Riverside County Innovation Month Fast Pitch Finale 2023 was a huge success, with three emerging startups competing for the top prize. It was announced by the Riverside County Office of Economic Development. The fierce competition and the judges had difficulty deciding on the winners. Ultimately, Sulfuron, Inc., StarNav LLC, and Moducan Corporation emerged as the top three startups. Let’s take a closer look at the winners and their innovative ideas.
Sulfuron, Inc. – The First Place Winner
Sulfuron aims to develop advanced materials for next-generation batteries and manufacture ultra-high-performance all-solid-state batteries. Its essential products include a sulfur cathode, Pure silicon anode, and NiO-based active materials.
StarNav LLC – The Second Place Winner
StarNav LLC is a local Riverside County startup developing advanced technology for accurate and reliable position, navigation, and timing systems. They chose Riverside County over Silicon Valley because of the region’s incredible startup ecosystem. They have already landed multiple contracts, and their technology has received $7 million from the Army Applied Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. StarNav LLC’s CEO, Joshua Morales, believes their technology is crucial in a world where GPS is threatened by other countries and jamming.
Moducan Corporation – The Third Place Winner
Moducan Corporation offers a complete system of modular tactical buildings and defense systems designed and engineered to deploy various temporary military-grade structures. Its products include temporary shelters, medical facilities, and command centers, to name a few. Its buildings offer the latest technology to provide the troops with speed, adaptability, durability, and comfort.
Guest Speakers at the Finale
The finale also featured three esteemed guest speakers who shared their insights into the startup world. Eric Eide, Managing Director of Alliance for SoCal Innovation, spoke about the importance of collaboration in the startup world. Dr. Ralph B. Berry III, Director of the Enterprise Resource & Innovation Center at Mt. San Jacinto College, shared his expertise in entrepreneurship and innovation. Rebecca Owens Driscoll, Founder/CEO of Swelter and winner of the 2022 Fast Pitch Finale, spoke about her experience as a startup founder and how she overcame her challenges.
The Riverside County Innovation Month Fast Pitch Finale 2023 showcased some of the most innovative startups in the region. Sulfuron, Inc., StarNav LLC, and Moducan Corporation impressed the judges with their unique ideas and dedication to solving real-world problems. We can’t wait to see what these startups will accomplish in the future, and we look forward to seeing more emerging startups in the Riverside County startup ecosystem.