The startups competing are:
- Hemex Health (Portland, Ore.): Improves millions of lives in underserved countries by providing new diagnostics for malaria and sickle cell disease where there’s currently no viable test available.
- OpConnect (Portland, Ore.): Sells and operates smart electric vehicle charging stations.
- Sudara (Bend, Ore.): Designs and manufactures beautiful products in India, sold via e-commerce, providing jobs for survivors of sex-trafficking.
- TryECO (Portland, Ore.): Develops super absorbent polymers that are soil amendments and seed coatings, which increase crop yields with less water while improving soil tilth and biologics.