Occasion is now in the alumni column! Congratulations to Occasion, the first company to move out (or should we say grow out?) of Catapult in 2017. Occasion is a scheduling-based e-commerce platform founded in 2013 by Aksh Gupta, Pelle ten Cate and Kieran Klaasen (we love their “met through Airbnb” founding story). The Occasion online calendar solution helps small businesses seamlessly take bookings, promote their business, and manage operations across all channels.
Catapult is privileged to host a Fellow as part of the WorldChicago Professional Fellows Program. Andrea Cordas, Managing Director at startup accelerator SPARK Business Park in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is spending her Fellowship in Chicago working at Catapult this month. SPARK is a privately funded accelerator with the mission to boost innovation, increase technology, and develop entrepreneurship in the region.
We are lucky to have Caitlin McAllister at Catapult as Managing Director, rounding out our team of April Lane, Executive Director, and myself (Marketing Director). Caitlin will manage the day to day operations at Catapult, implement programming, and oversee the Peer Selection process.
2016 has been a big year for Jio: They joined Catapult in January, came out of stealth mode, raised $1.2M in funding, and began the elite Chicago Techstars intensive 3-month accelerator program. And it’s only August.
On June 25, Catapult hosted the inaugural Catapult Startup Field Day. This was a fun-filled day for Chicago’s booming tech startup community to come together for friendly competition with a basketball tournament, bags tournament, and boot camp activities.
We are excited to welcome 3PM Marketplace Solutions to the Catapult community.
Marketplace websites are the future of online retail. Amazon is the leader, while Alibaba, Walmart, Target, and others are rapidly expanding. There are billions of listings and millions of third party sellers, creating a massive problem for brands. It is a never ending challenge to know who is selling your products and how they are being sold. Enter 3PM Marketplace Solutions.
Congratulations to The Black Sheep, joining the Catapult graduating class of 2016!
The Black Sheep is a collegiate media and marketing company focused on the millennial audience. Through an integrated, multi-platform approach (including on campus, digital, social, email and print), local and national brands can more authentically and effectively reach the collegiate demographic. The core of The Black Sheep brand is humorous, engaging content written by students, for students, at their own school, thereby building an audience base for clients to reach through the various channels.
We are excited to announce Oso Technologies has joined the Catapult community.
Oso Technologies is an Internet of Things company. Their first product, PlantLink, makes it easier to monitor and take care of plants, leading to successful gardening.
Founded in November, 2014 by Marc Grens and Jonathan Solomon, Digital Mint empowers consumers to participate in the online economy by providing bitcoin kiosks as “digital on-ramps” for their cash. Bitcoin allows the movement of money more efficiently, and gives consumers another option from traditional financial services.
We are proud to announce that Rithmio has graduated from Catapult.
Rithmio is a wearables company that makes motion software products. Its technology is used by fitness brands and consumer electronics companies to create activity trackers, connected clothing or smartwatch apps.
Catapult is proud to announce the release of it's new CoWorkerator program, the aptly named AllJoyHereNowAndCoffeeFuture! They are calling it AJHNACF! for short. (Pronounced ah-june-ack-fuh.)
We are proud to announce that Rippleshot has moved into Catapult.
Rippleshot uses predictive technology to provide a cutting-edge breach detection solution to financial institutions, processors and merchants. Using cloud-based, big data analytics to detect compromises of payment card information dramatically faster than current approaches, Rippleshot allows its users to proactively monitor for suspicious activities and take action when the breach (and the financial risk) is still small. When compromises occur, Rippleshot helps banks and credit unions implement smarter fraud risk management strategies, whether that’s to re-issue a card at high risk, or write smarter decline rules to keep fraud losses and customer disturbances to a minimum.
Bootstrapping in America is the tastytrade network show where co-hosts Tom Sosnoff and Tony Battista interview a startup founder about their company. It’s a 15 minute informative and entertaining daily dose of startup life. We’ve added several new episodes to our list of Catapult companies on the show. Let the binge watching begin!
MortgageHippo is dedicated to giving the homebuyer an exceptional mortgage experience. The MortgageHippo platform breaks down the mortgage process into easy-to-follow steps and questions, helping borrowers make important financial decisions along the way. Their algorithms capture millions of variations to deliver a highly personalized experience to each borrower and match them with a loan from a partner-lender that fits their needs.
We are excited to welcome Jio to the Catapult community, our first new Resident of the new year. Jio is building the next generation of wearables (called “invisibles”) that integrate seamlessly into clothing, textiles and apparel accessories.
Instant E-Training is graduating Catapult and relocating to San Francisco.
Instant E-Training is a leading provider of on-demand digital marketing training. Founded in 2011 by Bob Tripathi, the fully bootstrapped company has trained thousands of adult professionals in all areas of digital marketing including Social Media, Search Engine Marketing, PPC, Content Marketing, and Web Analytics.
In Our Community is on a mission to transform how communities communicate and how small businesses market themselves in today’s digital world. Led by CEO John “Calz” Calzaretta, the company’s web and app-based solution provides a one-stop source of community-level information for more than 50 Chicagoland suburbs.
911 Security provides integrated enterprise physical security solutions. They enable schools and businesses to share live camera streams on-demand with police, fire, and EMS during critical circumstances allowing them to gain access instantly to evaluate the situation.
Finding the right office space for a business is a difficult task, and finding the right office space for a startup is even more of a challenge. Fortunately, the rapid rise of coworking spaces provides startups, entrepreneurs and remote employees with plenty of opportunities to find the office space that fits their budget, needs, and company culture.