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Meet the five startup Battlefield finalists at Disrupt 2020

TechCrunch hosted an unusual Startup Battlefield this week — the founders, judges, audience and moderator (me) were all in different locations, doing our best to interact over WebEx.

But the 20 startups still demonstrated their products and explained their visions, then were grilled by expert judges. And those judges helped the TechCrunch team select our five finalists.

Those finalists will be presenting tomorrow at 10:40 a.m. Pacific for a whole new set of judges, and you can watch the live stream by logging into TechCrunch. (Also: It’s not too late to sign up for the full Disrupt experience.) Those judges will choose a runner-up and a winner, and the winner will take home $100,000, equity-free.

Here are the finalists:

Canix

Canix has built a robust enterprise resource planning platform designed to reduce the time it takes cannabis growers to input data. It integrates nicely with common bookkeeping software, as well as Metrc, an industry-wide regulatory platform. You can read more about Canix here.

Firehawk Aerospace

Hybrid rockets aren’t new, but they have always faced significant limitations in terms of their performance metrics and maximum thrust power. Firehawk Aerospace is building a stable, cost-effective hybrid rocket fuel engine that employs industrial-scale 3D printing to overcome the hurdles and limitations of previous designs. You can read more about Firehawk Aerospace here.

HacWare

Tiffany Ricks founded HacWare in Dallas, Texas, in 2017 to help bring better email security awareness to small businesses. The technology sits on a company’s email server and uses machine learning to categorize and analyze each message for risk. You can read more about HacWare here.

Jefa

Jefa is building a challenger bank specifically designed for women in Latin America. It focuses on solving the problems that women face when opening a bank account and managing it. You can read more about Jefa here.

Matidor

Matidor is building a project platform for consultants and engineers to keep track of projects and geospatial data in a single dashboard. It offers an all-in-one data visualization suite for customers in the energy and environmental services fields. You can read more about Matidor here.

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Matidor is building an all-in-one geospatial project collaboration platform

It’s a big world out there, but the software that allows professionals to take a closer look at geospatial data hasn’t made the same leaps that consumer-focused platforms have.

Matidor, a Vancouver-based geospatial visualization and collaboration startup, is building a project platform for consultants and engineers in the energy sector to keep track of projects in a single, far-reaching dashboard. Co-founders Vincent Lam and Sean Huang are relaunching Matidor on our virtual stage at TechCrunch Disrupt 2020. Lam formerly worked on the Google Earth team, while Huang boasts a background in the AR/VR space.

Matidor’s co-founders tell me that a lot of the current customers they’re going after are stuck using hacked-together solutions that combine Slack, Microsoft Projects and tools like ArcGIS (or even Google Maps) into a messy weave of forwarded screenshots and links. Matidor takes a look at the specific collaboration needs around data visualization and offers an all-in-one product suite for customers in the energy and environmental services fields.

People who work in these industries are often working with a handful of visual data types and Matidor allows these customers to overlay layers upon layers of data which the system can analyze to track changes and identify visual points of interest.

“We’re able to take in a lot of third-party data sources,” Huang tells TechCrunch. “We want to be the go-to platform for any location-based intelligence.”

Unlike other software solutions, Lam and Huang say that Matidor can help users easily get a handle on their entire portfolio at once. In addition to chat, users can also collaborate visually by quickly annotating regions on the maps and making notes.

Matidor sells its software on a per-project basis rather than charging per user, a strategy it hope will allow various stakeholders working on a project to get the chance to dig into the platform. The team sees the energy sector as just the beginning and is working on template types to bring in new customers. Eventually, Matidor’s co-founders want to tap into areas like construction and emergency response.

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