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Polsky Accelerator selects 17 startups to build and launch their companies

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Polsky Accelerator selects 17 startups to build and launch their companies

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The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the 17 startups selected to participate in the Polsky Accelerator 2022, a competitive 10-week summer program open to all recent University of Chicago students and alumni.

Half of the teams were accepted to the Accelerator Build track, designed for earlier-stage companies. Through weekly workshops and coaching, these teams work on product development and customer and market validation. Each team also receives a non-dilutive grant of $6,500.

The other nine teams were accepted into the launch track, designed for investment-ready teams focused on fundraising, selling, and building and maintaining momentum. It includes a $10,000 investment in the business, networking opportunities with venture capitalists, and assistance in building presentation and fundraising platforms.

Both tracks also offer more than $100,000 in in-kind services like web hosting and onboarding help. The teams will present their business plans at a demo day scheduled for August 25.

The Accelerator initially launched in 2012 and last year expanded to two tracks to serve startups at different stages of development. It is open to all full-time and part-time University of Chicago students, as well as alumni within five years of graduation. Companies can be for-profit or non-profit.

The teams selected for the 2022 Polsky Accelerator Build and Launch tracks are:

CONSTRUCTION ACCELERATOR

A Bryce Project // A Bryce Project is a music video production company focused on providing high-quality video and marketing education for budding artists. It houses everything from creative vision development with detailed video structure to choreography instruction and outfit selection assistance.

Adione // Adiona develops analytics that can passively monitor symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s through wearable devices to reduce caregiver burden and improve patient care.

alpha nur // Alpha Nur seeks to provide small mobile nuclear reactors to government entities in remote and off-grid locations in need of reliable power sources.

commas // Comas builds better financial habits with technology powered by behavioral science. It is an interactive fintech platform that helps young adults overcome the stress of money and create sustainable behavior change, similar to a “Noom for money”.

IndustryNido // IndustryNest is an industrial B2B marketplace that supplies internationally manufactured parts not typically sourced in the North American market. IndustryNest will offer a wide range of products shipped directly from suppliers and manufacturers directly to the customer and will also create a community to connect customers and engineers to provide technical support.

my adviser // My Advisor is a face-to-face lifestyle assistance service for the elderly. He works with clients and their families to proactively address some of the most challenging issues of aging, serving as a bridge between them and their attorneys, accountants, and healthcare professionals.

Baby // Nene is an online baby clothing company that offers innovative, functional and high-quality designs through a seamless personalized experience. By leveraging data and analytics to make personalized recommendations based on the unique needs and individual tastes of its customers, Nene aims to transform the baby clothing shopping experience.

AI Referee // Referee AI helps those involved in the peer review process save time when evaluating academic articles. His solution summarizes an article, identifies related articles, and measures their contribution to the existing literature.

teach me // TeachMe is a web-based platform that offers teachers access to extensive, practical and contextualized support in their practice and professional development. Its online ‘homeroom’ for teachers provides learning modules, as well as communities of practice, for teachers to find, test and share solutions to classroom challenges.

LAUNCH ACCELERATOR

Alloy // Alloy will be the one stop shop for sports betting where fans can conduct research, place bets and track winnings. Founded on the principles of transparency, accessibility and user control, Alloy’s no-code platform allows sports fans to easily create their own sports betting strategies and backtest past results in real time.

cricket hill inc. // Cricket Hill Inc., the owner of ChirpSnax, hopes to change the future of pet food. By using cricket protein, ChirpSnax is more sustainable, more nutritious and even hypoallergenic.

emotion // Emojant is a human measurement platform that focuses on providing key insights to market researchers using emotional artificial intelligence and video analytics.

Flights: a collective of wines // Flights: A Wine Collective is a smart wine club that delivers the best bottle of wine you’ve never heard of right to your door. With new machine learning applications for the wine industry, it offers a complete experience for customers, optimized according to their values, interests and tastes.

immersionED // immersionED transforms games with historical settings into immersive learning experiences. Imagine Assassin’s Creed, but trading education for murder.

mizaru // Mizaru is an online platform that connects people with disabilities with independent support providers based on their qualifications and personalized needs.

Natural Marks // Natuur Brands is the food for everyone. Their granola bites are the perfect affordable option for today’s recreational marijuana user: fast acting, low doses, and equal parts delicious and nutritious.

Pyaariweddings.com // Pyaariweddings.co is a South Asian wedding directory where couples can search for wedding vendors based on prices, reviews and more; add them to your ‘cart’; and create your own personalized wedding plan, made by yourself and on demand.

For more information on the Polsky Accelerator, contact Lucas Peralta.