Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, one of the first NYC-based accelerators, has released details on its newest class, its 15th in its history. The four-month accelerator program is housing 13 companies (the release indicated 14 but we only counted 13; perhaps a super stealth company) that will receive $100K in investment and mentorship from over 400 industry professionals. Whether 13 or 14 startups, this is one the largest class that we can remember for ERA (watch out Y-Combinator!).
Led by Murat Aktihanoglu and Jonathan Alexrod, the program now has 165 alumni that have gone on to raise over $300M with a combined market cap exceeding $2B. The program has graduated companies that have gone on to reported exits such as Admittedly, CAKE Corporation, Bubbl, Sayspring, Parking Panda, PublicStuff, numberFire, MobilePhire, Mezzobit, Macromeasures, Traansmission, Acquaintable, Eventable, and GetMaid. Here’s a look at the latest batch…
Founded in 2017 by Abhinav Kapur (BOA Merrill Lynch), Deepti Sharma (FoodtoEat), Mathieu Dalmau (Heartbeat Experts – acquired, Unisys), and Shandeep Sharma in New York, Bikky is a customer engagement platform for the restaurant industry that uses customer data across various various channels to deploy marketing campaigns via text and email to increase long-term value of diners.
Founded in 2016 by Jay Bhatia (Cornell, BASF) and Dave Grimes (BASF), Agilis is a marketplace and distribution platform for sourcing chemicals from vetted suppliers.
Founded in 2018 by Mai Vu (Deutsch, Northwestern, Bronx Science), Maivino is a direct-to-consumer wine subscription services that arrives in a proprietary bag that preserves freshness for six weeks after the first pour. The company also offers a fridge-friendly wine dispenser.
Founded in 2018 by Israel Krush (Cornell Tech) and Rom Cohen (Cornell Tech) on Roosevelt Island, Airbud allows you to easily integrate voice functionality into websites and apps. Using natural language processing to analyze a website, the service creates a potential conversation tree of interactions that can be adjusted, then generates code for a widget that can be deployed to a site, resulting in a fully functional conversational widget. The company initially plans to focus on healthcare uses.
Founded in 2008 by Phoebe Yu in Australia, Ettitude is a direct-to-consumer bedding company that offers products using a proprietary bamboo lyocell fabric that is vegan-friendly, breathable, and antimicrobial.
Theta Analytics is a cloud-based tool for analysis of blueprints for the construction industry. The platform seeks to use machine learning and image recognition to provide a holistic and searchable analysis of blueprints to automate the cost of estimation. The company appears to have initially started with the analysis of PDF documents and now transitioning into the construction industry.
Founded in 2017 by Byran Dai (Harvard, John Hopkins, Quartet Health), Daivergent is an online crowdworking platform that empowers those with autism that are technically-gifted with focused employment. The vetted workforce is proficient in tasks like data entry, web research, QA, data validation, business intelligence, and data science and comes at a fraction of the cost of an in-house hire.
Founded in 2017 by Amar Sehic, Krenar Roka, and Tommaso Montagni, Rubik is an AI-powered pricing engine for residential real estate focusing on apartments. The data analytics platform is designed to provide business intelligence to residential real estate brokers. The company had previously raised a small round of $25K before the program.
Threshing Floor Security
Founded in 2017 by Curt Barnard (In-Q-Tel) in Washington DC, Threshing Floor Security is a cybersecurity platform that filters the constant noise of thousands of security threats emerging to focus on the most pressing threats.
Founded in 2017 by Erik Fogg (MIT), Daniel Widing, and Wilson Funkhouser III (Northwestern) in Boston, ProdPerfect is a QA testing platform for automated, continuous end-to-end testing for web applications using live user data to develop testing parameters and tests to replicate actual use cases.
Founded in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania by Zeiad Hussein and S. Michael Caverly, Rocket Cloud is a SaaS platform for industrial wholesellers who are interested in distributing their products via ecommerce channels like Jet, Amazon, Walmart, and eBay. The company offers an API that integrates with a supplier’s existing ERP system as well as a dynamic pricing engine that ensures that listed products are competitively priced. The company previously raised investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania in the fall of 2017.
Founded in 2016 by Adam Rawot (UPenn) in Philadelphia, Woveon is a CX SaaS platform that desribes itself as a “conversation warehouse”. Customer interactions across multiple channels and platforms are centralized in a single place so that all emails, chat, social, and phone transcripts are easily accessible across organizations.
Founded in 2016 in Toronto by Rajiv Chatterjee and Puneet Malhotra, Triyo is an end-to-end collaboration and project management platform for teams, built for highly regulated environments like finance.