Three finalists were announced for the Emerging Enterprise Center’s annual Swim with the Sharks pitch competition.

Twelve companies pitched before the final three were chosen. These three companies will compete for more than $16,000 in cash and services in front of a live audience on Sept. 28 at the Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington.

The grand prize represents a combination of partnerships with New Castle County Government and the NCC Innovates Program, as well as entrepreneurial service providers and sponsors, including SC Associates, Info Solutions and World Trade Center Delaware.

D150 Fueling is an on-site fueling and fuel marketing company for commercial fleets that offers ultra-low-sulfur diesel, biodiesel and off-road diesel. Coupled with FuelCloud software, D150 Fueling offers a fueling program tailored to an individual fleet’s need that saves time, money and emissions. With contracts in hand, D150 Fueling is in full launch mode and ready to expand its market.

SAS Nanotechnologies developed a proprietary, patent pending anticorrosive coating technology that not only prevents corrosion but also heals and protects metals from corrosion in the case of surface scratch/damage. Growing out of Ph.D. research, the technology was recently awarded a NSF-SBIR grant to further develop the technology and is already in conversations with potential strategic partners for technology testing and licensing.

SmartKidzClub Inc. is an innovative, affordable EdTech platform that creates original, relevant and unique educational content that is designed to interact and engage with the large and growing majority of the new generation of children ages 1-11 that is using, and has access to, mobile devices.

The 12 applicants submitted a five-page business canvas and were invited to present a preliminary pitch before a panel of judges. Each applicant was judged based on a combined score of their written application and verbal pitch. Judging criteria included business feasibility, understanding of market need and opportunity, clear articulation of value proposition, go-to-market strategy and soft skills.

The applicants invited to showcase their business with a small table include 360VR Technology, Body Wisdom Wellness, Craft Beverage Services, Culture Crush, Elev8 My Life, Mail Express Services, Mamaste Doula & Birth Services, My MedChoices and Vegan Healthy.

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