Sixteen regional startups got their chance to pitch to a panel of judges and dozens of Sacramento startup scene players yesterday in the Kings Capitalize 2017 Semifinals at the Assembly Club of the Golden 1 Center. Each team had a five minute time limit to present their startup pitch, after which the panel of judges asked follow-up questions.

The range of startups presenting was impressive and covered a broad set of industries including apps, agtech, cleantech, biotech, and medtech. The judges no doubt had a difficult time deliberating and selecting the final four teams that will move on to the finals where Kings fans will have a chance to make their voice heard and help determine the winner by voting for their favorite finalist.

The Kings Capitalize Final Four

After a half hour of deliberation, Chris Granger, President of the Sacramento Kings announced the four finalists.


Listed in alphabetical order, here are this years’ Kings Capitalize Final Four:

  • EicOsis Human Health
  • Text To Ticket
  • Trifecta Inc.,
  • Turtle Haus

While there I snagged about the first minute of each teams presentation. Check out the finalists along with their opening remarks below.

EicOsis Human Health

EicOsis Human Health is developing an entirely new class of non-addictive analgesic medications that can be used in sports medicine as well as in patients with acute or chronic pain. These medications are potentially safer and more effective than morphine-like analgesics in treating severe pain and more effective than ibuprofen or naproxen in treating inflammatory pain.


Text To Ticket

Text to Ticket Inc. aims to help make roads safer by reducing distracted driving. Through their app, their company will pay users to submit videos that catch texting and driving in the act.


Trifecta Inc.,

Trifecta, Inc. is the nation’s largest “all-organic” meal delivery service. Shipping fully cooked and ready-to-eat meals to all 50 states, this company offers food to suit many different diet types and a la carte options. All of their food is 100-percent USDA Organic, gluten, dairy and soy-free and has an Animal Welfare level of five. Trifecta, Inc. operates as an e-commerce platform that allows them to scale nationwide almost overnight.


Turtle Haus

Turtle Haus is a food company that is aimed at making bee and farmer-friendly almond snacks. Their mission is to create addictive, edible solutions to some of today’s most pressing issues in agriculture.


The four finalists will join the Kings and Moneta Ventures center court during the fourth quarter of the team’s Tech Night game against Milwaukee Bucks on March 22. The Capitalize Grand Prize Winner will be announced and receive a $10,000 cash prize and opportunity to have lunch with a Kings owner.

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Related: Four startups chosen as finalists for Kings Capitalize competition | Victor Patton, Sacramento Business Journal