Congratulations to Opternative, graduating from Catapult and moving into their own office space. Opternative joined Catapult in November 2013 and what a year it has been! In February, Opternative closed a $1 Million seed round of funding and generated a lot of great press surrounding its reveal to the public. In September, they were one of only 30 midwest tech startups selected to participate in the first Chicago Venture Summit. Check out co-founder and CEO Aaron Dallek's interview on Bootstrapping in America, and cofounder and EVP Dr. Steven Lee's interview with Catapult from our Catapult Company Profile series.
Opternative is creating the world's first online refractive eye exam that gives you a valid prescription for glasses and contacts (for $30). The company that is aiming to revolutionize the eye care industry is also raising a lot of eyebrows among eye care professionals - not surprising for any company disrupting the status quo.
Opternative has been a vital part of our Catapult community (and a large part of it as they have outgrown two large offices), and we've certainly enjoyed all the free eye exams! We wish Aaron, Steven and the entire Opternative team the best of luck in their new digs.