Startup Food Chain
NO RULES MOM
We can see how a group of startups giving a Williamsburg-style hipster update to muesli or making caramels out of coconuts might have trouble taking off at first. Luckily, companies with off-key ideas for the future of food are getting a helping hand from AccelFoods, a New York-based accelerator that focuses on food startups.
AccelFood debuted their new class of four startups today, including a mushroom tea startup (“become a funguy”) and Cocomels, which are the Vita CoCo of candy. The would-be disruptors will receive initial investments of up to $40,000, with up to $200,000 coming their way by graduation.
Paging Peter Thiel! Blueseed, a sea-faring tech incubator that aims to skirt visa laws by hosting its programs in international waters, has raised $300,000 from Silicon Valley investor Mike Maples. The startup incubator and business center intends to provide a place for non-US citizens to have the same access to the ideas and capital in the Valley without having to go through the complicated visa process. Though it’s just a fraction of the $10-30 million needed for the project to actually take off, no doubt Silicon Valley’s principled libertarian population will be excited to hear the news.
Seed Stage Slaughter
What happens when a scruffy bunch of startup scamps move into a posh neighborhood? Why, hijinks ensue, naturally.
See, San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood has something called “Billionaire’s Row,” where tech elites like Larry Ellison live. However, Businessweek reports that there is one mansion inhabited by an unusual crop of folks: not merely rentors, but entrepreneurs in their 30s, working on startup ideas. Nature took its course:
Class Is in Session
Betabeat is of the opinion that there will soon be a wave of start-ups who’s early funding, be it a friends and family or a seed stage round, is going to run out. A few of these companies will have enough Read More
Dear Prof. Harris – There seem to be a ton of new tech incubators and accelerators opening up. How do I know if one of these programs is right for me and which one will be the best fit?
Sincerely, Freshman Founder