Dreamit Ventures Unveils Summer Batch of Startups in New York
Today 15 companies due to graduate from the Dreamit Ventures business accelerator in New York will pitch their ideas to an expected audience of some 400, which includes potential investors and alumni of the program. Dreamit Ventures, a pre-seed stage venture firm based in Bryn Mawr, PA, runs its accelerator programs in Philadelphia in the fall, New York in the summer, and overseas in Israel.
Dreamit held its first New York demo day last August. That inaugural class included online video employee-screening startup Take the Interview, which then moved its headquarters from Boston to New York.
Each company accepted into Dreamit’s program works with mentors and attends workshops in addition to receiving up to $25,000 in funding in exchange for an equity stake. This summer’s New York accelerator included entrepreneurs from as far away as Costa Rica, Sweden, and Israel. Companies relocate to the cities where Dreamit hosts the accelerators for the duration of the three-month programs.
A glimpse of today’s presenting companies follows:
Bazaart: A Pinterest-driven, personal fashion catalog iPad app. Bazaart says its technology will remember what users like to wear and offer suggestions that match their style.
Branch.ly: Lets users search across the social networks they belong to for people. Think LinkedIn searches but for Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, etc.
CargoNetworks: Targets specialized beauty needs of niche markets.
Cubiez: An apps marketplace for PCs that alerts users to new content for the apps, such as Facebook status updates, as they become available.
Dejamor: Subscription service to receive monthly shipments of boxes filled with romantic goodies and ideas to spice up relationships.
IndieWalls: Online marketplace that connects artists with local venues such as hotels and restaurants that want to exhibit artwork for sale.
KidNimble: Social search engine that parents can use to find activities for their kids.
SaborStudio: A developer of mobile games including its first title, called Pota-Toss, which can be played live with users in other cities.
Teamalaya: A platform for team-building among employees through games such as trivia about their respective companies.
TopShelf Clothes: Personal style advice from fashion experts based on clothes the users already own.
Tripl: A social feed that lets users follow the photos and locations from their friends’ trips.
Vantageous: Lets each user turn three iPhones into a three-camera studio.
Weesh: An app that lets couples share and discover ideas for their date nights together.
WineMe: Mobile app that helps users discover wines available through their local retailers.
Winston: A speech-enabled personal assistant for social news.