While some accelerators are building mammoth-sized batches and enlisting tons of partners and mentors to help them, AngelPad is taking the opposite approach.
Since its start in 2010, AngelPad, which splits its time between New York City and Silicon Valley, has been keeping it small, and startups are entirely advised by AngelPad’s founders Thomas Korte and Carine Magescas. Today, its eighth batch of companies are graduating and presenting in front of select investors in the hopes of raising seed funding.
Although AngelPad has recruited a group of 13 impressive startups, we thought we’d share five that really stood out to us (though you should check out the rest of them too, printed at the bottom).
Every research operation or organization putting out fancy (especially paid) reports should use Publet for extra sales leads. In short, Publet’s software takes those PDF-based reports (though they don’t have to be in PDF), and pulls out heaps of quotes and text snippets with links to the report for the organization to easily share via social media. When a potential lead interacts with those posts, Publet tracks how they interacted, and if they do click on the link, it serves them with the traditional paywall-and-contact-form. Sales people can then work on turning those leads into sales as usual.
I’m not one for laundry startups, but CourseLoads is so clever in its business plan that it’s impressive. Unlike Washio and others that are going after folks with plenty of cash to spend, CourseLoads is targeting college students living in dorms. At $49 a month, students can get whatever fits into their CourseLoads bag laundered once a week, using the CourseLoads app to pre-book pickups. The company also delivers snacks and essentials that students can preorder for a small fee through the app. The idea is to get them hooked while they’re young (Korte says many parents purchase the service for their children), and continue on with them once they move out. CourseLoads is currently piloting its service with students at Yeshiva University in New York City, but it’ll be interesting to see how it fares on other campuses.
Kickstarter and Indiegogo helped a lot of entrepreneurs and makers raise enough money to turn their gadgets and other tech products into reality. But today, even venture capital-funded startups are using such campaigns, and PitchTop is helping them make it a success. Through its marketplace, customers can connect with specialists to help them with their various marketing and public relations needs. PitchTop also helps them plan and execute online ad campaigns, post-campaign analysis, and more. PitchTop takes a cut from all the services it sells through its platform.
Viraltag is like a social media-sharing tool focused on visual content, especially for sharing on Pinterest and Instagram. It targets companies whose social media relies heavily on images, like fashion and lifestyle brands, and helps them with tools like Pinterest and Instagram scheduling that others don’t provide. It also helps them with image resizing — hugely important — and other visual-specific needs. The startup already has $425,000 in annual recurring revenue, and over 3,000 companies use its tools.
Insurance brokers are losing their lunch money to Zenefits (and others), which is acquiring customers left and right by offering employees great tools to manage their benefits. Allay, which you can think of as the anti-Zenefits, is helping those brokers save their jobs by equipping them with similarly amazing tools. With human resources tools and new models emerging everywhere, Allay is sure to find old school brokers lining up to use its tools.