Excelerate Chicago Incubator Reveals 2010 Startups

Frank Gruber

With summer right around the corner, the Excelerate, Chicago startup incubator, has announced its first class of startup companies to receive funding. This year they supported ten startups which mostly consist of web and mobile based businesses. There is one outlier in the solar panel space but they too leverage the web to solar panels.

The Excelerate 2010 startups include the following ten companies:

Edulender – a student loan marketplace.
FanGo – mobile transfer of data between customers and merchants.
GiveForward – online fundraising platform.
MathZee – educational math games.
Noblivity – emerging designer fashion marketplace.
PVPower – photovoltaic solar panels.
ScholarPro – aims to innovate the application and distribution process of scholarships and private financial aid within the United States private and public educational system.
Tap Me – mobile games development
TransFS – comparing credit card processors is the best way to make sure you are getting a good deal.
WeGather – social network for church.

A few of the companies are either brand new or in stealth mode so we could not link up every company with to an existing website or description, but we did the best we could. GiveForward and TransFS were showcased startups at our Chicago mixer events previously. We look forward to finding out more about each of these startup companies and expect some will demo as showcased startups and one of our upcoming Chicago mixer events.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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