Startup: Amplify Loud
Founder Pitching: Kim Butler
About: Amplify Loud is a “do it yourself” website and online marketing system. Amplify Loud walks users through the development of a conversion focused WordPress website and custom tailored online marketing programs that strive to increase five core revenue drivers: website visitors, visitors to leads, leads to customers, average order volume, and number of orders. This all-in-one system bundles hosting, a web platform, online marketing products/tools, and online training, to save businesses up to $1,200 annually in product and service cost. It also provides time limited users options to outsource or get one-on-one help for various parts of their online projects, empowering them with knowledge and control.
Founder Pitching: Michelle Salsberry
About: Fam-ess: Making the Unknown, Known—We teach kids what they don’t know about money & how to make better buying decisions, while bringing to light insights that help inform the planning of new products and services for kids. Our mission is to teach kids financial discipline long before they go off to college or get their first job, while helping inform the making of new products that are worth working for!
Founder Pitching: Bernadette Hyland
Imagine being able to share details about toxic chemicals or exposures that are in your environment and discuss the health impacts with your care provider?Knowing what physical, chemical and biological factors that we’re exposed to may provide more timely identification of conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancers, metal poisoning, skin disease and reproductive issues. Identification of environmental exposures may allow for earlier intervention, helping to reduce costs and drive better outcomes.GeoHealth.us aims to educate children about the environment and to get kids, especially girls, interested in STEM. They’re launching a product called EnviroPods™. These solar powered, arduino-based sensor kits detect particulate matter, volatile & combustible gases.
Founder Pitching: Holly Epstein Ojalvo
About: Kicker (gokicker.com) is news for people who don’t like news – because we solve the key problems that keep curious, thoughtful people from getting in the know. We explain what matters, why, and what you can do about it. By making current events accessible, understandable, and actionable, Kicker engages and empowers millennials with a fresh voice on current events and relevant social action.
Founder Pitching: Rachel Kimelman
About: LGBTQutie is the progressive online dating and social networking platform of today. Our site allows for people to find meaningful connections, romantic relationships and friendships. We are also the only site that exclusively caters to the full spectrum of LGBTQ sexual orientations and gender identities. LGBTQutie offers a unique content-specific platform for its users including a blog with relevant LGBTQ topics and a user-generated/sponsored events page.
Founder Pitching: Shally Venugopal
About: Myolo (myoloapp.com) lets you complete just one mortgage application and shop it to multiple lenders. Get a lower, more accurate rate, with less effort. Myolo also makes applications better. We customize your application checklist, organize your documents, and guide you through the process. Our collaborative workspace and transcription technology lets you share and compile documents, fill forms, and sign everything in record time.
Startup: On Second Thought
Founder Pitching: Maci Peterson
About: On Second Thought is the flagship Digital Reputation Protection Platform (DRPP) and ecosystem that protects the reputations of individuals via mobile application technology. It does so by allowing users to take back text messages, chat messages, emails and social media posts before they get to the recipient. On Second Thought won 1st Place in the UpGlobal and Kauffman Foundation’s #StartupOasis pitch competition at South by Southwest in 2014, and it was recently named “The Texting Savior” by AT&T. It is currently available in the Google Play Store and Amazon AppStore.
Founder Pitching: Lee Fox
About: Certifying as a B corporation, PeerSpring is a California civic-tech educational start-up focused on the mastery of 21st century leadership, youth social innovation and the development of life-skills. Our open platform provides a framework in which students and teachers can individualize learning, collaborate with peers and apply existing curriculum to global information resources. To do this, we use “hot-button” social, economic or environmental news stories as adaptive content to standards based outcomes so that when participants build social action projects on PeerSpring, they are building their critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and community-building skills at the same time. As a result, PeerSpring’s mantra is “learning on purpose.”
Startup: Primary Book Club
Founder Pitching: Erin Witmer
About: Primary Book Club is a subscription service and resource for parents and caregivers of children aged 0-5. Each month, members receive a set of age-appropriate children’s books selected by our team of early childhood development experts. Our process is designed so that members never receive a book they already own or do not want. With each book, we also include a teaching guide with tips and techniques offering ways to share the book to encourage a child’s literacy skills, self-confidence, cognitive reasoning, and social development.
Founder Pitching: Rosanna Garcia
Founder Pitching: Lea Yu
Founder Pitching: Julia Kurnia
About: Zidisha is the first loan crowdfunding platform for people in developing countries that connects people directly, without going through local bank intermediaries.
We’ve gotten the cost of loans down from over 35% at traditional loan crowdfunding platforms such as Kiva, to just 5%. We did this by replacing local loan officers with a self-governing, eBay-style peer-to-peer lending community.
So far we’ve facilitated over 14,000 loans between 20,000 people worldwide, with a repayment rate of 85 – 90%. Our lending volume has doubled in the past six months.