Fairfield-based collaboration tool wins TechLaunch’s latest BullPen pitch competition

By Emily Bader
Princeton | Sep 19, 2019 at 11:55 am

TechLaunch announced the winner of BullPen #14, a startup pitch competition held Wednesday at the Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs on Princeton University‘s campus.

The event provided an opportunity for four technology startups to pitch their business models to attendees and a panel of judges.

Fairfield-based Inkbench won the ‘Investor Award’, it said, earning a prize of more than $15,000 worth of professional services donated by TechLaunch sponsors. Inkbench is a platform that allows its users to efficiently create and work together on brand-compliant visuals for social media, websites, the internet and other communication channels.

“We are thrilled about the validation of our enterprise class creative collaboration platform from this great panel of judges,” George Abraham, CEO of Inkbench, said. “We truly appreciate everything TechLaunch has done to help Inkbench as well as its efforts on behalf of the NJ tech community.”

Another winner was Share911, which won the ‘Audience Favorite’ award. The Ramsey-based company is an alerting, navigation and accountability app that uses real-time reports from employees to improve the outcomes of emergencies in K-12 schools, hospitals, businesses, government facilities and houses of worship.

“The Share911 team was humbled to win the award. It’s truly unfortunate that our business has to exist but the attendees provided great affirmation of our mission to improve the outcome of the violent critical incidents happening in our nation’s schools and workplaces,” Erik Endress, co-founder and CEO, Share911, said.

“Tonight’s impressive turnout was matched only by the high caliber of the presenting companies and the generous support of the TechLaunch Senior Mentors who coached them in advance of their pitches. Our Investor Panel also deserves high praise for the invaluable insights they shared with presenters and audience members alike.  It’s really such an honor to continue this entrepreneurial tradition in New Jersey, and we are enormously appreciative to Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs for providing such an excellent and professionally inspiring venue this evening,” Mario Casabona, founder, TechLaunch, said.

The other companies vying for recognition include:

  • SURGERi: a Princeton-based health care AI startup which is developing a machine learning and clinical intelligence product to capture real world data and better analyze patient outcomes of surgical procedures;
  • Uproot: representing the student slot from Princeton University, a real estate fintech solution focused on military service personell homeowners.

Tech startups that would like to apply to pitch at the next BullPen on Nov. 19 at Monmouth University can apply here.

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | emilybader