B-Start, a pre-accelerator program for early-stage technology companies run by Indiana University Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington students, recently announced its second class of participants.
Developed by the Bloomington Economic Development Corp. and supported in part by Innovate Indiana, B-Start involves mentorship, coaching, consultations and informational sessions conducted throughout the fall. This training culminates in a pitch day competition set for Jan. 12, 2017.
In mid-October, B-Start was recognized during the University Economic Development Association’s (UEDA) Annual Summit as a finalist in the organization’s Awards of Excellence contest. Members of this fall’s B-Start cohort include:
- Classify: a cloud-based platform that will facilitate collaboration and real-time messaging among students of all ages, from elementary school to higher education
- Power Speaker: provides expert presentation analysis and feedback to both students and adults within 24 hours
- Plant Software: Automated, web-based, intelligent, scheduling platform.
- Donatio: an interactive charitable giving platform that will be the new wave in crowdfunding and philanthropy
- Showcase U: website specifically designed to target students studying the arts providing affordable options for professional headshots and videos showcasing their talents for agents
- Business Builders Digital Marketing: marketing company to design lower cost but highly effective websites for startups or small businesses
- Intask: Through a modern student management platform and marketplace, companies can use Intask to find, manage, and use student freelancers to accomplish intern-like tasks
- Tydee: Subscription and on demand laundry and dry cleaning service for Bloomington residents.
- B-CRD-I: An efficient way for users to exchange business contact information