Nashville Business Journal
The Entrepreneur Center selected 12 groups for its first of three startup acceleration programs in 2013, after screening 47 companies and hearing pitches from 21. The companies will begin working at the center Monday and will pitch to investors on April 14, according to a press release.
The newest class includes:
ActiveBuys: ActiveBuys is a resource for active, healthy living for the Nashville community focused on driving high levels of engagement in healthy behaviors in a way that is fun, easy and cost effective.
Egdart Designs: Egdart Designs brings creative, interactive, visual content and artwork to the health care community.
Era of Man: Era of Man is an online retailer of men's grooming products.
Got You In: Got You In manages business practices, marketing and incentive programs for barbershops in a cloud-based mobile application.
GroFurniture: GroFurniture sells adjustable cribs that grow with your baby.
HellaBirds: Hellabirds is a mobile application that allows users to quickly poll the public for the answers to their questions, bet on the answers and predict event outcomes.
iClinic: iClinic is a software-as-a-service based telemedicine, video conferencing and patient intake and processing platform.
Media Market: Media Market is focused on developing a "word-of-mouth" advertising platform that allows brands to connect with influencers to direct discussions and build brand awareness through social media.
PT Kinect: PT Kinect helps physical therapists actively engage, monitor and assist their patients by utilizing emerging video technology.
UIU Link: UIU Link is a cloud-based educational platform enabling students to take accredited courses from participating universities.
Varsity Optics: Varsity Optics makes customizable vibrant sunglasses for growing brands.
Waffle: Waffle is a mobile application that provides users a cleaner, easier and more meaningful way to access and interact with their social networks.
Since August 2010, the Entrepreneur Center has launched 57 companies, with 51 still active, and companies have raised more than $15.1 million in early stage funding.
To be eligible for the program, companies must fall into the center's four focus areas: health care, technology, digital media and entertainment and social enterprise, or within its initiatives, including veterans', women's or youth entrepreneurship, according to the statement.
Jamie McGee covers tourism, entertainment and technology.