July 10, 2014
Code for America, the national nonprofit organization that works with companies, community members, and government to facilitate ways through which modern technologies can help solve community problems, announced today that it has selected the 2014 class for the Code for America Accelerator program.
First started in 2012, the Code for America Accelerator provides a select cohort of civic startups with the necessary resources, network, and training to accelerate their businesses in the civic tech marketplace – a marketplace estimated to be worth over $142 billion. According to accelerator manager Dharmishta Rood, civic startups are any companies that either work directly with government bodies or engage regularly with local communities. “Most of the founders [that have gone through the accelerator] have worked collaboratively with government or otherwise have worked in other ways with civic issues,” said Rood.
Each of the five startups in this year’s cohort will go through the program’s four-month itinerary. They each receive $25,000 in funding, training and mentorship, and access to Code for America’s extensive government network. In September, the companies will present at the Code for America Summit, where more than 800 civic technology leaders from more than 80 cities will convene.
The five startups selected for the Code for America Accelerator 2014 class, includes:
AmigoCloud (San Francisco, Calif.): Founded by Ragi Burhum and Victor Chernetsky, AmigoCloud is a next-generation mapping technology company, providing mobile Geographic Information System (GIS) solutions with advanced offline support. Available on Android and iOS devices, AmigoCloud makes geospatial data collection, administration, and sharing simple and is currently used by nearly 100 organizations.
MuniRent (Ann Arbor, Mich.): Founded by Alan Mond and Julien Vanier, MuniRent is a platform that simplifies the process for local governments to rent heavy duty equipment to other local governments, with a vision to bring the sharing economy to all levels of government. Through MuniRent, local governments can seamlessly rent equipment to and from other municipalities, road commissions, school districts, and counties at rates much lower than commercial rental companies. Municipalities with underutilized equipment can offset maintenance costs and generate revenue using MuniRent.
ProductBio (San Diego, Calif.): Founded by Angela Chen and Andrew Huynh, ProductBio’s patent-pending data platform is making it easy for buyers to evaluate products for sustainability requirements and report on their consumption footprints. Aggregating information from trusted sources of supply chain sustainability data, ProductBio can automatically figure out what matters by product category, how things were made by suppliers, and how an organization’s purchases measure up. Cities and schools are currently using this product meta-data, evaluation, and reporting to save time and money when complying with government administrative regulations.
SeamlessDocs (New York City, N.Y.): Founded by Jonathon Ende and Chachi Camejo, SeamlessDocs is a modern replacement for the PDF that can convert any existing PDF through a proprietary technology into a dynamic, cloud document that can be completed and eSigned from any device. With every document SeamlessDoc processes, an average of four hours is saved from paperwork management. With customers including Box, HP, and Aol, SeamlessDocs works with governments, Fortune 100 companies, small local business, and individuals to make the world a more paperless place.
Trailhead Labs (Oakland, Calif.): Founded by Ryan Branciforte and Jereme Monteau, Trailhead Labs is an outdoor recreation and public transit mapping application startup that collaborates with outdoor groups to build technologies that connect and engage people with the outdoors. Since its inception in 2013, Branciforte and Monteau have been working with Code for America to build open standards for outdoor data (e.g. data for trails, amenities, parks), along with other groups in the Bay Area and Portland, Oregon areas. The pair also founded Transit & Trails, which connects people to parks and open spaces, in partnership with Bay Area Open
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