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This article was published on August 9, 2010

    Check Out The Five Hottest Midwest Startups

    Check Out The Five Hottest Midwest Startups
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    Alex Wilhelm is a San Francisco-based writer. You can find Alex on Twitter, and on Facebook. You can reach Alex via email at [email protected] Alex Wilhelm is a San Francisco-based writer. You can find Alex on Twitter, and on Facebook. You can reach Alex via email at [email protected]

    Coming this September 27th and 28th, midVenturesLAUNCH in Chicago is going to be the biggest Midwest tech event that I have ever seen. TNW is going to be there in force, both as a media sponsor and with our very own Editor in Chief Zee as a panelist.

    Today, the first five startups that have been accepted as part of the ‘Compete’ section of the event were announced. Compete is a traditional startup battle, and the winner will take home around $100,000 in cash and prizes. Let’s check them out:

    TransFS

    TransFS is a comparison shopping website for credit card processing. Our unique auction process and comparison engine allows us to save businesses 40% on average on their credit card processing.”

    itizen

    Itizen is an online platform that makes objects social by linking physical things to their online stories and connecting the people who share in the storytelling. Users access, add to, and follow user-generated content through Itizen TRACKit Tags placed on the objects themselves.”

    Apparel Media Group

    “By bringing together big brands and the leading custom apparel printers nationwide with a proprietary web-based campaign management system, AMG has brought the pro sponsorship and product endorsement business to everyday consumers.”

    Element Bars

    “Through an interactive drag and drop interface, ElementBars.com enables users to design their own custom energy bars by selecting organic and conventional ingredients and then personalizing the label.”

    Cadreas

    Cadreas is the only single source web platform for the design, development and construction industry. Cadreas.com is the easiest way for property owners, professionals, service companies and manufacturers to meet, collaborate and build together.”

    We here are stoked about the event, if you will be near Chicago at on that date, be sure and check it out.