SmartInvest Ventures, an international venture capital firm, has selected eight companies from its Life’s a Pitch completion to take part in Spark 2.0, a mentorship program that started yesterday with eight full-day workshops at The Mill.
The eight companies, selected from a pool of fifteen participants, represent a wide variety of industries, backgrounds, and geographies:
- Americae aims to address an underserved market with their Latin American-inspired clothing brand.
- Blue Dragon Bioimaging is focused on creating a more cost-effective, portable microscope and imaging software to help regions devastated by natural disasters or underserved vaccination geographies.
- Celesstia Health is focused on wearable AI technology intended to detect early stage cancer and other health problems.
- Drone Workforce Solutions provides job training and acts as an employment company, serving both their students and large companies.
- Levitea targets upscale tea drinkers with uniquely packaged and curated tea- subscription boxes.
- Mixotype uses the popularity of social media in a new way – optimizing user-provided data to connect like-minded people.
- Rovier has an application to help restaurants and other large institutions source their food and supplies at a more competitive cost.
- Wilmington Green Box, the only non-profit selected, focuses on bring fresh produce to downtown Wilmington neighborhoods, and on training and hiring neighborhood youth.
“We’re energized by this group of entrepreneurs, said Chuck Kerrigan, partner at SmartInvest. “We see, in Delaware, inspired ideas and motivated start-ups with potential, seeking experienced guidance, and not just funding. And we continue to be proven right. Many of these companies have the potential to impact the local community and expand globally.”
The start-ups will participate in Pitch Day event on November 8 during Delaware Innovation Week for a chance at securing funding.