By Alicia Wallace Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.
MergeLane, a Boulder-based accelerator created to help advance women-led startups and narrow the gender gap in the tech industry, has named its inaugural class of startups.
Eight companies will participate in the 12-week program that starts on Feb. 2. Each firm, which has at least one woman founder, will receive at least $20,000 in guaranteed funding and the potential to receive an additional $100,000 when the program is complete.
Here's a snapshot of the eight participating companies, their headquarters and a brief description provided by MergeLane:
Havenly, Denver and New York -- Connects interior designers with consumers to create stunning spaces for a low, flat fee.
Idaciti, Las Vegas -- A platform that provides real-time access to global financial data for users to easily create, visualize, analyze, share and collaborate around 'stories' about companies and trends.
Intelligent Eyes, Berkeley, Calif., and Boulder -- A business-to-business, software-as-a-service platform that enables companies to select the right business intelligence or data visualization tool to meet their needs.
Mapistry, Oakland, Calif. -- A mapping tool for the entire workplace to view, update and analyze spatial data on civil engineering and construction projects.
Sugarwish, Denver -- Gift-givers purchase a candy box of a certain size and recipients choose from among 80 favorite candies.
TomboyX, Seattle -- Manufactures and sells clothing and accessories by and for "tomboys." Menswear-inspired, made for women.
The QuickZip Sheet Company, Denver -- Easy-change, zip-on fitted sheet, which relieves a pain point for changing sheets on cribs, bunk beds, beds of the elderly and more.
ZaZa, Boulder -- Makes unique, nut-based treats that are gluten-free, soy-free, paleo, vegan and non-GMO verified.