StartFast http://wrvo.org en 100 days in the books, startups emerge from Syracuse accelerator http://wrvo.org/post/100-days-books-startups-emerge-syracuse-accelerator <p>One-hundred long days full of presentations,&nbsp;meetings with mentors and practicing investor pitches is all done.</p><p>The first-ever StartFast Venture Accelerator concluded Thursday morning with its Demo Day.</p><p>"Saying it was all hard would be an understatement," said Timothy Beckford, a founder of <a href="http://padproof.com" target="_blank">PadProof</a>, a program to help professional photographers sell their pictures more easily. "It was a tremendous undertaking. We worked like crazy."</p><p>Nine companies entered <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/9-companies-100-days-get-ground-starts-now" target="_blank">StartFast back in May</a>, but only eight made it through. The teams were given seed money, workspace and access to dozens of mentors. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:47:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney 24531 at http://wrvo.org 100 days in the books, startups emerge from Syracuse accelerator Israeli startup comes to Syracuse in chase of a dream, and funding http://wrvo.org/post/israeli-startup-comes-syracuse-chase-dream-and-funding <p>It was his 22-year-old niece that gave Amir Cohen the inspiration to quit his job working in Israel&#39;s tech sector and start his own company.</p><p>Every time she gets in a taxicab in Israel she has her cell phone in-hand, ready to call her father in case of an emergency.</p><p>&quot;This was the original trigger,&quot;&nbsp;Cohen&nbsp;recalls. &quot;Letting people feel safer and be safer on their daily routine - when they&#39;re going to a party, getting in a taxi, whatever.&quot;</p><p>The end product: a&nbsp;smartphone app called <a href="http://guardmyangel.com" target="_blank">Guard My Angel</a> that allows users to pre-program a list of emergency contacts. If you feel threatened or are in an accident, an alert is sent out with your location.</p><p> Thu, 17 May 2012 19:51:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 19456 at http://wrvo.org Israeli startup comes to Syracuse in chase of a dream, and funding For 9 companies, 100 days to get off the ground starts now http://wrvo.org/post/9-companies-100-days-get-ground-starts-now <p>When the first <a href="http://startfast.net/" target="_blank">StartFast Venture Accelerator</a> begins this morning in Syracuse, the clock will start ticking for nine startups hoping to turn their big idea into a profit maker.</p><p>Modeled off of <a href="http://www.techstars.com/" target="_blank">similar accelerators around the country</a>, the teams have 100 days to soak up as much advice and support as they can. They&#39;re also given seed money and workspace.</p><p>StartFast is the creation of two local entrepreneurs, Chuck Stormon and Nasir Ali. In return for the investment and admittance into the program, Stormon and Ali get a small stake in the company.</p><p> Mon, 14 May 2012 15:50:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 19214 at http://wrvo.org For 9 companies, 100 days to get off the ground starts now