Four Finalists Selected For TCNewTech Pitch Event

Live streaming a Pitch EventTCNewTech’s Pitch Selection Committee has identified the top four ideas they feel will be the strongest to compete on Tuesday, June 1st for the $500 prize provided by Pitch Prize Sponsor 4Front Credit Union of Traverse City. Each of the four startups will have five minutes to present their emerging business ideas to an online audience of investors, city and government stakeholders, local tech professionals, media, and fellow entrepreneurs. TCNewTech’s June event will be broadcast online.

Here is a rundown of the presenters for Tuesday, June 1st:

Reese Gallagher of Novum Automation:  is a new engineering startup in Traverse City and they boast an innovative engineering and fabrication team that provides automation & controls services to support industrial manufacturing teams in both production and R&D. Their skilled team provides turnkey automated test equipment, industrial automation systems & services, electrical control panel fabrication, & software programming.

Clayton Combe has thirteen years of experience working in filmmaking and has developed an app called Lighting Designer.  Lighting Designer is a much-needed fresh take on the process of planning and executing a professional lighting setup, with real-time collaboration in a multi-platform workspace. Combe splits his time between California and Northern Michigan and is seeking funding to scale his business.

Larry Leete, President of Aradatum will pitch along with his colleague, Pete Price. Aradatum is a technology company in the cleantech and telecommunications sector who specializes in enabling ubiquitous connectivity. They are building on years of experience in energy technology to fill the infrastructure gap, offering self-powered towers that can go where others can’t. Their innovative design overcomes the challenges that have limited the reach of next-generation wireless networks, offering a simple way to provide secure and instantaneous communication for telecommunications and network infrastructure equipment running advanced applications for LTE, 5G, CBRS, private networks, FWA, neutral host, and edge computing. Aradatum is based in Brighton, Michigan and looking for investors to join them in scaling this emerging business.

Keith Evans of Great Lakes Crystal Technologies is developing semiconductor grade crystalline diamond materials for applications in advanced optics, detectors, electronics, and quantum technologies (sensors, computing, communication, etc.). Keith has spent his entire career commercializing semiconductor materials technologies. Although this is his first time starting a company from the ground up, he is excited and comfortable focusing on diamond, the ultimate semiconductor, and to be partnered with leading diamond materials and device scientist, MSU professor Tim Grotjohn. Keith recently pitched at The Midwest Venture Showcase as he is seeking seed funding. Their business is based in East Lansing.

TCNewTech is a nonprofit organization intended to energize a community of entrepreneurs by showcasing new tech ideas and facilitating connections at their monthly pitch contests with a goal to expedite the launch of startups in Northern Michigan. TCNewTech will once again deliver a Virtual Pitch Night on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, broadcasting live to YouTube and Facebook simultaneously. The format is similar to the TV show, Shark Tank except for the TCNewTech audience votes for the best project and the winner takes home a $500 cash prize. The audience is encouraged to register in advance on EventBrite.

Those interested in some socially distanced networking can catch the TCNewTech event on the big screen at The Workshop Brewing Company from 6-7 PM then stay for drinks and conversation. There is limited seating so if you are interested, please reserve your spot on EventBrite.

If you are looking to connect with our community online,  download Catch a mobile event networking application & enter the TCNewTech Code 2027.

Anyone with an entrepreneurial idea is encouraged to submit their ideas to TCNewTech. No idea is too big or too small – TCNewTech wants to hear all ideas!