After three months of intense work, DivInc, the Austin accelerator for diverse entrepreneurs, has launched its latest group of startups.
The founders of eight companies took the stage for Demo Day on Friday at Google’s downtown Austin offices. They introduced their startups and pitched their ideas to potential investors.
DivInc launched in 2016 with the aim of creating a path to tech entrepreneurship for women and ethnically diverse startup founders.
Entrepreneurs apply to participate in the 12-week program. The goal is go give participants a chance to catch up with peers who have already had access to mentors, investors and other resources.
The hope is that the program will prepare the founders to get accepted into national accelerators such as Techstars or 500 Startups, and give them the pitching skills and investor connections they need to raise seed money.
Startups in the current cohort include a restaurant industry app, a platform to help influencers and ad agencies scout better for content and a marketplace to help connect gardeners.
“The entire Austin tech community has been so supportive of what we’re doing, and we’re excited for these incredible founders to present in front of a room full of top tech influencers, serial entrepreneurs, investors, supporters, family and friends,” said Preston James, co-founder and CEO of DivInc.
Demo Day is “when all their hard work over the past three months is showcased and they present their companies to the world,” James said.
Here’s DivInc’s latest cohort:
• Roman Gonzalez, founder of Gardenio (Marketplace for gardeners)
• Shambrekia Wise, founder of FuzeU (Education tech)
• Yogi Patel, founder of iuzeit (Mobile app)
• Wes Riddick and Cristina Rodgers, founders of The Maximus Box (Retail tech)
• Sara Brinton, founder of Penguino Travel (Travel tech)
• Stephanie Labay, founder of Retreat Place (Travel and Wellness tech)
• Ashley Behnke, founder of Spot Loc8r (Mobile app)
• Airion Watkins-Clark, founder of WutzGood Inc. (Mobile app)
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