New York City, NY (December 15, 2015)
For the third time this year, Captivate took over the German – American entrepreneurial scene in New York City. In collaboration with the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) and support from community partners German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI), the German Consulate General in New York as well as NYU Tandon School of Engineering, German Accelerator New York welcomed over 90 guests from the NYC startup and innovation community. The event was hosted at Rise New York and featured startups that have recently completed GA’s three-month acceleration and immersion program. This time, the event’s focus was geared to the pitches of the recent program graduates as well as one alumnus company from German Accelerator Silicon Valley:
favendo helps brick-and-mortar retailers increase sales through a powerful system providing indoor location-based services to shoppers and in-depth analytics for retailers.
Nightadvisor empowers venue managers to intelligently create and manage automated ad campaigns with just one simple log in. Being both, a B2B tool for venue managers and a location-based B2C nightlife platform for users, Nightadvisor’s customers benefit from extensive data that strongly increases their marketing efficiency and gives them a deeper understanding of their target audience.
Keeeb is an enterprise-level, knowledge curation product – a SaaS discovery engine that increases worker productivity by more than 20%. It is a Lotus Notes reinvented for the Internet, a Pinterest platform for corporate knowledge, and an Evernote for the enterprise. Finds hidden information, eliminates duplicate research, automates the “searching, saving, and sharing” of business intelligence.
After each pitch the judge panel consisting of Jessica Peltz-Zatulove (Principal at kbs+ Ventures), Mitchell Kleinhandler (Venture Partner at Scout Ventures) and Deepen Parikh (Venture Partner at Interplay Ventures) provided immediate feedback for the startups’ products and their success potential in the U.S. market.
In addition, German Accelerator New York was delighted to welcome John R. Patrick as guest moderator for this quarter’s Captivate. Dr. Patrick was formerly vice president of Internet technology at IBM and a founding member of the World Wide Web consortium at MIT. After a short introduction by James Kollegger, CEO of German Accelerator New York, John entered the stage and shared his insightful perspective on the future of digital technology.
During and after the pitches the audience had the chance to vote for their favorite pitch of the night. The winner of the evening got to pick one of three prestigious prizes: A conference ticket of his choice, one full day of mentoring, or a round trip flight from Germany to NYC. This night’s award went to Konrad, CEO of Keeeb, who happily accepted the award.
The next edition of Captivate events will take place on March 22 (New York City) and on March 24, 2016 (San Francisco).
About German Accelerator:
The German Accelerator is a growth acceleration program that supports German startups from ICT related sectors to enter the U.S. market. It provides startups with hands-on mentoring and office space at its locations in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and New York City. German Accelerator identifies and selects the most promising German startups and assists them in their pursuit of becoming category leaders with lasting competitiveness and success in the global market place. The accelerator’s vision is to establish a permanent bridge between Germany and the U.S. that facilitates transatlantic startups, provides inspiration and drives demand, innovation, research and development in Germany.
Participation in the German Accelerator program is free of charge for all selected companies.
Matthias Groo, Marketing & Project Manager
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