September 13, 2013
Last night, DC’s young enterprise startup accelerator, Acceleprise, showcased their third class in front of potential mentors, investors, and customers.
Held at the iStrategyLabs offices at Dupont Circle, the event was a temporary refuge for those wanting to escape the thunderstorm blitz that hit this peaceful, little town (little enough to be considered a town? No?).
The event started off with a brief introduction from Acceleprise Managing Partner, Sean Glass, on its third class. Particularly, he noted the successes the companies have already made and the potential for growth of each, considering the evolving societal ethos surrounding such things like online security and social media.
Indeed, the nine companies that presented at last night’s demo represented enterprise software that aims to help on such issues, all having arisen as a result of the rapid adoption of online solutions to organizational needs.Apozy utilizes gamification to recommend the best security policies to pursue for an organization. Their technology exposes potential weaknesses in a company’s security system by analyzing the data collected from a security training game that employees play.
Aprefis provides real-time price recommendations for organizations, ensuring that they maximize their revenue from the market. They basically deal with all of the pricing science and analytics – all of which can be a complicated process. The company recently received Pullmatur Cruises as its first customer.
DivvyCloud aims to help organizations manage, track and provision its cloud-based technologies. Their service aims to increase stability, reduce cost, and decrease the complexity associated with managing a company’s cloud-based IT infrastructure. Their clients currently include, EA, GoPopTV, and ZeniMax.WorkAmerica works with organizations to develop and implement customized workforce retraining programs that are tied to guaranteed jobs. This means that people will be trained to fulfill a company’s actual needs.
PointWorthy aims to help socially-conscious companies to provide their customers with the ability to donate loyalty or rewards points to their preferred nonprofits and charities. It does this by converting those points into cash for these charities. The company will go live in November through an agreement with CitiBank.
LiveRe allows organizations to create more engaging social experiences on their websites for their users. LiveRe’s tools allow site users to interact with myriad social widgets, including comments, reviews, polls, and media uploads, all while providing companies with helpful insights and data on users. Despite bootstrapping, the company collected $1M in revenue last year.
Helpjuice offers organizations with the opportunity to improve their customer support services by offering a knowledge-based tool that aims to significantly reduce a company’s incoming support correspondence. Through the service’s knowledge base, customers are able to get instant responses or answers to their questions without the need to call or email for support.
Encore provides real-time, actionable insights to organizations, giving them the tools to effectively collect, manage, and repurpose customer-generated social content. Their technology allows companies to identify key mentions and trends from its social media – in real-time – and helps them act on such interactions immediately.
ResolutionTube provides organizations with a platform that aims to disrupt the current state of telephonic customer service communications. Utilizing real-time video communication and augmented reality technology, the company’s tool captures relevant contextual information and then provides troubleshooting tools in the form of video and text information.
After the demos, the rest of the night was designated for networking and overall socializing. Because I am neither an investor nor see myself as a potential mentor, I sat in the corner and read “Dune.” Just kidding…maybe. Do check out each of these startups, though, as they’re all seeking potential investors and customers.
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