Health care startups swept the top three spots in the competitive portion of the Startup Connection, an annual entrepreneurial showcase and resource fair in St. Louis.
Nanopore Diagnostics, which is developing a test to help physicians more quickly detect bacterial infections, took the top prize of $50,000. Zymplr, which has developed a helmet liner designed to reduce concussions, took second place winning $30,000. Immunophotonics won the $20,000 third prize.
Four more startups won Bright Future Awards of $5,000, given to minority, women, veteran or immigrant-owned companies. The winners were Better Weekdays (minority-owned), a job-matching platform for millennials; HIPAAtrek (female-owned), an web-based tool for health care providers to manage compliance; Zymplr (immigrant-owned); and Blue Line Security Solutions (veteran owned), which makes facial recognition technology.