FALL 2022/2023 HOTLIST

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Additional data is available in the master Hotlist spreadsheet:

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Renaissance semi-annually assembles the “Hotlist” – a listing of promising early-stage companies from around the midwest that anticipate raising venture capital in the next 12-18 months.

This group of around 50 high potential companies is curated from hundreds of recommendations made by Renaissance local partners (universities, incubators, accelerators, seed funds, angel networks, etc.).

Current Hotlist companies are shown below, sortable by sector and with embedded links where their pitch decks may be viewed if available.

Company Name Primary Sector Description
17 Ways Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) 17 Ways turns enterprise B2B expenses into brand assets, making it easy for enterprise buyers to justify and track their purchase decisions based on the greatest social and environment impact.
AaDya Security Inc Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) AaDya provides smart, simple, effective cybersecurity software solutions for small and medium-sized businesses
AdAdapted, INC Marketing / Advertising / Sales AdAdapted is the leader in CPG purchase-intent display advertising. With Add-It, With, Add-It™, our unique, one-click frictionless ad units, consumers can save contents of an ad to purchase later.
AleloPharma, Inc. Healthcare - Biotech/Pharma AleloPharma, Inc. has developed AleloMAX, a breakthrough and best-in-class genetic diagnostic tool with ultra-specificity and ultra-sensitivity with superior results vs current commercial methods.
Alpha-Otto Technologies Energy / Energy Efficiency Alpha-Otto Technologies has developed a new generation of clean and efficient internal combustion engine technology to enable the transition to a Net-Zero Emissions Economy.
AngioInsight, Inc. Healthcare - Services or Health IT AngioInsight is a seed-stage digital health start-up developing an AI software that processes heart images and provides key diagnostic measures to improve the treatment of coronary artery disease.
Arborsense, Inc. Healthcare - Medical Device Arborsense develops non-invasive devices for continuous and real-time monitoring of substance (alcohol and drug/opioid) use.
Aries FinTech Aries is a modern commission free stocks, options, futures, & crypto trading platform built around democratizing market data.
Atterx Biotherapeutics, Inc. Healthcare - Biotech/Pharma Atterx BioTherapeutics is a specialty pharmaceutical company, focused on developing proprietary products for the prevention and treatment of multi-drug resistant infections.
Automation Workz Education Tech Automation Workz is a reskilling firm and builder of the 1st tech grit assessment to discover, predict, motivate and coach front-liners through tech certification training.
Bedestrian LLC Automotive / Mobility Bedestrian has developed robots that use autonomous vehicle technology to make secure deliveries of high value items in complex indoor environments like hospitals and healthcare facilities.
blueflite inc Automotive / Mobility blueflite is designing and manufacturing advanced cargo drone OEM to enable drone operators providing logistics services for faster and more economical deliveries.
BrandXR Marketing / Advertising / Sales BrandXR is a no-code SaaS platform that allows brands to create, publish, and measure 3D Augmented Reality experiences.
Claira Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) Claira is a competency analytics engine that helps companies manage, optimize, future-cast and diversify their workforce.
CrossBraining Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) CrossBraining helps organizations train and verify skills from anywhere at any time with a patented video-based platform, allowing them to reduce training budgets by up to 50% and improve training outcomes.
Diet ID Healthcare - Services or Health IT Founded by lifestyle medicine leaders, Diet ID has invented, validated, and deployed an instant dietary diagnostic and behavior change tool to 100+ partners, finally making diet as a vital sign.
DroneView Technologies Advanced Manufacturing / Materials DroneView Technologies is a leading aerial mapping and geospatial services company. DroneView provides precision mapping solutions - aerial imagery & LiDAR from both manned aircraft & drones
EagleView Imaging, Inc. Healthcare - Medical Device EagleView develops augmented reality technology to make surgery easier and safer. The company already generated early revenue. Its paying customers include Henry Ford Hospital and Spectrum Health.
Elroi Enterprise Inc Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) Elroi provides enterprises technology that help meet compliance requirements for 130 privacy regulations while helping consumer control their own data.
Every Two Minutes, Inc. Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) Every Two Minutes is reinventing personal safety solutions to make cities of the future safer. Next-gen deep tech solution to help eliminate violence by detecting threats and automating interventions.
EVOQ Therapeutics, Inc. Healthcare - Biotech/Pharma EVOQ is moving its proprietary therapy for autoimmune diseases (e.g. Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac Disease, etc.) to clinical POC via internal development and licensing agreements with large Pharma.
EXOForce Healthcare - Services or Health IT EXOForce is designing digital textiles with integrated bio and chemical sensors and AI-enabled medically oriented data for the entire wellness (healthcare and fitness) continuum.
FirstIgnite Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) FirstIgnite automates customer acquisition for technical organizations
FreightRoll Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) FreightRoll is a supply chain software solution that automates driver and dock clerk workflows to improve yard efficiency, save paper and ultimately facilitate the digital supply chain twin.
Giggso Inc FinTech Giggso reduces financial risks and liabilities for enterprises using AI / ML
Give and Take Inc. Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) Give and Take products help organizations build inclusive knowledge collaboration networks that help them improve Inclusion and Equity (DEI) and thrive in the new model of work (FOW)
Hush | PrivacyCheck, Inc. Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) Hush is a B2B2C company that helps families gain digital privacy. Its AI finds your entire digital footprint, identifies the vulnerabilities that put you at risk, and removes them from the Internet.
Iaso Therapeutics, Inc. Healthcare - Biotech/Pharma Iaso has developed a novel self-assembled mutant Qβ (mQβ) bacteriophage capsid protein, which is an exciting new carrier for conjugate vaccines, providing a superior alternative to current carriers.
INHERET Healthcare - Services or Health IT A SaaS organization that automates the collection of family health history and risk stratifies to create personalized recommendations for the prevention and early detection of cancer.
Inpathy Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) Inpathy is a social app that inspires transparency, normalizes moods, and recreates the human experience.
iReprogram Inc. Healthcare - Biotech/Pharma iReprogram is the world's first and only direct cell reprogramming company. Using its UM patented process, iReprogram's robotic system can produce autologous liver, nerve, and bone marrow cells on demand.
Joining Adults & Youth With Disabilities Through Access (JAYDA) Healthcare - Services or Health IT JAYDA matches individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to the best healthcare and social service providers for their individual needs and supports them throughout life.
JustAir Solutions Inc. Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) JustAir provides local air pollution monitoring solutions to cities to bring greater transparency into air quality disparities among our communities. With proper visibility from our neighborhood-level
KindKatch Marketing / Advertising / Sales KindKatch is a personalized video engagement solution that empowers a brand to collect and share video content at scale to capture audience attention and drive more conversions.
Life Magnetics, Inc. Healthcare - Biotech/Pharma Life Magnetics, Inc. has developed a method for shipping and storing RNA. The company has revenue in diagnostic and environmental testing and animal data in RNA therapeutics delivery.
LiveRoad Analytics, Inc. Automotive / Mobility LiveRoad is a meteorological technology and data analytics company delivering safer, more efficient mobility.
Magsorbeo Biomedical Healthcare - Medical Device Magsorbeo Biomedical is a medical device company commercializing temporary implants made from Curasorb, its proprietary bioabsorbable alloy, starting with the Akesorb Maxillofacial System.
MagWerks Vision Inc. Automotive / Mobility Design/Developer/Provider of advanced lighting products addressing the specific needs of the Mobility/AV/EV industries. Unique, proprietary, highly energy-efficient, eco-friendly solutions.
MAREL Power Solutions Energy / Energy Efficiency MAREL enables extremely compact high-voltage power converters, with a configurable power-dense SiC power stack and a novel thermal architecture.
Money Pickle FinTech On-demand financial coaching with experienced financial professionals. Schedule a call or call instantly right through the app.
Mood LIfters Healthcare - Services or Health IT Mood Lifters is an innovative, paradigm-shifting, science-based mental wellness program that improves mental wellness and decreases anxiety and depression.
Motorcity Systems LLC Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) Motorcity Systems is delivering software and systems integration technology solutions that enable trucking companies to modernize and improve their operations.
PassiveBolt Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) Pioneering a Web3 platform that eliminates regulatory and security risks and reduces cost by enabling property managers to provide access to their secure spaces via user-owned digital identities.
Peptinovo Biopharma Healthcare - Biotech/Pharma Peptinovo developed and patented a drug-delivery platform, Peptide-Amphiphile Lipid Micelle (PALM), that selectively targets higher doses of proven chemotherapies INTO tumors, keeping the chemo AWAY from healthy tissues.
Pluck.eco (WhatsEatLike, Inc) Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) Pluck.eco is a sustaibility-focused last mile delivery company that allows users to bundle orders from multiple local businesses into one convinent delivery.
Pocketnest FinTech Pocketnest (B2B2C & SaaS), provides comprehensive financial planning in a tech platform primarily targeting genX and millennials.
REVEL Moments Media / Entertainment / Sports REVEL Moments is the place where athletes and fans intimately connect, and where the most powerful/authentic human-focused sports content is created all on a Web3 enabled platform.
Rivet Work Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) Rivet is a B2B SaaS company providing workforce management software for the construction skilled trades.
SCnewton Inc. Automotive / Mobility SCnewton is a hard tech company whose focus is to transform state-of-the-art electro-mechanical ideas into e-Mobility innovations.
SensCy Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) SensCy provides small and medium-sized organizations a cyber hygiene platform with a personal touch model for enhancing their cyber health and proactively minimizing cyberattacks.
Stack Medical Healthcare - Medical Device Stack Medical is addressing the transition from hospital to home self-care with its single-use, wearable subcutaneous infusion pump suitable for a range of fluids including pharma and biologics.
TelezecareMD LLC Healthcare - Services or Health IT TelezecareMD uses a modern machine learning-based solution to reduce administrative tasks and increase more of non-clinical staff patient engagement.
Thread Medical Healthcare - Services or Health IT Thread Medical can automatically generate structured clinical notes based on recorded or live audio from a physician's patient encounters. This saves physicians 1-2 hours/day.
Throdle Inc. Media / Entertainment / Sports Throdle is a Social+ Automotive Leader redefining real engagement and connections between automotive enthusiasts and brands through a clutter-free targeted app platform.
Ulendo Technologies, Inc. Advanced Manufacturing / Materials Ulendo is a University of Michigan spinout offering patented vibration compensation software that enables a 3D printer to print at 2x the speed without any degradation in quality.
UnicuStar Therapeutics Inc (USTAR) Healthcare - Biotech/Pharma USTAR is a clinical stage biotech startup company focusing on novel cancer medicine series for breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. The project will need $10M funding to complete clinical trials.
Waldo Solutions, Inc. Information Technology (IOT, Enterprise, Internet) Waldo Solutions, Inc. provides a technology platform for the forest industry supply chain.
Zakuro, Inc. Energy / Energy Efficiency Zakuro develops advanced ceramic electrolytes and metallic Li anodes to produce solid state batteries with double the energy density than Li-ion--with a key focus on manufacturability and safety.

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