LaunchVT announces 2019 Accelerator Cohort

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LaunchVT announces 2019 Accelerator Cohort

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 2:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine LaunchVT has selected the eight Vermont startups that will be participating in its 2019 Accelerator Cohort. This is the seventh cohort of startups to come through LaunchVT’s acceleration program. Over the past six years LaunchVT has provided business development support, strategic coaching, and over $550,000 in cash and services to accelerate 43 Vermont startups.

Over the next eight weeks, entrepreneurs in the LaunchVT cohort will work with a dedicated coach, strategic advisors, and each other to refine their business models, work through their most pressing challenges, and hone their pitches. They will participate in peer to peer support modules, office hours with over 75 local business advisors, and workshops with content experts. Near the end of the program the cohort will pitch their businesses at Demo Night for the opportunity to receive over $150,000 in cash and services. Demo Night takes place on May 31st from 5-8pm at the Film House at Main Street Landing. The event is FREE and the public is invited to attend!

“The beginning of a cohort is always a really exciting time, because we know how amazing all these entrepreneurs are, and we can’t wait for them to meet each other and begin working together. The cohort model is such a powerful approach because it brings entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds together, and their collective talent and knowledge makes really incredible things happen,” said John Antonucci, Executive Director of LaunchVT.

The startups selected for the 2019 LaunchVT Accelerator Cohort are:

Pictal Health  -  Burlington, VT Katie McCurdy - Founder

Pictal Health helps people with rare, complex, and mystery health issues tell their stories visually – helping them feel heard, seen, and understood as they work with their doctors to get the right diagnosis and treatment.

Aquana  -  Warren, VT Steve Askew and Judy Beningson - Co-Founders

Aquana provides a Water Control and Risk Management platform for building owners, and water utilities.  The Aquana Smart Valve and Aquana Cloud enables remote water valve control, remote water meter reading, and leak, burst and freeze protection.

Atmosphoria  - Burlington, VT Anna Barrett and Leyla Bringas - Co-Founders

Atmosphoria is a proprietary air care system developed by certified aromatherapists that delivers masterfully blended aromas without toxins or synthetic ingredients.

Brick Math  -  St. Johnsbury, VT Janis Raye and Neil Raphel - Co-Founders

Brick Math is a hands-on math curriculum that helps students in kindergarten through sixth grade develop a deep understanding of foundational math. As they build models with LEGO bricks, students engage with the math content and learn to master the concepts.

ApprentiScope  - Burlington, VT William  Lippolis and Shawn Kotch - Co-Founders

ApprentiScope is a software platform designed from the ground up to help companies scale their workforce with powerful features for managing, tracking, and reporting all aspects of registered apprenticeships and other on the job training programs.

Nutty Life  - Woodstock, VT Caroline Olsen and  Craig Olsen - Co-Founders

Nutty Life produces delicious nut and oat milks made with only fresh, organic ingredients, and free of additives, gluten, and dairy.

Hawx Open Ocean  - Burlington, VT Julie Silverman and Graham Hawkes - Co-Founders

HAWX Open Ocean’s Sea Rocket, is an easy to use and affordable way to dive your GoPro or other tech to the bottom of the ocean. Sea Rocket empowers everyone—from students to scientists—to collect rigorous data, explore the unknown and see what’s never been seen, all without getting wet.  - Burlington, VT Galen Dow - Founder

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LaunchVT is made possible thanks to our amazing partners, including: the Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont EPSCoR, Vermont Department of Economic Development, VCET, People’s United Bank, Green Mountain Power, Mascoma Bank, FreshTracks Capital, NBT Bank, Northfield Savings Bank, VSECU, Generator, Qwerkal, Gallagher Flynn & Company, Vermont Innovation Commons, Dinse, Hanson and Doremus, McSoley and McCoy, Dunkiel Saunders, Paul Frank & Collins, Leonardo's, Merritt & Merritt, Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom, University of Vermont - OVPR, VEDA, VT Gas, Chroma Technologies, Office Environments, Reconciled, Center for Women and Enterprise, Renaissance Systems, Community Barn Ventures, IOT Conduit, Dale Carnegie, and Moulton Law Group

LaunchVT provides business acceleration programs and resources that empower Vermonters to solve problems and create economic opportunity in their communities. LaunchVT was founded and is funded by 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.

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Source: BURLINGTON, VT. - Monday, April 15: LaunchVT