Startup Spotlight: Find a Babysitter, VR and Discount Fitness Classes

Each week, Tech.Co searches the web to uncover interesting new companies across all sectors. This week in our Startup Spotlight, we’ve uncovered startups that are helping families check off their to do lists, fitness classes at a discount price, emerging technology in VR, and more.

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Finding babysitters for your kids is an ongoing task for a parent, and when there’s an urgent need sometimes your regular girl isn’t available, then what do you do? Zipsit to the rescue. This Phoenix-based startup is a comprehensive rating system that helps parents choose from hundreds of quality babysitters in your area that your friend’s also use. Users can connect with sitters and grow their circle with feedback from other parents’ reviews. Users develop a personal network of sitters called the “Sitter Circle” and when there is a need, then it can work as a babysitter on-demand system. Also, users won’t need to run to the ATM to pay their sitter as the transactions can be completed in-app.

VR UniBlock

Virtual reality is becoming more consumer-friendly and with it comes the need for higher quality video resolution and transmission to reduce latency. VR UniBlock addresses this need and developed a wireless system for transmitting 4k/120Hz video with a delay of up to 3ms. Founded by Askar Khamidov, the VR UniBlock algorithm enables the swift transmission of any data without impacting resolution or latency. This new patent-pending technology has an unlimited potential for transmitting any amount of data without limit but to a closed indoor space, without tethers or any noticeable delay. Originally, VR UniBlock team invented a sensor system for transmitting data but the team pivoted when they realized a huge market need for a better way to transmit video for virtual reality tech.

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Open Sweat

For those looking for a last-minute fitness class or want to try a different type of workout, Opensweat a Los Angeles-based startup, can help you find what you want on-demand for less. Think of it as the HotelsTonight app for fitness where you can find fitness options at the last minute. Users can scroll through the app to find a variety of classes and services and book the class for a discounted fee.

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MePlus More

For parents that are staring down college applications with their child, compiling their activities and extracurricular into one place is time consuming. MePlusMore is a Phoenix-based startup that can help students create a timeline of their accomplishments to be used as a competitive advantage when applying for colleges and scholarships. The app uses a student’s electronic calendar to capture nontraditional activities, hobbies, skills as well as photos, awards, etc. to create a personal eNarrative.


While changing air filters in your home is a pain, it can save you money. But when it’s time to change them out, more often than not you don’t have a backup or the right size. Time to check that task off the list as this Raleigh-based startup FilterEasy will deliver air filters to your door when you need them. The process is meant to be easy: users can select the number of filters, the type of filter grade, the sizes they want, click, and done.

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To create a space where Cannabis businesses can advertise to their users and other vendors, Chicago-based startup Kannatopia developed a social platform where they can reach their audience with targeted advertising without the concern of getting shut down. On the flip side, users must be 21+ to access the platform, and are able to connect with other medical and recreational cannabists through an interactive map, as well as track products, provide reviews and discuss cannabis freely without the concern of social and professional backlash. To date they have over 1,000 subscribed users for public beta.

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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.
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