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PDX accelerators welcome newbies

The Nike+ Accelerator and Portland Seed Fund announced their classes this week. Congrats to all the newly-incubated – we’re looking forward to your demo days, and to learning more about your businesses this spring.

Nike+ Accelerator

The inaugural Nike+ Accelerator class is being supported by TechStars. Each startup has received $20,000 in funding, and office space in the accelerator’s new headquarters in Old Town. The teams are working towards demo days in Portland and Silicon Valley, currently scheduled for June.

  • FitDeck: Digital decks of exercise playing cards that deliver ever-changing workouts for fitness and sports
  • GoRecess: Helps users find, book and review fitness activities
  • Chroma.io: An indie game studio that creates virtual worlds tied to real-world activity
  • CoachBase: Provides a digital sports coaching platform
  • GoFitCause: Leverages fitness data as a means of raising money for charities
  • HighFive: Ad network for health and fitness apps that helps people achieve their goals by rewarding them along their journey
  • Sprout At Work: Provider of corporate wellness solutions leveraging social and gamification tools to inspire employees and empower employers
  • GeoPalz: An interactive gaming and rewards platform for kids and families
  • Incomparable Things: Creates activity-driven fantasy sports leagues
  • RecBob: Offers a platform that makes recreational sports easy by organizing play

Portland Seed Fund

PSF has attracted a diverse group of startups to its fourth class, including Upstart Labs portfolio companies Measureful and Celly. PSF companies have raised $20MM in follow-on capital to date – the most recent example is Celly, which recently closed a $1.4MM Series A. The companies are working towards a demo day in late May, and a road show to Silicon Valley.

  • Alum.ni: Brings enhanced social value and connectivity to alumni networks
  • AppThwack: Helps developers to instantly test their web and mobile apps on real mobile devices
  • Celly: Allows users to create instant mobile social networks called “cells”
  • Indie Vinos: A mobile app that enables impulse wine buying at tastings and events
  • Measureful: Helps users aggregate and share pertinent marketing data in a meaningful way
  • Minetta Brook: Synthesizes a million news items a day to gain real time “big picture” awareness of developing trends and connections
  • Opal Labs: An ideation and innovation platform for teams to surface new ideas and solve problems
  • PrestoBox: Helps companies create brands and logos in a few minutes online using a series of revealing questions
  • Rally Cause: Enables fundraising for causes by shopping at local merchants
  • Simple Emotion: An emotion recognition platform targeting apps for people with developmental disabilities
  • Smart Mocha: Enables technologies for the emerging hardware/software ‘Internet of Things’

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