Flashpoint at Georgia Tech Demo Day Recap – Cohort 4

Georgia Tech’s Flashpoint accelerator program graduated its fourth cohort last night at the Georgia Tech Research Institute building in Midtown. Eleven of the cohort’s 14 teams presented in front of a packed house of investors, Flashpoint alumni, mentors and fellow entrepreneurs.

But Flashpoint offers an interesting twist to the accelerator model. The program is also open to “intrapreneurs.” Corporate teams have participated in the program since the third cohort and are put through the same rigorous process as their startup colleagues. Two of the four corporate teams presented at demo day.

Emory Innovations, Inc. is the medical technology innovation group behind Emory initiatives like DRIVE, a non-profit that translates “academic research into drugs to treat alarming viral diseases.” Led by Emory professors Jack Tillman, Monte Eaves and Onix Ramirez, Emory Innovations aims to create a platform supporting future DRIVE-like entities in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

QuinSegQuinSeg Labs, an offshoot of credit card processor TSYS, has developed an aggregator of corporate compliance and regulations for corporate expenses. QuinSeg representatives Frank Braski and David Hehman explained how QuinSeg’s solution would enable companies to remotely stop unauthorized or inappropriate purchases by employees as they happen.


Cohort 4’s teams (in order of appearance):

  1. SwipeLoyalty- connects manufacturers, merchandisers and consumer packaged goods companies directly with customers through their credit cards.
  2. SecondNature- virtual workforce management platform.
  3. RCT.co- provides customers with virtual receipts without e-mail.
  4. skroot- audience discovery and content marketing platform.
  5. SAYRoom- mobile app connecting brands to consumers via sound bites.
  6. Emory Innovations- interactive healthcare innovation group.
  7. CareHR- connects senior patients with qualified caregivers without having to rely on traditional healthcare agencies.
  8. WonderKey- mobile app for facilitating more reliable communication between parents through their children.
  9. Work++- strategic human resources management solution.
  10. Aloe- relationship management solution for busy fathers.
  11. QuinSeg Labs- credit card compliance solution for corporate accounts.

Cohort 4′s graduation comes on the heels of Flashpoint’s recent announcement that it has raised an additional $1 million.

Since 2011, Flashpoint has helped connect early-stage Atlanta startups with experienced mentors and investors. So far, the four-to-six-month “startup engineering” program, designed and led by Georgia Tech professor Merrick Furst, has helped nearly three dozen companies grow by identifying unmet demands and building scalable frameworks to meet them.


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