MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC's Startup Showcase

On Tuesday December 4th, OLC attended MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC’s Startup Showcase: Innovations in Products and Services Distribution. The showcase featured five disruptive early-stage tech startup companies pitching their ideas to a seasoned panel of experts. The panel included; Jeffrey Parkinson, Director for KEC Holdings; Geoff Scneider, Managing Partner and Founder at Cava Capital and Lori Hoberman, partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

Each company at the event Tuesday night received a five minute time frame, within which they could pitch their ideas. The first company to take the stage was Audicus, a company promoting the “next generation of hearing solutions.” The company sells high-tech hearing solution products customers can buy directly though the website.

Panel members provided good feedback over all, suggesting Audicus focus on building loyalty with its users, that way they could branch into other products that demographic might need.

Next up was Delightfully, a start up that provides a “perfect unwrapping moment for any gift occasion.” Users can connect through Facebook, choose pictures and images to decorate with  and then send an “unwrappable e-gift” through email. Delightfully aims to make it as easy for the person receiving the gift as it is for the one giving it. The panel warned the start-up to beware of a crowded market.

The third company to present was LessonFace, an online database of face-to-face music lessons. LessonFace allows users to receive personal, one-on-one music lessons via video chat. They boast an impressive roster of names, as far as music teachers. The panel recommended highlighting this fact.

The fourth company was the full-service, online booking website Carebooker. Carebooker touts itself as, “the best place to book services for the whole family, such as child care, pet care, tutoring/lessons, house cleaning, physical fitness, and senior care.” Users can book online, research people they wish to book and even pay online.

The last company of the night was Gradeable, an online database aiming to make grading easier and more efficient for teachers Gradeable, “turns a smartphone or iPad into a powerful, yet easy-to-use grading tool.” The company allows teachers to spend more time teaching, and less time grading papers and reports. The panel warned that the company should become a “need-to-have” item.