Today LAUNCH: The University of California’s Startup Accelerator in partnership with the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program, announced its 2016 participants. Beginning in February, the 25 teams will work with a team of mentors and UC Berkeley faculty to bring their market-validated products to the next stage.
“Entrepreneurship is a team sport. This LAUNCH cohort reflects the diversity of thought and disciplines that make the UC entrepreneurial ecosystem so successful,” said Rhonda Shrader, the Director of the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program.
The 2016 teams, which span a diverse range of industries and target markets, include:
- InstaViser, a company founded by two Olympians, uses emerging technologies to connect mentors with learners anywhere, anytime
- uCella, a smart home product that automates parcel receiving/returning and manages all purchases for online shoppers
- Koniku, A hardware and wetware company building interfaces for electronics and biological neurons
LAUNCH is the University of California’s leading accelerator focused on transforming promising startups into scalable businesses. The program is focused on accelerating companies with the potential to solve our major challenges and unmet customer needs by preparing them for funding, incubation, or independent, sustainable growth.
LAUNCH has awarded more than $1 million dollars in its history and has played a role in launching fledgling ideas into major businesses, with two thirds of graduating LAUNCH businesses from the class of 2015 receiving funding within 8 months.
Notable alumni businesses and entrepreneurs are TubeMogul (Nasdaq: TUBE, $420 mm market cap), World of Good (acquired by eBay), Revolution Foods (~$100 mm in 2014 revenue), and Xendit (2015 class, received funding from Y Combinator).
Founded in 2013 by a team of Olympians, InstaViser was first created as a way to connect people who wanted to learn from professional athletes and world-class coaches. Today, InstaViser’s reach has expanded to one of enabling and empowering a new world of global mentorship and learning for people of all ages and walks of life. The one of its kind InstaViser platform combines the power of mentorship with technology to build effective advisory networks for professional organizations, universities, and learning institutions. We are in the business of changing lives, one connection at a time. For more information please visit: www.instaviser.com.