DreamIt Ventures and Comcast Ventures are thrilled to welcome 12 promising startups into the DreamIt Philly accelerator program! The 2014 class is full of extremely bright entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds and a wide variety of interests.
This Thursday, September 4, the Philly 2014 program will officially kick off with a welcome event at Comcast Center. This invitation-only reception will be the first opportunity for the Philadelphia startup community to meet the teams from the DreamIt Philly 2014 program, and it will commence with an introduction from the honorable Michael A. Nutter, current Mayor of Philadelphia. Leading this year’s DreamIt Philly program is Patrick FitzGerald, DreamIt Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Recyclebank.
SeatGeek, a member of the DreamIt Philly ‘09 class, announced a $35 million Series B funding round yesterday. Accel Partners — a leading early and growth-stage VC firm and a big name in the tech world — led the funding round, which was also bolstered by a number of high-profile professional athletes, musicians, and more. Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Shane Battier, Nas, and a number of other notable investors contributed to the new round, which brings SeatGeek’s total funding to around $41 million.
The company provides a search engine that allows you to find the best deals on tickets for sporting events, concerts and theater. SeatGeek’s Deal Score™ helps you make sense of thousands of ticket listings at once to identify the best possible bargains. The tool scores each deal on a scale from 1-100 (100 = amazing deal), so that you know exactly how good a deal you are looking at.
We spoke briefly with Jack Groetzinger, co-founder at SeatGeek, about the company’s recent success and their early involvement with DreamIt back in 2009.
“At that point we had no real idea what we were doing,” Jack said, “and DreamIt helped fix that. It was a hyper-intense three months that put us on the right path. The talks and mentors were helpful, and I’m still friends with the folks we met there.”
We wish SeatGeek all the best going forward, and are extremely proud to consider them a part of the DreamIt family. If you’d like to learn more about the company, SeatGeek was recently featured in both TechCrunch and Forbes, and you can visit their DreamIt profile page to follow more news and updates as they continue to come in!
On Wednesday, August 6th, DreamIt NY’s 2014 class of startups participated in Demo Day. This one-day event allowed our participating companies to showcase all of the hard work they’ve put in during the last three months, present their companies, meet investors, and network with the startup community. This year’s event welcomed over 350 attendees, including budding entrepreneurs, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, reporters, and writers from the startup community.
BY Melissa DiPento via Technically
No pun intended, but dreams really do come true. That’s Priva Bhutani’s motto right now and she’s sticking to it.
Her startup, RegDesk, which aims to connect life sciences companies with in-country regulatory consultants, was recently accepted into the DreamIt Health Philadelphia program. The program provides funding and mentorship to health IT companies tackling real-world healthcare problems.
BY Issie Lapowsky via WIRED
A mobile phone can do so many things. At any given moment, it can be a camera, a game console, a GPS, or a flashlight, just to name a few of its many guises. But Max Perelman wants to add another. He wants to turn the average iPhone into a tiny laboratory.
BY JASON SALTZMAN via Entrepreneur
I had the honor of attending the DreamIt Ventures Demo Day. The DreamIt accelerator has a special place in my heart for a few reasons. Firstly, Fiestah is one of the earliest members of AlleyNYC, and I am proud to say they were part of this last DreamIt class. Secondly, the NYC team lead by Andrew Ackerman is super legit. They are all about helping these young startups grow, and they work seriously hard at making it happen for them. Lastly, AlleyNYC works with DreamIt on a super cool event we do every quarter called StartUP Battles. This event features some of the hottest startups in NYC, who battle it out for cash and prizes. If you would like to learn more about this event, check it out here.
Without further ado, here is the graduating class of DreamIt Ventures NY 2014…
BY RUTH READER via VentureBeat
Today, DreamIt Ventures introduced its 2014 class of New York start-ups. DreamIt’s accelerator program offers accepted parties $25,000 in seed funding and three to four months to get the company up and running, along with office space and mentorships. Here’s a list of five companies from the program to look out for.
BY JORDAN CROOK via TechCrunch
This week, we met 12 new companies that graduated from DreamIt’s NY Demo Day. We have the scoop on all of them here, from the shoppable Pinterest to an ID scanning app to a real-time CRM app for all businesses. But we also decided to take a lap around the room to get a closer look at some of our favorites.
New Managing Director Andrew Ackerman takes helm of NY-based accelerator, enhancing cycle experience and event for entrepreneurial teams and attendees
NEW YORK CITY – August 6, 2014 – Today DreamIt Ventures and Comcast Ventures will showcase 12 new startups who have spent the last three months building their companies at DreamIt New York Demo Day 2014 (#dreamitNY). The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd Street in Times Square. Participating startups will have seven minutes to present to a roomful of potential investors, customers, mentors, media and other industry executives. Continue reading →
BY BONNIE HALPER via AlleyWatch
veryone wants to be the first to see the latest and greatest, so here’s a sneak preview of the companies that are going to kill it at DreamIt Ventures NY Demo Day, and the first class to debut under the aegis of new managing directorAndrew Ackerman.
If there were a theme to this class as a whole, it would be I want what I want when I want it. Which means tech that solves the problem now. Or within the next minute. Or within a click or two. And definitely within the next 24 hours.
They’ve built their companies. Now they’re ready to deliver. And remember: timing is everything…