Women Who Tech’s fourth Women Startup Challenge showcased 10 of the most prominent women-led, virtual reality and artificial intelligence startups at the Women Startup Challenge VR and AI cohosted with Google in New York City on February 15, 2017.
The finalists were chosen from hundreds of applicants, all women-led startups in the Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), or Virtual Reality (VR) sectors.
Pitching Founder: Veronica Orvalho
Didimo won the top prize of $50,000, courtesy of the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund and Fred & Joanne Wilson, and $15,000 in legal services from Paul Hastings. Didimo automatically creates a 3D virtual character starting from a single photo — and in about 2 minutes you have a lifelike avatar that can speak, move, and represent you in a 3D world.
Pitching Founder: Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris
Second place of $10,000 in legal services and three hours in consulting from 1843 Capital went to Spirit AI, which takes tools to craft more expressive characters, stories, and worlds in games and VR. They make digital interactions feel more human and accessible using the transformative power of AI.
Pitching Founder: Sam Frons
Third place of $10,000 in legal services went to Addicaid, a digital addiction wellness platform for individuals with substance/process disorders, friends/family coping with loved ones in care, a dashboard for treatment centers and insurance companies to facilitate care delivery in an organized, intelligent, cost-effective manner.