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Invest360 2023: Ann Arbor’s Leading Tech Innovators Awarded $200,000 in Funding

People's Choice award winner JustAir Solutions at Invest360; photo by Nicole Haley

Invest360, a flagship event of a2Tech360 produced by Ann Arbor SPARK, concluded today with an electrifying finish, announcing its winners in the mobility, life science, and IT categories, as well as the People’s Choice award recipient. Held at the University of Michigan Golf Course Clubhouse, this event drew a distinguished crowd of investors, along with an impressive panel of judges.

JustAir Solutions Emerges as People’s Choice Winner, Claiming a Total $100,000 Prize

The audience’s choice for the People’s Choice award went to JustAir Solutions, a company dedicated to enhancing air quality awareness and promoting healthier living environments. JustAir Solutions impressed attendees and the judging panel alike with its innovative approach to air quality monitoring and pollution mitigation. Its $100,000 total prize reaffirms its commitment to creating a better breathing environment for communities and businesses.

Winners in Respective Categories Share the Spotlight

Invest360 also recognized exceptional startups in three distinct categories, awarding each $50,000:

Mobility Winner: Repela Tech took home the top prize in the Mobility category for its groundbreaking work in developing a high-performance, eco-friendly marine antifouling solution. Its hydrophilic coating technology not only prevents biofouling on vessels but also helps reduce the environmental impact caused by toxic antifoulants. This innovation has the potential to significantly benefit the marine industry while preserving aquatic ecosystems.

Life Science Winner: Curio Genomics claimed victory in the Life Science category by addressing pressing global challenges related to food security and sustainability. Its collaborative efforts with corporate, academic, and government researchers are aimed at developing resilient and environmentally friendly crops for a more secure and sustainable future.

IT Winner: In addition to its People’s Choice win, JustAir Solutions secured the top spot in the IT category. Its software-driven approach to monitoring and mitigating air pollution sources garnered praise from judges, further emphasizing its role as a trailblazer in improving air quality for communities, businesses, and government offices.

Mike Flanagan, vice president of capital programs for Ann Arbor SPARK, emphasized the crucial role of early-stage investment in nurturing innovative startups. “In addition to showcasing the incredible talent and innovation in our region, Invest360 also underscores the importance of supporting these early-stage companies. They are the driving force behind our tech ecosystem’s growth and resilience,” said Flanagan.

The winners of Invest 360 collectively walked away with $200,000 in prize money, reaffirming Ann Arbor’s position as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Ann Arbor SPARK thanks ID Ventures for its sponsorship of this event.

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