MDN: Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis

MDN: Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis

Eighteen startup teams this week have kicked off the “Summer of Acceleration,” the season of joint accelerator programming across six startup accelerators overseen by the EPIcenter, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co.

The startups – whose founders come from Memphis, Los Angeles and many other markets – are participating in a boot-camp style of programming that culminates on Aug. 10 with Demo Day, at which the teams will make pitches to potential investors. The startups over the course of the summer will get hands-on training and mentorship, as well as help refining their business plans and concepts.

This is the seventh year Start Co. has operated accelerator programming in Memphis, according to its CEO and founder Eric Mathews. The accelerator teams are also participating in this year’s Start Q events from May 17-20 during the Memphis in May International Festival World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Sponsors include American Airlines, IBM, LBMC, Louisiana Startup Prize, OPS-FUEL, Send Grid, ServiceMaster and Southern Sun Asset Management.

Partners for the Summer of Acceleration include American Airlines, Archer Malmo, AutoZone, IBM, Baker Donelson, Mosiak, The Marston Group and others.

For the AgLaunch accelerator, an agriculture accelerator that’s a joint initiative of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the teams include:

• Microbiometer from Englewood, New Jersey…

• Persistence Data Mining from San Diego, California…

• Kilimo, from Cordoba, Argentina…

Teams in the EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator, sponsored by FedEx Corp., include:

• Throughput, of Houston, Texas, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates…

• Truck Driver Power of St. Louis, Missouri…

• MedHaul of Memphis…

• Shurpa, of Chicago…

Teams in Seed Hatchery, an accelerator that focuses on software and hardware as a service for enterprise customers, include:

• Ajax Intel of Memphis…

• ArtSquare of Nashville…

• Merjek of Memphis…

Teams in Sky High, a social innovation accelerator focused on education technology startups, include:

• Building Box of Memphis…

• SILQ of Memphis…

• The Collective, of Memphis…

Teams in Upstart, a women-led technology startup accelerator, include:

• Dev/Con Detect…

• Alwaz Pro of Memphis…

• Mozak Solutions…

Teams in ZeroTo510, which focuses on medical technology innovation, include:

• PathEX, of Nashville…

• Embrace, of Memphis…

The formation of teams is still to come for ImagineU, which is a collaboration of seven Memphis colleges and universities including Christian Brothers University, Southwest Tennessee Community College, LeMoyne-Owen College, University of Memphis, Visible Music College, Memphis College of Art and Rhodes College.

It helps students bring business ideas to fruition and is housed at the University of Memphis Crews Center for Entrepreneurship in partnership with The College Initiative.

MDN: Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis

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