Eight early-stage startups (detailed below) hope to take their venture to the next level in the Jones + Foster Accelerator at the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Each startup in the 2019 cohort is eligible to earn up to $25,000 in follow-on funding if they reach measurable goals over a six-month period. Along the way, the startup teams will receive mentorship by entrepreneurs and investors from across the region. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the program.
“These startups went through a rigorous screening process involving some of the top names in business and venture capital before they were accepted into the program,” said Sarah Studer, program manager for the Accelerator and the Dempsey Startup Competition. “I am so excited to work with each and every one of these teams and their mentors in what should be a truly amazing six months!”
The eight companies accepted into the 2019-2020 cohort are:
AeroSpec is a hardware and software solution for manufacturing companies to monitor their workers exposure to hazardous air-based OSHA and EPA regulations.
DopCuff is the only device that enables end-stage heart failure patients with Left Ventricle Assist Devices to accurately and conveniently measure their blood pressure from home without the need to go to hospitals and LVAD centers.
Kadama is a mobile platform where users can request services like tutoring, housework, errands, and more while also earning money by doing tasks on their own schedule.
Knitrino provides mobile-optimized, interactive, and customizable patterns for modern knitters who crave smarter tools.
Nanodropper is an eyedropper adaptor that decreases the volume of oversized eyedrops to reduce the cost and waste of expensive Rx medications.
Novita is an online marketplace that connects senior patients and families to the professionals and services they need to manage post-hospital care.
Paca Y Paca is a refillable candle company where customers pair artisan containers with scented waxes to create their own perfect candle that can be refilled on demand or via a subscription service.
Pallicera is overcoming the biggest barrier in pediatric medication through an enhanced taste-masking technology.
Since 2010, 55 startups have earned awards through the Accelerator and 48 are still in business today—improving the development of pharmaceutical drugs, working with the department of energy to build a better battery, partnering with the NFL, empowering thousands of young girls, creating rustic gear for the modern adventurer, and opening a chocolate factory at Pike Place Market while selling in stores around the world.
For more details on the Jones + Foster Accelerator, please visit startup.uw.edu.