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Nearly 2 dozen Valley startups make cut in Arizona Innovation Challenge

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PHOENIX – Startups from metro Phoenix dominated the field of semifinalists in the twice-a-year Arizona Innovation Challenge, organizers announced this week.

Tech-related companies from Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe took 22 spots on the list of 30 that was released Thursday.

Phoenix led with seven entrants: software makers Dovly, Inc.; HR Company; Insurmi; PointerTop; Radpay; Rexpay and hardware maker Motion Warriors.

Chandler, Scottsdale and Tempe each had five.

The competition is held in spring and fall and focuses on advancing “innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona by helping early-stage ventures scale,” according to sponsor Arizona Commerce Authority.

The list had been whittled down from 80 applications.

The Arizona Innovation Challenge “consistently identifies the most promising early-stage tech companies throughout the state,” Sandra Watson, president/CEO of the Commerce Authority said in a statement.

The competition lasts for three rounds of judging.

Companies chosen to participate in the final round will share their presentations in front of a panel of judges.

Other semifinalists included Atlas Guides, Flagstaff; and renewable energy firm EnKoat of Casa Grande.

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