NMotion, the startup accelerator based in Lincoln, has announced the seven startups accepted into the 2014 summer program. This year’s cohort includes local startups Adolade, DigiWidgets, MusicSpoke and Pixobot, along with out-of-state startups Turnstile Cards, Commissioner.io, and Athletepreneur, which all will be moving to Lincoln to participate.
“We’re excited about working with this group of strong and diverse founders. Applications were up 80 percent from the previous year and included applications from all over the world, so it was tough making the final cut,” said Brian Ardinger, managing director of NMotion.
To capitalize on Lincoln’s growing list of sports-related startups and mentors, including Hudl, opendorse, Lockr, EliteForm, Hail Varsity, Bulu Box, Powderhook and others, NMotion actively targeted sports-focused startups to bring into the program.
“We think density is important in a growing startup community since it allows for greater collaboration and connections. At NMotion we wanted to actively look for ways to capitalize on our community’s strengths and build on them,” Ardinger said.
Zach Sanderson, co-founder of Turnstile Cards, which is currently based in Iowa, said: “We’re excited to come from one supportive Silicon Prairie community to another, especially one with a sports startup legacy.”
In addition to sports startups, NMotion’s cohort includes startups in agriculture, music and digital marketing. NMotion startups receive seed capital, coworking space and access to a pool of resources including more than 100 mentors, training, and developer and designer talent. Each startup will use the 100 days of the program starting on June 2 to work with teams and mentors to test and validate the market, build and prototype solutions, and prepare for a demo day showcase to be held on Sept. 9 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln. Companies receive $15,000 of seed capital in exchange for a 6 percent equity stake. This funding was provided by Invest Nebraska Corp., along with members of the Nebraska Angels organization and individual accredited investors. Program sponsors include the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, Union Bank and Trust, NUtech Ventures, Nebraska Innovation Campus and the University of Nebraska, along with many other companies and organizations.
Summary of NMotion’s 2014 Startups:
Adolade – Location-based mobile rewards platform
Ryan Cooper, founder of Golf Status, is creating a location-based rewards company that helps app and device makers monetize their users’ moments of achievement, loyalty, and influence.
Athletepreneur – Online network & marketplace for athletes
Co-founder Mike Fingado is coming from Seattle and his co-founder Brian Dzingai, who is a former Olympian from Zimbabwe, will be coming from Chicago. They are building a professional network and lifestyle brand for collegiate and professional athletes.
Commissioner.io – Sports league management platform
Kunwar Gill and Richard Bansal are coming from Toronto, Canada, and are working on a sports league management platform for recreational leagues and their players.
DigiWidgets – Plug-in graphic editing engine for websites
Fresh from their win at the JumpStart Challenge, Lincoln entrepreneurs Stacy Carlson (Gotta Pixel) and Carl Steffen (Stone Fin Development) formed DigiWidgets as a plug-in graphic editing engine for websites that empowers users to create, manipulate and sell digital media.
MusicSpoke – Music publishing platform & marketplace for composers
The Lincoln startup MusicSpoke founded by Jennifer Rosenblatt and Kurt Knecht is a cloud-based platform where composers, conductors and performers can connect and share new sheet music and performances.
PixoBot – Software platform for robotics in agriculture
Vishal Singh heads up Pixobot, a software platform utilizing drones and data to improve agricultural efficiency.
Turnstile Cards – Mobile fan loyalty platform
Zach Sanderson and Jason Kristufek represent Turnstile Cards. Turnstile Cards won a recent Startup Weekend competition and is coming to NMotion from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Turnstile Cards is recreating the nostalgia of the baseball card in a mobile marketing platform for sports teams to connect with fans outside the stadium.
NMotion is a mentor-driven, education-focused, startup accelerator based in Lincoln. NMotion focuses on high-growth software and technology-based businesses in targeted industries of sports, agriculture, marketing technologies, education and finance/insurance. It provides an intense 14-week program designed to get startups moving forward – faster and more effectively. It offers seed funding, hands-on education and access to a group of highly engaged mentors. NMotion combines this with a cohort of fellow startups to create a collaborative community that’s focused and accountable. Further information can be found at http://nmotion.co.