Over the next four months, our friends at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator will groom 12 companies night and day for demo day later this year for its latest class that was announced this week. These startups, the Summer 2016 ERA class, will receive $40K in investment, mentorship from over 200 industry professionals, a host of services provided by various companies, and office space at ERA’s headquarters. Previous ERA graduates include Bespoke Post, Public Stuff (acquired), CardFlight, The Square Foot, TripleLift, and Seamless Docs.
This class includes startups focused on a variety of vertical and niches including augmented reality, healthcare, shipping logistics, and eyewear.
According to Statista, 60% of all world trade is done through ocean freight. In Europe, Asia, and North America that accounted for over $56 billion in revenue for ocean freight companies. Yet this is an industry, where there is very little technology integration, Founded by Fauad Shariff and Petere Miner, both experienced veterans in the shipping and logistics space, CoLoadX is cloud-based technolology B2B marketplace that provides transparency and efficiency into an industry that has been notorious for a lack of both. The platform promises to deliver savings of at least 15% on ocean freight procurement costs through its use.
Thinking about getting a tattoo but not sure how it will look on your body? Inkunter, is a free app that uses augmented reality and your phone to show you in real time what a tattoo will look like on your skin. Users are able to upload their own designs or choose preset tattoos from a gallery. The app, originally developed in the Ukraine, is currently available for iOS with Android and Windows versions coming.
Open source models and gamification are two effective strategies to keep down costs when it comes to user acquisition, engagement, and content for any startup. Originating at Columbia University, Pairprep is an edtech platform that allows real-time head to head competition amongst students to promote learning of course materials. Users have the ability to create and customize their own courses.
The wearable revolution is among us and this startup has built an exercise, activity, and gesture recognition platform. It’s fashionable to have a wearable and track your activity but what are you really tracking? Founded by Ken Kruger and Houtan Fanisalek, SensorKit has built an SDK for developers to detect actual movements and specific exercises. The company’s first application using the SDK, Your Move, can track bench presses, squats, and rows, reps, sets, and resting times.
Founded by mortgage veteran, Mike Hartman, ResiDDS is an online platform for the management of residential loans. The platform can be integrated by both buyers and sellers so that they can seamlessly access their porfolios for pricing, diligence, and servicing needs.
Dog Parker is a membership service for man’s best friend and their owners. How often have you been out and about and you can’t find a place to put Buster when you need to pop into a shop or café that doesn’t allow dogs? With DogParker, dog owners can “park” their dogs in smart connected dog houses available on the sidewalk. The smart houses are climate controlled, maintained, and monitored by video feeds so that owners have peace of mind.
Founded in August of 2015, FROTH, which stands for First Round On the House, is the latest startup entrant in the subscription space. For $10 a month, members get 5 free first round drinks at partner venues as well as access to members-only events. We recently covered a similar startup – Hooch, that picked up $950K, whose value proposition gives members a drink a day at partner venues for the same $10 monthly fee.
Remember the blue light craze recently associated with cell phones? Screen protectors were designed to prevent harm to users. Apple even recently introduced new color settings for iOS specifically for the evening hours. All this is to address digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome – yes, it’s a real condition. Well Felix Gray has taken it one step further and has now introduced fashionable glasses that mitigate the effects of the dreaded blue light. This company just may be the blue light-friendly version of Warby Parker.
Founded by Brendan Diaz, Jonathan Warren, and Andy Johnson in May of 2014, ClearChat is a secure messaging platform for enterprise teams that offers encryption. In addition to chat, the platform also provides file sharing and file storage options. Currently in beta, the company is charging nothing but plans to charge anywhere between $20-$50 per month per company.
There is no question that increased medication adherence improves patient health and outcomes. But how do healthcare providers and insurance companies get patients to comply with their medication schedules. Enter, Karate Health, which is a mobile app that incentivizes users through prizes to stick to their treatment protocols. Now in beta, the company is attacking a very lucractive market that is now being serviced by other startups like Allazo Health.
Founded by JP La Torre, Jason McCellan, and Stefan Thorpe in August of 2015, Caylent is a platform for developers that allows them to build, manage, and deploy their applications into the cloud. Dubbed as “Dev-Ops-as-a-service”, the startup’s platform is already integrated with AWS, Slack, and Docker.
Mayvin is an analytics platform for public affairs professionals. The company mines data from billions of public conversations to provide targeted insights and sentiment, rather than relying on public opinion polls which can be narrow in scope.