Detroit took another step in the tech direction this week with the fourth annual Google Demo Day hosted by Grand Circus.
A field of nine startup companies was whittled down by a panel of judges and investors to three finalists at the competition, which was open to up-and-coming companies from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The finalists are:
- GoKid, based in New York — a carpool solution for schools, teams and active families
- Spatial, based in Detroit — working with automotive companies, it powers conversational searches for events, restaurants and in-vehicle activities
- Waymark, based in Detroit — an input-free, automated marketing platform for local businesses
Google will give one finalist the chance to visit Googleplex headquarters in Silicon Valley in California and meet with investors and mentors for a chance at funding.
Last year, the Detroit-based ride-share app SPLT won the competition and had the chance to pitch to Google.
In addition to the finalists, the following companies competed Thursday:
- Plinquit — a goal-based micro savings account and platform that licenses to community banks
- Detroit Bikes — bicycle frame manufacturer
- MySwim Pro — social network for swimmers that helps athletes improve their performance and health through personalized workouts, instructional videos and analytics. MySwimPro was the $40,000 grand prize winner in The Greenlight Business Model Competition on Wednesday.
- Drive Spotter — aggregate dash cam video and machine learning to improve safety and efficiency in commercial fleet vehicles
- 360 and Me — personal data exchange platform that enables consumers to store, share, monetize and gain insights from their digital footprints
- ContentOro — develops proprietary software allowing for integration of interactive web content to attract and engage customers on the Internet