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Five Companies Selected for DreamIt Access NY Program

Here we go again!  It’s hard to believe that DreamIt NYC is back so soon. Tonight we will welcome the arrival of 16 startups to the NYC tech ecosystem. For the second year in a row, this program will include DreamIt Access sponsored by Comcast Ventures. DreamIt Access is a concentrated effort to launch more minority-led startups and has had Comcast Ventures as an investor since its inception in 2011. Including this summer’s class, over the past 2 years, DreamIt and Comcast Ventures have worked closely to accelerate the development of 20 startups with highly diverse teams.

If you’re unfamiliar with the DreamIt model, it is essentially a “boot camp for startups”. In a very intense manner, entrepreneurs are placed under one roof and exposed to a plethora of resources, mentoring, guest speakers, venture capitalists and angel investors and networking. All of the activity culminates in Demo Day, an opportunity for each startup to pitch their company to a room filled with startup investors and potential business leads.

I am particularly excited about this new class, largely because of the level of competition each company had to withstand in order to be selected. We received a record number of applications and getting the list down to a manageable group of finalists was very difficult. Each time we have announced a DreamIt Access cycle the application volume has been overwhelming. This time was different in that it wasn’t just the volume, rather it was also the quality of the companies that was on an unprecedented. Selecting the five companies for the summer program was harder on the committee than ever before. Join me in welcoming the following companies to the DreamIt Access family:

Callida Energy: Smart building SaaS solution for commercial facilities.

Perkle: An online community that connects consumers, businesses and charities, and rewards them all with great perks for helping each other.

Serviceful: Makes it easy to find which House Cleaning Companies are available to clean your house today, without the call or search.

TouchBase: Business cards you can tap on any smartphone to download their content immediately and accurately – no camera, no NFC, and no QR codes required.

WeDidIt: A web platform and mobile app for nonprofit fundraising.

We will have far more information to share about each company and the team behind the idea in the coming weeks. For now, you can learn more about this summer class here and can get the latest updates on the accelerator experience and upcoming activities at the DreamIt website www.dreamitventures.com.

Posted by on May 10, 2013   |    DreamIt

 

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