After more than 50,000 votes were cast by readers, the Sweet 16 round of DC Inno’s Tech Madness bracket is set.
(Scroll down to the bottom to vote companies into the Elite 8.)
Despite a massive turnout in Round 2, several matchups were decided by just a few votes.
Sales platform ChurnZero, which upset Sorcero in the first round, narrowly came out on top of No. 1 seed Aquicore, a real estate software company, by a 2 percent margin. And financial edtech company Vemo Education barely squeezed by Inky, an anti-phishing cybersecurity startup.
But those weren’t the closest contests. The matchup between two vastly different startups, cybersecurity firm Threat Quotient and wine delivery service SipTip, was decided in Threat Quotient’s favor by a single vote.
Moving forward, the Sweet 16 features some fierce matchups from standout Greater Washington tech companies.
Another cyber startup, WireWheel, is taking on food truck app GoodFynd after the latter cruised past No. 1 seed Xometry in Round 2. Meanwhile, D.C.-based Pie Insurance is taking its recent $45 million funding round into a battle with cybersecurity underdog Refirm Labs.
Remember: You’re voting on the companies you would invest in. This can be because you think they’d give you the best return on your investment, or you just believe in the company’s mission. Below is the voting schedule for the rest of the tournament.
Sweet 16: – Voting from 3/20 to 3/25
Elite 8: – Voting from 3/26 to 3/28
Final 4: – Voting from 3/29 to 4/1
Final round – Voting from 4/2 to 4/4
Cast your vote below to see your favorite company make it to the Elite 8.