Tech Accelerator StartupYard Unveils its 2014 Cohort

7 new companies from 5 countries, with pioneering new approaches to 7 different businesses, are making their websites public for the first time

06 MAY 2014, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
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7 new companies from 5 countries, with pioneering new approaches to 7 different businesses, are making their websites public for the first time

StartupYard, the Prague-based tech accelerator and member of the Global Accelerator Network, began its 4th program on April 1st, 2014. Following a month of intensive mentoring, focusing on product/market fit, from industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs who serve as our mentors, the 7 teams are launching their teaser webpages today. These teams, comprising a total of 20 entrepreneurs, represent the most promising from a pool of 60 applicant teams from all over Europe, with projects focusing on Search, Data and Analytics. 60% of applications came from outside the Czech Republic.

The newly incorporated companies (in alphabetical order) are:

Evolso.com - Romania
Evolso is a next-generation dating app that gives the power back to girls through features not accessible to male users. Using the knowledge of their favorite venues, it lets users select people nearby based on common interests. Evolso presents a new way to break the ice and meet people in your favorite common places.

FamelyApp.com - Czech Republic
Famely is a mobile magazine for fans who want access to all the latest news about and by their favorite people, in one place, at a swipe of a finger. We aggregate content from social networks and the internet to create a magazine filled only with information about and by people you like.

Gjirafa.com - Kosovo/Albania
Gjirafa is the first search engine and news aggregator for Albanian, a lexically unique language spoken by over 12 million people worldwide. Using advanced Natural Language Processing algorithms, Gjirafa provides access to data that currently cannot be searched online.

MyPrepApp.com - Czech Republic
MyPrepApp is a mobile and online service to help students who lack motivation to pass their important exams. MyPrepApp creates customized preparation plans for students, and uses gamification and friend support to motivate them to fulfill their study plans and achieve better exam results. In the Czech Republic, MyPrepApp.com was launched as Hrave.cz on April 29th, 2014 generating its first revenue on that day.

SentiSquare.com - Czech Republic
SentiSquare is an online service for digital marketing managers who deal with high traffic and noise in social media and can't comprehensively monitor what their consumers are saying about their brands around the globe. SentiSquare uses deep semantics to discover and summarize opinions hidden in multilingual content, giving a clear understanding of the main issues customers are facing.

Warrant.ly - Serbia
Warrantly is a Software-as-a-Service for consumers who want to store their warranties in one place so they will never be lost. Users can track purchased items through their warranty period, report problems and more. Retailers and manufacturers can use this data to improve their products and gain new customers.

YourPlaceApp.com - Kazakhstan
YourPlace is a mobile and web app for places who want to foster strong loyal relationships with their customers. We use advanced statistics and targeting, a creative offer system, to create unlimited opportunities for venues to organize bonus and loyalty programs. Mobile users receive constantly improving targeted offers from their favorite places.

All teams will present their products, and several will officially launch during StartupYard Demo Day, taking place in Prague at the Czech National Library of Technology on June 18th, 2014. Those interested can already book their ticket.

“It has been a very intense first month for all of our founders. Some of them came to the accelerator without a demo, or a company name, and today’s unveiling of their websites is the first tangible result of their progress so far,” says Cedric Maloux, Managing Director of StartupYard. “There is of course no exact recipe for success, but I hope that over the next two months we can equip these teams with all the tools and tricks of the trade to make sure they all become successful businesses.”

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"There is of course no exact recipe for success, but I hope that over the next two months we can equip these teams with all the tools and tricks of the trade to make sure they all become successful businesses." Cedric Maloux
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About StartupYard

StartupYard is a seed accelerator for technology startups. Its goal is to help companies build viable products, launch fast and successfully raise capital. It follows the philosophy, methodology, and standard of world-class accelerators such as Y Combinator or TechStars.

StartupYard’s efforts were awarded by membership in the Global Accelerator Network in June 2012, and it is a member of StartupYard Accelerator Consortium CeedTech. Since September 2011 StartupYard has accelerated 29 companies, out of which 4 were acquired, 19 are still active, and 10 have raised investments for a total of $2.5 Million. For more information, read our blog, visit our website and follow @startupyard on Twitter.

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