MANCHESTER, NH – A large enthusiastic crowd attended the Alpha Loft Startup Shindig on May 31 at Millyard business Oracle Dyn. They were there to hear 11 entrepreneurs pitch their businesses, and witness three businesses win $100,000 prizes: Vybe Software, SkinGreat, and Thryvly.
The prizes were provided through Millworks Fund, an investment fund committed to strengthening New Hampshire’s startup community and attracting additional investment dollars to New Hampshire. Below, Gray Chynoweth, General Partner of the Millworks Fund, shares his excitement about the event:
The 11 businesses included:
- Cyborg Inc. – The Concord company develops technology for the analysis and enhancement of human movement. User can track their progress on any route and instantly evolve with performance-enhancing wearables.
- HealthyKart – The Weare company is developing a nutritional dietary analysis platform that connects households with the food they’re eating to ensure a nutritious well-balanced diet.
- LIM Software – LIM Software, of Tuftonboro, provides clients with expert systems designed to eliminate 90 percent of the “build tax” incurred in software development.
- QuadraSquare – QuadraSquare, based in Derry, is focused on finding a cure for breast cancer. The company says its early detection technology would drastically improve chances of survival.
- SkinGreat – The Laconia company’s transdermal delivery system treats scars and stretch marks.
- TankClarity – This Bedford company aims to optimize heating fuel service offerings and create savings for consumers.
- Tech Product Strategy – This Nashua-based company has developed Journal 24×7, a mobile application built with the intention of making the journaling experience easier and more accessible.
- Thryvly – The marketplace platform developed by this Portsmouth company gives health instructors and other influencers ecommerce and publishing tools to create a business and earn money from content, social following and products.
- UpStart Commerce – This Manchester company is building a platform it says redefines retail commerce and how enterprise retailers interact with consumers.
- Vybe Software – This Nashua company designed an application that enables users to create customized websites using voice commands.
- Waypoint Robotics – Waypoint Robotics of Merrimack designs and manufactures autonomous mobile industrial robots.
Below, winner Rita Toth describes Manchester as “the hub of startup leadership:”
The event was hosted by Alpha Loft, a non-profit business accelerator located in Manchester and Portsmouth. Its Manchester co-working and meeting location is provided by WBC Office Suites at 1087 Elm St.
Alpha Loft is dedicated to accelerating the development of early-stage scalable businesses, commercializing the intellectual capital developed at leading educational institutions, and creating sustainable employment opportunities in the state of New Hampshire. It is an initiative of the New Hampshire High Tech Council (NHHTC).
Toral Cowieson, Board Chair of NHHTC, board member of Alpha Loft, and Director of the Internet Society, called Manchester “the hub of the New Hampshire tech ecosystem:”