Meet The First Batch of Startups In The BUILDUP Fellows Program

At BUILDUP our mission is to mentor, educate and connect underrepresented entrepreneurs in technology. To achieve our goal BUILDUP provides the following opportunities to underrepresented technology entrepreneurs:

A two week fellows program Educational fireside chats with investors/founders Entrepreneurship workshops

This year we’ve held two pilot programs to prove our hypothesis and show the need for such resources for underrepresented technology entrepreneurs . The first was a month long workshop and the second was the Fellows Program. The Fellows program took place from September 28th to October 9th in San Francisco at Galvanize HQ. We received over 80 applications from startups across the globe and selected six great startups for the inaugural class.

During the Fellows Program the startups worked out of Galvanize, participated in one-on-one office hours, pitch practice, workshops on finance, leadership, and product market fit. The Fellows Program also featured talks from investors and successful founders such John Maeda of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, Heather Hiles, founder and CEO of Pathbrite, Sean Percival, partner at 500 Startups and Ken Norton of Google Ventures.

All together the fellows program featured 18 mentors and speakers during the two weeks. Also during the two weeks the fellows visited and learned more about bay area startups such as Yelp, Twilio, Pivotal Labs, Airbnb and Twilo.

Meet the first Batch of Startups in BUILDUP Fellows Program below:

Cocoon Cam Cocoon Cam is an unwearable health monitor for babies

Founders: Rubi Sanchez & Pavan Kumar


Datable Online businesses loose money and resources by users not converting from free to premium offerings.

Datable uses data science to help companies easily identify high quality users and generate more revenue.

Founders: Lull Mengesha & Matt Litchti


Duet When you’re stuck in traffic every morning, don’t you wish you could get into the fast moving carpool lane next to yours? Duet is a mobile peer-to-peer ridesharing platform for commuters to carpool at their own schedule.

Using Duet, commuters can save hundreds of hours as well as thousands of dollars a year.

Founders: Jing Zhu & Aaron Chung


Human Data Project Clinical trials spend $20bn a year recruiting patients yet 20% of trials recruit 0 patients and 66% miss their enrollment goals. To fix that,

Human Data Project automatically matches patients to clinical trials by analyzing their medical records which results in a lower cost and better patient qualification for recruitment.

Founders: Brian Clark & Kumar Thangudu


Mobile Phire Businesses in the U.S. overspend $18B/year on cellphone data plans by unknowingly footing the bill for personal usage incurred by employees. MobilePhire lets companies analyze & control data plan usage, helping companies save money and time.

Founders: Chebem Chukwu & Mike Zhao


On Second Thought Have you ever sent a message that you wish you hadn’t sent? On Second Thought is a messaging app that allows you to recall those messages, so that you never have to regret another text.

Founders: Maci Peterson, Gary Keeler


The fellows program concluded with demo day at Twitter HQ where each founder pitched for five minutes to a room full of angel investors, accelerators, and venture capitalist that included investors from SV Angel, Kapor Capital, Google Ventures, 500 Startups and more.

As for what’s next with the first batch of BUILDUP Fellows; the six startups are just getting started on their journey and our goal is to assist each one in getting accepted in incubators accelerators such as 500 Startups, TechStars, Y Combinator, Launch Accelerator or continue to raise angel capital.

You can learn more about the BUILDUP Fellows program and via our page on AngelList

A big thank you to all of the BUILDUP partners, sponsors, mentors and supporters.

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