Eight startups from the Carolinas and Tennessee are the first companies picked to make pitches to investors at the InnoVenture Southeast conference on March 24 in Greenville.

"InnoVenture 2009 will present another strong slate of entrepreneurial companies," said John Warner, Swamp Fox LLC president, who organizes and runs the conference.

"Prior presenters have raised over $100 million in venture and angel capital, demonstrating that the conference has attracted a pipeline of emerging companies with excellent market opportunities and strong management teams," he added.

The eight companies, with descriptions provided by InnoVenture:

  • Green Wizard (Charleston, S.C. – greenwizard.com) is an online solution for the green construction industry that simplifies product research, product comparison, green specifications, quoting, purchase and documentation.
  • Hoowaki (Greenville, S.C.) transforms surfaces to mimic the look, feel, and performance of natural surfaces, beginning by targeting large markets seeking hydrophobic surfaces that repel water and ice.
  • InnerOptic (Hillsboro, N.C. – www.inneroptic.com) markets the InVision System, a "GPS" for minimally invasive surgery and biopsy, which through 3D stereoscopic guidance results in easier, faster and safer interventions.
  • Invenca (Greenville, S.C. – www.invenca.com) is an emerging advanced-materials company focused on innovations in separation science beginning with a new type of HPLC column for use in liquid chromatography of proteins and other large molecules.
  • Nexnet (Knoxville, Tenn. – thenexnet.com) is commercializing the revolutionary Pearl technology, which instantly connects TV and Internet video content/advertising with the viewer’s e-mail or SMS, focusing initially on cable television and Internet video distribution networks.
  • SensorTech (Greenville, S.C. – www.sensortechllc.com) is an advanced-materials company developing conductive polymer sensors that are uniquely durable and formable for medical and industrial applications.
  • TracLok (Knoxville, Tenn. – traklok.net) is deploying the GeoLok, a device that secures a container against unauthorized entry, by providing access to the location and condition information of a given container to improve the efficient management of these assets.
  • X2Order (Waxhaw, N.C. – x2order.com) provides a unique software-as-a-service (SaaS) framework that enables manufacturers to grow their profits by automating, enforcing, and sustaining Lean Manufacturing practices.