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Accelerate NH attracts largest group of startups

By MIKE COTE
New Hampshire Union Leader

February 14. 2018 11:50PM
Carla Vanderhoof, creative director, and her husband, Sumner, CEO of addapptation, take part in Accelerate NH'S Startup Shindig in Manchester last May. A dozen startups will begin this year's program in March. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER FILE)



PORTSMOUTH — Alpha Loft will work with 12 startups — its largest group yet — in the fourth round of Accelerate NH, a three-month program that helps founders develop their innovations, organizers announced Wednesday.

The upstart entrepreneurs will spend time working with mentors at Alpha Loft’s workspaces in Manchester and Portsmouth. They include companies working on robotics, data analytics, retail commerce, wearable technology and nutrition.

“It’s a really great group. I’m excited for the diversity of all the ideas and directions and all the different ways that Alpha Loft can help,” said Joshua Cyr, director of education and acceleration for Alpha Loft.

Alpha Loft worked with six startups for each of the program’s first two years, expanded to eight last year, and will grow it yet again by 50 percent this year.

“We went as big as we felt comfortable that we could have enough resources to accomplish all the help we want to provide,” Cyr said. “We really wanted to grow the tent and help as many startups as we could this year.”

The startups receive support, weekly programming, workspace, cloud computer storage credits and other services through Alpha Loft, which recently announced a strategic alliance with the New Hampshire High Tech Council. The program concludes with company presentations on May 31 at the Startup Shindig.

While most of the companies are based in southern New Hampshire, a few hail from the Lakes Region or the Seacoast. Some of them were unfamiliar even to Alpha Loft.

“That’s always part of the excitement for having an application process like this. It brings some of the more quiet startups out of the open to us,” Cyr said. “It’s always exciting to have these companies apply and be part of the program.”

This year’s group is sponsored by Alpha Loft founding partners Oracle+Dyn and the University of New Hampshire. Borealis Ventures is a contributing supporter. Space for the startups to work is provided by Alpha Loft and WBC Office Suites.

The Accelerate NH 2018 startups are:

• Cyborg Inc. (thecyborglab.com) — The Concord company develops technology for the analysis and enhancement of human movement. User can track their progress on any route and instantly evolve with performance-enhancing wearables.

• HealthyKart: (healthykart.net) — The Weare company is developing a nutritional dietary analysis platform that connects households with the food they’re eating to ensure a nutritious well-balanced diet.

• LIM Software (limsoftware.net) — LIM Software, of Tuftonboro, provides clients with expert systems designed to eliminate 90 percent of the “build tax” incurred in software development.

• Palatine (about.palatine.tech) — This Portsmouth company aims “democratize” data analysis with Project Plato, a software-as-a-service platform that allows users to query arbitrary datasets with natural language.

• QuadraSquare (quadrasquare.com) — QuadraSquare, based in Derry, is focused on finding a cure for breast cancer. The company says its early detection technology would drastically improve chances of survival.

• SkinGreat LLC (thestretchpatch.com) — The Laconia’s company’s transdermal delivery system treats scars and stretch marks.

• TankClarity (tankclarity.com — This Bedford company aims to optimize heating fuel service offerings and create savings for consumers.

• Tech Product Strategy LLC (journal24x7.com) — This Nashua-based company has developed Journal 24x7, a mobile application built with the intention of making the journaling experience easier and more accessible.

• Thrvly (thrvly.com) — The marketplace platform developed by this Portsmouth company gives health instructors and other influencers ecommerce and publishing tools to create a business and earn money from content, social following and products.

• UpStart Commerce (upstartcommerce.com) — This Manchester company is building a platform its says redefines retail commerce and how enterprise retailers interact with consumers.

• Vybe Software (vybesoftware.com) — This Nashua company provides K-12 institutions with customizable, easy to integrate, hands-on curriculum content centered around DevKit, an iOS application that enables students, campers, and average users to create their own mobile apps and games from their iPad or iPhone.

• Waypoint Robotics (waypointrobotics.com) — Waypoint Robotics of Merrimack designs and manufactures autonomous mobile industrial robots.


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