2018 Agenda

Company Profile

Description

2ndKitchen enables businesses without a kitchen to serve food seamlessly using restaurants around them. We help businesses create a custom menu from neighboring restaurants and install integrated kiosks for easy ordering. Because of short distances and order bundling, food is delivered to customers' seats hot and fast. It’s a win-win-win where businesses add food to their menu, customers enjoy great food delivered to their seat, and restaurants serve additional dining rooms in their neighborhood. 2ndKitchen has begun deploying with bars and breweries in Chicago, and in the future, will expand across geographies and verticals such as hotels (room service), co-working, offices, and more.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
20
Growth Rate
64% MoM revenue growth.
Total Capital Raised
Ask us

Key Contact Information

Name
Nick Anastasiades
Title
CEO
Email
nick@2ndkitchen.com

Links

Website
https://2ndkitchen.com/
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Company Profile

Description

We're a startup with a vision to equalize opportunity and re-build the professional graph, by helping our users build better professional relationships.

Our platform combines communications data with algorithms and best practices, enabling our customers to get the most out of their company's professional networks. Starting in VC, PE, and commercial real estate, our customers use us to drive deal flow, perform due diligence, and connect their companies to customers, talent, and additional capital.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Maybe
Current Number of Users/Customers
35
Growth Rate
40%+ MoM revenue growth in 2018.
Total Capital Raised
~$1,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Ablorde Ashigbi
Title
CEO
Email
ablorde@4degrees.ai

Links

Website
https://4degrees.ai/
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Company Profile

Description

75F's smart HVAC solution makes commercial buildings more comfortable and energy efficient. Using the Internet of Things, 75F harnesses the power of the cloud and packs it into smart control devices to make people more comfortable and productive.

Our self-optimizing system does all the work while you enjoy comfort and savings.

Location
Burnsville, MN

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
500
Growth Rate
200% revenue growth YTD (Aug). Expecting 350% by year end.
Total Capital Raised
$7,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Deepinder Singh
Title
CEO
Email
dsingh@75f.io

Links

Website
https://www.75f.io/
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Company Profile

Description

7QUBES (7QUBES.com) uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), also known as blockchain technology, to improve financial platform speed, data integrity, reduction of redundancy and revenue enhancement. Using innovative technology to remove and reduce tech debts, resource overload tasks, and improve the bottom line for businesses. Driven by cost consciousness, our goal is to enhance user satisfaction through Artificial Intelligence. The 7QUBES mission is to build an AI ecosystem to empower life.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
2
Growth Rate
Platform fully developed and implemented. Patent Application Completed. 200% User Growth Rate in past year.
Total Capital Raised
$350,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Chase Yeung
Title
CEO
Email
chase@7qubes.com

Links

Website
https://www.7qubes.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Abode redefines residential real estate with an all-inclusive home buying experience. Leaving one-dimensional real estate search engines behind, we simplify the home buying headache by packaging all services in one user-friendly location and guiding consumers through the step-by-step process with ease. Abode uses analytics to match buyers with top real estate professionals, such as Realtors and lenders while offering data-driven insights on local housing markets. We also provide client management tools for professionals, making it easier for them to collaborate on transaction details all in one place. Abode is free for consumers and we receive a portion of the broker’s commission on each transaction in addition to other fees.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
1,000
Growth Rate
30% M-O-M growth rate.
Total Capital Raised
$600,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Kyle Stoner
Title
CEO
Email
Kyle@abodehq.com

Links

Website
https://www.abodehq.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Advocatia’s SaaS platform and account management services help hospitals better identify, assist, and manage eligibility for Medicaid and related government programs for the un- and underinsured. Advocatia automates the screening and application process for uninsured patients. Hospitals rely on Advocatia’s products to increase reimbursement, decrease bad debt, improve community health outcomes, and automate enrollment and auditing processes.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
179
Growth Rate
Over 300% annualized growth.
Total Capital Raised
$90,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Laura Robbins
Title
Co-Founder and COO
Email
lrobbins@advocatia.io

Links

Website
https://www.advocatia.io/
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Company Profile

Description

Aiwa is a Chicago-based consumer audio company dedicated to the passionate pursuit of bringing people together around music. We produce category-leading devices by following the simple formula of delivering "twice the hardware" of their competitors and providing world-class customer service.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
19,000
Growth Rate
Achieved 197% growth over the last three years and forecasted to grow 117% through 2020.

Key Contact Information

Name
Julie Champlin
Title
Director of Finance & Operations
Email
julie@aiwa.co

Links

Website
https://aiwa.co/
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Company Profile

Description

Aker creates technology that automates the process of collecting pest, and crop damage INSIDE the canopy of crops during the growing season. Aker provides geo-referenced real observed data and crop diagnostics, not inferred or approximated by current crop models. Companies like Bayer, BASF, Winfield/UNITED, Wilbur Ellis and others rely on Aker's platform across the country. Aker awards include: 2017 Clean Energy Trust, 2018 THRIVE Agritech, 2018 RED HERRING Top 100 North America Startup and 2018 SREDA HARVEST Ag Innovation.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Maybe
Current Number of Users/Customers
1,400
Growth Rate
100% Year over year revenue growth rate from world top Ag brands.
Total Capital Raised
$2,300,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Orlando Saez
Title
Co-Founder & CEO
Email
osaez@aker.ag

Links

Website
https://aker.ag/
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Company Profile

Description

aLoo is a consumer products company that specializes in developing products to alleviate the stresses of early parenthood. The company’s first product, the aLoo valve, is an attachment to infant bottles to prevent backwash and related bacteria from contaminating the bottle of milk.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
200
Growth Rate
We launched in March 2018 (began fulfilling orders). Since March we have achieved 20% MoM growth.
Total Capital Raised
$0 - we are self funded. Raised $21K on Kickstarter, $5K - mHub Venture competition.

Key Contact Information

Name
Kapil Kalokhe
Title
Co-Founder
Email
kapil@myaLoo.com

Links

Website
https://myaloo.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Amber Agriculture is on the frontline of internet of things technology development in agriculture. Leveraging the latest in analytics and automation-- Amber’s new, industry-first wireless sensors power practical decision-making tools for farmers. The team’s flagship offering aims to help farmers manage and protect grain assets. Amber’s IoT enables them to deliver the highest quality grain at peak moments so they can capture high market prices.

Amber was launched at the University of Illinois, accelerated @ Hax (China) + Alchemist (Silicon Valley), and is now headquartered and building in Chicago. The company’s cofounders have a farm + fitbit background, and were named Best Startup at the world’s largest tech show, CES in Las Vegas in 2017.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
25
Growth Rate
Contract Revenue through 2018.
Total Capital Raised
$1,400,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Lucas Frye
Title
CEO
Email
lucas@amber.ag

Links

Website
https://www.amber.ag/
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Company Profile

Description

AMO allows healthcare trainees to discover, apply, and attend.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
60,000
Growth Rate
2.5x year-over-year monthly revenue, 5x year-over-year monthly student applications, 5 to 19 employees in last 6 months. 250% revenue growth YTD.
Total Capital Raised
$1,100,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Kyle Swinsky
Title
CEO
Email
Kyle@amopportunities.org

Links

Website
https://www.amopportunities.org/
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Company Profile

Description

Founded by Regulatory and Technology professionals, Ascent is a regtech firm working to help customers reduce the complexities and costs in complying with regulations. Ascent automatically identifies and monitors the specific regulatory obligations that apply to a customer’s business. Its IntaaS (Intelligence-as-a-Service) platform uses domain-specific AI and automation processes to convert the rules and documents of a regulatory body into units of intelligence that are distributed to customers online. This approach helps companies save time and money and reduce risk. Learn more at www.ascentregtech.com.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Maybe
Growth Rate
Upon Query

Key Contact Information

Name
Brian T. Clark
Title
CEO
Email
Brian@ascentregtech.com

Links

Website
https://www.ascentregtech.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Ash & Erie is the premier menswear brand for men 5'8" and below. We launched our online store in 2015 with our Everyday Shirt, a casual button down, and we have no sold more than $1.2 million of clothes to thousands of customers around the country and the world. We were even featured on Shark Tank last October and walked away with a deal with Mark Cuban!

Location
Detroit, MI

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
6,000
Growth Rate
4x growth in 2018 compared to the same times last year.
Total Capital Raised
$427,500

Key Contact Information

Name
Steven Mazur
Title
Co-Founder & CEO
Email
steven@ashanderie.com

Links

Website
https://ashanderie.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Atomation is a business to business company solution with a unique IoT platform and software propriety and process for connecting industrial and utilities in field devices to bring and gather data for predictive maintenance and to improve our customer's bottom line.

Location
St. Louis, MO

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
22
Growth Rate
We have started sales in 2018 and will end 2018 with $500K and expecting to get 25K in MRR by Q1 2019 and to end with 100K dollars in Q4 2019.
Total Capital Raised
$6,500,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Guy Weitzman
Title
CEO
Email
Guy@atomation.net

Links

Website
http://atomation.net/
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Company Profile

Description

Attest is a digital identity platform. The Attest Network takes a “full stack” ecosystem approach as it is engineered exclusively to solve the infrastructure needs of digital identity networks. Attest will attain a critical mass of network adoption by leveraging government partnerships as distribution channels, onboarding a critical mass of users, and consequently unlocking high-value secondary (commercial) markets.
 
The Attest Network has been thoroughly vetted as it was designed specifically to meet government security and privacy standards and was developed/ funded through a U.S. Department of Homeland Security identity innovation research grant.
 
Attest was co-founded by President Jennifer O'Rourke, the former Illinois Blockchain Business Liaison & Deputy Director of Entrepreneurship Technology and Innovation at the State of Illinois who previously managed International Business Development for CME Group and by CEO Cab Morris, the former Chief Architect and Strategy Lead for Illinois Blockchain Initiative & Deputy Director of Digital Strategy and Operations for the State of Illinois.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
2
Growth Rate
Attest is currently pre-revenue.
Total Capital Raised
Attest is currently raising it's seed investment round.

Key Contact Information

Name
Jennifer O'Rourke
Title
Co-Founder & President
Email
jennifer@attest.network

Links

Website
http://www.attest.network/
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Company Profile

Description

Bhakti is a mission-driven, natural tea company. Bhakti means devotion in Sanskrit; the company is devoted to being bold in its products, business practices and in giving back. The company’s award-winning artisanal beverages have propelled Bhakti to be the top selling RTD chai in natural retailers across the country and chai concentrate in cafes. Bhakti is a certified B Corp, uses organic, fair trade and non-GMO ingredients. Bhakti products are available in Whole Foods Markets, independent natural retailers & cafes nationwide, and at Costco, King Soopers, Safeway & Target regionally.

Location
Boulder, CO

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
2,500
Growth Rate
24% velocity growth in the natural channel (12 wks ending 7-15-18).
Total Capital Raised
$11,500,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Sarah W. Bird
Title
CEO
Email
sarah@bhaktichai.com

Links

Website
https://drinkbhakti.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Brideside is a concierge shopping experience that makes bridal party planning a piece of cake. Our dedicated style consultants work closely with brides and bridesmaids to curate their vision from our collection of leading designers. Brideside's showrooms, digital tools and try at home program make it easy for bridal parties to coordinate, no matter where they live.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
145,000
Growth Rate
Averaged 110% revenue growth over the past two years.
Total Capital Raised
$7,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Nicole Staple
Title
CEO/Co-Founder
Email
nicole@brideside.com

Links

Website
https://brideside.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Briteseed is a Chicago-based startup developing a new generation of surgical instrumentation that integrate safety sensors and leverage artificial intelligence. Our Smart Surgical System provides real-time visualization of anatomical landmarks and vital structures to enhance surgeon confidence during complex procedures. The company was founded in 2012 and currently has 5 full-time and 4 part-time employees. Briteseed has raised over $5.8M in financing through equity and non-dilutive grants.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
0
Growth Rate
0
Total Capital Raised
$5,800,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Jonathan Gunn
Title
CEO
Email
j.w.gunn@briteseed.com

Links

Website
http://briteseed.com/
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Company Profile

Description

BTRFY (pron. “better-fy”) is an early-stage food start-up launched in 2018 reimagining delicious & nutritious snacks using next-generation fermentation technology and underutilized food & beverage byproduct. The first product to market is the MycoCrisp made with a proprietary platform growing mycelium (root-like-structure of mushrooms) on wastewater from the beer brewing process. The mycelium is highly nutritious with >50% pure vegan protein, good fiber, and low net carbs. Production is extremely efficient and sustainable - requiring less resources compared to other protein (plant or animal) sources and operationally turnkey. BTRFY’s vision is to just do better - better for the consumer, the environment and for business.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
0
Growth Rate
Pre-Revenue; we've gone from tech to safe, delicious consumer end product in 3 months.
Total Capital Raised
$0 investments. $1,300,000 in R&D grants.

Key Contact Information

Name
Kati Karottki
Title
Co-Founder & CMO
Email
Kati@btrfy.com

Links

Website
https://btrfy.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Cameo is a marketplace where fans can book personalized video messages from their favorite people.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
40,000
Growth Rate
2354% revenue growth YTD, 60.9% revenue growth MoM, 1175% increase in Cameos completed YTD.
Total Capital Raised
$3,250,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Steven Galanis
Title
Founder & CEO
Email
steven@bookcameo.com

Links

Website
https://www.cameo.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Cartana is a SaaS startup. Advances in technologies are making it increasingly difficult for SMB to compete efficiently and affordably. We are developing a digital technology platform that is compounded by many of the advanced technologies and innovations made available from last 20 years to solve many of the problems the SMB operators have at low cost. Cartana was founded by Dr. John Wen, 4x entrepreneur, and a team of domain experts from software and hardware. Initial market is restaurant.

Location
Cincinnati, OH

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
100
Growth Rate
10 restaurants signup per month per sales person. We achieved 30% monthly growth for 6 months from Oct 2017 - Mar 2018. For Digital Assistant Device, 15 customers acquisition per day per restaurant.
Total Capital Raised
$1,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
John Wen
Title
CEO
Email
john.wen@cartana.net

Links

Website
https://www.cartana.net/
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Company Profile

Description

Parent company for Mystery Tackle Box (largest monthly tackle subscription) and Karl's Bait & Tackle, D2C focused fishing ecom platform.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
100,000
Growth Rate
90% CAGR over past 6 years. 45% YOY most recent year.
Total Capital Raised
$6,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Ross Gordon
Title
CEO
Email
ross@catchco.com

Links

Website
https://catchco.com/
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Company Profile

Description

ChangEd is a mobile app that rounds up spare change from everyday credit/debit card purchases and sends savings to a member's linked student loan as additional payments. Borrowers and family can link their main spending cards, add student loan details and track their progress from their dashboard. Member's savings are stored in a personal FDIC-insured ChangEd account and payments are automated regularly to help them save repayment time and interest costs.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
10,000
Growth Rate
84% MOM growth Rate in payments.
Total Capital Raised
$300,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Nick Sky
Title
CEO
Email
nick@changedapps.com

Links

Website
https://www.gochanged.com/
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Company Profile

Description

ChoreRelief is an on-demand marketplace for household services like cleaning, handiwork or landscaping. The mobile apps connect consumers with local service providers while allowing them to name their budget and save time, making it affordable for almost anyone to hire help. ChoreRelief also empowers service workers by supporting them with technology, education and resources to succeed as an independent gig worker or small business. ChoreRelief has developed mobile apps and a business dashboard management tool that act as a virtual assistant helping build and grow a business.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
11,000
Growth Rate
Our user acquisition growth is 20% month over month. Our revenue is growing slowly but we need capital to market and spread awareness.
Total Capital Raised
$250,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Tarik Khribech
Title
CEO
Email
info@chorerelief.com
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Company Profile

Description

Clearcover is the smarter car insurance choice by providing high-quality car insurance at affordable prices. Their industry-first API platform connects them with consumers directly in the moment that car insurance matters - like when they're shopping for a car, researching insurance prices or managing their finances. This approach minimizes operational and marketing spend that Clearcover passes along to their customers in the form of cost savings. Clearcover also gives people a great customer experience with its intuitive quote process, digital-first resources and dedicated team of Customer Advocates.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
4,765
Growth Rate
We've achieve premium run rate of $17M after just 6 months of operations in one state, we've launched 10 partners in 6 months and in the last year, our employee headcount has more than doubled.
Total Capital Raised
$11,500,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Alice Patel
Title
Director of Communications
Email
alice@clearcover.com

Links

Website
https://clearcover.com/
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Company Profile

Description

ClostraBio’s mission is to end the burden and anxiety of living with food allergies. We create new medicines to prevent and treat life-threatening allergic reactions to food starting with peanut allergy. Spun out of the University of Chicago in 2016, the company is advancing a drug delivery platform licensed from the University of Chicago. ClostraBio is led by an experienced team of entrepreneurs and world-leading experts in food allergy, immunology, and drug development.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
0
Growth Rate
Idea stage to funded biotech with proof of concept in 2 years. Raised $3.5M and grew team 2X.
Total Capital Raised
$3,500,000

Key Contact Information

Name
John W Colson
Title
Director of Operations
Email
john.w.colson@clostrabio.com

Links

Website
http://clostrabio.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Coder is a decentralized platform providing an end-to-end solution to help business owners and investors build, grow, and scale new technology ventures.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
5
Growth Rate
ACV has increased 10x since inception. Preparing for global expansion catalyzed by the CDR token sale.
Total Capital Raised
$500,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Brian Shields
Title
CoFounder
Email
brian@builtbycoder.com

Links

Website
https://builtbycoder.com/
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Company Profile

Description

A P2P decentralized exchange and a dynamic, non-linear blockchain educational platform with simulator.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
4
Growth Rate
Launching in Q3 2018.
Total Capital Raised
Self funded

Key Contact Information

Name
Yuri Zamostin
Title
CEO
Email
yzamostin@initioventures.com

Links

Website
https://coinifide.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Cubii's vision is to promote happiness and well being through connected, accessible health products.

Cubii offers a compact seated elliptical trainer that offers low impact cardio exercise. Applications include helping people with desk jobs stay active, helping people with limited mobility and spinal stenosis as well as patients going through physical therapy. The companion Cubii app tracks exercise and creates motivation.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
100,000
Growth Rate
400% revenue growth YOY. On track to hit $10M in revenue in 2018.
Total Capital Raised
$1,500,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Arnav Dalmia
Title
CEO
Email
arnav@mycubii.com

Links

Website
https://mycubii.com/
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Company Profile

Description

DigitalMint is one of the fastest scaling on-demand cryptocurrency point of sale exchanges in the United States, enabling financial service centers, convenience stores, grocery chains, gas stations, and other retail locations to sell cryptocurrency for cash through multiple point of sale applications. DigitalMint’s proprietary Compliance CRM has set the standard for FinCEN Registered cryptocurrency Money Services Businesses to operate in good standing with banking compliance. DigitalMint's solutions power cryptocurrency transactions at hundreds of brick-and-mortar locations across the country.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
75,000
Growth Rate
70% Revenue Growth, 80% annual increase in locations.
Total Capital Raised
$750,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Jonathan Solomon
Title
CEO
Email
jonathan@digitalmint.io

Links

Website
https://www.digitalmint.io/
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Company Profile

Description

Estify is a document management SaaS and tech enabled BPO in the InsurTech space. Our B2B technology solution enables customers to digitize and convert documents associated with an insurance claim, into native or proprietary formats. We also integrate and automate the processing of invoices and bill review documents.

Location
Minneapolis, MN

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
7,000
Growth Rate
Just reached inflection point of 10% month-over-month growth. Contracted with several top 20 insurance carriers and enterprise clients.
Total Capital Raised
$12,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Toan Nguyen
Title
CEO
Email
toan@estify.com

Links

Website
http://estify.com/
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Company Profile

Description

We make hardware and software to optimize data centers.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
2
Growth Rate
100% user growth over the past 2 years (divide by 0?).
Total Capital Raised
$2,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Mike Lingle
Title
CEO
Email
mike@etavision.com

Links

Website
http://etavision.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Founded in 2013, Farmer’s Fridge is a network of 150+ automated smart Fridges stocked with wholesome, chef-curated salads, sandwiches, bowls, snacks and more in just 14-square feet. We aim to remove the roadblocks to eating well on the go, making convenience and customer satisfaction a top priority. Meals are handcrafted in our kitchen, then delivered fresh to Fridges across Chicagoland and Milwaukee.

Farmer’s Fridge is passionate about making wholesome, delicious food simply accessible, so people can live a little happier.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
100,000
Growth Rate
$10MM RR
Total Capital Raised
Series A and Series B capital from Institutional Investors.

Key Contact Information

Name
Sean Daley
Title
Head of Business Development
Email
sdaley@farmersfridge.com

Links

Website
https://www.farmersfridge.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Launched in May 2017 by GrubHub founder Mike Evans and a core group of ex-GrubHub alums, Fixer has quickly grown to be the Chicago market leader in providing premier quality, on demand handyman services. Customers book a skilled, experienced Fixer for any kind of home maintenance issue - confirming the hourly rate, estimate, and date + time on mobile in seconds. The Fixer team jumps to action, handling a variety of tasks big or small, often in just one visit.

Beyond the customer experience, Fixer has a defining mission: We Fix Things. We Build People. “We purposefully chartered as a public benefit corporation to increase the number of sustainable career paths for men and women in home repair trades.” Continues Evans, “It’s not enough to just provide a great service or disrupt a traditional industry with technology. We are leaning into a larger societal problem in that we need create skilled people to perform these jobs and we are uniquely positioned to do it.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
No
Current Number of Users/Customers
3,000
Growth Rate
Fixer has been in business for 14 months and new users have grown 45%+ QoQ for the last 5 quarters.
Total Capital Raised
$5,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Susanne E Dawursk
Title
VP Marketing|Founding Team
Email
susanne@fixer.com

Links

Website
https://fixer.com/
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Company Profile

Description

SaaS platform that powers vehicle service plan transactions on behalf of major financial institutions, insurers and automotive dealerships. Through our distribution network, we protect consumers from the hassle and unnecessary expense of repairing vehicles that result from mechanical breakdowns.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
7,500
Growth Rate
2017 to 2018 revenue growth = 275% - 300%.
Total Capital Raised
$19,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Mark Hodes
Title
Founder and CEO
Email
mark@forevercar.com

Links

Website
https://www.forevercar.com/
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Company Profile

Description

FreightFriend is marketplace for shippers, brokers and carriers to post shipment and capacity data in a centralized, closed exchange. This enables parties to automate processes while saving time and money with the people they already know and trust through a private and secure environment.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
15
Growth Rate
100% revenue growth YoY.
Total Capital Raised
Self funded

Key Contact Information

Name
Noam Frankel
Title
Founder & CEO
Email
noam@freightfriend.com

Links

Website
http://freightfriend.com/
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Company Profile

Description

We are an automated KYC/AML tool that provides bank-like compliance within a smart contract to insure that initial purchases and follow on transaction are compliant at the highest level.

Location
Washington, DC

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
4
Growth Rate
100% growth in the last 12 months.
Total Capital Raised
$2,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Bob Taylor
Title
Corporate Development
Email
btaylor@grada.io

Links

Website
http://grada.io/
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Company Profile

Description

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Chicago, Goby’s powerful, cloud-based, enterprise data management platform provides AP and ESG solutions that reshape business strategies, boost operational efficiencies, and optimize financial performance for over 140 clients and users in 51 countries.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
140
Growth Rate
By 2021 Goby projects to reach organic growth which would represent a six-year CAGR from 2015 - 2021 of approximately 23%.
Total Capital Raised
$5,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Danna Hileli
Title
Director of Marketing
Email
dhileli@gobyinc.com

Links

Website
http://www.gobyinc.com/
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Company Profile

Description

HAAS Alert alerts motorists when public safety and other rapid response fleet vehicles are nearby. The company uses existing cellular networks to send low latency messages to connected vehicles, navigation apps, and to the future of autonomous vehicles. HAAS Alert already comes standard on multiple OEM manufacturers and is quickly becoming a standard ADAS offering with the public safety space.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
60
Growth Rate
30% MoM growth, 80% growth in users in last 6 months, signed new deals with fleet OEMs to come standard without a customer having to ask for it.
Total Capital Raised
$2,200,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Cory Hohs
Title
CEO
Email
cory@haasalert.com

Links

Website
https://www.haasalert.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Holberg Financial is a B2B SaaS benefit that companies provide to their employees to help them reduce their financial stress and to reach their financial goals and dreams. We just closed a $1M round led by West Loop Ventures and we have investors like Howard Tullman (G2T3V) and Maggie Johnson (Google, Vice President). We are going to help build the financial education and health of hundreds of millions of Americans. We reduce financial stress of employees by 64%, on average, saving companies $3,200 per employee per year.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
9
Growth Rate
We have doubled our user base since the beginning of the year and have gone from $15,000 ARR in 2017 to $150,000 ARR in 2018. This was PRIOR to our $1M round that closed yesterday (https://www.americaninno.com/chicago/funding-chicago/a-chicago-fintech-startup-raised-1m-to-offer-financial-wellness-benefits/).
Total Capital Raised
$1,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Joseph Holberg
Title
Founder & CEO
Email
joe@holbergfinancial.com

Links

Website
https://holbergfinancial.com/
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Company Profile

Description

With a candidate pool of over two million, Hunt Club is a disruptive force that is changing the way companies recruit talent. The model leverages light machine learning applied against the referral networks of the world’s most well-connected business leaders to help companies find the best passive talent for every open position. Hunt Club has partnered with more than 150 companies, including Pinterest, Verizon, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dollar Shave Club, and more.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
200
Growth Rate
Hunt Club is on pace to grow its revenue by 300% percent in 2018.
Total Capital Raised
$1,800,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Nick Cromydas
Title
CEO & Co-Founder
Email
nick@huntclub.com

Links

Website
https://huntclub.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Hurry Home is breaking the cycle of poverty by enabling renter households to begin building wealth through homeownership. There are 8 million renters across the United States that want to own but cannot because the banks won't give them a mortgage. The fixed processing costs for a $50K loan and a $500K loan are the same, but the profit is a tenth as much. Yet, these same renters who can't get a mortgage are coming up with rent every month for similarly priced homes. So Hurry Home has developed an innovative homeownership model that pairs pooled investors with future homeowners in a modified rent-to-own structure - making homeownership more accessible and producing monthly cash flow for investors.

Location
South Bend, IN

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
120
Growth Rate
We are closing our first deals/houses with more in the pipeline.
Total Capital Raised
$150,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Jada Mclean
Title
CEO/Co-Founder
Email
jada@hurryhome.io

Links

Website
https://www.hurryhome.io/
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Company Profile

Description

We partner with companies to develop their employees through experiences that build a better world. We lead experiences in Chicago and around the world that combine leadership themes, community engagement and team connection to help build a thriving culture. These experiences elevate purpose and promote inclusion and ultimately increase retention and productivity - all while making the world a better place.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
12
Growth Rate
As we've proved out the model and executed 10 experiences in the last year, we've seen steady increase in quarter over quarter revenue, but most growth is in future (and paid) bookings for upcoming experiences. Opportunity for monthly revenue gains from e-learning platform to supplement the experiences.
Total Capital Raised
$300,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Ryan Jeffery
Title
Founder & Co-CEO
Email
ryan@experienceignite.com

Links

Website
https://www.experienceignite.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Our company fills the existing gap between walking, biking, and public transit through affordable and accessible electric vehicle (EV) ride-sharing with a specific emphasis on pilot programs around the country. Innova EV promotes alternative-transportation options, economic/workforce development, and behavior change by addressing the challenge of “first and last mile” transportation.

In the fall of 2018, Innova EV plans to deploy semi-automated DASH vehicles servicing senior and veteran facilities as well as university students to promote zero-emission, on-demand transportation to address “first and last mile” needs.
Innova EV is developing a net-zero, low-speed fleet of shared, automated, urban electric vehicles within a Smart City/Campus environment, eventually expanding to other underserved communities around North America.

Innova EV is currently running a senior mobility pilot in Chicago where the Dash service provides seniors $3 roundtrip zero-emission rides to hospital appointments, healthy food options, Walgreens, and other local destinations within a three-mile geofence.

The pilot is located in an area that is a food and transit desert were the customers are challenged with affordable access to healthly food options and hospitals. Innova EV has provided affordable access to the seniors in the City of Chicago by providing a better quality of life.

Customer Testimonial:
“I love the DASH service! I have been using it continuously to go to the University of Chicago, to go to the pharmacy, to the store. To go to local places that I would normally take the bus because I don’t have a car.”
– Mildred Grace, resident.

Location
Burr Ridge, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
20
Growth Rate
"More than $2.5 million. Projected Growth rate is more than 250 percent year over year. By offering an affordable EV ride-sharing solution, the primary impact will be the reduction of single-use trips and traditional automobile usage and increased access to local businesses, thereby reducing vehicle greenhouse gas emissions.
Total Capital Raised
$1,500,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Michael Daley
Title
VP Governmental & University Affairs
Email
michael.daley@innovauev.com

Links

Website
http://www.innovaevcarshare.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Jiobit is the first of its kind self-learning location tracking platform, enabling the longest lasting and smallest real-time location products with best-in-class security. The company has won an Editor's Choice distinction with PCMag and has been recently featured on CNBC, Buzzfeed, Techcrunch, and USA Today to name a few.

Their first consumer product instantiation is a thoughtfully engineered smart tag featuring a breakthrough, patented technology called Progressive Beaconing. The team has combined this new technology with deep consumer insights and a passion for design, to track your most precious assets.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
4,400
Growth Rate
37.5% MoM revenue growth.
Total Capital Raised
$6,900,000

Key Contact Information

Name
John Renaldi
Title
CEO
Email
john@jiobit.com

Links

Website
https://www.jiobit.com/
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Company Profile

Description

The iLikeMath Solution

The iLikeMath software provides a resource-efficient solution that inspires learning and can be tailored to the very different needs of students. It is an adaptive learning math software tool that provides the support and scaffolded instruction needed to raise the achievement of students performing below grade level, while also challenging high-performing students.

Developed at technology think-tank 1871, Chicago the software uses a state-of-the-art Microsoft “Azure” Cloud based application platform, which enables computers to become interactive teaching devices that cater to the unique needs of each learner. The program makes practicing and learning math skills fun, while building students’ familiarity with problems they will encounter on state exams.

(In addition, iLikeMath enables teachers to create assessment exams, from beginner to advanced metrics, and dashboard technology provides real-time data and administrative reporting tools).

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
21,000
Growth Rate
100% Growth rate. 3400% user growth rate.
Total Capital Raised
$16,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Kenya Brooks - Jones
Title
President
Email
kbj@j-softech.com

Links

Website
http://www.jonessoftwarecorp.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Kai empowers human coaches to scale like never before. Powered by augmented intelligence (humans and machines working together), our technology enables a coach who formerly could only serve 10s of clients to now effectively serve 100s. For the coach or coaching organization, this means access to a market they previously could not serve; for the consumer, it means access to coaching regardless of income level or life situation.

Location
Norwood, OH

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
55
Growth Rate
Recent pivot from B2C to B2B (no deals signed yet, but two close).
Total Capital Raised
$245,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Jonathan P Smith
Title
Founder & CEO
Email
j@kai.coach

Links

Website
https://kai.coach/
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Company Profile

Description

Kaizen Health has a web-based platform which connects diverse fleets (rideshare/taxis, wheelchair accessible vehicles, vehicles w/car seats, medivan and non-emergency ambulances) to arrange medical transportation for patients in need. We also facilitate courier services to deliver pharmaceuticals, equipment and other supplies intra-hospital system or directly to the patient. Our platform allows for rides to be set up for a patient in minutes instead of days to get them to appointments or to send them home post discharge. Kaizen Health's platform allows for real-time communication & visibility for the patients, healthcare providers, health insurance companies & transportation providers. We primarily work with healthcare providers, payors, pharma (clinical trials), in-home healthcare and senior living.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
20
Growth Rate
1.150% growth year over year growth in patient rides given.
Total Capital Raised
$3,800,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Mindi Knebel
Title
CEO
Email
mindi@kaizenhealth.org

Links

Website
http://kaizenhealth.org/
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Company Profile

Description

Kidizen is the nation's largest P2P marketplace for buying and selling resale children's clothing and goods. We're also the defacto partner for children's clothing and shoe brands to help them tap into their resale communities & close the loop on the retail + resale cycle.

Location
Minneapolis, MN

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
500,000
Growth Rate
50% revenue growth and accelerating.
Total Capital Raised
$5,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Dug Nichols
Title
CEO & Cofounder
Email
dug@kidizen.com

Links

Website
https://kidizen.com/
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Company Profile

Description

We build a search engine for market research data that enables Fortune 500 companies to quickly uncover actionable insights from their mountains of data.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
10,000
Growth Rate
100% revenue growth YOY.
Total Capital Raised
$5,500,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Nick Hess
Title
VP of Finance and Operations
Email
Nick@knowledgehound.com

Links

Website
https://www.knowledgehound.com/
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Company Profile

Description

LifeFoundry enables microorganisms, as cell factories, to produce value-added chemicals from low-cost renewable feedstocks like corn and sugar cane. To create desired traits in these industrial microorganisms, we leverage our fully-automated robotic platform and proprietary machine learning algorithm to explore the vast number of genomic configurations. LifeFoundry is currently running a platform as a service business model, working with Fortune 500 companies to expedite R&D and optimize existing bioproduction processes.

Location
Champaign, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
2
Growth Rate
In the first year of operation, we mainly focused recruiting talent, engaging the most influential customers, and development of the 2nd generation biofoundry platform. We have grown the team from 3 to 17, accomplished contracts for 2 Fortune-500 companies, and built the world’s most advanced robotic system for synthetic biology.
Total Capital Raised
$2,220,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Ran Chao
Title
Co-founder & CEO
Email
ran@life-foundry.com

Links

Website
http://www.life-foundry.com/
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Company Profile

Description

LifeWorking Enterprise, LLC brings the Urban-centric "new-way-to-workplace" concept and vibe to the suburbs for both the millennial workforce AND the quickly growing contingent workforce.

Specifically, we are the CORPORATE workplace for remote office workers and creative meeting space for ideation teams that expect a professional, productive, cyber-secure environment AND we are the COMMUNITY workplace choice for suburban freelancers, solopreneurs and small businesses looking to focus, expand their network and grow their business.

LifeWorking Coworking Lake Forest launched in October 2016 and its success has drawn the attention of “urbanizing” suburban Chicagoland Villages/Cities that want to add a vibrant flexible-workplace solution to their new TOD developments and revitalized downtowns. We are actively pursuing expansion in several of these markets.

LifeWorking Enterprise, LLC was founded by CEO Steven Whittington, a Veteran of the United States Army and Ohio National Guard and a 20+ year veteran of Procter and Gamble. Steve has worked from offices, home, hammocks and coffee shops all over the world and believes that a healthy work-life balance can best be achieved in environments that promote personal productivity and locations that allow you to quickly pivot between work and life – whether you are job working, networking or life working.

Location
Lake Bluff, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
120
Growth Rate
On track for ~100% Revenue growth in 2018 as compared to 2017.
Total Capital Raised
Lake Forest location 100% self-funded. Convertible round currently open for next phase expansion.

Key Contact Information

Name
Steven Whittington
Title
Founder and CEO
Email
steven.whittington@mylifeworking.com

Links

Website
https://www.mylifeworking.com/
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Company Profile

Description

LogicGate's is a software-as-a-service platform built with ease of use in mind for the business process owner - enabling businesses to quickly operationalize and automate their complex and manual risk and compliance programs by using pre-built process templates for things like enterprise risk management, controls testing, and third-party risk assessments. The platform can be configured with a simple drag-and-drop interface, without a single line of code, achieving very quick implementation times and eliminating the large services costs that come with legacy GRC platforms.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
No
Current Number of Users/Customers
50
Growth Rate
580% Year over Year Growth.
Total Capital Raised
$9.4 Million

Key Contact Information

Name
Matt Kunkel
Title
CEO
Email
Matt.Kunkel@LogicGate.com

Links

Website
https://www.logicgate.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Luxury Garage Sale (LGS) is a true omni-channel retailer specializing in luxury designer consignment. We operate an e-commerce platform, sell through various online marketplaces and operate B&M permanent and pop-up stores throughout the country.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
25,000
Growth Rate
We have shifted focus in 2018 to LGS owned channels and away from online marketplaces (like eBay). LGS owned platform is growing 40% to last year. Total business is growing 8%.
Total Capital Raised
$11,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Trish Lukasik
Title
CEO
Email
trish@luxurygaragesale.com

Links

Website
https://luxurygaragesale.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Megalytics enables institutional real estate owners and operators to rapidly uncover risk, improve due diligence and make better decisions by providing real time access to the most relevant and precise data sets available. Clients engage us, along the asset management life-cycle, from development to acquisition to asset management to disposition. Our proprietary scoring and analytics generate actionable, real-time insights for real estate decision-makers during all deal phases including prospecting, underwriting,and asset management. We provide tenant risk assessments for new and renewing leases, tenant monitoring, property and portfolio analysis and scores, retail analytics, including highest and best use, and workforce analytics.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
80
Growth Rate
20% revenue.
Total Capital Raised
$3,200,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Emad Malek
Title
COO
Email
emad@megalytics.net

Links

Website
http://megalytics.net/
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Company Profile

Description

Mesh++ makes high-speed mesh networks scalable and commercially viable. When placed within range of each other, our battery- and solar-powered WiFi nodes form a synchronized network that forwards internet connectivity much more efficiently than traditional mesh networks, meaning that no cable needs to be trenched to cover hundreds of acres with access. A maximum un-trenched network size 17x larger than today’s home meshes lowers the cost of remote, rural, or temporary internet access by 80-90%.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
37
Growth Rate
Infinity revenue growth YTD, 100% customer growth every 5-6 months.
Total Capital Raised
$700,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Danny Gardner
Title
CEO
Email
danny@meshplusplus.com

Links

Website
https://meshplusplus.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Mobiliti is a vehicle subscription service that offers you the car you want, when you want it-from the convenience of your phone. Just select a car and drive it for a month for as long as you need.

Your Mobiliti subscription includes everything you need in one, simple payment — a great car, truck or SUV, taxes, insurance, maintenance, and roadside assistance.

Location
Detroit, MI

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
10,000
Growth Rate
Launched active operations in June 2018 with 4 active markets launched in that time.
Total Capital Raised
Self funded to date.

Key Contact Information

Name
Amanda Richie
Title
Co-Founder
Email
amanda@mobiliti.com

Links

Website
https://www.mobiliti.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Modobag is the world’s first motorized, smart and connected carry-on that gets you to your destination up to three times faster than walking. It is a Multi-Industry Disruptor creating a new Product Category and quickly gaining global awareness. We engage in the design, manufacture, sourcing and distribution of eco-friendly, technology rich, rideable luggage for business, travel, and most importantly mobility.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
1,068
Growth Rate
Over 1000 customers and exponential growth planned with new product iterations.
Total Capital Raised
Indiegogo 760K + Personal, Family & Friends.

Key Contact Information

Name
Kevin O'Donnell
Title
CEO
Email
ko@modobag.com

Links

Website
http://modobag.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Neopenda is innovating needs-based medical technology for the massive untapped opportunity in emerging markets. We create end-to-end solutions that enable high quality patient care and nuanced data insights for stakeholders. Our first product is a wireless, wearable, neonatal vital-signs monitor designed for resource-constrained health facilities. The affordable system enables more responsive & appropriate care for critically ill newborns, and ultimately helps reduce preventable newborn mortality.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
150
Growth Rate
We are currently pre-revenue.
Total Capital Raised
$900,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Sona Shah
Title
CEO
Email
sona@neopenda.com

Links

Website
http://www.neopenda.com/
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Company Profile

Description

NETenergy is a thermal energy storage company that allows building owners to save 30% or more on electricity costs by shifting energy consumption for building cooling from expensive on-peak times to less expensive off-peak times without affecting the comfort level of the building.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
3
Growth Rate
We are a thermal energy storage company in the R&D phase. We have had our technology validated by the DOE and have received investment from a Fortune 500 HVAC manufacturer.
Total Capital Raised
$1,750,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Mike Pintar
Title
COO
Email
mike@netenergytes.com

Links

Website
http://www.netenergytes.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Network Perception was launched in 2014 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Park. Founded by a team of experts on network security and critical infrastructure protection, Network Perception delivers a pioneering solution that enables corporate compliance and cyber security managers to gain a complete view of their network security and to immediately determine if its configuration is in alignment with best practices and regulatory standards.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
70
Growth Rate
100% revenue growth YTY.
Total Capital Raised
We are self funded.

Key Contact Information

Name
Robin Berthier
Title
Co-founder and CEO
Email
rgb@network-perception.com

Links

Website
https://www.network-perception.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Leveraging the latest advances in Natural Language Processing (NLP), Cognitive Analytics, and Machine LearningㅡStory Engine turns disparate, unstructured data - including email communications, business chat messages, contracts and legal documents - into meaningful insight that can be used to act, as well as combined with structured data to create a truly comprehensive view of the entire data universe.

Founded on the belief that human guided artificial intelligence is the future of the legal industry and business, the team at NexLP is at the forefront of machine-assisted descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Maybe
Current Number of Users/Customers
20
Growth Rate
3x revenue growth projected this year; 2x ACV projected.
Total Capital Raised
$5,500,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Zeke Fraint
Title
VP Growth and Operations
Email
zeke@nexlp.com
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Company Profile

Description

nOCD is a mobile platform that helps people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) get always-on, evidence-based care and connect to others that understand them. It's independently rated by researchers from Northwestern University and University of Queensland as one of the top mental health platforms in the world, in terms of user experience, scientific credibility, and data security. It's also the world's largest OCD treatment community.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Growth Rate
742% annual growth rate.
Total Capital Raised
$1,241,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Stephen Smith
Title
CEO
Email
stephen@nocdhelp.com

Links

Website
https://www.treatmyocd.com/
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Company Profile

Description

NoMo Diagnostics is developing the first embedded brainwave sensor system for real-time concussion detection addressing a significant unmet medical need for contact sport athletes and military personnel. Depending on the sport, it is estimated for every 1 concussion diagnosed 4-5 concussions go unrecognized leaving the majority vulnerable to repetitive concussions and increased risk (50-300%) for musculoskeletal injury. Our technology will provide an immediate physiologically relevant assessment on the field of play or during military conflict via a miniaturized quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) with novel biosensor system which will be sent to the sideline or military command center through telemetry prompting immediate action by health personnel.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
0
Growth Rate
Pre-revenue, 3 year FDA development program before commercialization.
Total Capital Raised
100,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Harald Steltzer
Title
CEO
Email
harald@nomodx.com

Links

Website
https://www.nomodx.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Nuni has developed and manufactured a new consumer appliance, the Nuni Tortilla Toaster. This immediately sets it apart from other tech-related startups. Nuni Toaster is a young company, but it’s not just another startup with an idea. It is an operating business with a tested product and actual revenue. It has already sold through its first container of the product and a new container will soon be landing with the second generation tortilla toaster.

Nuni has generated $175k in revenue since October 2017 (direct-to-consumer via our website). We are having advanced conversations with Target, Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma, Bed Bath Beyond, and HEB.

About Nuni Toaster
The patented Nuni Toaster heats up to 6 tortillas in under one minute! This offers Hispanic families and taco lovers unparalleled speed and convenience, resulting in more family time at the table together.

The Nuni Toaster is establishing a new product category for tortilla toasters. The need for a tortilla toaster is due to the fast growing US Tortilla Industry, which has experienced a CAGR of 9% since 1996, resulting in US Tortilla Sales in 2015 = $13.8 billion. The Nuni Toaster is made for the 6-inch tortilla, which represents 85% of the total US Tortilla Industry. Our mission is for the Nuni Toaster to be as impactful to the tortilla industry as the bread toaster was to the bread industry.

Story
This story begins at the dinner table. Our founder was catching up with his mother over a home cooked meal, when he noticed a trend occurring before his very eyes. What our founder noticed was that his mother was spending more time at the stove, warming batches of tortillas for his Mexican family, instead of sitting at the table enjoying her meal with the rest of the household. By calculating the amount of time it takes to warm a single tortilla (1 minute per side, 2 minutes total), he was able to determine that over a 20 year period his mother had lost 60 days worth of meaningful family to this labor intensive task. Our founder thought this was crazy, so he set out to find a better way to warm their daily bread.

The revolutionary Nuni Tortilla Toaster allows families to spend more time enjoying taco night, and less time over the hot stove. Huge potential for Hispanic families, taco lovers, young professionals, and Mexican restaurants.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
2,000
Growth Rate
The sell through rate is 24 units per month. A blended average of $75 was used to account for a 50/50 split between direct to consumer sales ($99) and retail sales ($50 wholesale). The sales forecast for 2018 is 6600 units via website and Amazon sales. 2019 is 19,800 units via 70 store test pilot with HEB. 2020 is 50,000 units via 250+ statewide launch with HEB + Williams-Sonoma. 2021 250,000 units via 1000 nationwide launch with Target. 2022 1,000,000 units via 5000 nationwide launch with Walmart. 5-year sales forecast is $99,480,000+ in revenue.
Total Capital Raised
$292,500

Key Contact Information

Name
Elliot Benitez
Title
President
Email
elliot@nunitoaster.com

Links

Website
https://www.nunitoaster.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Opternative Inc., a Chicago-based healthcare technology company, founded in 2012, creates digital eye care technologies that enable patient choice and convenience while providing doctors and retailers the ability to create awesome user experiences. Opternative has created the most convenient and scientifically accurate digital refractive vision test.

Opternative partners can now offer their clients a refractive vision test and acuity screenings from anywhere at any time. Opternative has partnered with eye care providers and eyewear retailers worldwide to bring this revolutionary service to our partners’ clients.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
450,000
Growth Rate
160% revenue growth YTD, 100% internal headcount growth.
Total Capital Raised
$13 Million

Key Contact Information

Name
Shelby Eversole
Title
Senior Manager, PR & Communications
Email
shelby.eversole@opternative.com

Links

Website
https://www.opternative.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Optivolt Labs has developed an optimized solar integration platform for machines and devices that use lithium ion and polymer batteries. Our platform enables autonomous solar charging for high growth industries.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
1
Growth Rate
Increased power transfer efficiency from 77% to 96% in the last 3 months.
Total Capital Raised
$120,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Rohit Kalyanpur
Title
CEO
Email
rohitk@optivoltlabs.com

Links

Website
https://www.optivoltlabs.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Oxalo Therapeutics is developing a first-in-class drug to prevent recurrent kidney stones and rare kidney diseases. Spun out from the University of Chicago, we use breakthrough discoveries from microbiome research to finally address an underlying cause of kidney stones and oxalate pathologies.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
0
Growth Rate
Not applicable. Accelerated from basic lab research to funded biotech company in less than a year. Awaiting $2M+ NIH grant and raising a $1.5M seed round.
Total Capital Raised
$275,000 in private investment, $2,000,000 in NIH grant.

Key Contact Information

Name
Yang Zheng
Title
Co-founder and COO
Email
yzheng@oxalotherapeutics.com

Links

Website
https://www.oxalotherapeutics.com/
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Company Profile

Description

PAGE VAULT enables legal professionals to capture web content – Facebook profiles, websites, online videos, other social media – in a way that is defensible in court. Our software collects content exactly as it appears online and preserves the key metadata needed for legal use. Our solutions also keep users out of the chain-of-custody, thereby avoiding tampering and enabling Page Vault to provide affidavits. If you can see in a browser, we can capture it as evidence.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Maybe
Current Number of Users/Customers
510
Growth Rate
80% revenue growth YoY.
Total Capital Raised
$3,500,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Jeffrey Eschbach
Title
CEO
Email
jeffrey@page-vault.com

Links

Website
https://www.page-vault.com/
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Company Profile

Description

ParqEx is the Smart Parking Platform. Our proprietary technology platform unlocks the hidden value sitting idle in privately-owned and self-managed parking spaces. With ParqEx, property owners and managers can increase income, reduce operating costs, simplify management, and provide a valuable amenity to residents, customers, and guests.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
45,000
Growth Rate
4.38X (337%) Monthly Revenue Growth in 2017-8. 3.40X (240%) User growth in 2017-8.
Total Capital Raised
$2,100,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Vivek Mehra
Title
Founder, CEO/CTO
Email
vivek@parqex.com

Links

Website
https://www.parqex.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Peanut Butter℠ helps companies offer student loan assistance as a benefit. It's the best way to attract college-educated talent, and we make it easy.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
45
Growth Rate
100% client retention.
Total Capital Raised
$1,700,000

Key Contact Information

Name
David Aronson
Title
CEO
Email
david.aronson@getpeanutbutter.com

Links

Website
http://getpeanutbutter.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Pearachute is a marketplace platform that helps busy millennial parents create meaningful moments with their children and friends by helping them discover and book the best family-friendly activities in their cities.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
60,000
Growth Rate
We're more than doubling revenue and users each each year, growing users 10% monthly.
Total Capital Raised
$2,600,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Desiree Vargas Wrigley
Title
Founder & CEO
Email
desiree@pearachutekids.com

Links

Website
https://www.pearachutekids.com/
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Company Profile

Description

PhotoniCare is a medical device company building a low-cost diagnostic platform for the front-lines of medicine. The first product on this platform will fundamentally change the way physicians manage middle ear infections. With the ClearView device, physicians can see through the eardrum to directly and harmlessly visualize the middle ear to determine proper antibiotic or surgical intervention. PhotoniCare expects FDA clearance in Q1 2019 and is raising $5M for commercial rollout in Q2 2019.

Location
Champaign, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
2
Growth Rate
We are pre-revenue, awaiting FDA clearance.
Total Capital Raised
$1,700,000 dilutive, $4,300,000 non-dilutive.

Key Contact Information

Name
Ryan Shelton
Title
CEO
Email
rshelton@photoni.care

Links

Website
https://photoni.care/
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Company Profile

Description

PowerTech Water is a cleantech company providing innovative solutions to water treatment through an environmentally friendly electrochemical technology platform. PTW develops and commercializes technologies converging on water & energy. The PTW systems operate without the use of membranes, chemicals, or consumables providing a significant advantage over the competition.

Location
Lexington, KY

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
5
Growth Rate
100% end user growth over past year; First revenues achieved.
Total Capital Raised
$900,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Cameron A Lippert
Title
CEO
Email
cameron.lippert@powertechwater.com

Links

Website
http://www.powertechwater.com/
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Company Profile

Description

At PSYONIC we build advanced bionic limbs that are accessible to all people with amputations. Think SpaceX for bionics. Our first product is an advanced bionic hand. It is the fastest on the market, easy to control, provides touch feedback, and is robust to impacts. It will be covered by insurance companies in the US, with no out-of-pocket costs to users, and higher margins for clinicians.

Location
Champaign, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
5
Growth Rate
We are expecting revenue of $240k next year, and $1.2m by 2020.
Total Capital Raised
$265,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Aadeel Akhtar
Title
CEO
Email
aakhtar@psyonic.co

Links

Website
http://www.psyonic.co/
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Company Profile

Description

Quicket unites government workloads securely in the cloud with highly configurable applications to capture, manage, and analyze data. Today, state and local government lives in a highly complex and disconnected ecosystem consisting of paper-based workflows and legacy on-premise server infrastructure. Quicket reduces manual data entry, automates services for residents, and eliminates costs associated with managing infrastructure.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
30
Growth Rate
60%+ Q over Q growth since go-to-market launch in mid-2017.
Total Capital Raised
$5,800,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Christiaan Burner
Title
CEO
Email
cburner@quicketsolutions.com

Links

Website
https://www.quicketsolutions.com/qs/
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Company Profile

Description

Rapchat is an app that lets anyone create, share, and discover raps. It's a mobile recording studio paired with an active, social network. Think Instagram for rap.

Millions of users around have recorded raps over beats that have garnered over 100M plays in total.

Our vision is to create the biggest digital music ecosystem in the world. Whether you're an aspiring rapper or just want to have fun creating raps with your friends, Rapchat is the place for you.

Location
Columbus, OH

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
250,000
Growth Rate
200% average yearly growth rate for past 2 years.
Total Capital Raised
$1,600,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Seth Miller
Title
Founder / CEO
Email
seth@rapchat.me

Links

Website
https://rapchat.me/
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Company Profile

Description

RedWave Energy is an ARPA-E awardee and VC funded company building the next generation technology for harvesting electricity from industrial waste heat. The nano-antenna technology being developed can harvest low temperature waste heat cost efficiently, a segment of the waste heat market that has not been developed. Existing technologies can only efficiently harvest medium or high temperature waste heat, and are very inefficient or expensive for low temperatures. Being able to efficiently convert low temperature waste heat to electricity opens the door to a huge market.

Location
Wheaton, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
0
Growth Rate
Pre-revenue product development phase.
Total Capital Raised
$12,500,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Jim Nelson
Title
CEO
Email
jim.nelson@redwaveenergy.com

Links

Website
http://redwaveenergy.com/
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Company Profile

Description

ReviewTrackers helps companies act today and predict tomorrow based on customer feedback and insights.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
40,000
Growth Rate
50% YOY growth, $6.2ARR.
Total Capital Raised
$7.6M

Key Contact Information

Name
Chris Campbell
Title
CEO
Email
chris@reviewtrackers.com

Links

Website
https://www.reviewtrackers.com/
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Company Profile

Description

RhinoDox is a cloud-based, Intelligent Content Management platform for Manufacturing companies that helps teams move content into a digital world so that it is safely stored, easily found and quickly integrated into daily processes. We focus on reducing Incorrect Information, streamlining Information Over-processing and Reducing Idle Time by connecting systems and content repositories with dozens of out of the box integrations. Manufacturers can now spend more time growing revenue and deliver a better customer experience with greater Speed and Transparency.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
10
Growth Rate
Just came out of a 2+ year product build. Jul 2020 has us at $700K in MRR.
Total Capital Raised
$6,000,000 - Self Funded

Key Contact Information

Name
Justin Ullman
Title
CEO
Email
justin.ullman@rhinodox.com

Links

Website
https://www.rhinodox.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Rippleshot brings the power of big data and machine learning to help banks and merchants reduce fraud.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Maybe
Current Number of Users/Customers
49
Growth Rate
47 banks in 2018 YTD from 2 banks in 2017 (2,350% growth from low starting number).
Total Capital Raised
$6,100,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Canh Tran
Title
CEO
Email
canh@rippleshot.com

Links

Website
http://www.rippleshot.com/
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Company Profile

Description

ScoreMedia has created a platform that enables digital media companies to increase user engagement and revenue using game mechanics. We turn digital content into a ‘game’. It’s no longer just an article on the best 15 pizza restaurants in Chicago, it’s a set of achievements to be completed and tracked, bringing users back time and again. Our monetization model is through licensing the platform and developing our own properties (ManScore, GolferScore, and TravelScore).

Location
Downers Grove, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
80,000
Growth Rate
User growth at 10-15% growth per month.
Total Capital Raised
$350,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Jay Stocki
Title
Founder
Email
jay@scoremediallc.com

Links

Website
http://www.scoremediallc.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Seurat Therapeutics, Inc. is a biotech startup developing a new medication that stops migraines before they start. Our mission is to provide a lasting solution for people suffering from frequent migraines, giving them the freedom to go about their daily lives unburdened. Migraines are the most disabling neurological disorder and the fifth most prevalent illness in the world. Seurat is developing a new medication that uses a simple, nasal spray-like device to change that statistic.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
0
Growth Rate
Anticipating beginning clinical trials in 2 years.
Total Capital Raised
$770,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Yuan Zhang
Title
Co-founder, President and CEO
Email
yuan.zhang@seurat-therapeutics.com

Links

Website
https://www.seurat-therapeutics.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Sigora International designs the smart utility payment platform that powers and empowers off grid electricity access in frontier markets. Based in Chicago with micro-utility operations in Haiti and Zambia.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
20,000
Growth Rate
400% user growth in past 12 months, forecasting an addinal 600% user growth in next 12 months.
Total Capital Raised
$5,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Frank Bergh
Title
VP Grid Engineering
Email
frank@sigora.co

Links

Website
https://sigora.co/
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Company Profile

Description

SkinIO is a digital health startup that specializes in full-body skin cancer screening via mobile device. We have developed an AI-enabled photography and lesion-tracking technology that enables patients and physicians to easily and quickly track changes in skin over time toward detecting skin cancer early.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
1,000
Growth Rate
We've tripled the number of practices using our product since last year.
Total Capital Raised
$2,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Kyoko Crawford
Title
CEO
Email
kyoko@skinio.com

Links

Website
https://skinio.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Soloinsight is a Chicago based startup that has solved all of the above issues in a singular platform called CloudGate (named after Chicago Bean). The invention not only secures the proprietary patented 3D face recognition algorithms with proof of physical presence but provides a cost-effective method to secure the existing infrastructure without any rip and replace. CloudGate converges both Physical and Logical security infrastructures and secures the whole enterprise from insider and outsider threat.

CloudGate is off-the-shelf software-as-a-service that enables organizations to manage identities – employees, contractors, tenants, and visitors – and their access across physical and logical access systems. CloudGate solves the key identity management challenges organizations face like on-boarding and badging, visitor management, access management, and compliance.

As software that breaks down traditional organizational silos, CloudGate not only advances the security function, it also transforms the communities of stakeholders involved in identity and process management. This includes, employees, contractors and visitors as well as process managers in HR, IT, Facilities, Reception and Contractor Administration.

Furthermore, Soloinsight's CloudGate platform replaces keys, physical badges, passwords and security tokens with secure digital identity badges delivered via smartphone proximity and proprietary continuous 3D Facial Recognition offered as a Touch-less Multi and Single factor Authentication as a Service.

These digital badges give organizations the ability to lock down logical and physical assets with strong, convenient multi-factor authentication while automating compliance workflows and feedback collection through powerful artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms.

The platform orchestrates into hundreds of enterprise tools, documents, devices, machines, locks, gates and vehicles and make them all smart, safe, secure, convenient and contextually aware. and enables endless Single Sign On possibilities.

Microsoft cited CloudGate as ""Internet of People"" and a catalyst to fourth industrial revolution in a recent joint Press Release...

CloudGate platform seamlessly cross-integrates into your multiple existing enterprise investments like Tyco Ccure, Lenel, Genetec, JCI P2000, AMAG, Honeywell Prowatch, Okta, Sailpoint, OneLogin, SAP, WorkDay, Microsoft Dynamics, PeopleSoft, Insperity, Fieldglass, Sage, SalesForce, ADP, Kronos and also interfaces into other homegrown software etc.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
7
Growth Rate
300% revenue growth YTD.
Total Capital Raised
$6,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Farhan Masood
Title
CTO
Email
fm@soloinsight.com

Links

Website
https://www.soloinsight.com/
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Company Profile

Description

SomPriya is a premium spirits company bringing age-old, traditional and delectable flavors from the Indian sub-continent to cups of libations across the globe. Recognizing an absence of liqueur which represents the vibrant culture that encompasses some one-fifth of the world's population, SomPriya's mission is to expose the world to the wealth of flavors from the Indian subcontinent through the creation of rich, cream and non-cream liqueurs crafted from the timeless recipes and taste profiles of this ancient land. Its flagship product, the multiple award winning Liqueur called "SOMRUS - Nectar Of The Gods" is sold in over 15 states and Online. Plans are underway to rollout SOMRUS across US & globally.

Location
Burr Ridge, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
No
Current Number of Users/Customers
2,000
Growth Rate
65% revenue growth rate YoY.
Total Capital Raised
$8,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Pankaj K Garg
Title
CEO
Email
pk@somrus.com

Links

Website
http://somrus.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Structured Immunity is a biotechnology company accelerating and de-risking the development of T cell cancer therapies. We partner with biopharmaceutical companies and offer proprietary services to improve their research and development process, resulting in safer, more effective T cell therapies.

With advanced capabilities in structural immunology, our safety screening and optimization solutions are more exhaustive and robust compared with current strategies. The company spun-out from the University of Notre Dame and is headquartered in South Bend, Indiana.

Location
South Bend, IN

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
1
Growth Rate
The company is early-stage (operating since January 2018). Since then, we have raised money, generated revenue and signed 1 partner. Our current plans for 2018 are focused on signing two additional partnerships, hiring 1 scientist and growing to six figures in revenue.
Total Capital Raised
$265,000 (in diligence for an additional $160,000) bringing to a total of $425,000 in seed funding.

Key Contact Information

Name
David Hardwicke
Title
Co-founder and President
Email
dave@structuredimmunity.com

Links

Website
https://structuredimmunity.com/
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Company Profile

Description

We are a decision-making end to end platform, currently focused in the hospitality vertical. Sugr learns your personality and preferences through swipe cards , that are create psychographic data, and then matches you with venues based on the person input, you can also engage with a menu matchmaker to answer the question of what to actually order, and you can pay at the table with apple pay to then obtain user feedback. It is also a new age market research platform.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
4,000
Growth Rate
50% user growth rate every month since our launch 3 months ago.
Total Capital Raised
$150,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Olivia Pantoja
Title
Chief Relationship Officer
Email
olivia@discoversugr.com

Links

Website
https://www.discoversugr.net/
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Company Profile

Description

Supply Clinic helps dentists find and manage their supply inventory. Our online marketplace allows for price and service competition among sellers, meaning more affordable supplies for dentists. New tools help dental offices better manage all their ordering and monitoring supplies, all in one place.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
3,000
Growth Rate
>>100% YoY growth.
Total Capital Raised
Pre-Seed Capital

Key Contact Information

Name
Jacob Drucker
Title
CEO
Email
jacob@supplyclinic.com

Links

Website
https://www.supplyclinic.com/
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Company Profile

Description

We are a for-surgeon, by-surgeon company developing and commercializing absorbable, implantable devices for plastic and reconstructive surgery. Our first product, FDA cleared as of 8/2/18, is a clinically safer and more cost-effective device for breast reconstruction after the emotional trauma of a mastectomy. We've won non-dilutive awards and in-kind services from Kellogg School of Management, MATTER, mHUB, Rice Business Plan Competition, French government, etc. We're an iBIO/PROPEL member company, and a qualified new business venture under IL angel tax credit program.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
0
Growth Rate
Not applicable. See above. This is a med tech play, and Series A raise typically occurs pre-launch, as it will with us.
Total Capital Raised
$2,500,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Alexei Mlodinow
Title
Founding CEO
Email
Amlodinow@surgicalinnovationassociates.com

Links

Website
https://www.sia.health/
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Company Profile

Description

SwayBrand powers brands and agencies with insights from diverse athletes, artists and influencers.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
6
Growth Rate
n/a
Total Capital Raised
$200,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Horace L Flournoy
Title
Co-Founder, CEO
Email
horace@swaybrand.com

Links

Website
https://swaybrand.com/
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Company Profile

Description

SwiftIQ offers retailers and brands the most real-time, granular data exchange and analytics platform for Retail Execution using receipt-level insights and artificial intelligence to optimize sales, price, promotions, and supply chain decisions while enabling data enrichment and sharing with suppliers. The company serves grocery, discount, convenience retailers as well as leading brands like Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Kraft, Hershey, MarsWrigley, Dr. Pepper Keurig, among others.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
30
Growth Rate
Estimating 200-300% ARR growth in 2019. Signed 100% of 2017 clients at 131% retention in 2018.
Total Capital Raised
$7,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Jason Lobel
Title
CEO & Co Founder
Email
jason@swiftiq.com

Links

Website
http://www.swiftiq.com/
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Company Profile

Description

Swing King is golf’s first fully digital gaming platform designed for everyday play. The current iteration of our proprietary technology solution is a hole-in-one contest that adds excitement and new revenue streams to golf courses of any type and provides golfers with added excitement, meaningful cash payouts and an HD video of their ultimate golf experience. Swing King’s platform and installed customer base also positions us to take advantage of the large and untapped real-money gaming opportunity.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
300
Growth Rate
300% revenue growth YTD.
Total Capital Raised
$4,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Mike Jakob
Title
CEO
Email
mike.jakob@swingking.com

Links

Website
https://swingking.com/
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Company Profile

Description

TAFi builds a data integration software platform designed for tomorrow’s healthcare industry.

The TAFi platform seamlessly blends data streams from multiple sources and connects them to the EMR, relying on our smarter technology instead of custom services. A key difference with TAFi is that we also create a governed layer where vendors can run analytics or other clinical decision support tools, powered by our patient-centric data model that provides a true longitudinal view.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
2
Growth Rate
B2B in Healthcare, so not a descriptive statistic.
Total Capital Raised
$700,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Mel Cohen
Title
CEO
Email
mel@tafi.io

Links

Website
https://www.tafi.io/
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Company Profile

Description

The Minte provides hotel-style housekeeping to luxury apartments . We partner directly with property management firms via exclusive contracts and staff a housekeeper on site, where we are also given space to keep our supplies and cart. Residents then book service directly with us. Hotel-style cleans begin at $30 and Deep Cleans begin at $90. Booking can be done via website, app, button, or smart home.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
1,500
Growth Rate
Approx. 25% revenue growth; $1M annualized run rate reached July 2018 after January 2018 launch.
Total Capital Raised
$2,200,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Kathleen Wilson
Title
CEO
Email
kathleen@theminte.com

Links

Website
https://www.theminte.com/
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Company Profile

Description

The Mom Project is a digital talent marketplace that connects talented women with world class employers that respect work and life integration. With a community of over 50,000 talented professionals and more than 1,000 businesses, including 30 Fortune 1,000 companies, The Mom Project is committed to building a better workplace for women.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
50,000
Growth Rate
Our 2018 net revenue growth rate is 22% month over month with our most recent completed month (July '18) representing a 344% increase over same period prior year (July '17).
Total Capital Raised
$2,600,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Allison Robinson
Title
CEO
Email
allison.robinson@themomproject.com

Links

Website
https://www.themomproject.com/
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Company Profile

Description

ThinkCERCA exists to provide schools and districts with the essentials to spark courageous thinking – from teaching students how to articulate their ideas clearly to building up an engaged citizenry that extends well beyond the classroom. To accomplish this goal, we offer professional learning and an online platform for implementing best practices in schools and districts across the United States. We focus on personalizing critical thinking across content areas in grades 4-12, especially for historically underserved students, to support equitable access to academic attainment and ensure college, career, and civic readiness.

Our mission is to unify schools around coherent and rigorous critical thinking instruction by delivering systems and content for scalable instructional practicuous es at all levels. With a focus on collaboration and evidence-based thinking for students, teachers, and leaders, we help schools overcome some of the biggest barriers to equitable access to opportunity and excellence. We provide training and support in a number of different areas including stakeholder buy-in processes, scheduling, curricular alignment, PLCs, and classroom practices.

Our theory of change is rooted in fostering collaboration among school and district stakeholders to ensure student growth in the 21st century competencies of consuming information, thinking about it critically/collaboratively, and expressing one’s point of view effectively. Our theory of action states that by helping schools implement key aspects of the 5 Essentials framework for continuous school improvement (Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction), we can drive student achievement (https://thinkcerca.com/results). ThinkCERCA’s platform, pedagogy, and professional learning provide students, teachers, and administrators with a systematic approach, as well as the tools, resources, and strategies to continuously improve teaching and learning.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
150,000
Growth Rate
75% Bookings growth YTD.
Total Capital Raised
$15,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Mike Grzelakowski
Title
Chief Operating Officer
Email
mike@thinkcerca.com

Links

Website
https://thinkcerca.com/
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In 2015, David Rabie and Bryan Wilcox founded Tovala on a simple premise; busy people want an effortless way to eat better when they don’t want to cook. By combining a countertop smart oven with fresh meals delivered to your door, dinner is as easy as scanning a barcode. Based in Chicago, IL, Tovala won the New Venture Challenge at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in May 2015, completed Y Combinator in March 2016, and began shipping across the U.S. in May 2017. At launch, The Wall Street Journal said: "Tovala turns out super-fast, consistent restaurant-quality meals, making it the first connected kitchen device with real mass appeal." As of their Series A, Tovala has raised $13.1M.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
2,300
Growth Rate
We doubled food customers from EOY 2017 to June 2018. We're adding 25-40 customers every week.
Total Capital Raised
$13.1 million in equity and $2.25 million in venture debt.

Key Contact Information

Name
David Rabie
Title
CEO
Email
david@tovala.com

Links

Website
https://www.tovala.com/
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TraknProtect was specifically designed to provide hotels with enhanced safety solutions that comply with local laws and union requirements for panic buttons while also automating their operational processes such as: inventory tracking, room tray tracking and vendor tracking. TraknProtect’s inclusive software-platform combines the value of real-time location technology, business analytics and reporting to provide each property with unique insight. TraknProtect is the only company to provide your hotel with peace of mind of protecting your employees while increasing efficiency and productivity on a single intuitive platform.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
60
Growth Rate
4,000% YOY
Total Capital Raised
$659,500

Key Contact Information

Name
Parminder Batra
Title
CEO
Email
parminder@traknprotect.com

Links

Website
https://www.traknprotect.com/
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Transparent is an independent marketing technology and data consultancy focused on safely guiding corporations through digital transformation by aligning platforms, people and process to create top line growth and improve bottom line operational efficiencies. Transparent has worked with 10 of the Fortune 100 companies and brings nearly 70 years of collective digital and technology experience to solve the complexities of technology, data and organizational culture that challenge successful business transformation. You can contact us at http://transparent.partners.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Maybe
Current Number of Users/Customers
10
Growth Rate
150%
Total Capital Raised
Confidential

Key Contact Information

Name
Brandon Starkoff
Title
CEO
Email
brandon.starkoff@transparent.partners

Links

Website
http://transparent.partners/
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Description

Unifyd Insights enables automated generation of insights from disparate, instructured and messy data. By capturing expert employees processes and knowledge via machine learning, we harness institutional knowledge to generate data catalogs of insightful knowledge. Analysts and SME’s can publish and monetize data assets in minutes, hours or days codelessly.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
1
Growth Rate
0
Total Capital Raised
$500,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Wes Shepherd
Title
CEO
Email
Wshepherd@unifydinsights.com

Links

Website
http://unifydinsights.com/
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Description

Vacation Fund is the best employee benefit for today's workforce. The program allows employees to direct a portion of their paycheck into a separate Vacation Fund Account, and allows employers to match a portion of the contribution. Not only does this make employees' dream trips more financially attainable, but it encourages them to periodically take time off to disconnect, rejuvenate, and experience something new.

Location
Toronto, ON

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
50
Growth Rate
100% revenue growth YTD.
Total Capital Raised
$250,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Erica Pearson
Title
CEO & Co-Founder
Email
erica@vacationfund.io

Links

Website
https://www.vacationfund.io/
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VeoRide is a Chicago-based micro-mobility company providing a full portfolio of shared mobility options to cities and universities, including bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters. We grew from 1 market to 30 markets within 6 months, and continue to launch new markets every week.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
40,000
Growth Rate
438% revenue growth MoM, 280% user growth rate MoM.
Total Capital Raised
$2,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Edwin Tan
Title
President & Co-founder
Email
edwin.tan@veoride.com

Links

Website
https://www.veoride.com/
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Vibenomics is an audio marketing solution that allows businesses to create and disseminate professional messaging through a sophisticated software platform, creating a better experience for both customers and employees.

Vibenomics has two powerful revenue streams. We have the predictability of SaaS with Annual Recurring Revenue, plus we sell advertising by opening up “air-time” in businesses for approved advertisers wanting to target customers in certain locations, creating Reoccurring Advertising Revenue (RAR).

Of course our software plays fully licensed music (we have more than 200 customized playlists), but we are a marketing company providing an audio solution for businesses to break through the visual clutter and make sure their customers HEAR them.

Location
Fishers, IN

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
127
Growth Rate
229% revenue growth and 279% user growth year over year.
Total Capital Raised
$5,600,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Jessica Wenclewicz
Title
Director of Special Events & Investor Relations
Email
jessica.w@vibenomics.com

Links

Website
https://www.vibenomics.com/
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Vynca provides comprehensive advance care planning technology solutions that enable healthcare organizations to deliver consistent, high-quality end of life care. We help patients and healthcare providers engage in meaningful conversations about care preferences, electronically document wishes accurately, and provide real-time access to this critical information throughout the care continuum. The system is customized to the needs of healthcare organizations and state agencies, and provides full EHR integration.

Location
Palo Alto, CA

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
60
Growth Rate
Robust pipeline with health care providers and payers.
Total Capital Raised
$5,000,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Ryan Van Wert, MD
Title
CEO
Email
ryan@vyncahealth.com

Links

Website
http://vyncahealth.com/
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Zero Keyboard has developed and patented a revolutionary way to use enterprise software on mobile phones. Instead of using forms to input information to these systems (like CRM or ERP) data is entered by using visual flows, camera and voice. Data entry is much more intuitive and 10x faster than with any other current method on mobile.

Currently Zero Keyboard, Inc. is revolutionizing Salesforce.com mobile user experience with an add-on to Salesforce's own mobile app. Several fortune 1000 companies use Zero Keyboard technology with their Salesforce and our customer base is growing fast.

Zero Keyboard is the future of mobile user experience for all enterprise software.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Yes
Current Number of Users/Customers
30
Growth Rate
Over 150% revenue growth in 2018.
Total Capital Raised
$1,100,000

Key Contact Information

Name
Jaan Apajalahti
Title
Founder & CEO
Email
jaan@zerokeyboard.com

Links

Website
https://zerokeyboard.com/
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ZipFit helps people feel great about themselves exactly as they are by helping every body type find jeans to fit them- not the other way around. Using its fit finder technology, ZipFit scours millions of SKUs across the top premium denim brands to find a customer's best fit in 15 minutes. All tailoring is done by ZipFit, too, for a "one stop shop" and measurements are saved so that a customer never needs to try on pants again to order their next great pair. ZipFit brings this amazing denim shopping experience to offices to provide a unique and convenient onsite employee perk.

Location
Chicago, IL

Traction

Is the Company Raising Capital in the Next 12 Months?
Maybe
Current Number of Users/Customers
11,465
Growth Rate
80% growth quarter over quarter in future fittings generated by business development team.
Total Capital Raised
$3,546,280

Key Contact Information

Name
Katie Gilbert
Title
Director of Finance
Email
katie@zipfitdenim.com

Links

Website
https://zipfitdenim.com/
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