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AeroInnovate Holding Seventh Pitch & Mingle for Innovators

By Dave Higdon

July 19, 2015 - AeroInnovate is hosting their seventh annual Pitch & Mingle event at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The participants in this year’s inaugural accelerator class cross the spectrum of aviation innovation as each company brings a new design or modification with potential to revolutionize the aviation industry.

AeroInnovate is a program developed by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Business Success Center.

Each participating company gets five minutes to pitch their idea, followed by a 10 minute Q&A session with prospective investors. AeroInnovate’s selection of participating companies include: Advanced Vector Analytics, Enduralock, Grypshon Industries, ICARUS Devices, and Interactive Aerial. These organizations come from all different parts of the globe, with various educational backgrounds, yet all share a common trait; a passion for aviation.

Latvia-based Advanced Vector Analytics (AVA) is developing a predictive structural health monitoring system that could save up to 80 percent of maintenance. This system employs 4-D sensors developed through patented measurement and analytics technology and placed in the aircraft.

Founded in 2013 by Harold and Diana Hess, Enduralock offers patented, fastening solutions that are highly vibration resistant yet are reversible and reusable. This technology is able to reduce time, labor, and maintenance cost through their reuse and reversibility.

Grypshon developed a proprietary non-slip tool tray. Not only does this tray provide security to the tools, but also reduces foreign object damage (FOD), maintenance mishaps, overall maintenance time, and surface scratches. 

The advanced training devices created by Naval officer Nick Sinopli, of ICARUS Devices, seeks to redefine instrument training. Using PDLC film, ICARUS allows instructor pilots to simulate their loss of visual cues when flying into a cloud, while also having a wider safety margin over traditional devices.

AeroInnovate’s final participant is Interactive Aerial. Four college students founded this company in Traverse City, Michigan, to manufacture Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) capable of safely flying in enclosed spaces and near objects without fear of collision through their integral sense and avoid technology.

The Pitch & Mingle event will be hosted at the Wittman Regional Airport Terminal on Tuesday, July 21, from 7-10 p.m. Registration deadline is 12 p.m. on Tuesday July 21 at

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