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Digital modeler Geopipe wins $1M grand prize in Genius NY competition logo 9/18/2020 By Rick Moriarty,
a vase of flowers sits in front of a building: The Tech Garden, a business accelerator operated by CenterState CEO in downtown Syracuse. Axa Towers is in the background. © Rick Moriarty | Moriarty | The Tech Garden, a business accelerator operated by CenterState CEO in downtown Syracuse. Axa Towers is in the background.

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Geopipe, a company that creates digital models of the real world, won the $1 million grand prize in the Genius NY business competition Thursday.

Founded in New York City four years ago, Geopipe creates virtual models of real places such as cities for use in video games, simulations and architecture. The company says its software generates 3D maps and models with every tree, building, road and window labeled and realistically reproduced in much less time than it would take a digital artist to create manually.

“We’re looking forward to growing our team in Central New York and elsewhere, as we move Geopipe even faster towards our vision of the whole-Earth digital twin," Geopipe CEO and co-founder Christopher Mitchell said. "If you are passionate about 3D data, open world gaming, or building intelligence to automatically rebuild the Earth in the digital space, we want to talk to you.”

Geopipe was one of five finalists in the competition, which is funded by the state and administered by CenterState CEO at The Tech Garden business incubator in downtown Syracuse.

The other four finalists were awarded $500,000 each. They are Eget Liber from Syracuse; BotsAndUs from the United Kingdom; Droneseed from Seattle, Washington; and Skyy Network from Australia.

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Geopipe was selected as the grand prize winner by a panel of judges following presentations during a “virtual pitch” finals event.

Eget Liber was founded by Jason Dean, a former middle school science teacher in Union Springs. The company is developing an autonomous, semi-submersible remotely operated underwater vehicle that uses ultraviolet light to kill cyanobacterium, also known as blue-green algae, in freshwater lakes.

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