It’s hard to believe that with just $40k in seed capital, four months to prepare, an awesome mentor network – not to mention that they do this twice a year – that Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator are able to turn out a fresh batch of companies that are ready to take on their respective verticals. Not to mention that some of the companies are already killing it.
Bookalokal is a new way to dine. A sort of AirBnB for the foodies, just as you don’t necessarily want to stay at a hotel when traveling, do you really want to dine at one? And face it: isn’t it always more interesting to dine with the locals in order to get a real taste of a place? They launched in Brussels initially (a big town for transients – and foodies), have a presence in New York (or course) and expanded to Washington DC a month ago. The company currently has 300 host chefs, and plan on expanding to 100 cities in the next five years.
Shopalytics turns shopping cart data into advanced analytics and insights for small and midsize ecommerce merchants – and translates the information into actionable insights, in plain English. In plain English: they automatically generate reports about sales, customer behavior, promotions, inventory, and marketing effectiveness and make it all affordable. And understandable. And actionable.
LingoLive is a language-learning platform that’s targeting big business – and also updating an industry that’s been unnecessarily stuck in the 20th Century. Between online scheduling and video calls, is learning a language using CDs really as effective as scheduling one-on-ones with a native speaker (who are trained in LingoLive’s curriculum)? And nothing like learning from a local – anytime, anywhere that’s convenient for busy executives and their tutor. A win-win for large multinational, who are already among their clients.
Common Key is a B2B SaaS platform that allows organizations to easily and securely manage and share access to all their cloud-based web services, redefining identity management for the emerging cloud-IT world. Servers have left the building and with Common Key, companies can now ditch insecure password-filled Excel sheets, increase productivity, and efficiently manage user access control.
Farmivore 14 million households are juicing, according to Farmivore co-founder Greg Levitt. It’s healthy. But between shopping for ingredients, it is also time consuming and expensive. Enter Farmivore, a subscription service for the $1.5B at-home juicing and smoothie market, whose other co-founder, Ray Xiong, is a Yale Iron Chef champion. Organic produce and recipes included, at $40 a week for 8 servings.
Retsku is a B2B SaaS platform that helps brands understand why their
products do (or don’t) sell at retail. It might not sound sexy, but the company collects and analyzes competitive data in real time to explain sales performance for brands sold through brick-and-mortar stores. Want to know why a discount on an item worked one time but not the next? Retsku will tell you, and provide actionable insights to improve revenue and margin. They’re about to launch pilot programs with three (more) major brands – and have another 30 brands already lined up to start pilots programs as well. That’s a hot company.
Dashride is giving the antiquated livery industry a lift (pun intended) – and the tools to help cabbies compete with the likes of Uber and Lyft by upgrading everything from booking to communications to POS through their white-labeled platform. Look at it this way: Uber and Lyft both raised millions from investors. Dashride is taking in revenue and has built an affiliate network across the US – and they’re just getting out of the gate. Thumbs up.
OwnOut is a platform that helps brands steal customers. The consumer does have to share their purchase history, but the potential upside is that they get deals based on what they’ve bought, and what they’re likely to buy. In other words, OwnOut provides brands with a direct marketing channel to reach existing and potential customers who were previously anonymous to them.
Mezzobit is a sort of data firewall for publishers. Data leakage, piracy and site performance are a huge problems. Mezzobit’s free products empower publishers and marketers to reclaim their online data, and the paid version helps them to reclaim the billions in revenue lost each year to data leakage.
Cups is a mobile-first subscription service that is transforming independent cafes into a powerful network, and helping them to compete with the big chains. Sound unbelievable? They’re now the third largest coffee chain in NYC – and they just launched about two weeks ago. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts beware. There’s a new sheriff in town – or make that, kings of cups.