Ingram Micro and MassChallenge Name Comet Competition Top B2B Startups

Global finalists to win more than $1.5 million in cash and
go-to-market funding; Winners to be featured at Cloud Summit 2019 March
11-13 in San Diego, Calif.

TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Award?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#Awardlt;/agt;–Ingram
Micro Inc.
, in partnership with MassChallenge,
today announced the top 12 finalists from its Tel Aviv, Austin, and
Boston Comet
Competition
s. The finalists for this
year’s inaugural competition are Verifyoo, Perimeter 81, ITsMine,
EyeControl, ClearBlade, re:3D, Sempulse, The Mentor Method, Pixm Inc.,
addapptation, OnRout, and BOXOLOGIC.COM.

Established in 2018, the Comet Competition is the only startup challenge
dedicated to discovering talented B2B independent software vendors
(ISVs) and accelerating their trajectory to channel market success. As
Comet Competition finalists, these startups will receive go-to-market
funding, unparalleled access to top corporate partners, and tailored
curriculum to accelerate their success – all for zero equity.

“In order to continue to be a leader in the digital economy, we need to
actively search for the world’s best technology startups and catapult
their trajectory to profitability and scale,” says Nimesh Davé,
executive vice president, Ingram Micro Cloud. “The Comet Competition
uncovered many innovative early-stage ISVs that Ingram Micro Cloud can
help to commercialize, as well as a few startups that will truly change
the world.”

The Comet Competition teaches ISVs how to purpose-build for the IT
channel and how to commercialize their technology. It also helps Ingram
Micro Cloud to achieve its vision of realizing the promise of
technology. Over 300 ISV applicants were evaluated on a number of
criteria including future vision, industry impact, and potential in the
channel for the chance to compete in either Tel Aviv, Austin, or Boston.
Forty-six top applicants were selected to pitch live to a panel of
distinguished industry influencers, who then selected the finalists.

“MassChallenge is extremely proud to partner with Ingram Micro Cloud on
the Comet Competition, which is helping the world’s most cutting-edge
B2B startups accelerate their channel market growth in an unprecedented
way,” said Siobhan Dullea, CEO at MassChallenge. “Congratulations to the
selected startups – we look forward to celebrating with them at Cloud
Summit 2019 in March.”

MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators,
supporting the growth of startup ecosystems across five continents. Its
1900+ alumni have raised more than $4 billion in funding and generated
more than $2.5 billion in revenue. By partnering with MassChallenge,
Ingram Micro is widening its ISV initiative and extending unrivaled
opportunities to competition finalists and winners.

These finalists will join MassChallenge and Ingram Micro on stage at the
upcoming 2019 Ingram Micro Cloud Summit, taking place in San Diego,
Calif., March 11-13, to announce the regional winners and showcase all
finalists. More information including registration is available here: https://www.ingrammicrocloudsummit.com/.

Ingram Micro has proven to be the fastest route to market for ISVs
looking to build and scale their SaaS or IaaS-based businesses. Once
onboarded to the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace, ISVs are able to
quickly scale, promote, sell and deploy their solutions to channel
partners and the customers they serve in more than 50 global markets,
including China. More information about Ingram Micro’s ISV programs is
available here.

Tel Aviv Finalists

Verifyoo
Tel
Aviv, Israel | Cybersecurity
Verifyoo was co-founded by cyber
security experts and is on a mission to provide advanced user
verification technologies that go far beyond existing biometrics.
Verifyoo provides CISOs and Business Executives the tools they need to
fight the increasing fraud while promoting digital transformation and
increasing business. Unlike biometrics, Verifyoo works on any mobile
device, can be stored centrally in the cloud, fully maintains user
privacy and addresses pains currently unsolved.

Perimeter
81

Tel Aviv, Israel | Cybersecurity
Perimeter 81 is a
Secure Network as a Service that has taken the outdated, complex and
hardware-based traditional VPN and firewall technology, and transformed
it into a user-friendly and easy-to-use software solution — simplifying
secure network access for the modern and distributed workforce. Founded
by two IDF elite intelligence unit alumni, Perimeter 81 serves Fortune
500 businesses and industry leaders across a wide range of sectors, and
has established partnerships with the world’s foremost integrators,
managed service providers and channel resellers.

ITsMine
Herzeliya,
Israel | Cybersecurity
ITsMine offers a new, unique, proactive
approach for Data Loss Prevention (DLP) that requires no policies and no
permanent endpoint agents while guaranteeing protection against internal
and external attackers. ITsMine solves the DLP challenges using a fully
automated solution with negligible false positives and without affecting
employees’ productivity. ITsMine adds a critical layer of protection,
even if data is leaked and used, ITsMine will find out and alert the
customer.

EyeControl
Tel
Aviv, Israel | Medical Devices
Currently there are over 1.2 million
people with ALS or the ability not to speak. Although cognitively sound,
these people are locked in their bodies and have an impossible time of
communicating. The EyeControl is a wearable device for locked in persons
and relies on an audio device, eliminating the need for a screen and
enabling around the clock communication. They have gained worldwide
recognition and support to give a voice back to the voiceless.

Austin Finalists

ClearBlade
Austin,
TX | IoT
ClearBlade was built for the enterprise from the ground up
to run securely in any cloud, on-premise and at the edge. ClearBlade
enables companies to ingest, analyze, adapt and act on any data in
real-time and at extreme scale. Unleash your data at the edge by
leveraging local compute, artificial intelligence and actionable
visualizations while integrating with any enterprise system – all from a
single platform.

re:3D
Houston
& Austin, TX | San Juan, PR | Manufacturing
re:3D® Inc. is a
social enterprise decimating 3D printing cost and scale barriers in
order to create jobs and enable problem-solvers worldwide to
independently address local needs. With customers in 50+ countries
around the world, re:3D offers full service solutions & manufactures
Gigabot – the world’s largest, industrial 3D printer under $9K. Now,
re:3D is modifying Gigabot to 3D print from reclaimed plastic waste in
order to truly enable affordable, sustainable, and locally driven
manufacturing.

Sempulse
Austin,
TX | Medical Devices
Sempulse is a medical device and software
platform providing a patented, non-invasive vital signs sensor that
adheres to the back of the ear and acquires patients’ 5 major vital
signs. That’s industry-first cuffless blood pressure, pulse oximetry,
heart rate, respiratory rate, and core body temperature, plus
geolocation and a wealth of environmental information. While designed
for austere and rugged military needs, the technology is equally capable
in the civilian world from triage to athlete training to telemedicine.

The
Mentor Method

Washington, DC | Enterprise Software
The
Mentor Method is an enterprise platform using mentorship to bridge the
access gap between diverse candidates and companies seeking to hire more
diversely. Its approach helps companies attract, screen and engage
diverse candidates while increasing their internal engagement and
retention rates.

Boston Finalists

Pixm,
Inc.

New York, NY | Cybersecurity
Backed by well-known
cybersecurity investors and NSA/intelligence community leaders, Pixm is
the world’s first endpoint-based phishing prevention technology that
shuts down phishing attacks in real-time at the point of click using
computer vision. Pixm recently launched out of stealth mode and is
already working with major Fortune 50 Healthcare and Finance
organizations to protect them from sophisticated phishing attacks.

addapptation
Exeter,
NH | Enterprise Software
addapptation is the first Modern UX
Platform for the enterprise cloud. Its platform completely redesigns
existing applications like Salesforce.com into simple, beautiful
interfaces. They remove the boundaries of their customers’ enterprise
software by providing intuitive solutions that simplify workflows for
sales, operations, professional services, and innovation teams. Their
focus on usability and design is redefining what it means to work in the
enterprise.

OnRout
Brooklyn,
NY | Transportation & Logistics
OnRout is an optimization
platform for eCommerce shipping. Its real-time bidding platform routes
individual parcels to the most efficient carrier for delivery, driving
route consolidation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering
shipping costs by 9% on average. OnRout provides a new and powerful
method for eCommerce shippers to control costs and compete more
effectively with Amazon. OnRout’s focus is to make eCommerce delivery
financially and environmentally sustainable for all parties.

BOXOLOGIC.COM
Somerville,
MA | Hardware & Robotics
Boxologic is a robotic instant
random-size packaging solution (aka box-on-demand) that uses
cutting-edge technology to create the right-size box instantly for
e-commerce fulfillment. Using today’s standard technology, the average
shipped e-commerce package contains 40% void space, resulting in, at a
minimum, a 60% increase in void filler use, a 15% increase in corrugated
use, and a 20% increase in transportation costs. With Boxologic, boxes
can be created on demand, in any size, and with just one SKU of
corrugated stock. It requires zero human intervention and creates the
lowest waste-rate in the industry with the smallest machine footprint in
the world.

For more information, visit: https://www.ingrammicrocloud.com/comet
For
questions, contact: [email protected]

About Ingram Micro Cloud

At Ingram Micro Cloud™, we view cloud not just as a single technology,
but as a foundational platform to run and drive a whole new way of doing
business. By leveraging our platforms and ecosystem, cloud service
providers, telecom companies, resellers and enterprises can quickly
transform and get up and running in the cloud within minutes, with
little to no investment. Our portfolio includes vetted security,
communication and collaboration, business applications, cloud management
services and infrastructure solutions designed to help clients monetize
and manage the entire lifecycle of cloud and digital services,
infrastructure and IoT subscriptions. For more information, please
visit: www.IngramMicroCloud.com.

About MassChallenge

MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators.
Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel,
Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, Texas, and the UK, MassChallenge is
committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting
high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the
world. To date, more than 1,900 MassChallenge alumni have raised more
than $4 billion in funding, generated over $2.5 billion in revenue, and
created over 120,000 total jobs. Learn more about MassChallenge at www.masschallenge.org.

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