Here are the 10 startups picked for Light City Baltimore’s pitch contest

Ten Baltimore-area startups have been selected for Light City Baltimore’s pitch competition.

The Light the Future Startup Pitch Competition is part of Light City U, the innovation conference during the city’s inaugural light festival, and takes place March 31. The 10 finalists were selected from 53 applicants.

The event will bring together startups in health care and sustainability to pitch to a panel of venture capital judges before an audience of conference attendees. Winners in the two categories — health care and sustainability — will each take home a $5,000 grant from the Warnock Foundation.

The competition is intended to boost early stage companies that have not raised a Series A round and draw attention to Baltimore’s emerging startup scene.

  • Sickweather, a mobile application that maps illness by scans social networksfor signs of sickness and lets users share information about illness
  • Itutela, an interactive patient engagement tool that improves communication among patients, their caregivers and their doctors
  • Vheda Health, a mobile software that helps patients manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes, and avoid unnecessary hospitalization
  • FitMango, a web program that matches people with similar fitness goals
  • Quantified Care, a tool to help doctors and patients find the best technologies for managing their care plans

These are the five finalists for the sustainability category:

  • Zero Gravity, a parent company of startups in metal and glass fusion, LED lighting and military research
  • Roadi, a parking app that aims to reduce car emissions by finding spaces faster
  • Hungry Harvest, a produce delivery service that relies on misshapen or unwanted fruit and vegetables
  • Urban Pastoral, an urban agricultural development firm
  • CBJ Energy, a cost-effective energy provider and manager

Light City Baltimore is a $4 million light festival that will include performances, concerts and a 1.5 mile light art walk along the Inner Harbor. The free event runs March 28 through April 3.

Light City U, the event’s innovation conference, requires advance tickets, available online.

Sarah covers health care, higher education, biotech and technology.