PE Class of 2016: Where Are They Now?
As we usher in the PE Class of 2017, we checked in with the inaugural class of 2016 to see what they’ve built over the past year.
Valeet Healthcare is an engagement platform that bridges the gap between patients and their healthcare. Using technology, they provide tools to allow more clear and effective communication between doctor and patient, as well as useful tracking information for hospitals in order to create a more seamless healthcare experience.
Since their experience at Project Entrepreneur’s 2016 Intensive, Valeet Healthcare has made great waves in the healthcare industry. Founder & CEO, Sima Pendharkar, filled us in. “We’ve secured our first hospital contract and are building up the team. We’ve gotten additional angel funding. I’ve been invited to pitch to a group of 20 Chinese executives via health 2.0 and also have been sought out by another Chinese company that wants to partner with us. Additionally, in October 2016 we were selected as a Health 2.0 Launch company where we got to demo in Santa Clara.”
KoinVest (formerly KaChing) is a mobile app designed to foster investing habits and financial mindfulness in teenagers. With KoinVest, kids learn that they can help their money grow by investing!
Melanie Smith, Founder of KoinVest, let us in what they’ve been up to this past year. “KaChing won the BNP Paribas International Hackathon in June of 2016, participated in a digital bootcamp with Bank of the West, and pitched in front of BNPP execs in Paris in December. That same month, we got a new CTO, Jeff Weinstein, and a new name, KoinVest.”
ModaBox is a personalized shopping service that provides women with customized outfits sent right to their door. Busy women everywhere are taking advantage of this convenient and empowering luxury service.
Check out their latest feature in INC Magazine.
Queen of Raw is a marketplace where independent designers can find cutting-edge raw materials. With so many suppliers, stockists, manufacturers, and distributors of fabrics and other materials & supplies, Queen of Raw is empowering designers to design smarter.
CEO Stephanie Benedetto shared with us about Queen of Raw’s exciting year. “We are delighted to announce that since participating in the PE Class of 2016, our business has grown! We launched a podcast, “Material Is Your Business,” and have a TV show in the works! It’s a fun show focused on cool conversations with industry notables and business leaders. We provide commentary about business, technology, and the future of fashion, textiles, & design. Our network has over 2.1 million listens and works with the biggest brands in the world.”
Supa is an AI platform connecting biometric sensors in apparel with ambient sensors to enhance all aspects of performance.
The last year has been extremely successful for SUPA. They rebranded to SUPA.ai and launched a website where customers can waitlist SUPA powered apparel. They were selected for the UNICEF Wearables for Good catalogue for their wearable sensor kit for pregnant women to minimize the risk of maternal death in Ethiopia. They also did an original video with Mercedes-Benz and NASA invited them to a solutions meeting at the Space Center.
Komae is a social network of parents that allows friends to exchange free babysitting. Using a points system, users are able to receive and provide babysitting, saving parents money and giving them additional flexibility.
Co-founders Amy Husted and Audrey Wallace created a video to update us on their exciting year after being chosen as one of the three winners from the PE Class of 2016.
Cake is an app that guides users on making decisions for all aspects of their end-of-life plans. It repositions death in people’s lives and society by making it easier to think about.
Co-Founder and CEO, Suelin Chen, told us all about Cake’s productive year. “We are excited to share that we raised an angel round, released a new version of the product, and are now working with a number of enterprise clients including Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Harvard Pilgrim, and Liberty Mutual. We were selected to present at TEDMED 2017 and were also selected for PULSE, the new digital health lab in Boston. We’ve also been featured in: NY Times, Tech Insider, The Guardian, and more.”