CoverMe, an E-Gaming platform based out of Edwardsville, was announced as the winner of the 2019 Metro East Start-Up Challenge and was awarded the competition’s $10,000 prize Friday. 

CoverMe aims to connect gamers with sponsors, according to the university’s press release.

House of Ninjas LLC received $6,000 as the runner-up in this year’s competition. House of Ninjas is a gym scheduled to open later this month in O’Fallon, Illinois, and the press release says the gym aims to promote an active lifestyle by allowing kids to attempt challenging obstacle courses based off the show “American Ninja Warrior.”

Tricentum Technologies LLC, of Monroe County, patented a product for physically and visually impared individuals who need self-injected medication. They placed third and earned $4,000. The other finalists in this year’s competition were: Maydai Trauma Focused Clinical Research & Network Center in East St. Louis, Illinois; Stone’s Essential Care Package: Just for YOU! in Belleville, Illinois; Grain Densification International in Granite City, Illinois; Daughtsy in Belleville, Illinois; and 724 St. Louis Road, LLC, d.b.a. Hyperion Commercial Properties in Collinsville, Illinois.

This was the sixth Metro East Start-Up Challenge. The contest is held annually by the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center with the support of the SIUE School of Business.

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