The inaugural class of enterprise technology companies has arrived at District-based Acceleprise, an accelerator program and immersive work space that nurtures upstarts with guidance and venture capital.
Acceleprise is the brainchild of managing partner Sean Glass, an investor at Novak Biddle Venture Partners and chief executive of EmployInsight. Along with partners Allen Gannett and Collin Gutman, Glass created the program because most of the country’s major accelerators cater to consumer-centric businesses.
The program provides $30,000 to each company from a fund supplied primarily by East Coast investors. Participants also have access to business, technology and legal mentors, such as YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim and Startup America chief executive Scott Case, among others.
(The Washington Post is an investor and chief executive Katharine Weymouth serves as a mentor.)
Meet the six companies chosen for Acceleprise:
— ConferenceEdge provides Web-based software that facilitates event management. Organizers can use the program to register attendees, corral feedback, manage digital marketing and process electronic payments.
— Conjure sells software that allows companies to store and access strategic ideas or best practices that may otherwise wind up forgotten and unused in e-mails, PowerPoint presentations or an employee’s mind.
— ExecOnline enables large corporations to offer online business courses to their employees through its partnerships with universities. In addition to its online learning platform, ExecOnline helps to develop the curriculum and puts forth investment capital to get a program started.
— Employers looking to slim down their workforce and save on health care expenses use FitFeud to coordinate fitness competitions across their organization. The software can be used to register participants, send reminders, track progress and assess return on investment.
— Mercury Continuity helps businesses and government entities keep their information technology network humming in the event of a “catastrophe” or other disruption. The company works with technology partners to deliver broadband connectivity in multiple ways, including through satellite and fiber-optic technologies.
— Companies or individuals can store and manage their credentials online through Sigkat, then use them to validate their reputation with employers and business partners. The firm aims to make the exchange of credentials both reliable and inexpensive.
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