The first presenter, Matt LeKrey, CEO and co-founder of Remo Health, asked members of the audience at the Center for the Arts to look at the person to their left and then the one to their right.
If nothing about health care today changes, he said, “one of the three of you will develop some form of dementia by age 75.” And “if it isn’t you, you’re a caregiver for someone you know with dementia.”
Remo Health, a virtual platform for providing dementia care, was one of five businesses participating in Pitch Day, an annual competition hosted by Silicon Couloir, a nonprofit that promotes and supports entrepreneurship in the region.
After all five contenders pitched their businesses to a panel of judges and a live and virtual audience, Remo was named the winner of the $10,000 Panelists Choice Award, which goes to the company the judges believe has the most compelling business idea, the best chance for success, the highest likelihood of being funded and the strongest presentation.
The Audience Choice Award went to Juan Morales’ Naughty Fruit, a line of dried fruit snacks with a spicy kick. That came with a prize of $5,000 and a year’s membership in Silicon Couloir’s Cowork Space on East Broadway.
The evening’s other prize, the Bob Arndt Community Caretaker Award, was bestowed on Sam Schwartz of Avant Delivery, a reusable packaging service for corporations and residential consumers. For that he won $2,500, six months at the Cowork Space and an invitation to join Silicon Couloir’s mentoring program, TEAMS.
The other competitors were Rinord, specializing in high-performance outdoor apparel, and Building Genius, a platform for building professionals to find and share information related to sustainable housing.
“It was tight,” Silicon Couloir’s Gary Trauner said of competition.