New York-centric tech accelerator Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator today presented a new class of startups at IAC headquarters.
ER Accelerator offers startups a four-month program with the typical mix of perks, including seed funding, mentorship, and exposure to venture capital investors. Noteworthy graduates include Stray Boots and TripleLift.
Shift your eyes below for a list of our favorite six (out of 10) companies in ER Accelerator’s sixth class.
Bookalokal is like Airbnb for dining. The company’s idea isn’t new — competitors include Feastly, HomeDine, EatWith, Cookening, and SupperKing (update: Both HomeDine and SupperKing have shuttered their services). Yet Bookalokal’s traction on the extreme end of the sharing economy shows promise. The company currently has 300 hosts, currently operates in Brussels, Washington D.C., and New York, and plans to “launch in 100 cities over the next five years.”
Lingo Live is a language learning startup going after big businesses. Think: Rosetta Stone for the enterprise, but without the CDs. Lingo Live shares that it “lets [employees] connect with a live native teacher for one-on-one lessons” and simultaneously allows administrators to monitor company progress. The company currently operates in Brazil, San Francisco, Mexico, and Argentina.
Although subscription services are no longer hot, Farmivore is going after the “14 million households where people are making smoothies and juices at home.” In short, this is a subscription to weekly juicing supplies. If you’re into juicing, you may be interested, because making juice at home is a very inconvenient hobby. Farmivore projects that it will have 4,000 weekly subscribers by the end of the year (at $40 per week each).
This one’s pretty interesting. Dashride is attempting to modernize the traditional taxi and limo business. The goal is to replace aging dispatching software with Uber and Lyft-like features. It likely won’t disrupt the disrupters, but it could make them nervous.
OwnOut offers targeted coupons in exchange for access to your purchase history. Customers share their purchase history (via Gmail) and get deals based on what they’ve bought. It’s an interesting concept, although it requires an exchange of privacy for deals.
Cups claims it’s “creating a new kind of coffee shop chain.” The company offers a subscription service for unlimited drinks at coffee shops in New York and Tel Aviv. The concept isn’t bulletproof, but as a coffee snob, my interest is piqued.
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