Eight startups present to investors on StartX's demo day

By Nicel Jane Avellana

Feb 07, 2014 09:38 AM EST

StartX presented eight startups from its Fall 2013 class in a demo day held in Silicon Valley. The non-profit accelerator that supports entrepreneurs in the Stanford community introduced companies that range from a non-profit dance program to a tool that could help treat autism in kids, TechCrunch reported.

Although StartX is independent of the university, Stanford has also pledged $3.6 million to help finance the program. The accelerator also has the support of Kauffman Foundation, Microsoft, Blackstone Foundation, Cisco, Intuit, Greylock Ventures and AOL. The university began to invest directly in the startups through the Stanford StartX fund last year. To date, the fund has supported 29 companies with an investment total of $13 million in just four months, the report said.

There are usually around 10 startups for every batch in the program that conducts three sessions annually. From Summer 2010 when its first class began, StartX has already graduated 134 startups from the program. They have also received follow-on funding amounting to $2.1 million each on the average, the report said.

The companies presented on demo day were Apportable, DynaOptics, Everybody Dance Now, Inside Maps, Nightingale, Nurep, Part My Ride and Travelnuts.

Apportable allows mobile developers to cross-compile their iOS app written in Objective -C and use the same code in different platforms. DynaOptics gives technology that brings optical zoom to mobile phones. Everybody Dance Now is a non-profit program that promotes self-esteem and healthy lifestyles through dance.

Inside Maps provides a mobile app that allows users to make 3D models of their homes and visualize the furniture in it before they actually buy the pieces. Nightingale is a mobile behavioral monitoring tool for individuals like parents, teachers and clinicians of children with autism.

Nurep, meanwhile, gives a secure mobile live video platform for medical device support on-demand to staff in the operating room. Part My Ride is an online car parts marketplace that simplifies buying. Travelnuts gives infrastructure that allows hotels to offer extra services like hotel transfers straight from its own website, the report said.

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