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Meet our Summer Cohort 2018

Announcing the 9 exciting startups in Accelerate24 Summer Cohort.

Accelerating high-growth potential technology startup teams.

Startups Ignite is excited to announce the Accelerate24 Summer Cohort participants (9 startups selected from a pool of over 150 applicants).

Accelerate24 is Startup Ignite's mentorship-driven 90 day global accelerator based out of Tysons, VA - yet accelerating founders from many geographies. The SI philosophy is an all-inclusive, community-driven program built on the following foundational pillars – Innovation, Community, Entrepreneurship, Diversity. Startups validate and scale business models by receiving knowledge, resources, and mentorship.

The program eliminates barriers and moves participants forward to launch, grow, fund, and build defensible, scalable ventures.

Executive Director Amu Fowler says: “We are really excited about this batch of startups. The startups are solving interesting problems, in various problem spaces, cover a wide of industries, span from Reston, DC, Baltimore in locale, and there is so much diversity in the founders themselves. We embrace diversity, we have found in previous cohorts, that the cohort itself becomes a living organism, a community of collaborating founders when there is this much variance between the teams.

At Startups Ignite, our mission goes beyond our accelerator program. By 2024, we want this region to be a destination for startups. We envision a collaborative ecosystem leveraging the unique qualities of the region. We want to foster an ecosystem where entrepreneurship and innovation flourishes based on purpose, passion, merit and effort. Community makes this possible and it starts here - by supporting emerging founders, and helping their ventures find their trajectory to a successful launch. “

Meet the startups supported in the SI Accelerate24 Summer Cohort.

  • Blackbook – Providing an platform that removes friction from the bar industry and helps improve the customer experience, and staff operations. Washington, DC

  • Catzenpup – Providing an automatic wet food feeder for cat and dog owners to remotely monitor and feed their pets. Alexandria, VA

  • CreativeDates – Providing a platform for individuals planning an outing to find the perfect destination based on criteria they select. Baltimore, MD

  • Gravatate – Providing business messaging that is simple and affordable for teams, clients, and vendors so they can organize easily and collaborate to stay on the same page. Reston, VA

  • Healith – Providing a platform that brings together the healthcare industry and its consumers to connect, collaborate, inform and innovate. Washington, DC

  • IWriteRemotely– Providing a B2B marketplace for businesses to connect with freelance writers to source white label content for content marketing. Upper Marlboro, MD

  • OffWeGo – Providing a platform that wholesales and streamlines student group travel. Alexandria, VA

  • Skoolar – Providing a go-to place for college students to share advice and achievements as they build an online presence and reputation suitable for sharing with employers. Fairfax, VA

  • TeaTime Beauty – Providing an hypoallergenic, all natural and cruelty free beauty skin care products for people with sensitive skin. Reston, VA

Meet our regional ecosystem of innovation partners, sponsors, and mentors that support our vision and this cohort by visiting our community page at

Startups Ignite @startups_ignite | Startups Ignite is a benefit corporation based in Virginia, whose mission is to foster startup communities, and to create programs for the success of the ventures whom they support.

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