MEMS Industry Group goes to the ‘Shark Tank’ for MEMS and sensor-based products

Seven companies selected from a pool of applicants will compete in MEMS Industry Group’s (MIG)’sElevator Pitch Session at MEMS Executive Congress. Making ‘Shark Tank’-style pitches to judges from the investment community, a mixture of startups, established companies, researchers and individuals will present products and technologies for potential funding — all in front of more than 250 attendees of MEMS Executive Congress.

This year’s finalists include:

  • CaddieON Inc.’s CaddieON®  uses RFID tags, a wrist-worn device, a smartphone app and a Web portal to empower golfers to make more informed decisions. By capturing stroke data — club used, lie, location and length — golfers get the performance data while on the course to choose the right club and plan optimal game strategy. The company is seeking a $1 million investment for marketing, sales and manufacturing.
  • Force Impact Technologies’ FitGuard is a Bluetooth-compatible accelerometer-enabled mouthguard that can measure the force of an impact and visually display the force from the impact via color-coded illuminated LEDs. The LEDs provide instant visual indication to coaches and officials when a player needs to come off the field to be properly evaluated. The company is seeking a $250,000 investment.
  • AnatoMotion’s Dental Imaging System will be an advanced and more affordable dental imaging system for diagnosing and treating a number of dental-related issues, including TMJ and bite dysfunctions. The company seeks a minimum investment of $150,000.
  • Indiana Integrated Circuits LLC’s Quilt Packaging (QP) technology is a new microchip interconnection technology that incorporates conductive “nodules” fabricated on the sides of chips. These nodule structures can serve as extremely wide-bandwidth, low-loss electrical I/O, enable sub-micron mechanical chip-to-chip alignment, and deliver a chip-to-chip gap as small as five microns. The company seeks funding and/or a commercialization partner to demonstrate feasibility of QP for specific MEMS products and to verify reliability of QP-enabled systems.
  • Sand 9’s MEMS resonators are the world’s smallest resonators. Because they eliminate the need for any external timing source, they are ideally suited for integration into a System-in-Package (SiP) or SoC environments. At the same time, they improve performance and reliability while reducing costs. By co-packaging Sand 9’s MEMS resonators with their SoC solutions, semiconductor manufacturers can now realize the next step in IoT/mobile product evolution.
  • Cambridge CMOS Sensors’ CCS801 is a miniaturized CMOS MEMS-based multi-gas sensor that can be used for detecting Ethanol (Alcohol), hazardous gases such as Carbon Monoxide (CO) and a wide range of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) monitoring. Based on the company’s Micro-hotplate technology — a unique silicon platform that supports sensor miniaturization, significantly lower power consumption, and ultra-fast stabilization and response times — the CCS801 is suitable for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices.

Elevator Pitch Coaches and Judges

This year’s finalists will each receive pre-event coaching, before they make their pitch to a panel of judges.

2014 Elevator Pitch coaches include:

2014 Elevator Pitch judges include:

The Elevator Pitch Session winner will receive an iGrant from Rogue Valley Microdevices and Sustainable Valley Technology Group that is valued at $160K plus one free year of MIG membership.


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