Friday, May 12, 2017

Q1: Stamford Winners

Fjord Weather     
Drew   Lambert            203-249-6310
Waze for Marine Weather. 
Comment: A rare new company that has discovered a vast new market – accurate local boating weather. But execution before big players get interested is the key question given the new device requirements.

Shem Lachhman           516-728-2911 
Comment: A patented solution for continuous measuring of blood pressure in hospitals. Needs buy-in from institutions.

Comment: A scrappy start with a low cost SEO product “for the rest of us.” Still early in development..

Aquinas Training 
Hugh Seaton        203-524-9539
Aquinas Training Makes Mobile & VR Software for Management Training. We solve the key failing of all training programs - retention. By sending mobile notifications, and tying these to compelling experiences, including our AquinasVR mobile virtual reality experience, companies can ensure employees retain and apply their training. 
Comment: While “Ed-Tech” has a narrow band of potential investors this improved pitch won some fans.

Michelle Carter             9143159557
NewsFundr is platform for independent journalists which removes the influence of advertisers, editors and power brokers on the news. 
Comment: By dropping some big media names this pitch got some attention but needs to address the really big question – can it help big media companies make the news business profitable again?
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Boston Winners - April 2017

Grand Winner

VKTRY Gear        
Matt Arciuolo           203-868-9280
VKTRY Gear manufactures and markets innovative Sports Tech that helps athletes run faster, jump higher and stay healthier. VK Performance Insoles are made from aerospace-grade carbon fiber from heel to toe. New independent test results show that VK Insoles increase athletic explosiveness by +9.6%
Comment: In a class of its own due to current funding a list of impressive sports team clients, this orthotic sole promises to add a new level of performance to athletes who use their feet. With great profit margins, income and an professional presentation they show great prospects. The only question is can its sell to everyone and what other products can it expand into?
Seed Startup Winner
Dan Greenberg       7812400460
Solving healthcare challenges with machine learning on text in medical records.
Comment: As a seasoned player in machine learning, with the promise of extracting value out of mounds of boring data, Dan looked like a winner to our Investor judges.
Jasmine Mclamb
MobileStrain is a mobile marketplace for medical marijuana patients. It's a web and mobile app that allows patients to view menus, place orders, make purchases and request delivery from local dispensaries.
Comment: Jasmine scored big in the QA when he responded to tough questions with steady aplomb. Her home delivery service for accredited medical users in a burgeoning new industry was eyecatching, but scale and competition are still two lurking questions.
Christopher Buck    
Nomsly provides nutritious and delicious packed lunches for kids, ordered online and shipped directly to their homes.  By helping parents provide healthy and fun meals easily, we enable kids to build healthy eating habits for life.
Comment: Delivering healthy food to schoolbound kids looks like a great idea. The margins are good but scale and competition come to mind as did questions of whether there ought to a “Mom” in the business. Nevertheless, they presented well and showed adaptability. 
Ink'd Stores          
Jay Sapovits   7742662391    
Ink'd is an apparel decorator leveraging new print technology in a high-end retail store to deepen client engagement and grow sales.
Comment: The no.1 asset in an easily copied business was the presenter, Jay. If he can bottle himself or find a “secret sauce” to set themselves apart, he has Investor fans.
Van Cor Threads LLC  
Dale Van Cor           603/239-4433
Creating Computer Aided 3D Parts for high resolution precision printing and ultra data compression for internet sales.
Comment: What could be more boring than bolt threads? Dale is the precision thread maestro in 3D printing and there is probably real money in a business that is all about need. He just needs a savvy business partner to help him unthread it…..
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