Meet the PE Class of 2016!

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Since launching Rent the Runway Foundation’s Project Entrepreneur in September 2015, in partnership with UBS, we’ve met hundreds of inspiring entrepreneurs. And today, we’re excited to have nearly 200 entrepreneurs, representing 150 female-led startups from 26 states, join us at our 2016 Project Entrepreneur Intensive from April 9-10 in New York City. Meet the entire class here and see the weekend agenda.

Not only will we help these innovators nurture their startups, but we’ll also provide these women and their teams with actionable steps and resources to move them closer to becoming scalable, economically impactful companies. Included in this innovative group are 12 companies (selected out of 500 entries!) who will pitch their businesses to a panel of experts on the final day of the Intensive for the chance to be one of three teams awarded a cash prize of $10,000 and a spot in a five-week accelerator program hosted at Rent the Runway.

As Rent the Runway Co-Founder Jennifer Hyman puts it: “Our goal is to level the playing field so women entrepreneurs have the tools and opportunities necessary to build high-growth, high-impact companies. The Weekend Intensive and venture competition will bring us one step closer to this goal.”

Jennifer Fleiss, Co-Founder of Rent the Runway adds: “We’re looking forward to sharing practical skills from some of the best entrepreneurs in the space to help our participants take their businesses to the next level.”

The 2016 Project Entrepreneur Intensive will welcome successful New York City-based entrepreneurs and other “doers” to share their knowledge with our attendees. Highlights include: Bethenny Frankel, Founder & CEO, Skinnygirl, will keynote the Saturday Power Luncheon; Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founder of Gilt Groupe & CEO/Co-Founder of GlamSquad, will lead a workshop on branding; Carley Roney, Co-Founder of TheKnot.com and XO Group, will help women define their company’s brand and value proposition; Satya Twena, CEO/Creative Director Satya Twena Fine Millinery, Makins Hats and Sol a Mer, will speak on crowdfunding, among others.

Lori Feinsilver, UBS Head of Community Affairs & Executive Communications, Americas is excited to bring together motivated and diverse female leaders: “The female founders participating in Project Entrepreneur are among some of the most promising talent in our country. Even more, 50% of the founders attending the April Intensive are ethnically diverse women. To be a part of the changing face of the start-up community is inspiring, and we’re excited for what the future holds for these ventures.”

Check out the full list of the companies that will be joining us at the Intensive! Stay up to date on the 2016 Project Entrepreneur Intensive on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and join our conversation on with hashtag #PEIntensive16.

PE Class of 2016

* signals companies that will be participating in the live pitch for a spot in the Rent the Runway accelerator and a $10,000 prize

  • AccelerateAnalytics – Advisory healthcare data product where potential oncology and immunology therapies can be objectively compared to another.
  • Adventurely* – Book tourist activities and find a travel buddy on-demand.
  • AnaOno Intimates – Apparel line designed for women who have had breast surgery.
  • AnneeLondon – Collapsible bike helmet lines for women.
  • Arkaive Inc. – Education management tools for students and instructors of higher ed.
  • Asha Market – An e-commerce site for Indian wedding wear.
  • Assist – Cancer management app.
  • AuTeachism – iPad brain games for Autistic children.
  • Aveya Creative – On-demand branding for innovators.
  • Babierge – Collaborative economy tech platform to rent infant and toddler equipment with a focus on travel.
  • Baboomster – Providing retired baby boomers with a tool to add life to their longer lives, while providing employers access to an under-utilized skill set.
  • Barter Babes –  Online community that helps female entrepreneurs remove business barriers through bartering and business education.
  • BattleShop – An online fantasy shopping game.
  • Bellovella – An online fashion marketplace where designers pre-sell their collections.
  • Brick & Portal – Social fashion platform where anyone can open a store and sell items
  • Bridely – A personalized platform and marketplace for South Asian brides and grooms, event planners, and vendors to collaborate effectively.
  • Cake* – The easiest way to think about end of life.
  • CareConnector – Patient engagement platform benefiting patients and health systems.
  • CareerLark – Redesigning performance feedback for today’s workplace.
  • Claire* – A/B Product Testing for Fashion Brands.
  • ClientJoy – Making gratitude easy and local by curating and managing business gifting.
  • CoHatchery – CoHatchery is creating family-friendly work environments.
  • Copia – Feeding Forward is an online platform that helps connect businesses with excess food to people in need.
  • CortexMD* – CortexMD is a radiology decision science tool.
  • DateSpotz – Date Spotz helps you find the perfect place for the perfect date.
  • Day of Difference – Coordinates volunteer opportunities for companies to increase participation in Employee Volunteer Programs and creates a positive philanthropic social media presence.
  • Dishing Out – Dishing Out is a new web tool that turns recipes into shopping carts.
  • Eat In Chef – Platform for Chefs & On-Demand Chef Services
  • Eat Offbeat – Eat Offbeat delivers authentic ethnic meals made by refugees in NYC.
  • El Porto Shark – Your shark forecast for the California Coast.
  • Entourage Managers, Inc. – Where LinkedIn meets eHarmony for Executives and their best-fit Assistants.
  • EthosWell – EthosWell connects consumers to integrated wellness providers in their area.
  • FareNinja – Social flight search and booking platform for travel enthusiasts and novices.
  • Fendly.com – The curator of curves.
  • Finances De•mys•ti•fied – Subscription based financial planning and coaching software and service.
  • FINDMINE – Automating product curation for retailers.
  • Fizz – Fizz streamlines the performance review process.
  • Fly Baby Basics – Luxury delivery service for your baby’s necessities while traveling.
  • Fort Lily – Used coats sold online and creation of a community.
  • Full Harvest Technologies, Inc. – B2B platform that helps growers bring their excess produce to market.
  • Geko – App that incentivizes homework and provides student analytics.
  • Gild Collective – Gild Collective is a platform for creative experiences for women.
  • Girl Meets Party – Virtual wedding design and planning site that makes the process simple, convenient and affordable.
  • Givfolio – Transforming the way people give to charities.
  • GivTake – An online marketplace for college students to buy and sell stuff.
  • GreatPositive – A social good platform growing the $24 billion market for online giving.
  • Green Tyga – SmartME enables “stuff/life” balance by tracking+organizing boxes electronically.
  • harborGood – On-line market converts goods/services/rentals into cash for worthy causes.
  • Heartful.ly – The wedding registry for charitable giving.
  • iDisclose Team – App that enables entrepreneurs to generate their own legal disclosure docs.
  • Indian Moms Connect – An authentic online community by moms for moms.
  • Inscope Medical Solutions – Developing a laryngoscope that increases the speed & safety of intubation.
  • itsbyu* –  DIY flower kit company (the Blue Apron of flowers)
  • Janus Choice – Janus Choice’s facilitates informed healthcare transitions
  • Jyst – Jyst is a crowd-sourced anonymous relationship advice app.
  • Kali Active – Sportswear for women who do active sports such as boxing and kick-boxing.
  • Kid KaChing – Managing dollars and sense for families.
  • KiraKira Academy – Teaching girls fundamentals of engineering through art and design.
  • Komae* – Komae is an app allowing parents to exchange free babysitting with friends.
  • Lackii – Lackii is a 24/7 on-demand concierge service.
  • Lavoisier – Nanotechnology device that combats pharma counterfeiting.
  • LePetitChat – World’s most comfortable and stylish hi-tech convertible high heel shoes.
  • LOVR – Curated retail marketplace for independent beauty & personal care brands
  • Lundí – Luxury, wearable boot startup with integrated temperature personalization.
  • Meowtel – The cat sitting platform that shares profits with shelters.
  • Metabrew – A ready-made clever brew to naturally power your day!
  • Mia Pielle New York* – Fashion in 6 shades of nude to match the range of diversity in women’s skin.
  • Mist – Setting the standard for shopping that feels great.
  • ModaBox – ModaBox is a personalized shopping service for time-starved females.
  • Mode-sty – Apparel and lifestyle company for stylish women who dress modestly.
  • Mommy’s ToolBox – The discovery box for mom’s + babies from pregnancy through 12 months.
  • Moonlab – Moonlab engineers SoftSpot, a biometric sensor system for clothing
  • Myolo: Mortgage – The “common app” for mortgages.
  • NaturAll Club – NaturAll Club delivers fresh hair products.
  • NeighborMe – Curated marketplace connecting women to flexible freelance opportunities.
  • NerdNest – The world’s first and only social media site and app for fangirls.
  • NewPearl, Inc. – Web-based app that helps firms quickly outline processes via storytelling.
  • Nformed – Intelligent rules-based estate inventory app.
  • Nightingale Apps LLC – We empower nurses with our mobile apps to drive safer, more efficient care.
  • Nuekie – Nuekie Skin Care Kit is for women of color who suffer from hyperpigmentation.
  • Ova Woman – Online community supporting women’s intimate health.
  • oVote – Send questions as push notifications; users respond in two touches.
  • Pak’d* – Makes fresh, custom school lunches delivered to families’ homes.
  • Plucked Admissions – A tool that makes getting into college easy and free for students.
  • Pluto Money – Achieve your saving goals through bite-sized challenges.
  • PointCatcher, Inc. – Social reward points network.
  • Prevoo App – Communication app that saves users time, reduces anxiety and follow-up, and streamlines communication.
  • Primary Book Club – Book subscriptions service for parents of kids ages 0-5 preparing children for Kindergarten.
  • Privacy According to Jane – Information privacy and security platform designed for women.
  • Queen of Raw* – Empowering designers to design smarter.
  • Red Velvet NYC – Red Velvet NYC is a gourmet on-demand bake-at-home dessert delivery service.
  • Renal Trkrr – CKD chronic disease management program.
  • Roomhints VIP – Connecting you by text to experts to get help finding the right products.
  • Ropazi –  Text-messaging based personal shopper for mothers.
  • Rubitection – Technology to modernize early bedsore detection and management to improve patient care.
  • Scoop – Let go of items on demand.
  • Scrumptious Secrets – Gift and subscription box company, provides an assortment of small batched, non-processed food products from Vermont.
  • SelfHackathon – Personalized mind hacking + relevant science on demand.
  • Shine Text – Shine is a daily career coaching text to help you slay the day.
  • Shoptellie – ‘The Hunt’ for streaming video.
  • ShopVenture – Rating and review platform for online fashion & lifestyle shops.
  • ShortKey – Multi destination routing mobile application.
  • Single Baked Sweets – Single-serve, take-and-bake desserts that come with everything you need to make, bake, and decorate a delicious treat for one.
  • SitterCircle – Your personal babysitter’s club.
  • SixPence, LLC. – Niche, all inclusive wedding consignment app.
  • Slick Chicks – Undergarment solutions for the mobility-impaired.
  • SmartBridge – Online platform that connects businesses with top doctors, scientists, healthcare lawyers, and consultants on a flexible basis for project based work.
  • Sodium Analyte Level Test (S.A.L.T.) LLC* – Empowering patients to self-manage hypertension by measuring salt intake.
  • Soirée du Jour – Celebrating every facet of life with impeccably designed party goods.
  • Solace – Solace designs, curates, and produces bold and exciting home decor products.
  • Splurg – Splurg is a money saving app targeting millennials
  • StyleKist – Mobile-only fashion & beauty discovery platform.
  • Swivel Beauty – Website/app helping black women discover hairstylists + book appointments.
  • taptl – Specializes in the invention, development, manufacturing, and selling of interactive transparent displays – see through touch screen displays.
  • Teak & Twine – Carefully curated gift boxes for weddings, events and corporate gifting.
  • Team Joobali – Marketplace/software to manage the preschool and daycare experience.
  • TeamTresse – Hair housecalls for busy naturalistas.
  • The Crated – Printing circuits on textiles for the next generation of wearables.
  • The Kitmade Company – A direct-to-consumer women’s clothing e-commerce startup that maximizes fit.
  • The One Health Company – Tech-enabled contract research organization.
  • The Room Ring – Platform to find roommates, not strangers.
  • Tiger Eye Sensor, Inc. –  Having a body guard on your lapel.
  • TIM – Experiential institute that leads unconventional workshops in communication.
  • Torus Youth – Connecting youth with out-of-school programs for life success.
  • Tosan – Curated goods for the adventure of fatherhood.
  • ToySyndrome – Creates clothing and accessories. Accessories are downloadable files that can be 3D printed by customers
  • Tozuda – An impact sensor design to alert athletes when they have been hit too hard.
  • Trainer Engine, Inc. – Personal fitness training for your busy life.
  • TransferEDU – Seamless community college transfer.
  • Tringling – Perfect combination of Meetup, Match.com and Groupon.
  • Tulle La La – Monthly bridal box to guide the bride through her wedding planning journey.
  • TVRunway – Buy clothes from TV shows with a single click while watching online.
  • UpCraft Club – A modern sewing association for people who especially love using digital patterns.
  • UpScored – A career discovery platform powered by data science.
  • Vaga – Online marketplace for short term workspace rentals.
  • Vendedy – A mobile network connecting travelers to street market products.
  • Vestiarii – Customizable fashion brand focused on bold, original and limited edition prints.
  • VINA – We build software to connect, empower, and celebrate women.
  • WellYeah – An online alternative wellness marketplace featuring a symptom engine.
  • WESTxEAST – A luxury brand that promotes a more global aesthetic in dressing.
  • Wing Man – Online dating service that allows friends to play matchmaker.
  • WiNot – Provides access to quality internet at 20% of the cost without contracts and hidden fees.
  • Wonkie – E-commerce company that makes artisan food products from funny-looking produce.
  • WotNow – Twitter for events and time-based deals delivered to sleek calendar app.
  • Your Financial Lane –  The Weight Watcher or the AA of personal finance.
  • Zuvaa – Online Marketplace for African Fashion and Design.