A Detroit-based web platform that teaches entrepreneurs who can’t code how to build apps is among winners of an MIT pitch competition.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted finals in Detroit on Thursday for its MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge, through which it awards $1.6 million annually.
The four regional winners won $20,000 and a paid trip to MIT in Cambridge on Nov. 8 for a global pitch competition where $1 million in prizes will be awarded.
The Thursday event was sponsored by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.
The four winners, out of 12 finalists, are:
- Apps without Code, Detroit: The startup online school helps entrepreneurs create apps and full-on businesses out of ideas.
- Fig Tech Inc., New York City: This technology works with nonprofits on credit building products to help families become financially stable.
- AnnieCannons, Oakland, Calif.: Helps human trafficking survivors become software professionals.
- CareAcademy, Boston: Professional development for caregivers in the health care industry, with a focus on helping those with language, income or status barriers.