Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, one of the leading NYC startup accelerators, held demo for its latest cohort, its 15th in its history since its founding in 2011, this morning. The four-month accelerator program housed 13 companies that received $100K in investment and mentorship from over 400 industry professionals. This is one of the largest class that we can remember for ERA.
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. Exits in the ERA portfolio include Admittedly, CAKE Corporation, Bubbl, Sayspring, Parking Panda, PublicStuff, numberFire, MobilePhire, Mezzobit, Macromeasures, Traansmission, Acquaintable, Eventable, and GetMaid.
Here’s a look at the companies that hit the stage this week…
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Founded in 2018 by Mai Vu (Deutsch, Northwestern, Bronx Science), Maivino is a direct-to-consumer wine subscription service 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. The startup is currently offering one pouch (a pouch is the equivalent of two bottles of wine) of Pinot Gris from the Finger Lakes for $30.
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.
Founded in 2017 by Byran Dai (Harvard, John Hopkins, Quartet Health), Daivergent is an online micro jobs 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 training and comes at a fraction of the cost of an in-house hire. The company is already working with companies like Instagram, Upwork, and Red Ventures.
Founded in 2017 by Amar Sehic, Krenar Roka, and Tommaso Montagni, Rubik is an analytics platform for institutional real estate funds to evaluate investment opportunities in single-family rentals. The company had previously raised a small round of $25K prior to ERA and began the program more focused on providing provide business intelligence to residential real estate brokers.
Founded in 2016 by Jay Bhatia (Cornell, BASF) and Dave Grimes (BASF), Agilis is a B2B digital marketplace and distribution platform for procuring chemicals from vetted suppliers. Transparency in the supply chain for chemicals is established through this digital distribution platform for both buyers and distributors within the chemical industry.
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. The company’s product Reaper can be integrated into existing stacks being used by enterprise companies.
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. The sheets are designed to be fresher, fighting unwanted odors, and controlling bacteria. A set of sheets starts at $138 and is available through the company’s website with a risk-free 30-day trial.
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.
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 and analytics platform for the restaurant industry. The platform unlocks insights from customer data across various channels and can be used to deploy marketing campaigns via text and email to increase the long term value of diners.
Founded in 2016 by Adam Rawot (UPenn) in Philadelphia, Woveon is a CX SaaS platform that describes itself as a “conversation warehouse”. Customer interactions across multiple channels and platforms including SAP, ZenDesk, Kustomer, and SalesForce are centralized in a single place so that all emails, chat, social, and phone transcripts are easily accessible across organizations. Providing this holistic view allows companies to improve engagement, open up new revenue channels, and prioritize.
Founded in 2017 by Erik Fogg (MIT), Daniel Widing, and Wilson Funkhouser III (Northwestern) in Boston, ProdPerfect is a smart and evolving 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 e-commerce 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 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, where transparency and reporting are critical.