Awayr AI RISEs up: Company wins $5,000 in patent services from Aurora Consulting | Business

TRAVERSE CITY – The second time making a final decision turned out to be more difficult than the first.

Boston-based Awayr (downright conscious) AI emerged from a highly competitive field of six finalists and won the second annual RISE (Relief for Start-up Endurance) award from Aurora Consulting, the patent strategy firm based in Traverse City and California.

Awayr AI received “Free US Provisional Patent Application or $ 5,000 for US Non-Provisional Patent Application” for winning the RISE Award.

But it wasn’t easy.

Aurora Consulting’s staff had a field of six finalists, and it was no easy task to identify the top three.

“It was a tedious process to bring it down to six,” said Josh Sloat, Aurora Consulting technology advisor. “Anyone in the top six could have won. The competition was so good.

“We had a higher volume of higher quality applications with greater national reach.”

“We had a really hard time making up our minds,” said Ashley Sloat, president and director of patent strategy. “There have been a lot of great companies. Not that it didn’t happen last year, but it was even more competitive. “

Awayr AI is computer software that, according to the company’s LinkedIn page, offers “Predictive Intelligence for Interface Excellence”.

According to their website, the “safety, usability and reliability of human-machine interfaces (HMI) is the key to improving products for the end user”. “With Awayr AI, manufacturers can bring their next-generation technologies and futuristic product visions to market faster and more cost-effectively.”

Ashley Sloat said Awayr AI is not just a notification system, but a way to help engineers make sure there are items in the car like a radio to minimize distracted driving and help the driver keep an eye on the road judge.

Josh Sloat said that Awayr AI technology has moved far into the future.

“It’s important now and will become more important over time in autonomous vehicles from both a driving and a pedestrian perspective,” he said.

While Awayr AI won the competition and received $ 5,000 in patent services, the sloats and judges struggled to place the final three. In the end, a weighted matrix of criteria pushed Awayr AI up.

The criteria for the RISE Award included:

  • Possible social and economic impact
  • Innovator / team potential for commercial success
  • Time and market relevance
  • Need
  • Application quality

In the end, Josh Sloat said that “the powerful innovation of Awayr AI, empowered by employees, but can be seen” was the final decision.

“We are delighted to be selected and appreciate our hard work being recognized,” said Adam Beal, CEO of Awayr AI, in a LinkedIn post. More information about the company can be found at

Aurora Consulting also provided US $ 2,500 patent services to first and second runners-up. The first RISE Award did the same.

“These are applicants who all have really important roles,” said Josh Sloat.

First second was Aspirational Technology in Bend, Oregon and Antigua, Guatemala.

“Aspirational Technology is committed to ending water poverty with an affordable and immediate solution to the global health crisis of water-related diseases,” reads the RISE Award press release. “They have developed a very affordable, easy-to-use water filter for low-income consumers in developing countries. Their filter is easy to use and screws directly onto the type of faucets common in low income homes. “

However, their approach doesn’t end with a device. They have also developed a scalable and profitable manufacturing and distribution model that focuses on regional production and creates economic opportunities in developing countries and reduces carbon emissions from long supply chains. Additional sustainability and environmental impact are achieved through a lower carbon footprint compared to other clean water solutions, as filtering water at home does not result in wasteful use of plastic. “

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Second was Karybdis, whose goal is to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes in gynecological surgeries.

“Your product is a device that increases the speed and safety of minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomies of the abdomen,” states the RISE Award press release. “Current operating methods last 30 to 60 minutes and, according to Karybdis, every minute saved in the operating room saves the hospital about $ 100.”

Ashley and Josh Sloat said the RISE Award will return next year with another $ 5,000 in prize money.

“That’s the plan,” said Ashley Sloat.

However, the acronym will be different if the focus of the competition changes. In 2022, RISE will stand for recognition for innovative startup excellence.

“That comes from a desire to move forward and get COVID in the rearview mirror,” said Josh Sloat.

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