OPEN Houston Stirs the Local Startup Scene with its Business Pitch Competition: Announces Finalists

Offers non-dilutive cash grants of $10,000, $2,500, and $1,000 to the winners.

Nov 09, 2015, 23:21 ET from OPEN Houston

HOUSTON, Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year, OPEN Houston recognizes innovative startups in the Gulf Coast Region through its Business Pitch Competition and provides a heavily attended forum during its annual conference for these firms to connect with investors, customers, and strategic partners.

The first, second, and third place winners receive direct cash grants of $10,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively to use in their businesses with no strings attached.

The 2015 Finalists selected to present at the competition are:

Gray Matter - A wearable technology startup developing an impact sensing sports mouthguard.

NangioTx - A pharmaceutical startup developing formulations for regenerative blood vessel growth (angiogenesis) in chronic peripheral vascular disease.

Open Factory - A 3D Printing company utilizing digital light processing (DLP) projection technology in its light projection based resin printer to make 3D objects.

BAD Labs - A software startup offering plug-in solutions to enhance existing biometric recognition systems.

Ziel Solutions - A developer of wearable devices for reducing the risk of injury from physical activity.

VidiGuard - Autonomous drone technology developers to help businesses with expansive facilities lower the cost of security guarding.

Lumen Motors - Developers of specialty, high-end, electric vehicles with a unique battery technology.

Resthetics - Commercializing their patented solution to recycle fluorinated anesthetics through a process of trapping, storing, and separating anesthetic gases.

EllieGrid - A hardware and software solution to medication management.

Last year's winners, Wavve, and Luminostics, will also be providing an update on their progress since the competition.

This year's Grand Prize is being sponsored by Dallas based Capstone Wireless LLC, a leader in mobile device management services for medium to large enterprises.

The conference will be held on November 14th, 2015 at the Red Oak Ballroom in City Center. More information about attending the conference is available at

About OPEN Houston

OPEN Houston is a voluntary not-for-profit association dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and professional excellence. Our members include professionals, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, scientists, social leaders, academics and students. Leveraging our unique membership at OPEN Houston we provide programs in the areas of mentorship, entrepreneurship, and professional development. We also hold a number of exclusive events with global thought leaders on today's most current topics. More info at

About Capstone Wireless, LLC

Capstone Wireless is an eSteward certified electronics recycler, and complies with HIPAA standards on the proper and secure sanitation and disposal of its client's wireless devices. Through the automated e-commerce repair and depot service, Capstone Wireless enables its clients to focus on their core operational activities by managing their device inventory repair requirements and transactions. With real-time access to such needs as repair status, device inventory, software versions or daily snapshots of voice and data usage, Capstone Wireless provides its clients with a very cost effective and efficient solution. More info at

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