Announcing the Eleven Startups Coming to San Francisco for the Google for Entrepreneurs “Scale-up” Exchange Program

Launching a startup is hard, but scaling a viable business is harder. This can be especially true if you’re not in a place like Silicon Valley, with access to abundant expertise and late-stage capital. This is why, two months ago, we teamed up with our friends at Google for Entrepreneurs to give startups from around the world an opportunity to come to Galvanize’s San Francisco campus for a week to learn, network, and build the relationships that will help launch their companies to the next level of growth.

Today, after having processed over 100 applications, we’re excited to announce the eleven incredible startups joining us from November 2nd to 6th. These companies come from places like Korea, New York, and North Carolina.

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They have collectively raised nearly $12MM in funding, and are working on products that range from home automation to music tech. It’s a diverse group, and we can’t wait to have them join the Galvanize community. Here’s a bit more about each of them:

KonoLabs

Kono is a Mobile Scheduler powered by Artificial Intelligence live on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Launched while participating in the 500 Startups program this past summer, Kono is based on a sophisticated machine learning engine and provides users with the best time & place to meet based on various location, behavioral and preferential factors.

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Key stats:

  • Backed by 500 Startups
  • 2,000+ Monthly Active Users
  • 10,000+ ‘Events’ a day

Keen Home

Keen Home develops proactive software and hardware products to protect and enhance your home’s core systems. Keen Home’s products provide homeowners with  increased comfort, improved efficiency, and a better maintained home. The company’s first product, the Smart Vent, seamlessly controls a home’s heating/cooling airflow on a room-by-room  level, resulting in improved comfort and efficiency.

Location: New York, New York

Key stats:

  • $2.2M in guaranteed purchase orders from Lowe’s Home
  • $40K-$60K/month in pre-order revenue
  • Partnership with Google’s Nest and Samsung’s SmartThings for software integration, co-marketing, and co-branding

NarrativeDx

NarrativeDx is the leading platform providing hospitals with actionable insights to improve patient experiences. Through patent-pending natural language processing and machine learning technology, NarrativeDx provides clients with previously hidden insights into the key themes and staff members driving their patient experience scores.

Location: Austin, Texas

Key stats:

  • Raised a $750,000 seed round

MATI Energy

MATI Energy is the first no-compromise, guilt-free energy drink on the market. Our proprietary brewing process enables us to offer consumers an all-natural product with more caffeine than Red Bull and less than 1/3 the calories of other energy drinks, all derived wholly from fruit juices and plant leaves. MATI has become a best selling energy drink in Whole Foods stores and offices across the southeast.

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Key stats:

  • Won Best Undergraduate Startup at Duke University
  • Google Demo Day Winner

Wheelhouse

Wheelhouse provides training, assessment and certification of the skills required for modern software development. Our platform explains key concepts, provides realistic projects and delivers feedback for instant validation of progress. We help build their definitive assessments, trainings and certifications to help their customers succeed – blending the latest product insights with curated best practices culled from some of the best development teams in the world.

Location: New York, New York

Key stats:

  • Started 6 months ago already raised $825k
  • Launched at github Universe

ChopTix

ChopTix is the first mobile marketplace for legitimate sports & events ticket scalping that allows last-minute buyers & sellers to connect using geo-location technology. Buyers and sellers can pinpoint each other’s exact locations, use a built-in chat feature to communicate directly, and view a ratings-profile system before committing to a ticket sale. ChopTix captures the online potential of the person-to-person, last-minute resale ticket market, helping fill stadiums, avoid waste, and manage prices through fair, transparent online competition for available tickets.

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Key stats:

  • Raised 75k in funding
  • Privately Beta Testing

Revolar

Revolar is on a mission to change the way people practice personal safety, by creating a wearable device that allows users to call for help with a simple press of a button. If a user is ever in danger, they simply press the button on their Revolar device and an alert message with their real time location information is sent to their preset emergency contacts. This location information is updated every 30 seconds, allowing our user’s emergency contacts to get them help quickly. Revolar is committed to building safety technology to empower people to keep themselves and those they love safe.

Location: Denver, Colorado

Key stats:

  • 2015 Techstars Boulder
  • Winner of the CU Boulder New Venture Challenge
  • Successfully funded Kickstarter campaign with $84k in pre-orders and over 860 customers.

Pana

Pana is your on-demand travel concierge for planning and booking all of your travel needs. In short, the UX of travel is broken. We are bringing humanity back to travel by giving everyone a personal travel concierge for $25 a month. We research and book flights, hotels, cars, and food; we proactively handle emergencies (like delays) in real-time; and we give our members access to special perks, pricing, and more.

Location: Denver, Colorado

Key stats:

  • 5k users trialling or active
  • 0.5% monthly churn, 60% month over month growth

Estmob Inc.

Estmob Inc. is a startup headquartered in Seoul, South Korea and is the creator behind Send Anywhere. Send Anywhere is a platform agnostic file sharing service that allows end users to share digital content, peer to peer, in real time, without cloud storage. Unlike messenger or cloud based storage apps, Send Anywhere allows users to send as many files, independent of type or size, an unlimited number of times across Android, iOS, and Desktop. To date, we have over three million cumulative downloads, one million monthly unique devices, and are in 190+ countries.

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Key stats:

  • 1.2 million mobile active users in August with over 330 TB of data
  • 4.59 rating in the Android App Store with 41,000+ reviews

PaymentScholar

PaymentScholar provides a web-based system that provides online payments, student registration, and robust reporting for K-12 schools. This allows them to digitize and streamline student registration, enrollment, and payment processing, and providing a robust reporting system to track it all. We are committed to providing a high-quality, intuitive system that dramatically reduces the redundant manual labor that is associated with educating – allowing teachers, staff, and administrators to focus their time and resources where they need to be.

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Key stats:

  • Raised $125K to date
  • have processed over  2000 transactions totaling almost $250,000

Crowdtunes

CrowdTunes transforms stale commercial background music into an interactive crowd-sourced playlist that engages staff and patrons alike while driving store loyalty. We provide expertly curated music selections that patrons can engage with through our unique jukebox application from their smartphone. This leads to happier, more engaged patrons ultimately improving the top and bottom lines of our venues. Beyond music, we are leveraging our in-store digital display, music programming, iBeacon data and handsets to deliver targeted advertisements to patrons as they make critical purchasing decisions thus propelling us from a “21st century jukebox” to a much more interesting customer experience management platform.

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Key stats:

  • 140 restaurants using CrowdTunes full time including large Applebee’s franchise
  • 22k users, growing organically at 5% per week
  • $19k MRR
  • Partnered directly with 2 of 3 major music labels

To learn more about these awesome companies, see a more detailed profile here.

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