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Three Waterloo Region firms in $5-million startup contest in Buffalo

Three Waterloo Region firms are among the 110 semifinalists in a global startup competition that is offering prizes of up to $1 million to draw technology companies to Buffalo.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.therecord.com

The local semifinalists have technologies that screen job applicants, use nano-filters for dialysis and print soft materials using 3D printers.

Plum.io, founded by Caitlin MacGregor, Neil MacGregor and Christine Bird, provides employers with online pre-employment assessment and survey tools to measure how well job applicants fit a position. It also has a tool that helps hiring managers articulate the criteria for each position and match applicants to the results.

Qidni Labs, founded by University of Waterloo graduate Morteza Ahmadi, is developing nano-filters that the company hopes can be used in implants that could be an alternative to dialysis in removing toxins from the blood.

Structur3D Printing, founded by Andrew Finkle and Charles Mire, makes a device that can be attached to a home-based or small commercial 3D printer to allow people to do 3D printing with soft materials such as food paste, wood filler or clay.

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