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Betaspring startups present at Launch Day

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SPROUTEL'S Hannah Chung and Aaron Horowitz show off a prototype for a bear that aims to help kids learn how to self-treat diabetes.
Posted 4/27/12

PROVIDENCE – CEOs of 16 fledgling companies from the Betaspring startup accelerator presented themselves and their companies to a full house Thursday evening at Betaspring’s Launch Day in hopes of gaining equity and support.

Launch Day was the final step for the startups that spent the last 12 weeks in the intensive, mentorship-driven program.

The presentations started off with CareThread, a team of doctors headed by CEO Dr. Scott Guelich, who described the chaotic communication systems typical of most American hospitals.

CareThread’s real-time health care communications platform, which is accessed through smart phones and tablets, allows real-time messaging and for multiple users to access the same information. Harvard doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston will be testing the system.

CEOs from the other 15 startup teams got on stage in turn to pitch their ideas to the crowd. Sproutel’s Hannah Chung donned a bear costume to introduce Jerry the Bear – a stuffed animal focused on helping children with Type I diabetes learn to live with their disease.

Chung and Sproutel CEO Aaron Horowitz said the company is already partnering with Children With Diabetes, America’s largest diabetes network and the Mayo Clinic.

The rest of this year’s Betaspring class is as follows:

    • 121 Nexus, formerly Agile, a software to help political leaders connect with constituents

    • Autoshag, a service that allows consumers to buy cars at dealer auctions for savings off retail

    • GBooking, an online tool for search, comparison and booking of service providers

    • JumpOffCampus, a service that improves off-campus housing functions from all perspectives

    • Kay McGowan: A Curated World, an online retailer of goods from international destinations

    • LessonWriter, a tool that uses media content to create classroom lesson plans

    • Moveable Code, a developer of mobile products for play – the company unveiled a Harry Potter-inspired app that allows users to battle each other with spells via Bluetooth connected smartphones.

    • Prepmatic, creator of standardized test preparation tools

    • RecoVend, an online service to improve and lower costs of university purchasing

    • Socialping, developer of real-time Twitter analytics among other tools for business

    • Splitwise, a tool to help groups, down to roommates, calculate cost-sharing arrangements

    • Thryve, tool to help people better track their diet and well-being

    • Thumbs Up, a platform to let viewers rate and see how others rate television programs in real time

    • TwoBolt, creators of a tool that lets businesses create and manage marketing campaigns

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