Seven San Diego Companies were honored at Connect's Most Innovative New Product awards.

Seven San Diego Companies were honored at Connect's Most Innovative New Product awards.

San Diego-based Connect named 21 finalists for its Most Innovative New Product Awards. The companies will have the chance to showcase everything from medical devices to software solutions at the Dec. 5 event, with the chance to compete for the title of “most innovative.”

To be selected, companies must have introduced the product in 2017 or later, and must have generated revenue from sales. In addition, products may not be selected as finalists more than once.

This year will be the first year that Connect and the San Diego Venture Group (SDVG) have hosted the event together. The two organizations merged in April, bringing together one of San Diego’s oldest startup accelerators with a nonprofit that has helped attract investors to the region.

“We are very excited to be celebrating cutting edge entrepreneurship in San Diego through the Most Innovative New Product Awards,” Connect with SDVG CEO Mike Krenn said in a news release. “Our mission is to promote and support innovative companies in San Diego, and our finalists this year are leading the way in technology and life sciences.”

This year’s finalists were divided into seven categories, ranging from cleantech to defense. They include:

Big Data Finalists:

GigaIO: FabreX from GigaIO is a new network architecture for data center systems that integrates computing, storage and memory into a single-system fabric throughout the rack or cluster, using industry standard PCI Express technology.

MemComputing: The MemCPU SaaS product from MemComputing solves today’s most complex optimization problems in a fraction of the time typically needed. Problems that take hours or days today are solved in minutes or seconds by MemComputing.

Suavei: Suavei has developed and deployed a self-calibrating threat management solution available for wirelessly connected devices or Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. Suavei's solution enables businesses to rapidly find, assess, and fix security vulnerabilities in critical network infrastructure connected over wireless and wireline networks.

Cleantech Finalists:

Aquacycl: The BioElectrochemical Treatment Technology (BETT) from Aquacycl offers a solution for decentralized wastewater treatment that produces electricity (no methane), eliminates sludge, and enables water reuse with minimal operating expense.

GroGuru: GroGuru develops technology that allows soil sensors to be permanently installed underground. This technology reduces the total cost of ownership and gives farmers year-round data that is critical for strategic irrigation management.

Uprise Energy: Uprise Energy has developed the world’s first commercially sized mobile wind turbine. The Uprise Energy Mobile Power Station is a 10kW portable wind turbine that delivers low cost, clean energy.