StartUP FIU launched its first cohort of its 13-week Empower incubator Sept. 6. The cohort, selected from 160 applications, includes 20 entrepreneurs from 19 businesses or concepts in a variety of industries. It also includes social entrepreneurs. The free incubator program accepted entrepreneurs from the idea stage to revenue-producing companies; it includes community members as well as FIU students and alumni. Read more about the program here: Multi-campus StartUP FIU gets ready for takeoff
Who's in Cohort 1 of StartUP FIU? Find the list below:
Founder: Jason Dettbarn.
Addigy provides a cloud based IT Management platform for organizations to manage their growing portfolio Apple Mac computers.
Founder: Andru Fratarcangeli
eSport is a marketplace for players to seek competitions and funding.
BAHL Design Group LLC
Founder: Brandt H. Labastille
BAHL Design Group offers world's lightest deskchair in waterproof backpack with solar panel/battery pack
Founder: Anthony Leon
Bid.Aero is a sourcing & procurement platform for aircraft and engine part sales.
Founder: Oneika Osborne
College Pop is the mobile student development and college preparation hub.
Founder: Christopher Scull
Delta Designs is proposing a locally-sourced, rapid-prototyping business with the exclusive goal to produce prosthetic components using 3D printing.
Helene's Ice Cream
Founder: Helene's Ice Cream
Helene's handcrafts highly addictive frozen custard. Happiness in a jar.
Founder: Delia DeBuc
'One Stop Mobile Eye Care' idea is to provide convenient comprehensive eye screening to rural and urban seniors as well as the general population
Founder: Steve Aitken
Jarly is a subscription box service for artisan made fresh baked goods. We've launched. We have customers and revenue.
Founder: Andrea Saladrigas
Master Honey empowers low income women by giving them all the resources necessary to start their own beekeeping business.
Founder: Giovanna Gallardo
Discover, personalize and share transportation loops linking cultural destinations.
MPG (The Molecular Pearl Group)
Founder: Xavier González & Argelio Maldonado
Technology designed for automated creation of avant-garde food/beverage pearls
Founder: Ranjeet Deshmukh
Neat Study's app helps students ace their assignments while making learning fun.
Founder: Ivan Rodriguez
NPC Publishing creates a game universe where the players control their content
Founder: Jose Maldonado
Pilot VR is an all-in-one affordable VR system aimed at physical therapy.
Founder: Sebastian Duque
SD Technologies is disrupting a niche market within the sports industry.
Founder: Daniel Gonzalez
SoundBite brings the beauty of audio to the social media world.
Founder: Christopher Knowles
VoterAid connects voters and candidates with heuristics based on a set of questions designed to highlight the differences between candidates in a given election.
No Name Company
Founder: Rory Kennedy
Natural organic banana juice based beverage marketed towards individuals with active healthy lifestyles.
Photo of StartUP FIU's Cohort 1 of Empower by Daniela Cadena