We are thrilled to unveil the talented top 10 finalists who will be competing at the StartupOS pitch event on December 5th, 2023!
These startups have demonstrated exceptional innovation, dedication, and creativity. They have earned their place in the spotlight and will be pitching directly to a select group of investors. Let’s meet our top 10 finalists:
(in alphabetical order)
Meet the finalists:
- Malik Gray, Be My Duo
Malik, CEO and Founder of Be My Duo, leverages his extensive experience in software development and passion for gaming to create a unique dating app tailored for gamers seeking authentic connections.
- Arezou Zarafshan, Call Emmy
Arezou Zarafshan, a former Fortune 50 tech executive and Colorado’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business, founder of Call Emmy, a trusted platform connecting families with on-demand, vetted help for childcare and chores.
- Brandon Webster, Campgrnds
Brandon Webster, founder of Campgrnds, pioneers the first SMS-based fashion resale market, revolutionizing the intersection of narrative storytelling and investment in the world of secondhand fashion.
- Carlos J Garcia, Phd, Bcmas, Health Quest Gaming
As an avid gamer and scientific nerd since he was just a wee lad, Carlos has always sought innovative ways to merge his two passions into something meaningful and beneficial for all. Decades of healthcare and gaming experience have culminated in the creation of Health Quest Gaming, a medical video game company seeking to empower patients in their wellness journey through the power of play leading to improved health outcomes.
- Tim Washington, MOOD Social & Dating
Tim A. Washington, founder & CEO of MOOD Social & Dating for iOS and Android, a new social dating app solving misaligned expectations between strangers meeting online.
- Sergio Schirmer, Radiolife
Sergio Schirmer, a thrice-successful founder with a CS background and dual MBAs, leads Radiolife in revolutionizing diagnostics through innovative RF and AI technology for fast, accessible disease testing.
- Christina Minju, Sāe Coffee Studio
With an eye towards luxury, Christina Minju has taken her grandfather’s passion for coffee to a new level. As an International Coffee Judge and Certified Coffee Sommelier, she is redefining the industry by elevating its standards and introducing people around the world to her line of beans & experiences through Sāe Coffee Studio.
- James Bender, Spark
Spark is an event-based networking app that helps professionals connect in-person when attending events. We save our users time and energy by showing them who is in the room, why they are attending, and help them meet in-person at the click of a button.
- Ashley Johnson, MBA, Wine Not
Ashley Johnson is the CEO and Founder of Wine Not, an alcohol-free sparkling beverage that mimics the taste and flavor complexity of sparkling wine. With a unique blend of flavors and adaptogens, Wine Not is a fun and functional product, cultivating an inclusive experience for all.
- Jodi McPherson, Work Simplr
As Co-Founder/CEO of Work Simplr, Jodi she has built a new talent sourcing platform with students at the center, for on demand, paid entry level freelance work. Work Simplr was recently announced as a member of the ASU+GSV Elite 200 for 2022 and a Shark Tank Finalist for 2023.
These remarkable startups will be presenting their game-changing ideas and vie for the top prizes. Each of these finalists have received mentorship from our industry experts and accessed our advanced AI tools to fine-tune their pitches.
On December 5th, we will find out who will take home the coveted first, second, and third-place prizes, along with other exciting rewards!
Congratulations to our top 10 finalists, and we can’t wait to see your entrepreneurial spirit in action at the StartupOS pitch event.