Jason Kaplan of MilestonePod answering judges' questions at the Pitch Across Maryland finals in November.
A new champion and runner-up were named in the second year of the Pitch Across Maryland competition, the statewide startup contest that pitted more than 150 early-stage companies against one another in video pitches.
Recorded from the back of the Startup Maryland bus over two weeks in September, the video pitches were gradually whittled down to eight finalists, all of whom delivered 7-minute pitches in front of attendees, judges and 500 Startups partner Paul Singh at Monday’s 3rd annual Entrepreneur Expo.
For winning, each startup will automatically be entered in the semi-final round of this year’s InvestMaryland Challenge, the state-sponsored challenge through which startups in state and nationwide can win one of four funding awards each worth $100,000.
The winner: ClickMedix (Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, MD)
- It’s a mobile, global software-as-a service platform for doctors to perform telemedicine. The goal is to have doctors speak with more patients, especially people who don’t have easy access to primary care physicians.
- Doctors in 14 countries lease the software, which is HIPPA compliant.
- More than 600,000 people around the world have used ClickMedix, which was founded in 2008 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.
- ClickMedix plans to clear $200,000 in revenue by January 2014.
The runner-up: MilestonePod (Clarksville, Howard County, MD)
- It’s wearable technology — a tiny accelerometer — that attaches directly to the shoelaces of a person’s running shoes. The pods are in pre-order now, and each will cost $19.95.
- While other wearable tech tracks mileage, the Milestone pod transmits data on mileage as well as a person’s running style and cadence via Bluetooth to the Milestone mobile app, which is launching soon. So, for instance, runners that supinate too much will be able to discern that information from the data the pod tracks, and adjust their running style accordingly.
- The pod turns on automatically once a person starts running, and the battery doesn’t need to be replaced until a runner needs to replace their shoes, which generally happens after 400 miles of use.