Anticipation hung in the air at Tower Square as a crowd filled the room to watch technology gurus, software specialists, consumer product manufacturers and other startups pitch for a spot in Valley Venture Mentors’ (VVM) fall class. From a field of over 35 applicants, 14 startups made it through pitch camp to compete for VVM acceptance, the largest group the accelerator has chosen from to date. Each startup pitched to 65 mentors and then held in-depth discussions during three individual breakout sessions. The startups then left the room and mentors gathered to assess and crowdsource recommendations from the board. The board accepted the mentors’ recommendations and made the final decision to include the following ten startups in this year’s fall cohort:
Worksafe Technology develops products that reduce workplace injuries.
KnowledgeWare21 provides software to track student progress and handle the implementation of standards-based initiatives in schools.
Edgeflip is a technology startup with a Facebook-based “Targeted Sharing” program that allows socially responsible organizations to reach and engage young demographic groups.
Fresh and Local provides an online management tool for farmers and food distributors.
Voncierge is a wedding planning website that lets brides search and book appointments online with vendors.
BYO Family is an online, parent-friendly, magazine and community business directory.
Lioness Magazine is a digital magazine that delivers sharp, compelling information on topics relevant to female entrepreneurs and professionals.
DJ Mix Jams makes artisanal jams from handpicked local fruits using traditional methods.
Mortgage Auction is a web service designed to provide borrowers and lenders a transparent process for mortgage shopping.
Kloudbook is an online way to get and store friends’ contact information.
These startups will now go through six monthly pitch and planning sessions, where mentors will help them plan, create and problem solve. “We all agree that we have an incredibly strong group this year,” said VVM co-founder Scott Foster. “Unfortunately we could only choose ten startups due to our capacity limitations. We’re thrilled with the diversity in this class in terms of products and services as well as the demographics of the entrepreneurs who were accepted.”