Eight Israeli startups will participate in this month’s virtual technology conference in Arizona in the hopes of appealing to investors and securing funding.

The UNMET Arizona 2020 virtual conference, co-hosted by the Arizona Commerce Authority and Stout Street Capital, will take place as an online event because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It is scheduled to attract more than 150 “of the fastest-growing Seed and Series A stage” tech firms in middle America, according to the conference’s website.

Startups founders will be able to pitch their companies to more than 150 institutions and VC investors from around the United States using the Thumbraise platform, which enables investors and founders to meet inside of public or privately hosted networks for one-on-one meetings.

Among Israeli companies participating in the conference are ConfirmU, which uses a two-minute game to enable lenders to score people with no financial history through alternative credit scoring; VizibleZone, which turns a road user’s cellphone into a life-saving device; AuraAir, which developed a technology that cleanses and disinfects indoor air in real time; and B.C. Bike, which has created a chainless hydraulic bike.

“This is the first year in the history of the conference that they opened it up to Israeli companies because it is being held in Arizona,” said David Yaari, who’s in charge of the new Arizona-Israel Trade and Investment Office and said his office worked to get the Israeli firms included.

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