LAUNCH Startup Accelerator 2016 Participants Announced
Today LAUNCH: The University of California’s Startup Accelerator in partnership with the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program, announced its 2016 participants. Beginning in February, the 25 teams will work with a team of mentors and UC Berkeley faculty to bring their market-validated products to the next stage.
“Entrepreneurship is a team sport. This LAUNCH cohort reflects the diversity of thought and disciplines that make the UC entrepreneurial ecosystem so successful,” said Rhonda Shrader, the Director of the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program.
The 2016 teams, which span a diverse range of industries and target markets, include:
- InstaViser, a company founded by two Olympians, uses emerging technologies to connect mentors with learners anywhere, anytime
- uCella, a smart home product that automates parcel receiving/returning and manages all purchases for online shoppers
- Koniku, A hardware and wetware company building interfaces for electronics and biological neurons
Please see below for a full list of participating companies.
LAUNCH is the University of California’s leading accelerator focused on transforming promising startups into scalable businesses. The program is focused on accelerating companies with the potential to solve our major challenges and unmet customer needs by preparing them for funding, incubation, or independent, sustainable growth.
LAUNCH has awarded more than $1 million dollars in its history and has played a role in launching fledgling ideas into major businesses, with two thirds of graduating LAUNCH businesses from the class of 2015 receiving funding within 8 months.
Notable alumni businesses and entrepreneurs are TubeMogul (Nasdaq: TUBE, $420 mm market cap), World of Good (acquired by eBay), Revolution Foods (~$100 mm in 2014 revenue), and Xendit (2015 class, received funding from Y Combinator).
About the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program
The Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program, or BHEP, supports student entrepreneurs throughout their entrepreneurial journey. Ideation and team formation are supported by a $100,000 Dean’s Seed Fund to develop promising ideas. Lean Launchpad and Social Lean Launchpad are two of many classes designed to support student entrepreneurs in refining and prototyping ideas. Later stage companies are supported with scaling via the LAUNCH accelerator. Weekly mentor hours match industry experts with student entrepreneurs for deep dives into legal, financial, strategic and tactical aspects of their ventures. Topical events, including food entrepreneurship, aging-related startups and hackathons encourage exploration while providing inspiration and exposure.
Full List of Participating Companies
- Living Foods
- Butterfly Medical
- Helpful Village
- Players’ Lounge
- BHEST Medical
- New Sun Road
- The Food Bikery