Dining In While Away

Dining In While Away

Bookalokal’s Evelyne White believes eating with local gourmets is the best way to enjoy authentic cuisine.

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Joining the Party

Joining the Party

Co-founder and product manager Frank Ramirez gives a taste of what Bookalokal can do.

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Cloud Access

Cloud Access

Andrew Stroup believes CommonKey is a better option for sharing access to cloud-based services within companies.

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A Bit of Monkeying Around

A Bit of Monkeying Around

The CommonKey (Com-monKey, get it?) mascot hangs out with an ERA event volunteer.

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Kings of Coffee Cups

Kings of Coffee Cups

Gilad Rotem, co-founder of CUPS, said his team’s mobile-based subscription service can help independent coffee shops connect with customers and collectively compete with Starbucks.

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Dispatchers’ Dashboard

Dispatchers’ Dashboard

CEO Nadav Ullman said Dashride gives dispatchers of taxis and limos a modern platform for booking rides and handling transactions.

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Fresh Batch

Fresh Batch

Farmivore gets its produce from local farms as well as organic food distributors, said Greg Levitt.

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Right Ingredients

Right Ingredients

Farmivore sends produce to consumers at a relative discount, and time savings, compared with shopping around from store to store.

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Voices Around the World

Voices Around the World

Co-founder Tyler Muse talks about how Lingo Live offers live, online education in foreign languages—particularly for employees from multinational companies.

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Plugging Media Big Data Leaks

Plugging Media Big Data Leaks

CEO Joseph Galarneau said Mezzobit’s software, developed by media veterans, helps publishers and marketers better control data about their audiences.

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Brand Bandits

Brand Bandits

Michael Grassotti, co-founder of OwnOut, thinks brands should fight for consumers. The team developed an app that offers brands info on spending habits: “We help brands steal customers.”

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Selling It

Selling It

RetSKU, said co-founder Harman Kochar, provides information that retailers can use to decide when to run sales promotions, relative to their competition.

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Understanding the E-Cart

Understanding the E-Cart

Adam Gotterer, founder with Shopalytic, said his platform helps small and midsize e-commerce companies sift through and understand data on customer behavior.

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Everyone relax; it was not a real monkey lurking around the presenters’ stage at demo day.

On Tuesday, 10 startups graduated from the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) in New York. A diverse array of themes were on display. Part of the class presented ideas for helping businesses understand and use data; other startups had a dash of foodie flavor.

Bookalokal, for example, is a platform that connects travelers with locals who want to host group meals. CEO and co-founder Evelyne White explained that it is a way for people to experience authentic, indigenous cuisines. “Nothing brings people together like food,” she said.

Hosts, who are verified by Bookalokal, list the date, city, and the planned meal to be served at their events. Folks who are interested in being guests then pay through the online platform for spots at the tables.

Another startup in the bunch catering to foodies was Farmivore. Co-founded by Greg Levitt, Farmivore is subscription service that delivers weekly produce to people who make smoothies and juices at home. Levitt was a co-founder of adtech company 33Across in New York. With the juicing trend spreading, he said Farmivore makes it easier for folks to gather the ingredients they need.

Aside from food, business-to-business startups had a conspicuous presence in this ERA class. CommonKey, for example, developed a software-as-a-service platform to securely manage access to Web services. Andrew Stroup, the company’s CEO and co-founder, says his startup offers companies ways to securely work with cloud-based services that older, legacy software does not.

The slideshow above offers a glimpse of each startup in the graduating class. No word if CommonKey’s monkey-costumed mascot, who roamed around the exhibit area, does any coding.

João-Pierre S. Ruth is the editor of Xconomy New York. He can be reached at jpruth@xconomy.com and followed on Twitter @jpruth.