Evansville Startups Advance to Statewide Innovation Showcase

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (July 9, 2019) - Local startup, HELIPONIX©, won the Evansville Regional Pitch Competition hosted at Innovation Pointe for their HELIPONIX© GROPOD™ invention; the first fully automatic growing device for all types of herbs. Also impressing the judges, Safekeeping App snagged 2nd place for their integrated healthcare communication app for residents, families and caregivers in long term care facilities.


Hosted for the 3rd year, the Regional Pitch Competition is an opportunity for companies to share their 5-minute pitches before community members, potential investors, and a panel of judges. HELIPONIX© won a prize package of cash and in-kind services valued at over $5,000. Both HELIPONIX and Safekeeping will advance to the 11th Annual Venture Club of Indiana’s Innovation Showcase on August 11th in Indianapolis.


Heliponix, represented by CEO Scott Massey, has been wildly successful at pitch competitions grossing over $200,000 since 2016.


“Pitch competitions address a serious gap for young founders seeking pre-seed and seed funding to launch their own startup companies,” stated HELIPONIX© CEO, Scott Massey. “Without these resources available to co-found Heliponix, it is unlikely I would have remained in Evansville.”


The event was hosted by the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, Elevate Ventures, Evansville Tech on Tap, InGen Technologies, Gutwein Law, and the Venture Club of Indiana. All parties involved felt the event was a success and left many thinking, “could Evansville score back-to-back Indiana Innovation Showcase wins?”


“With last year’s State winner coming from Evansville, we had a high bar to reach but I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the pitches and I am excited about the two companies we are sending on to Indianapolis,” stated Eric Steele, Entrepreneur-in Residence with Elevate Ventures Southwest.


Evansville-based Quarion Technology Wins 2018 Innovation Showcase
Last year, hundreds of startup companies from across Indiana competed in the Innovation Showcase for the chance to prove their startup’s merit. In the end, it was Evansville’s Regional Pitch competition winner, Aric Pryor who brought home the statewide win and prize package for his Evansville-based forklift safety startup, Quarion Technology.

About HELIPONIX©
HELIPONIX© is an American agricultural engineering firm on a mission to end world hunger through IoT software, advanced mechanical, and electrical system designs. View their website to learn how they plan to become the world's largest farming company without owning a single acre of land through our decentralized, hydroponic appliances called GroPods™.

About Safekeeping
SafeKeeping is a care dashboard and patient app that shares EMR data with Nurses and Families in a more convenient and meaningful way, improving operational efficiency and resident health outcomes.