Current Partners

Below is a complete list of the companies currently working with a Fellow from the Class of 2012. For a complete list of Company Partners for the Class of 2013, visit our 2013 Company Partners page.

Cincinnati

Detroit

New Orleans

Las Vegas

Providence

Partner Companies

Cincinnati

Cintrifuse provides a supportive community of global industry leaders and a built-in path to product testing opportunities, early review of emerging technology, talent recruitment and retention, investment sources, customers, revenue and exit opportunities. Cintrifuse provides innovation capital that leverages a network of seed and angel investors, venture capital firms, strategic investors, and other high-potential investment sources. These strategic institutions, including Procter & Gamble, Children’s Hospital, Duke Energy and University of Cincinnati, will provide startups with access to its expertise, strategic relationships, and other collaborative resources. Cintrifuse Capital Fund will invest in early stage venture funds from across the U.S. that are interested in accessing these valuable connections.

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Donde is a best-in-class store locator designed for a mobile experience and enhanced with tools to drive retail sales. Spurred by the growth of mobile, the company has grown from a side project to help people find specific products at grocers and restaurants into a platform for location as a service.

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ilesfay ensures that the right data gets to the right person at the right time using cloud technologies. Their founders have over 30 years of combined experience solving the problem of distributed expertise and data for Fortune 100 clients. In the past, huge capital investment has been required to build cumbersome point-to-point solutions in which the amount of data or distributed demand for data far outstrips the infrastructure. This has led to users wasting time working on the wrong information and thus making poor decisions, missing project deadlines, and redoing work.

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OneMorePallet is an easy to use web application that makes shipping more efficient by finding spare pallets on trucks, and letting customers bid on them, Priceline-style. More money and less waste for trucking companies, plus low-cost shipping for customers!

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Roadtrippers is a simple and intuitive road trip planner that helps discover, plan and book the best places and experiences along your way, curated by local experts and travel writers.

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Detroit

Accio Energy is making distributed wind energy systems scalable, reliable, and affordable with Aerovoltaic energy systems that directly convert wind energy to electricity without any moving parts. Accio Energy Aerovoltaic energy systems offer the low cost of big wind with the modularity and flexibility of solar. It’s a new direction in wind energy.

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Are You a Human has breakthrough authentication technology that distinguishes real people from the bots with PlayThru, a quick, easy game that requires the user to drag an object into a specific location. Simple as it sounds, PlayThru does a much better job of thwarting a spam bot, plus it’s fun for the user and it has tons of marketing potential.

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Bedrock Management is strong real estate. Operating in Detroit and Cleveland as part of the Quicken Loans family of companies, the Bedrock team has a strong legacy as a real estate manager, developer and investor. Bedrock’s talent is also available to third-parties as an advisor, joint venture partner or property manager.

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Benzinga is an innovative news and analysis service that focuses on global markets. Provides original, accurate and timely global financial content every day and features content from industry experts and experienced analysts while also covering the news of the day.

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Bizdom is a startup accelerator that helps entrepreneurs launch, fund and grow innovative, web and tech-based startups. Bizdom is a nonprofit that was founded by Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and general partner of Detroit Venture Partners.

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Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. Founded in 1885, the museum covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, an auditorium and a lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory. The DIA’s collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century.

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Detroit Venture Partners is a venture capital firm for seed and early-stage technology companies who are on a mission to help rebuild the Detroit area through entrepreneurial fire and building businesses.

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Digerati analyzes existing technological processes used by businesses across diverse industries and helps them create solutions that optimize current resources and work together with new technologies.

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Grand Circus is a tech training institute and co-working space in the heart of downtown Detroit. With an emphasis on programming, design, and business skills, Grand Circus aims to address the skill gaps in Detroit while promoting a tight community of entrepreneurs.

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Doodle Home Doodle Home is an online destination for consumers, designers and manufacturers of luxury home furnishings. Founded in 2010, Doodle Home revolutionizes the way interior design is practiced in the 21st century. At Doodle Home, we are passionate about simplifying the design process and providing the tools and resources to enhance the experiences and strengthen the connections among all members of the interior design ecosystem.

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NextEnergy’s mission is to accelerate energy security, economic competitiveness, and environmental responsibility through the growth of advanced-energy technologies, businesses, and industries. The idea is to build on intellectual, entrepreneurial, and industry resources available in Michigan to advance alternative energy across the United States and around the world. NextEnergy’s experience includes an array of projects in three general areas: Technology Demonstration, Industry and Venture Development, and Public Sector Leadership.

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Las Vegas

The Downtown Project, founded by Zappos.com CEO and author of Delivering Happiness Tony Hsieh, is a $350 million project to rebuild downtown Las Vegas. They plan to invest $100 million in real estate, $100 million in residential development, $50 million in small businesses, $50 million in education, and $50 million in tech startups through the VegasTech Fund. Hsieh and his team have committed to transforming Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world by inspiring and empowering people to follow their passions to create a vibrant, connected urban core. Focus areas will include Arts, Music & Culture, Community & Coworking, Education, Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Urban Development.

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New Orleans

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EMH Strategy is a strategy and management consulting firm, founded by John Elstrott, Ralph Maurer and Jeremy Hunnewell. Its consultants offer customized solutions to assist businesses experiencing periods of profound change or grappling with complex and ambiguous issues. EMH Strategy’s mission is to provide its clients with the expertise and knowledge of a large business consulting firm combined with the superior customer service, rigorous methodologies, and sensitivity to local context made possible in a boutique firm.

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Federated Sample is a market research technology firm focused on bringing efficiency and automation to sampling through the Fulcrum Platform. Fulcrum is the world’s first complete project management suite to give clients the power to seamlessly integrate multiple suppliers, increase productivity and reduce costs.

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Kickboard is a web-based software that enables teachers to use data to improve student performance. Kickboard’s intuitive interface gives teachers and administrators the ability to collect and analyze academic and behavioral performance efficiently and in real time so that they can make appropriate and timely interventions.

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Resource Environmental Solutions supplies offsets that enable permitting for projects that may involve unavoidable impacts to water and waterbodies, endangered species, or native habitats. RES provides guidance to identify and resolve potential challenges before they arise by offering their team of experts in surface impact assessment, regulatory process resolution, and, most important, efficient design of ecological offsets. They provide offset supply that is fast, flexible, and cost-efficient, while working closely with companies to transfer liability appropriately and keeps projects moving right along.

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StaffInsight helps you measure, analyze, and improve your workforce productivity while staying attuned to the needs of your most valuable assets: Your people.

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Turbosquid is the largest library of 3D products for sale in the world, a clearinghouse for digital artists to make money selling their content, a place to find premium plug-ins for 3D software applications, a forum for 3D professionals to exchange ideas, and a production tool to help digital artists more rapidly find, preview and acquire essential content.

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VoiceHIT is a web-based software platform that uses real-time data as well as data from third-party applications and devices to help physicians and patients manage health. In the simplest terms, VoiceHIT connects your doctors with your devices, with your mobile apps.

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Providence

Andera is the leader in online customer acquisition solutions for financial institutions. Its suite of products and services includes online account opening, consumer marketing, fraud prevention and an in-house software development kit.

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MoFuse is the global leader in Mobile Web Content Management. It provides a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that customers use to easily build mobile web sites, microsites, landing pages and forms. The Platform optimizes mobile sites for every smart phone and feature phone around the world offering solutions such as search, mobile commerce, click-to-call leads, mobile advertisements, and forms for mobile data capture. Mofuse’s mission is to make the mobile web affordable and easy for any business to build and manage a mobile website.

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Swipely is a simple way for merchants to understand customers and grow sales. With information from in-store systems and the social web, Swipely makes it easy to understand what brings customers back. Merchants use Swipely to manage over 1 billion dollars in sales and deepen relationships with 7 million customers.

Founded by Angus Davis and named to the Forbes Magazine 100 list of “America’s Most Promising Companies,” the Providence, RI based company includes veterans of Tellme, Microsoft, LivingSocial and SeamlessWeb, and is backed by leading Silicon Valley investors including First Round Capital, Index Ventures, Shasta Ventures, and Greylock Partners, among others.

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TeeSpring is an innovative way to create buzz around events, promotions, and fundraisers by offering a no-risk, no-hassle way to create & sell custom t-shirts online. It allows customers to design a shirt, choose a sales goal and tipping point, and start selling. Once the campaign hits the tipping point, they’ll organize printing/shipping and send you a check for your profits.

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VCharge uses decentralized, market-based principles to enable residential electric thermal storage heaters, electric cars, and other Transactive Loads to respond dynamically to grid conditions and improve overall system efficiency. VCharge technology brings real value to utilities, grid operators, and end users today and into the future. VCharge technology fundamentally changes how electric grid operators and utilities provide secure, stable, and reliable power; people heat and cool their homes and businesses, and power their vehicles; and how renewable energy generators deliver and sell their output.

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