Catalyze CU accelerator concludes summer cohort

BOULDER — Catalyze CU, a 10-week, summer startup accelerator designed for University of Colorado students, faculty, and staff, concluded its 2018 cohort by hosting its fifth annual Demo Day this week.

Seven companies took center stage to present their business to industry leaders, CU leadership and entrepreneurs.

Catalyze CU combines world class mentorship and equity-free grants with the university’s most promising ideas and technologies,” said Tim O’Shea, program director. “It’s great to see the incredible learning that took place over these past 10 weeks, and how the program has helped launch these ventures from the classroom and research lab into the real world.”

This year’s cohort focused on a range of technologies and products in areas such as smart home technology, natural foods, STEM and agriculture tech, among others. Included in the cohort were:

  • Boulder Sun: Boulder Sun is a plant-based food company dedicated to creating delicious and nutrient-dense foods using only clean and simple ingredients. Boulder Sun’s signature product is Sun Milk, a delicious sunflower seed plant milk made with four simple ingredients.
  • EdBoard Technologies: Designed with aspiring STEM students in mind, the EdBoard is a circuit-building kit coupled with an engaging and adaptable curriculum for elementary-aged students.
  • Hearth: Hearth’s smart home vent system allows anyone to control airflow throughout the home, giving personalized comfort through room-by-room temperature control for optimal comfort and reduced energy bills.
  • MindScribe: The recipient of the Early Childhood Innovation Prize from Gary Community Investments and OpenIDEO, MindScribe builds tools to advance early childhood development by combining the ancient art of oral storytelling with a technology-enhanced stuffed animal that supports young children in crafting and communicating their ideas in any spoken language.
  • Noble Roots Kitchen: Noble Roots Kitchen partners with local Colorado food companies to deliver fresh, healthy, and allergy-friendly snacks to offices, and donates a portion of all proceeds to non-profit organizations working to solve food access issues in Colorado.
  • Quoala Code: Quoala Code helps companies better de-risk software releases and provides insights into future risk in software updates.
  • Uzio Technology: Uzio is an agriculture technology company developing the world’s first solar smart electric fence to provide farmers with instantaneous electric short-detection capabilities for faster reaction times and more sustainable livestock management practices.

For more information or to learn how to get involved in the 2019 cohort, visit the organization’s website.