Congratulations to all of the Cohort 9 founders selected for the program.
Hi, we’re Daphne de Jong and Jessica Lundin, CEO and CTO of Ven. We’re narrowing the gap between Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption and insufficient charging infrastructure. We are creating a marketplace for e-Mobility charging, including EVs, by directly connecting e-Mobility users with residential and commercial chargers, increasing charging coverage and decreasing range anxiety. Our target customers are two fold, both EV users as well as private and commercial charging operators. Our business model is C2C, we charge a flat rate for each charge and a percentage of the final charge, with subscription models available for businesses. Our multi-year goal is to make EV charging more like charging a mobile phone versus going to a gas station by increasing availability and shortening the session charging time, increasing battery lifecycle management. We want to be the one stop shop for charging and show both private and public charging opportunities on our customer interface. We are a team of technical co-founders with extensive R&D experience in top US companies with domain knowledge. We need help with fundraising and targeted introductions to potential business partners never hurt.
Serve Reserves Technology
Hi, I’m Jen Selvaggia and my company is Serve Reserves. My co-founder is Haden Gienger. The problem we’re solving is the staffing crisis in the food & beverage industry. Our platform is designed for our target customers, food and beverage industry businesses. We make money by connecting gig workers with fill-in shifts and our job board, and our team is the right team because we have over two decades of service industry experience along with successful past entrepreneurial ventures and we keep the heart of the industry first. We need help with app advancement and fundraising.
Hi, I’m Victor Tiscareno, and my company is VZR, Inc. The problem we’re solving is mediocre audio quality in consumer wearables for gamers. Our product VZR Model One, an audiophile gaming headset, is designed for our target customer of gamers. We make money by selling enthusiast gamers our VZR Model One headset, and our team is the right team because we have over 60 years of combined experience. I need help with targeting investors to grow our company.
Hi, I am Jay Kim, CEO of SharpArrow Medical. The problem we are solving is associated with operating monopolar electrosurgical devices, which cause tissue burn injuries, especially during minimally invasive/robotic surgeries. Our product, a surgical laser, is designed for our target customer of surgeons and minimally invasive/robotic surgical companies. We make money by selling a high volume of disposable laser optical fibers, and our team is the right team because most of them are laser experts previously developing high power lasers for the US military. I need help with funding, a convertible note preferred, for preparation of a pending Series A pitch in San Francisco to J&J accredited investors. SharpArrow earned this privilege from winning a J&J residency award at the 2022 MedTech Innovator Cohort event at Singapore. We are currently working closely with J&J developing a surgical laser.
Hi, I’m Makoto Eyre, and my company is Homeostasis. The problem we’re solving is the climate crisis. Our products, graphite and carbon black produced from atmospheric CO2, are designed for the burgeoning clean energy sector experiencing explosive growth. We make money by selling carbon-negative critical materials, and our team is made of heavy-hitters in the deep tech and chemistry fields, making us intimately familiar with tackling difficult technical problems. I need help with building an advisory board that will augment our team’s skills, and with raising our pre-seed round of $1M to get us from pure R&D to revenue.
Hi, I’m Trevor Cox, and my company is Terrantic. The problem we’re solving is operational inefficiencies caused by data silos. Our product Digital Twin 2.0 is designed for our target customer of food processing and Agriculture growers-packers-shippers. We make money by our SaaS solutions, and our team is the right team because we have experience building and selling a similar company, and have roots in these industries. I need help with connections to food processors and food companies.
Hi, I’m Carly Rector, and my company is CO2ign Art. The problem we’re solving is that digital art cannot be collected and displayed like traditional art is, and digital artists therefore struggle to make a living. Our product CO2ign Art is designed for our target customer of digital artists currently posting their work on social media, and their followers who want to support them. We make money by a transaction fee on each purchase on our marketplace, and our team is the right team because we have decades of experience in online art communities and even more in the tech industry, including my 14 years of experience as a technical leader at Amazon. I need help with connecting with more investors and advisors in the creator economy space.
Hi, I’m Casey, and my company is PeerStorage. The problem we’re solving is the underutilization of space, while people or businesses have too much stuff. Our online marketplace is designed for our target customers which are private property owners, local businesses, and self-storage renters. We make money by charging self-storage renters a service fee from every transaction, and our team is the right team because we have diverse experience and care deeply about helping our community by connecting people through self-storage. I need help with developing partnerships with businesses, UI, pricing models, and scaling business processes (customer service, sales cycles) for two-sided marketplace growth.
Hi, I’m Paul Douglas, and my company is GovOneStop. The problem we’re solving is easier access to public safety information, emergency alerts and resources. We also help you connect, network, and collaborate. Our products include a scalable patent-pending SaaS solution, web-based services, and resource listings for governments and educational entities. Our product and service listings, and advertising options are for businesses and organizations. We make money by SaaS solutions, business listings, and advertisements. Our team is the right team because of our experience in government, justice integration, small business and the insurance industry. I need help with fundraising, market awareness and customer development. I seek to partner with investors who share a similar mission.
Hi, I’m Marcus Wandell, and my company is Antengo Inc, d/b/a Sellwild. The problem we’re solving is two fold – internet publishers need to monetize their websites with a turnkey mini-marketplace advertising module, and eCommerce sellers need a way to have their products found and bought across the internet by interested buyers. Our mini-marketplace widget product is designed for our target customer of internet publishers, while our Sellwild.com marketplace is designed for our target customers of sellers and buyers. We make money by splitting advertising revenue with our publisher websites and off of a percentage of eCommerce sales, and our team is the right team because we have the technical knowhow to build a scalable marketplace, and business connections for deals in the publisher space to feed both our marketplace traffic and business model. I need help with raising additional capital, connecting with and onboarding additional power sellers for our marketplace, as well as making additional publisher introductions.
Hi, I’m Daniel Jahn, and my company is called AllTruth, Inc. The problem we’re solving is related to under-resourced DEIB departments around training tools for racial disconnection. Our product, Human Connection Technology, is designed for our target customer of Chief Diversity Officers and DEI teams. We make money through monthly and annual subscriptions, and our team is the right team because of our experience in the field, and our diversity of strengths. I need help with fundraising and building our network.
Pie Trap Studios
Hi, we are Chris Whitaker and Priscilla Firstenberg, and our company is Pie Trap Studios. The problem we’re solving is helping game studios to achieve top-notch art development and planning without sacrificing internal resources, as games continue to grow more complicated to develop. Our services are designed for our target customer of studio heads from game studios of all sizes, looking for a committed partner of experts to support and consult on prototypes, pitches, and production. We make money by offering a niche service to diagnose pipeline problems, develop creative solutions specific to each client’s goals, and deliver high quality, fully tested content to save clients time, stress, and money. Our team is the right team because we’re sought out as highly adaptable, dedicated, and experienced, with our leadership having over 35 years of video game development experience in many different platforms from mobile to AAA and VR to 3D printing. We need help with investment, so we can continue to provide great service to an increasing number of clients and provide higher salaries as we expand our talented team to take on our waiting-list of clients. We currently have a backlog of studios interested in working with us, but we are at full capacity until we bring on additional leadership.
Hi, I’m Mahek Chhatrapati, and my company is DocNexus. The problem we’re solving is that the medical affairs ecosystem is broken and it takes pharma 45% of their day to find key experts, over $40B in annual spend to launch products. Our product DocNexus is a data platform that makes it simple to search through millions of insights, scour through publications, clinical trials, payments, and social media data within seconds to identify HCPs, Products, Manufacturers and Healthcare systems and is designed for our target customer of Pharma/Medical Device within Medical Affairs. We make money through annual subscriptions by charging 85K to 150K a year, and our team is the right team because we have backgrounds in healthcare, cloud computing, design and engineering from Amazon, Sanofi, Duke, and the White House. I need help with fundraising and customer introductions within life sciences.
Hi, I’m Chuka and my company is Chassi. The problem we’re solving is the significant overhead cost associated with Robotics and Embedded infrastructure. Our product, Concrete is a SaaS platform designed for Robotics and Embedded companies to ship applications faster. We make money by charging businesses a monthly fee per user. Our team is the right team because of our experience building a proven version of this product at Lyft Level 5 and Toyota Woven Planet. I need help with warm introductions to other companies in the Embedded and Robotics spaces.
Hi, I’m Alec Maslov, and my company is Thig.io. The problem we’re solving is providing entertainment and bringing modern people together. Our product UFB Board Game is designed for our target customer of a) parents of boys ages 10-18 and b) buyers of board games. We make money by selling board games, selling accessories/merchandise, selling NFTs, and other potential revenue streams, including a possible subscription model through our upcoming iOS app. Our team is the right team because we have 20+ years of gaming experience (Konami, Bandai Namco) as well as experience in tech, startups, and VC. I need help with customer acquisition and finding strategic partners.
Hi, I’m André Stone, and my company is nomi. The problem we’re solving is the poor relationship we have with acute stress, which is a precursor to anxiety, depression, and burnout. Our product, a biofeedback-based pet robot (“petbot”) that is based on recognition, presence, and support, is designed for our target customer of stressed young professionals (Gen Z) who are looking to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing in an accessible and engaging way. We make money through widget sales of our hardware petbot and a subscription model for access to additional functionality/features. Our team is the right team because we have backgrounds in startup environments, product development, biofeedback, psychology, and design. I need help with our fundraising strategy.
Hi, we’re Steve Isley and Elsie Gelinas, and our company is CountOn. The problem we’re solving is shopping for your values. Our product is a two-sided marketplace matching experts like certifications, NGOs, and influencers to those who trust them and it is designed for our initial target customer of sustainability-minded shoppers. We make money in the near term with affiliate fees but will expand into B2B licensing at scale. Our team is the right team because we have deep expertise in sustainable consumption, e-commerce, customer research, and technology. We need help with the fundraising process and recruiting.
Hi, I’m Stephanie, and my company is PulseDNA. D = Decentralized. N = News. A = Arena. The problem we’re solving is sourcing credible ideas in the “Age of Misinformation”. Our product is a keyword search analysis platform that powers our debate show (hosted on a new college campus each week) and designed for our target customer of informed consumers and avid learners. We make money by a community-led growth subscription model, and our team is the right team because of our love for building resilient communities by equipping them with credible, solution-based ideas. I worked as a program manager for a community data co-op in Seattle and saw the need for publicly accessible data, with simple and meaningful insights, to inspire citizen advocacy in every sector. I need help with seed funding and learning how to run a financially responsible company that builds itself around user feedback.
Hi, I’m Syed K. Jamal, and my company is collegey.com (Collegey Inc.). The problem we’re solving is the lack of a professional network for young people making career and education decisions. Our product is an edtech web app that is designed for students (15–24 years old) as well as higher education institutions (B2B). We make money by charging students a fee for 4-week mentor-led projects and higher education institutions a fee for international student recruitment services. Our team is the right team because we have a combined experience of 25 years working in education in the US, India, and Europe, with two full-time cofounders in India and the US, respectively. We need help with raising our first round and mentorship for recruiting a sales and technology team.
Greenlight Bio Oil LLC
Hi, I’m Dan, and my company is Greenlight Bio Oil LLC. The problem we’re solving is making carbon-neutral fuels cheaper than fossil fuels to help combat Climate Change. Our product, the Bio Oil Rig is designed for our target customers in the oil, food, and nutraceutical industries. We make money by licensing our designs to rig manufacturers and operating joint venture companies with our customers. I have spent many years building and leading multidisciplinary teams of engineers. But I need help with building out my team with people adept at securing funding for and growing startups.
Hi, I’m Spencer Charles, and my company is Huddle Local. The problem we’re solving is that it’s hard to find local home service providers that you can trust. Our marketplace helps homeowners find and book neighbor-recommended home services and receive discounts by booking as a group. We make money by charging home service providers a commission on every booking, and our team is the right team because we have over 10 years of experience growing advertising and commerce products at Google and AOL. I need help with reaching more homeowners and scaling into more neighborhoods.
Hi, I’m Johnathan Buell, and my company is Purpose Platform. We are revolutionizing the way businesses approach their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programming. Our solutions enable companies to build, engage, report, and enhance impactful CSR initiatives that have major benefits to their company, employees, and community alike. Our flagship product (in market) is an all-in-one CSR & ESG platform designed for mid-large enterprises between 250-5,000 employees. We are a cloud-based SaaS platform and charge a low monthly subscription fee. Our team is the right team because we have a great overlap of 7+ years CSR consulting and 10+ years in Software Product Management. I need help with warm introductions to People/HR Leaders to expand and grow our offering, as well as introductions to investors for our Seed round.
Hi, I’m Alex Fairhart, and my company is Hugsi. The problem we’re solving is bad gift giving. Our product, a gifting platform that provides the necessary tools and information to give gifts that land every time, is designed for our target customer of prolific gift givers and social coordinators. We make money through affiliate marketing, brand partnerships and premium app membership, and our team is the right team because we desperately need the Hugsi solution in our own lives and sharing it is the impact we want to make on the world. I need help with AI integration, app design, seamless user experience flow, and marketing.
Hi, I’m Jeff, and my company is Row’r Fitness. The problem we’re solving is a connected fitness app and rowing instruction for all connected indoor rowing machines. Our product “Row’r” is designed for our target customer of all users of indoor rowing machines–current rowers, former rowers, and everyone looking for THE MOST efficient indoor training exercise–a $21B WW market. We make money by monthly subscription–it’s a software only mobile app. And our team is the right team because software startup veterans with a passion for rowing. I need help with raising a Seed round.
Hi, I’m Tim Washington, and my company is Acuity PPM. The problem we’re solving is helping organizations be more successful with project portfolio management with our lightweight software. Our product, Acuity PPM, is designed for our target customer of small to mid-sized organizations within medium to large sized enterprises. We make money by selling software subscriptions, and our team is the right team because we are nimble. I need help with scaling the business and potentially raising funds in order to incorporate AI and machine learning into our product.
Hi, I’m Noah Belkhous, and my company is Planted Materials. The problem we’re solving is the buildup of organic waste around the world. Our products, a variety of renewable plant based materials are designed for sustainable manufacturers. We make money by supplying renewable materials, and our team is the right team because we are passionate about leaving the world a little better than when we found it. I need help with setting up large scale manufacturing processes and relationships.
Hi, I’m Iris and my company is zeroQ Foods Inc. The problem we’re solving is food waste and world hunger. Our product is upcycled food ingredients, using our technology to turn perishables into shelf-stable food. Our upcycled food ingredients are used to design sustainable food to feed a growing population. We make money by a) processing and selling the upcycled food ingredients and also leasing our processing technology to other food manufacturers, and our team is the right team because of our common vision, commitment and dedication to see it through. We need help to find and connect to investors with patient capital and desire to invest in the circular economy model Startup with potential for high growth.
Hi, we are the Dream team, and our company Is DreamCare. The problem we’re solving is access to flexible and reliable childcare. DreamCare is managed service for parents, that provides access to live in childcare that feels like family, the childcare is provided by university students earning their degrees online. We make money by charging the families $2,500 per month for our service. Our team is the right team because we know this space and know the tech so we can execute with speed. We need help with getting ready for our first raise.
Hi, I’m Jessica Greenwalt, and my company is Unum Game. The problem we’re solving is removing the barriers for large brands to engage with and reward customers through blockchain gaming. Our product, a blockchain-based game platform, is designed for our target customer of Fortune 500 companies. We make money by white-labeling digital worlds for brands to run their own games and rewards programs, and our team is the right team because we have builders and strategists from one of the most prominent blockchains and the world’s leading Web3 consultancy, and Hollywood’s top world builder. I need help with refining our pitch for non-technical audiences and designing incentive structures to align our team and partners and accelerate product development.
Hi, I’m Sudhakar Kaushik and my company is Jeeva Health. The problem we’re solving is getting ahead of mental health and substance abuse challenges for young college students. Our product Jeeva is designed for our target customer of 14 to 26 years. We make money by targeting colleges although the users are the students.
Hi, I’m Udi, and my company is Ydrive. The problem we’re solving is that it’s too expensive and difficult for all but the largest companies in the world to create and maintain life like 3D digital twins of the real world. Our product Citysynth, which lets anyone with just a phone create realistic twins anywhere in the world, is designed for our target customer of game developers, movie creators, software developers, enterprises and city governments. We make money by charging for the creation and hosting of digital twins, and our team is the right team because of our decades of AI development and productization knowledge. I need help with fundraising and paid pilot deployments.
Hi, my name is Dwi Sutandar, and my company is AeonCharge. The problem we are solving is the fragmentation of the electric vehicle charging space with more than 70 network operators across the US. Our product enables drivers to find chargers and check live availability through their preferred interface, pay and start the charging session simply by plugging in the charger. We make money by charging a subscription fee to automakers as our primary clients. Our team is the right team because we have years of experience in the renewable space, including leadership positions in a World Bank affiliated international non-profit, and technical expertise in EV charging protocols. Our team is currently working to close our seed round and will appreciate intros to VCs or angel investors.
Cohort 9 Sponsors