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OK, startup fans. It’s time for the final episode of GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch, the fun startup competition where entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts in the 48 seconds it takes to rise to the top of Seattle’s iconic Smith Tower.

In the latest episode, sponsored by Smartsheet, we hear from three startup entrepreneurs with innovative ideas in the artificial intelligence arena.

Watch the ninth episode above to see who’ll make it to the top, and don’t forget to check out next week’s GeekWire Summit where eight of our winners will compete live on stage to see who really comes out on top.

This week’s presenters are: Alexa Anthony, a former equestrian athlete whose new startup, Magic AI, is using machine learning and artificial intelligence to track the health and well being of horses; Slava Agafonov, the CEO of Energsoft, a six-month-old startup that’s bringing predictive data analytics to the multi-billion dollar battery industry; and Ed Wingate, the co-founder of Mosaic Track, a startup that’s using machine learning and AI to help job seekers find the best careers.

Participants in GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch, from left to right, Slava Agafonov; Dan Wingate and Alexa Anthony, take a ride in the historic Smith Tower elevators. (GeekWire Photo / Dan Delong)
Ed Windgate of Mosaic Track (GeekWire photo / Dan DeLong)
Slava Agafonov of Energsoft (GeekWire photo / Dan DeLong)
Alexa Anthony of Magic AI (GeekWire photo / Dan DeLong)

After the ride to the top of the Smith Tower, the entrepreneurs face tough questions from our judges: Flying Fish Partners co-founder Heather Redman; Smartsheet executive and entrepreneur Stephen Branstetter; and Starbucks executive and entrepreneur Richard Tait.

Elevator Pitch judges Richard Tait of Starbucks; Heather Redman of Flying Fish Venture Partners; and Stephen Branstetter of Smartsheet inside the Smith Tower. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong)

Vote for your favorite pitch in the poll below:

Twenty-seven entrepreneurs are competing in this unique startup pitch competition. Go here to watch past episodes.

Now that we’ve completed the first season of the Elevator Pitch, we’re gearing up for the finals. Next week, the eight winning entrepreneurs from this season will present live onstage in front of more than 900 business and tech leaders at the 2018 GeekWire Summit. Our judges will join us on stage and hear the 48-second pitches from the eight finalists, choosing the winner.

A big thanks to Smartsheet for making The Elevator Pitch possible. Also, thanks to Smith Tower, Stefan Scherperel and his video production team at Fueled Creative and GeekWire’s Cara Kuhlman and Stefania Hajnosz, who have assisted in the coordination of this series.

Thanks for watching, and be sure to subscribe to GeekWire’s YouTube channel to catch every episode, as well as our latest reports on what’s shaking in tech.

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