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These 5 companies will advance to DC Startup Week 2020’s final pitch event

After presenting at a semifinal pitch event on Sept. 14, this group of startups will pitch again on Friday to compete for in-kind prizes and a cash reward.

10 startups hit the virtual stage at DCSW 2020's semifinal pitch event. (Courtesy photo) DC is a media partner for DC Startup Week.

After 10 startups battled it out at DC Startup Week’s semifinal pitch event on Sept. 14, five were selected to advance to the final round on Friday.

The conference normally concludes with its annual pitch competition, but because everything is virtual this year, DCSW decided to host two pitch events. All 10 entrepreneurs who pitched received a one-hour CFO and tax advisory session with experts at WISS & Company, a free architecture assessment with Technology Rivers, a one-hour strategy consultation with NEXT and a one-hour business performance strategy session with Insperity. The top five startups will also get a free month of office space at WeWork while the first place winner will take home a $1,000 cash prize, a 45-minute session with Pique Coaching and an extra hour with Technology Rivers.

Here are the five ventures that will pitch at DCSW’s final event at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 (with descriptions from DCSW):

  • SCOUT Inc., developers of a small, inexpensive satellites, to perform in-space inspections of large expensive satellites
  • NurtureUp, an online marketplace connecting expectant parents and families to the services they need to successfully transition into parenthood
  • AfterrHome, a platform that brings home buyers, realtors and home inspectors together for collaborative, remote livestream home inspections
  • Binni, Inc., a construction tech startup that focuses on helping contractors increase productivity by digitizing and streamlining the planning, tracking and reporting of concrete placements
  • Yuduyu, creators of a pre-hire assessment test that gets turned into data visualizations of job seekers’ untapped potential

Krystin Hargrove of CoTripper, which curates an all-in-one community and travel booking platform for single-mother families, took first place in the 2019 competition.

DCSW has a packed lineup through Friday and if you haven’t tuned in yet, it’s not too late to register. Attendees can also tap into perks like this with food truck platform Goodfynd:


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