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Annapolis-based FounderTrac is planning to hold its second curriculum-based cohort to help startups build a business this fall.
Organizers of the program at LAUNCH! Annapolis, Maryland Tech Council and MCVC Partners announced a new group of 11 companies this week.
After a pilot in 2017, the program received $125,000 in funding from TEDCO late last year, helping it to expand for 2018. An initial cohort for 2018 was held in the winter, culminating in $25,000 in funding for Milemarker.
Organizers received 60 applications for the fall cohort, and a panel of judges conducted virtual interviews to decide the finalists.
Over the 12 weeks, startups will attend sessions and work through a curriculum focused various aspects of building a business like idea validation, sales and product development. They are also matched with an “executive Sherpa” who provides mentorship.
Here’s a look at the startups who were selected, per FounderTrac:
- Brainchild Technologies, makers of a smart pacifier to track infant neurodevelopment.
- NaskMe, which helps connect customers with curated content within a mobile platform, allowing them to message and make purchase decisions.
- DCANTER, a boutique offering personalized wine services.
- Coglide, makers of software bringing AI to sales.
- Live Chair, a medtech mobile app for barbers and stylists.
- Leon Scientific, acellular-based research company focusing on Brillouin microscopy.
- Lokalphoto, a freelance photography marketplace modernizing how people find & book local
- InferCabulary, a web-based literacy platform that teaches vocabulary and critical thinking skills to K-12 students.
- RallyBright, a Saas platform which helps business leaders and coaches build better teams
- SNAX, a robotic delivery system with customizable software integrations by Mindgrub Robotics.
- Nest Collaborative, which provides breastfeeding support for women through online appointments.
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