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Kirkland Analytics CEO Matt Rose. Photo via WTIA.
Kirkland Analytics co-founder Matt Rose. Photo via WTIA.

Kirkland Analytics, a startup that helps commercial buildings manage water use, won the top prize of $10,000 at Tuesday’s WTIA Fall First Look Forum.

The Spokane-based company says it helps customers “manage water like inventory,” and saves clients like Costco more than 20 percent on their water use with a plug-and-play, real-time monitoring and analytics system.

The four other finalists at the First Look Forum were MetricStory, Proactive Immune Sciences Corp., React Mobile, and VanAir Design. Here’s a look at all the finalists, with descriptions from each company:

  1. Anera (Vancouver BC) – securely manages telecom service provider’s virtualized wireless core network (SDN / NFV) with hybrid and cloud deployments, which results in an OpEx business model.
  2. (Portland) – created a mobile media engine that connects parents to what their children are playing and watching to create enriching stories and toys that truly engage and educate children.
  3. MetricStory (Seattle) – MetricStory turns numbers and graphs from Google Analytics into an easily read narrative report, and allows people to understand how their web businesses are performing.
  4. Proactive Immune Sciences Corp (Vancouver BC) – offers healthy individuals the opportunity to bank their immune cells, giving them a chance to improve their outcomes should they contract cancer or other immune related diseases.
  5. PurpleWall (Seattle) – is an online platform enabling residents to have their dream room remotely decorated by an interior designer who complements their style and budget.
  6. React Mobile (Seattle) – transforms the way people call for help in an emergency by providing security and peace of mind at user’s fingertips when it matters most.
  7. SpeechAce (Seattle) – SpeechAce is an app that teaches correct American English pronunciation and eliminates accents one word at a time.
  8. Sqoop, Inc. (Mercer Island) – attracts business journalists throughout the country by saving them hours currently spent repetitively searching for story ideas and filtering PR pitches.
  9. TruMedicines (Sammamish) – is a secure mobile image recognition service that verifies the authenticity of a pharmaceutical.
  10. Unoceros (Seattle) – turns mobile devices into data-center-like instances for use in high performance computing by rewarding device owners for participation.
  11. VanAir Design (Vancouver BC) – developed an enhanced interior door that allows air to flow through it while shut, and maintains visual and acoustical privacy in an aesthetic manner.
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