Attendees spill out of Qualcomm Hall in October for the largest John G. Watson Quick Pitch event in the competition’s history. The annual pitch contest was hosted by Tech Coast Angels, San Diego Venture Group and Cox Business. Photo courtesy of Carly Matsumoto

Attendees spill out of Qualcomm Hall in October for the largest John G. Watson Quick Pitch event in the competition’s history. The annual pitch contest was hosted by Tech Coast Angels, San Diego Venture Group and Cox Business. Photo courtesy of Carly Matsumoto

Tech Coast Angels picked 10 finalists for its John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition. The annual event brings together promising San Diego startups to compete, with the top three winning a combined $75,000 in cash.

Startups also get a chance to pitch their businesses before an audience of potential investors. In the last three years, Quick Pitch finalists have raised more than $50 million in venture capital and $3 million in investment from Tech Coast Angels after the competition.

The competition has grown in recent years. Last year’s event brought a record number of attendees, with observers spilling out of the auditorium.

This year’s finalists were selected from more than 300 applicants. They include:

Agragene: A company using CRISPR technology to modify the genomes of plants and insects to reduce the need for pesticides.

Agtools Inc.: A supply chain software platform that offers real-time information to farmers, produce buyers and shippers to reduce food waste.

Eyedaptic: A company developing software for augmented reality glasses that can simulate natural vision for people suffering from vision loss from retinal diseases.

Jaan Biotherapeutics: A company developing technology that manipulates microRNAs to regenerate heart muscle to treat heart diseases.

Regenica Biosciences: A biochemical defense startup developing countermeasures to weaponized nerve agents and other potential threats.

RoomChazer: A startup offering housing listings, with the ability to look up information on roommates and pay rent individually.

Suavei: A cybersecurity company building tools to find and mitigate security weaknesses in IoT networks.

Stact: A tool for sports organizers to manage events and registration, and broadcast live scores and rankings.

The 5th Ingredient: A startup building software tools to help breweries manage inventory and track brewing processes to ensure consistency in each batch of beer.

1859 Inc.: A startup building a benchtop instrument to help scientists discover and develop new medicines.