The AlphaLab Gear Midwest Regional Hardware Cup at mHUB was a hit. The evening started off with a panel expertly moderated by our own Bill Fienup. Panelists, including IndieGogo's Kate Drane, shared advice on product development, crowdfunding and getting a new product to market. After that, six start-ups pitched to earn the title of Midwest Hardware Cup Champion. Aleph 0, Kulisha, Rover Development, Tricolops, Luna Lights, and mHUB member Praxicut had a few minutes to pitch. Each founder summed up the what, why and how of their product. Watch the evening unfold below. Spoiler alert: Rover Development walked away with the big prize.
That said, Praxicut was named audience favorite. The company develops lifelike surgical simulation models which will provide surgeons something other than living patients to practice on. Their first model is for veno-venous bypass liver operation, which is a procedure that currently lacks physical simulations for surgical prep. As the audience favorite, Praxicut may be selected for wildcard entry into the 2017 National Hardware Cup, which will take place on April 19 in Pittsburgh.