LaunchVT reveals eight startups for 2018 cohort

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LaunchVT reveals eight startups for 2018 cohort

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 3:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Thursday LaunchVT announced the eight Vermont startups that will be participating in its 2018 cohort. This is the sixth cohort of startups to come through LaunchVT’s early stage acceleration program and pitch competition. Over the past five years LaunchVT has provided mentorship and over $400,000 in cash and in-kind services to accelerate 35 Vermont startups. 

Over the next seven weeks, entrepreneurs in the LaunchVT cohort will work with a dedicated coach, strategic advisors, and each other to refine their business models and hone their pitches. They will participate in Peer Workshops and Office Hours with local business advisors, and then compete in the Final Pitch Competition for $100,000 in cash and in-kind services. The Final Pitch Competition takes place on May 17th from 5-8pm at the Film House at Main Street Landing. The event is FREE and the public is invited to attend!

“This year’s cohort is really exciting because of the incredibly talented entrepreneurs and the regional and product diversity of their businesses. It’s so great to have such a wide variety of products and services and be able to bring in startups from across the state of Vermont,” said John Antonucci, Executive Director of LaunchVT. 

The startups in the 2018 LaunchVT cohort are:

Coraball  -  Granville, VT

Rachael Miller - CEO  Megan Bender  Director of Sales & Operations  Brooke Winslow - Technical Designer

A microfiber-catching laundry ball, is a consumer-based solution to microfiber pollution that comes from our clothes and home textiles and washes into our public waterways, getting into the marine food web and our own food and water.

EZ-Probate  -  Williston, VT

Byron Batres, CFP - Founder

EZ-Probate has developed and refined an online probate process that saves time and money by probating an estate online with little or no need for an attorney.  EZ-Probate prepares ready to sign court forms and provides step by step instructions allowing anyone to probate an estate with ease for a low flat fee.

Northview Weather  -  Barton, VT

Jason Shafer - Founder & Manager  David Siuta - CTO 

Northview Weather LLC provides new technology to help electric utilities prepare for major storms, helping to optimize power restoration and grid reliability. 

Still Thyme Botanicals  -  Middlesex, VT

Dejung Gewissler - Founder & CEO

Still Thyme Botanicals is a sparkling herbal tea made from organic medicinal herbs and sweetened only with local honey.

Burlington Code Academy  -  Burlington, VT

Benjamin Boas - CEO  Alex Chaffee - CTO  Alex Horner - CMO

Burlington Code Academy offers immersive, 12-week training programs that teach students the digital skills necessary to enter a career in tech. 

Home Outside  -  Rockingham, VT

Julie Moir Messervy - CEO/President  Jennifer Silver - Marketing Manager

Home Outside® makes expert landscape design available and affordable for everyone by simplifying the design process through its online program of pre-drawn elements that are part of every property.

Varises  -  Stowe, VT

Bryan Huber, MD - Co-Founder  Steven Berlin - Co-Founder

Varises creates immersive simulation systems to bring surgical sales, education and training to a new level. We enhance trusted methodologies with modern technologies for repeatable, measurable and meaningful learning.

Green Mountain Maple Innovations  -  Randolph, VT

Jack Beauparlant - Co-Founder  Manny Aretakis - Co-Founder 

A new innovative tubing tool used to apply maple spouts to lateral tubing for the maple sugaring industry.

LaunchVT is made possible thanks to our amazing sponsors, including: the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce,, Vermont EPSCoR, Vermont Department of Economic Development, VCET, People’s United Bank, New England Federal Credit Union, Vermont Works, Vermont Innovation Commons, Dinse, Qwerkal, Seven Days, Dunkiel Saunders, Paul Frank & Collins, FreshTracks Capital, Leonardo's, Gallagher Flynn & Company, Merritt & Merritt, Vermont Community Foundation, Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom, TD Bank, Encore Renewable Energy, Oxbow, Hark, BTV Ignite, University of Vermont - OVPR, VEDA, North Country Angels, Redstone, Dale Carnegie Training, Reconciledit, VT Center for Women & Enterprise, and Main Street Landing. 

LaunchVT provides early-stage acceleration programs and resources to help businesses prep, launch and soar in Vermont, and is a program of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. LCRCC is the largest business advocacy organization in the state. The Chamber puts everything into place to help our members grow their businesses: providing innovative member services and programs, promoting our region, and making it an even better place to do business. 

To learn more about LaunchVT visit | To learn more about LCRCC visit

Source: BURLINGTON, VT - Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce 4.13.2018