Today, Dreamit Ventures introduced its 2014 class of New York start-ups.
Dreamit’s accelerator program offers accepted parties $25,000 in seed funding and three to four months to get the company up and running, along with office space and mentorships.
Here’s a list of five companies from the program to look out for.
Ever pin something on Pinterest that you’re dying to buy? The fashionistas at Browsy are trying to fix that problem using big data. They’ve created a 5-million-image-strong database in order to make Pinterest more shoppable. Find a pin of something you want, and Browsy will identify what it is and then find it on the Web, with price comparison. The company collects 7 percent on all traffic driven to online stores. Considering that Pinterest hasn’t yet found a way to monetize, it might consider buying up this young company.
This is a location based push notification app that lets you create messages for yourself and others that will pop up on your phone when you near th location the message is attached to. The company calls this leaving “acorns.” Let’s say you need to make an important phone call when you get to work. You can leave yourself an acorn, so that when you walk into the lobby of your building you get a reminder. The real money making potential for this app is to promote deal acorns from nearby retailers and restaurants — an idea many location sharing apps like FourSquare are already exploring. Also there is another app called Acorns, which invests space change. Acorn might consider changing its name to avoid confusion.
This company offers slide presentations for the design-minded. The application allows you to deal with text and images separately. Choose a template, add an image, add some text, and you’re done. It also cuts down on the time it takes to create these presentations, an average of four hours according to SlideBean. Unlike PowerPoint, there are no formatting tools; and unlike Prezi, the program doesn’t run on Flash. Attractive slide presentations made ready in as little as an hour, along with mobile editing functions? It’s quite the sales pitch.
If you’ve ever really tried to get rid of something, an old espresso machine in my case, you know the pain of listing on multiple marketplaces. Picsell created an app that will list your stuff on multiple services for you, so you only actually have to list once. The service is pretty stripped down. Upload three pictures of your item, identify what it is, and Picsell will tell you what its worth. The company will sell anything over $50 and takes a 15 percent cut of the sales. It’s a pretty hefty price tag, but it’s also a very convenient service. The company is looking to people who are moving, promoting its service as a tool to help people get rid of their stuff before a move.
This company was founded by Ron Patel, a guy who has spent his entire life in hotels (his family owns 11 of them). Who better than to address the industry’s needs? His company, Zairge, is taking a fresh approach to hotel management software, which hasn’t had an update in a long long time. The software centralizes all functions, from bookings and check-in to housekeeping and food and beverage. The software also offers mobile checkins for guests, similar to the way you check in for a flight at a kiosk or at home. It’s a smart update for an industry whose needs often goes ignored.