The excitement was palpable Tuesday, Dec. 6, as the countdown clock neared zero, signifying the kickoff of yet another sold out Boomtown Demo Day, this one for the Fall 2016 Class.
December’s Demo Day featured nine startups addressing a number of issues through innovative solutions. In fact, despite the wintry Colorado weather, this year’s event brought “one of the best turnouts yet” to the Boulder Theater, according to Shaw Lathrop, Boomtown community director. The complimentary hot chocolate offered didn’t hurt either!
This Fall’s Demo Day afforded cutting-edge tech startups a platform to pitch their business models to an enthusiastic crowd of potential investors, strategic partners and supportive members of the community. The event saw presentations from the six tech startups that made up the Boomtown cohort, a team that worked in the Comcast Labs-sponsored Boomtown Connectivity Lab and two student teams selected to showcase college entrepreneurism.
“What’s unique about this cohort was the broad spectrum of subject matter the teams tackled, including agtech, edtech, healthtech and fintech,” Boomtown co-founder Toby Krout said. “These are among the biggest up-and-coming sectors in innovation, and these teams are passionate about creating technology for the betterment of those industries.”
By taking part in Boomtown’s rigorous 12-week accelerator program, the startups accessed the resources necessary in a company’s early stages and also received guidance to answer challenges companies can face as they grow.
Here is a snapshot of the teams that presented at Demo Day:
- Alef Omega: This is math for the right side of the brain. The app turns equations into tangible things that you can explore and play with without first having to know the rules.
- Grownetics: The future of agricultural artificial intelligence. By combining big data and machine learning optimization algorithms, Grownetics helps growers reduce costs, decrease energy usage, and increase overall quality and yield.
- IndiCard: A community of hospitality employees that helps them save money on food and drinks around the country for being in the industry.
- Meer: Uses Facebook’s data to personalize travel packages based on the budget provided.
- Predictive ReCognition: Deep learning and visualizations to help the neighborhood hospital save $20 million+ in fees, costs and penalties associated with value-based care.
- Wellness Intel: Helps people make intelligent health decisions.
- WorkTrip: Provides the mobile tools to track and record tax deductions for business travelers.
All of the teams pitched their companies, just like Alef Omega (pictured here).
The invited student teams that presented were:
- Qualify: The brainchild of two CU students, Qualify gamifies college mobile dating by requiring successful quiz completion before gaining access to view someone’s profile.
- Riviter: Traveling from the University of Chicago, Riviter gives retailers the ability to turn intent into a sale using its powerfully precise visual search algorithm that suggests products customers are looking for without IT integration or private customer data.
There is a lot to be proud of with the progress the teams made at Boomtown. Now we’ll watch to see where they #GoFromHere.
Boomtown is currently accepting applications for the 2017 spring cohort. For this class, Demo Day will be particularly energized with the entrepreneurial spirit since it lands on the last day of Boulder Startup Week. Click here to fill out your application before the Jan. 4 deadline.