Innovators Program Raleigh announces ten startups selected for 2016 accelerator cohort

The Innovators Program, a three-month accelerator sponsored by Citrix Systems and Red Hat and supported by HQ Raleigh, announced today the ten early-stage, high-growth technology startups selected for its 2016 program.

Now entering its third year in Raleigh, the cohort-driven, mentor-assisted program will include five external startups, two internal innovation teams from Red Hat, and three internal teams from Citrix. This unique grouping combines entrepreneurial thinking with large-scale enterprise expertise and seeks to foster both new startups and corporate innovation.

In addition to a $10K grant, each team will gain access to weekly group classes, one-on-one coaching and mentorship, co-working space, corporate resources, and capital connections.

Over 60 applications were submitted from startups as far as Alberta, Canada; Bangalore, India; and Myanmar, as well as U.S. hubs like Nashville, Silicon Valley, and New York. Coincidentally, all but one of the selected teams are Triangle-based ventures.

The external teams:

Nebula is a modular, customizable workstation suite founded by brothers Geoff and Zach Milburn. Calling it “Salesforce meets Squarespace,” the team is building a user-friendly, adaptable, and pay-as-you-go SaaS platform for businesses on the Internet. The team has launched several web and app-based startups and graduated from the inaugural ThinkHouse accelerator in 2014.

Geospatial (d/b/a VisionLTC) is a geospatial market analytics platform for the senior housing, medical office, and healthcare industries. The platform provides operators, owners, investors, lenders, developers and other industry stakeholders with critical market analytics to facilitate improved strategic decision-making. The team includes co-founders and serial entrepreneurs Arick Morton and Grant Hamm.

Malartu is a fully functioning online investment platform created by co-founders Jon Spinney and Sean Steigerwald. The company plans to develop and integrate metric-tracking tools for startups to automatically generate and report KPIs for potential and/or current investors. North Carolina State University’s Entrepreneurship Clinic director Lewis Sheats is a founding advisor.

Glance is a text-messaged based job search platform founded by Chris Comrie and Kameron Kales. Students can be notified of part-time jobs via text message, and can send a one-word reply to easily apply for the role. The co-founders are also current Fellows of the ThinkHouse, a living and learning accelerator for young entrepreneurs.

ShineBig is creating a multimedia platform that makes it easy for businesses to ask engaging questions and receive engaged responses. Founder Tola Oguntoyinbo is a serial social entrepreneur and former The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s CUBE Entrepreneur in Residence.

The two internal Red Hat teams (focused on creating next-generation people programs for internal use):

The Red Hat Performance Management and Development team plans to create a performance management process that focuses on associate development and is scalable for Red Hat’s future. The team includes Arrie Brown, Jorge Herrera, Beverly Heustess, and Kim Jokisch, and is supported by Geri Duncan.

The Red Hat Ambassadors team aims to create a transparent, efficient, and scalable referral program that can enhance both the associate and candidate experience. This team includes Jonathan Edwards, Jorge Herrera, and Jenna Slawson, and is supported by Rob Trout.

The three internal Citrix teams:

MediFlow is an intuitive patient intake solution reducing frustration for patients and medical institutions while resulting in secure, timely and accurate information. The internal innovation team is led by Joseph Saponaro, Domenico Matteo, and Brian Stengaard.

RecapIt enables workers who capture audio, video, and images as part of their daily tasks to do so more easily by streamlining that process into a simple capture, save, and share workflow that’s managed from a single mobile device. The team is spearheaded by Citrix employees Ben Robbins, Tarun Goel, and Nicholas Madariaga.

The CSP team, located at the Citrix Fort Lauderdale, Florida campus, is changing the way Citrix on-boards service providers. By changing the flow and eliminating lengthy processes, they shorten the on-boarding process from months to days. The team also hopes to reduce churn in the CSP program. CSP will be led by Citrix employee Nizar Tyrewalla.

The Innovators Program Raleigh officially kicks off today, Thursday, September 15, with a four-day design sprint. Over the course of the next three months, these ten teams will learn core principles of design thinking, lean startup, and go-to-market strategy with a goal of finding their first customers and validating their business model. The program will culminate with a Demo Day on December 12 in Downtown Raleigh.