March 12, 2013

11:00 am

Triangle serial entrepreneurs and mentors Chris Heivly and Dave Neal announced this week the six companies that will make up the third Triangle Startup Factory accelerator session.

TSF, the most highly capitalized technology accelerator in the southeast, runs an intensive, three month program customized for early stage startup companies. In addition to seed capital, startups receive hands-on mentorship as well as access to a network of active angels, veteran startup founders, and experienced technology experts.  All companies that successfully complete the accelerator will receive a convertible note in an amount between $20,000 and $150,000.

“Dave and I are very enthusiastic about the 6 companies that make up this class.   The quality of both the applicants and the business concepts are significantly higher than previous cohorts,” noted Heivly. “We again received over 100 applications for entrance into the program from local, national and international teams.”

Here’s a rundown of the six startups that will be working with Triangle Startup Factory this spring:

BringMeThat allows users to quickly and easily order food delivery from restaurants online and have it immediately delivered to their door. We provide a comprehensive list of restaurants that delivers to any particular address with the convenience of never having to pick up the phone and dealing with misplaced orders, being put on hold, or dropped calls. BringMeThat is currently live in over 1500 restaurants in 300 cities in Ohio and will be expanding to other states soon.

TabSprint is a mobile application, which streamlines the payment process at bars, clubs, and restaurants. TabSprint dramatically reduces the overhead of financial transactions by eliminating time traditionally wasted opening and closing tabs at Point of Sale devices. Payment with TabSprint is as quick and easy as the touch of a finger. Leave your wallet behind and never worry about waiting in long lines when you and your friends are ordering with TabSprint.

Taggs proprietary software collects image and earned media data from social media images. We show brand managers the image content most valued by their audience so that they can optimize image content strategy to maximize community engagement.

Tuee is redefining the way restaurants relate to their guests. Tuee provides restaurant owners and managers with real-time, actionable feedback on over 80% of their guests. Moreover, Tuee enables restaurants to customize outreach based on each guest’s specific experience. The end result? Tuee enables restaurants to better allocate marketing spend, reach out to tens of thousands of guests per year, and fix operational problems in real-time.

Noddix provides performance and privacy driven modern web and mobile apps.  It was founded with the simple idea that applications should be built with a minimal and modular approach.  The team consists of open source contributors focused on pushing Node.js, JavaScript, and the web forward.

VacationFutures is the wholesale rental marketplace allowing homeowners, property managers, and real estate investors to buy and sell future rental rights. Our proprietary listing and auction platform enables homeowners to generate risk-free, upfront income from their homes, with a tiny fraction of the time commitment currently required by other options, and gives property managers and investors access to these properties in a way that limits their upfront capital commitments and risk exposure, but maximizes their income. In short, VacationFutures creates a new way of investing in and managing rental properties that enable all parties involved to walk away better off than they are today.

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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