lounge, Epcot, the Golf Channel, Electronic Arts + FIEA, Lake Nona, Luminar Technologies, and Fattmerchant Starter, Studio. The evening fireside and pitch competition took place at Cheyenne Saloon.
Revolution’s bus tour has visited 38 cities and traveled more than 10,000 miles to witness what is happening in startup ecosystems that are frequently overlooked by Silicon Valley investors. We have formalized our efforts with a $150M fund to back early stage companies outside of the coastal tech hubs. The fund is currently invested in more than 115 companies across the U.S.