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Acquired, Funded or Accepted to an Accelerator: Which One Will Your Startup Get?

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Check out what our past PITCH participants have accomplished. You could be our next rockstar!

By Ayesha Rizvi (Editorial & Multimedia Assistant, Women 2.0)

We’ve had over 1000 early stage startups apply for our PITCH Startup Competition over the last seven years and many of them have had pioneering accomplishments since then, including getting acquired by Yahoo!, securing millions in funding and getting ahead in Y-combinator to name a few. The best part? We get to see them first, before they’ve gone on to next steps in their startup journey.  We’re certain these companies are only going to get bigger. Below, we’ve highlighted some major accomplishments of our past startups that made it to PITCH – congrats to these hard working founding teams, we are so proud!

PITCH Finalists Who Got Acquired

AlikeAcquired by Yahoo!

Investor – Social Starts

Alike is an iPhone app designed to let you know about nearby restaurants, bars and cafes that are similar to those you’re already a fan of and it’s simple to use. You type in the name of one of your favorite spots, and it’ll suggest others like it within your proximity. The app ranks recommendations based on how “alike” they are to your search queries, allows users to see how far away a place is and lets them provide feedback about whether they think one place is like another.

Tiny Review (also called TinyPost) – Acquired by TripAdvisor

Founded 2011, one investor – 500 Startups, 300k funding

Tiny Review is now Tiny Post! Tiny Review is like Instagram for Yelp reviews. Say what you think about a place quickly: take a picture and write 3 words. Follow people whose recommendations you trust. Quickly get an impression based on other tiny reviews: “Butter, Overrated, Line,” on Tartine in SF. We make reviews fun, short, and easy.

Objective Marketer Acquired by EmailVision

Launched in 2009

Objective Marketer is a tool utilized by companies to coordinate all of their social media conversations and track the traffic directly back to their sites. EmailVision is growing by more than 40% per year.

PITCH Finalists Who Got Funding

EnplugSecured $2.5M

Founded 2012, 13 investors

Enplug is a turnkey software platform that bridges online content into the physical world for the 700,000+ companies that use digital displays inside their business today. The company disrupts the $13 billion digital signage industry by evolving one-way communication channels into interactive two-way media channels. Enplug’s plug-and-play device allows businesses like restaurants, shopping malls, office buildings, hotels, and gyms to instantly transform their digital displays into interactive social media walls, game portals, jukeboxes, menuboards, and more.

Businesses use Enplug to increase sales and improve customer experience. Manage, upload, and control all content easily on Enplug’s online portal. Using Enplug’s App Market, businesses may personalize their display experience by choosing color themes and custom apps.

Healthy Out -  Secured $1.2M / 500 Startups

Founded 2012

HealthyOut is a mobile app that enables users to discover healthy restaurant dishes and have them delivered to their home or office.

SupportPaySecured $1.1M

Launched Oct. 2013, Investors- Draper Associates, Broadway Angels and Aspect Ventures

We have built a child support payment platform for the 39 million parents in the US and 298 million parents globally who exchange over $990 billion dollars in child support every year.

Maker’s RowSecured $ 1M

Founded 2012, 8 investors

Maker’s Row is an online marketplace launched in November 2012 that connects American manufacturers with small, medium-sized, and product-based businesses. In early summer 2013, Maker’s Row claims to have the most accessible list of American manufacturers available online for apparel production.

Traveling Spoon

Launched 2013, 5 investors

Traveling Spoon is changing the future of travel by connecting travelers with authentic food experiences in people’s homes around the world through a vetted, online marketplace. Our hosts are all pre-vetted by a Traveling Spoon team member to ensure a quality experience and the safety of our travelers. Our website allows you to browse our vetted hosts and reserve experiences — from cooking classes to market tours to homemade meals — that allow you to Travel off the Eaten Path.

weeSpringSecured $700k

Founded 2012, 2 investors

weeSpring is a social shopping platform for new and expecting parents, offering them a quick window into the baby gear their friends love, have, regret buying, or want. Compare products within a single category to see what your friends love, or browse a trusted friend’s favorites.

PITCH Finalists That Got Into An Accelerator

CitizenMade -  NewMe Accelerator

Founded 2011

We make it possible for brands to sell custom products online.

Carelulu - 500 Startups

Founded 2013

CareLuLu is the easiest way for parents to find a daycare or preschool that fits their family’s needs. Our online marketplace offers a personalized search, verified parent reviews, photos, and even tuition rates. We created CareLuLu to make it easy for parents to find safe, affordable and high-quality child care. 

PrettyPaddedRoomY Combinator

Founded 2011

Pretty Padded Room provides online therapy to women on their own time and in their own space. This revolutionary website connects clients with an all-female team of licensed counselors through video chat or Digital Diary, an interactive journal that lets clients consult with their therapist anytime and anywhere. Once seen as intimidating and expensive, we have transformed traditional therapy into an experience that is affordable and approachable.

Fiestah - Start-up Chile, $40k funding

Founded 2012, 1 investor

Fiestah is a free event planning tool that helps everyday people easily get the things they need for their events. From local art galleries that need to setup a bar to hackathons that need to plan meals for an entire weekend. People simply post what they need and local food trucks, chefs, photographers, and more start bidding to work at the event.

Abbeypost500 Startups +  $350k funding,

Founded 2012, 500 Startups investor

AbbeyPost delights customers with beautiful, well made Plus Size wardrobe classics that fit perfectly. They are a vertically integrated brand enabled by some seriously kickass tech. Their innovative real-time-manufacturing processes help them offer custom Made to Measure apparel at department store prices, Made in the USA and delivered in 2 weeks or less.

Activity Hero500 Startups

Founded 2011

ActivityHero helps parents find and book kids after-school activities and summer camps. We’re driven by our mission to keep kids active and save parents from frustrations by providing complete, accurate and up-to-date information covering the full spectrum of activities available to kids during their out-of-school time.

The Daily Muse (The Muse)500 Startups + Y Combinator + Secured $2.2M as The Muse & $7.3M as The Daily Muse

Founded 2011, 4 investors,

The Daily Muse is visually engaging job search and related career resources. The site offers in-depth multimedia profiles of a variety of companies who are hiring, combined with career content and professional development. They are a member of the Winter2012 Y Combinator class. Their official launch was September 6, 2011, followed by the February 2012 launch of their visual job search product Company Muse.

Weespring - Techstars NYC 2013

Founded 2012

weeSpring is a social shopping platform for new and expecting parents, offering them a quick window into the baby gear their friends love, have, regret buying, or want. Compare products within a single category to see what your friends love, or browse a trusted friend’s favorites.

Totspot - 500 Startups

Founded 2008

New York based Totspot is a place for parents to publish a page about their kids and share with family and friends. It’s part online babybook, parent journal, and social network. Everything on TotSpot is structured to ensure easy data portability, both online and off, including a robust API and extensive printing options, which are currently under development.

*Photo via Elvina Beck.

PITCH applications close July 15th at midnight.

Ayesha

About the author: Ayesha Rizvi is a multimedia & editorial assistant at Women 2.0. She is interested in women, technology & how both, when combined, can contribute to economic growth and stability in the developing world. You can find her on twitter at @arizvii