Betabeat will be getting some new neighbors June 6th, when ten start-ups move into Times Square offices for a three month accelerator program run by Entrepreneurs Roundtable.
“We are very excited to have received interest from such a wide group of top-flight entrepreneurs for our inaugural ERA program,” said Murat Aktihanoglu, managing director. “We are thrilled with the group of companies which will be participating, and we look forward to working with them and our extensive mentor network to help these companies succeed.”
As part of their participation in ERA, each startup will receive a $25,000 investment, access to 180+ mentors and three months of free office space at the ERA office in exchange for an 8 percent equity stake–higher than the price usually demanded by other more established accelerators TechStars, DreamIt and Y Combinator.
The mentors include the same cast of local stars that filled the room at TechStars New York’s recent demo day: Fred Wilson, David Pakman, Howard Morgan and Esther Dyson.
The ER program also includes seven resident technologists who specialize in areas like software development, user experience design and android development, who can provide hands on assistance for the start-up teams. Legal advice will be provided during the summer free of charge by Gunderson Dettmer, so get as much pro-forma paperwork squared away as you can kids!
The programs managing directors are Murat Aktihangolu, Jonathan Axelrod and Charles Kemper.
Here they are, in alphabetical order.
BuzzTable – BuzzTable puts the “old school” table buzzer on your phone, establishing a direct line of communication between the restaurant and their customer. The focus is customer retention, incentivizing customers to return through loyalty rewards, deals, and a more personalized relationship.
Centzy – U.S. consumers spent $540B on local services like haircuts, massages, oil changes, and yoga classes in 2010, yet over 80% of local service businesses do not post prices and hours online. Centzy is a new search engine where consumers can find accurate prices, hours, and ratings for every service in their city.
LetGive – LetGive provides a platform that connects application developers, charities, and socially conscious consumers. The platform allows developers to turn their applications into fundraising vehicles for nonprofits and charities in the LetGive network. The entire donation and distribution process is managed seamlessly by LetGive.
Nabfly – Nabfly is a mobile tagging platform that lets people scan posters with their phones and engage with a brand through a native application. Nabfly makes it easy to remember and interact with the cool things you see walking around a city.
numberFire – numberFire is an analytics platform that uses quantitative modeling to bring new insights and analysis to the world of sports.
Parking Panda – Parking Panda is a mobile, real-time parking discovery tool. It enables parking space owners to rent out their underutilized spaces to a community of drivers. People in need of parking can save money and time by finding a place to park and paying right from their phone.
Pricing Engine – Pricing Engine is a business intelligence service for digital marketers. It provides users a simple visual interface to discover actionable insights for improvement. The service includes patentpending advertising optimization and valuation across the full range of creative and targeting options, media choices, and pricing models.
Public Stuff – PublicStuff’s web-based solution addresses the service needs of both local governments and residents by increasing consumer participation while also driving down costs for public agencies. The municipal platform allows agencies to cost-effectively manage communications with the public and better manage the delivery of services. The consumer platform allows the public to request a variety of services.
Sitesimon – Sitesimon makes it easy to find and enjoy new content online. Users can share their browsing seamlessly, connect with what their friends and others are looking at, and be recognized for discovering sites that others love too.
WebThriftStore – WebThriftStore enables anyone to turn their unused “stuff” into tax-deductible, charitable donations. The product makes it easy to offer anything online, and then allows consumers to use their social networks to convert it into cash for the charity of their choice.