Bulletin Staff Report

Economic Development for Central Oregon announced the 10 semifinalist companies to advance in the Early Stage competition at the 16th annual Bend Venture Conference.

On Sept. 26, the 10 semifinalists will pitch their business plans against each other at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend.

Five companies will advance to the conference, which will be held Oct. 17-18 at the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend. The five companies will compete for an investment of $25,000 from Portland Seed Fund.

The 10 semifinalists are:

• Analog Biometric Technologies, of Portland, which makes a firearm lockbox that prevents children from accessing firearms using the length of fingers to unlock.

eCode.me, of Bend, a product recommendation platform that recommends products based on a unique sensory profile.

• FleetNurse Inc., of Eugene, an app-based, on-demand staffing service for health care facility supervisors.

• Honistly, of Portland, creators of financial instruments such as alternatives to predatory lending.

• Lisi Global, Inc., of Richland, Washington, which makes an environmentally safe, patented electronics technology that eradicates soil pests and pathogens.

• Referit Wellness, Inc., of Bend, an app that helps doctors expand their practices by providing patients incentives to share their favorite doctors.

• Shift, of Bend, virtual-reality enhanced online training to help educators recognize and mitigate implicit bias in the classroom.

• Speak Technologies, of Portland, a time-saving productivity tool using artificial intelligence to follow-up on meetings by automatically capturing notes, key decisions and action items.

• Steamchain Corp, of Salem, a blockchain company using smart contracts to reduce high currency conversion costs and fluctuation risk in shipping and logistics.

• TerrAmor, of Corvallis, an organic-certified solution for soft fruit growers to address the spotted wing drosophila problem.