San Diego Business Journal

A local startup that makes stretchable batteries took home first place and a $30,000 check Thursday night at San Diego’s biggest competition for entrepreneurs: John G. Watson Quick Pitch.

The winning startup, Ocella, produces rechargeable batteries made with an innovative polymer that makes batteries stretchable and form-fitting. The technology has applications in wearable devices such as smartwatches. Putting batteries into the flexible band of a smartwatch, for example could add five to 10 hours of life to the device, according to the company.

Ocella’s technology may also have applications in the internet of things and military devices.

Winners of the Quick Pitch competition were chosen by a 500-person audience that collected at Qualcomm Hall for the event, hosted by Tech Coast Angels and San Diego Venture Group.

Although winner Ocella got the biggest check, second place Aqua Design Innovations took home $15,000. The company makes household greenhouses that are both art and tiny functional gardens. The competition’s third place prize went to Trust & Will, a company founded by repeat San Diego entrepreneur Cody Barbo. The company, which makes software to help people set up trusts and wills online, took home $5,000 for third place.