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Accelerator Spotlight: Upstart

This summer, more than 50 startup founders and students are growing their companies in Memphis through a joint partnership of business accelerators. Each week until Memphis Demo Day on August 11, we’ll introduce you to these companies and the innovative products and technologies they’re launching right here in Memphis!

This week we’re highlighting Upstart, one of the first accelerators dedicated to women-led tech startups and according to Forbes one of the top ten technology startup accelerators for women-led businesses in the world. With renowned partners including The JumpFund, Springboard Enterprises, and The Academy for Women's Empowerment (AWE), Upstart is specifically designed to equip female founders with the skills and confidence to level the entrepreneurial playing field.  At Upstart they know that success isn’t gender-specific and as a result opportunity shouldn't be either. 

Companies in this year’s Upstart cohort are:

  • Coursicle is a course scheduling software and notification service to help college students easily plan their schedules and get into the classes they need to graduate.
  • Homey is a mobile app for gamified management of household chores that organizes tasks by taking pictures of the mess and assigning the work to individual family members. Kids complete chores and earn rewards that parents can buy through the app.
  • ZoomThru turns your car into a wallet using license plate recognition technology to initiate hands free payment at fast food restaurants, parking garages, dry cleaners and other drive-thru locations.
Upstart is operated by Start Co., a nationally recognized nonprofit 501(c)(3) venture development organization that builds founders and companies while promoting entrepreneurship in Memphis to advance the city’s economic growth. Start Co. invests capital and business and technical assistance into startup companies.  Further, Start Co. balances a growing ecosystem of support resources that invest in the culture needed for startup success. In addition to Upstart, Start Co. operates two other accelerators, Seed Hatchery (featured last week) and Sky High, and jointly operates the music-focused accelerator Start MMT in partnership with The Consortium MMT. Each accelerator will be featured in upcoming newsletters. So far, Start Co. has helped its startups secure more than $14.8 million in cash investment. 
How can you help these businesses grow in Memphis this summer? Attend an event, be a mentor or advisor, provide resources, become a customer, make a connection, or invest in a company! Let them know at summer@epimemphis.com!




Posted: 7/13/2016 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments
Filed under: Acceleration, Bioworks, Co., Entrepreneurship, EPIcenter, Memphis, of, Start, Summer, Upstart, ZeroTo510



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