September 21, 2023

🔒 North Carolina startup takes grand prize at Summerfest Tech’s Pitch Competitors

A Raleigh, North Carolina-based well being care startup took dwelling a first-place prize of $20,000 at this 12 months’s Summerfest Tech Pitch Competitors.

Lavni Inc., based by Marcus King, goals to fight the stigma surrounding psychological well being care by connecting people in underserved communities with psychological well being professionals. Providing a singular avatar characteristic, purchasers can entry an additional stage of consolation and anonymity of their remedy periods. Lavni additionally gives an AI-enabled notes characteristic that enables clinicians to generate session notes in simply 10 minutes, considerably lowering time spent on administrative duties.

Two Wisconsin startups took dwelling second and third place prizes. Second place was Madison-based RedFox AI and third place was Milwaukee-based AfroCharts. The second-place prize was $10,000 whereas the third-place prize was $5,000.

RedFox AI, based by Nick Myers, has created a conversational AI program accessible from any smartphone. This system helps information sufferers by way of their at-home diagnostic check or utilizing an at-home medical machine. RedFox offers customers directions verbally and helps them troubleshoot points.

AfroCharts, created by Leonard Novati, is a music streaming platform that connects listeners with artists from all all over the world, however has an emphasis on artists from Africa. AfroCharts was additionally named the inaugural Summerfest Tech Hometown Winner and awarded an extra $5,000.

The opposite Summerfest Tech Pitch Competitors finalists included New York Metropolis-based Cookie Langs, Inc.; Inexperienced Bay-based AppEase LLC; Milwaukee-based Wellacy Well being; and Wauwatosa-based CrossKudi. Every firm gained $2,500.

The competitors was sponsored by Molson Coors.

“At Molson Coors, we’re deeply dedicated to fostering the expansion of aspiring leaders in rising tech and entrepreneurship. By offering a platform for native and nationwide entrepreneurs to showcase their concepts, this competitors rewards their arduous work, creativity and dedication to fixing vital challenges,” stated Jonah Turner, head of rising tech at Molson Coors. “Every year, the caliber of modern concepts and expertise the startups carry to the pitch competitors by no means fails to impress us. We’re excited to witness Lavni’s journey and the way this funding will pave the best way for brand spanking new alternatives and successes.”