Co.Accelerator Presents Beta Cohort
The current of entrepreneurialism swirls strong and vibrant, increasingly touching everyday life in Gainesville. Thanks to the efforts of Co.Accelerator over the last three months, a new group of Gainesville’s innovative thinkers are one step closer to reaching the consciousness of consumers.
Co.Accelerator is a startup accelerator looking to strengthen new businesses that focus on design thinking and community. For the last three months, the entrepreneurs of its first group, the Beta Cohort, worked with mentors and local business leaders to bring their ideas closer to market. These local innovative thinkers unveiled their efforts on August 16 at Demo Day.
The startups participating in this first session cross several sectors. They are rethinking or introducing designs to better meet community and user needs. And thanks to participation in this Beta Cohort, each has made significant progress. Some are planning to launch in the coming months and others already have their first paying customers.
Keep your eye out for these budding businesses launching and growing right here in Gainesville:
|Tribe is the safe and convenient way to complete almost any item on your to-do list. Our community marketplace helps you find and offer help in a spirit of togetherness.
|Synchronize is a Gainesville based start-up company that focuses on the use of student- owned personal devices within the classroom. Schools spend millions on technology due to fact they are unable to trust the students with their own devices. Synchronize is a platform linking students’ devices to teachers’ computers in order to monitor the applications being used.
|At Longwing Roasting, coffee is art through science. We believe in a deliberate and measured approach to crafting a coffee experience, one that extends past the cup.
|Reva aims to revolutionize the way people tackle their commutes by introducing the most technologically advanced electric bikes that meet at the intersection of functionality, affordability, and quality. We hope to redefine what an electric bike can be, and begin transitioning the public perception of what ebikes are.
|Sift Local showcases the vendors of handmade and artisanal products from local markets across the country. We offer these artisanal and handmade vendors a public platform to showcase their creative talents and sell their products to event attendees and the public.
|CharterHook is a listing and reservation company that provides services to guides and charters. Services listed on our site include but are not limited to fishing, sightseeing, cruises, and diving tours via licensed captains and certified professionals.
|At Gatherade, we build products that make life simpler. Our goal is to help people, organizations and businesses save time and money and reduce the ever-increasing complexity of life through a location based mobile application focused on bringing people together.
Members of this first cohort presented their progress to the public in a stunning, intimate setting at local brewery Cypress & Grove. The venue was selected in keeping with the central mission of “community” at Co.Accelerator. The organization hopes to embed support for entrepreneurs directly into the workings of the Gainesville community.
UF Innovate | The Hub supported the initiative by providing the creative space for the participating entrepreneurs. UFTH Director Mark Long noted, “The establishment of the Co.Accelerator at The Hub is a true benchmark in the growth of the Gainesville entrepreneurial ecosystem. The program shows the depth of entrepreneurial spirit and the momentum we have here in driving new technologies, applications and inventions forward.”
Want to learn how to participate in a future cohort with your own business idea? Throw your name in the hat at CoAccelerator.com.
Article contributed by Lisa Banks.