Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Accelerator Picks Six New Start-Ups

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Six women-led companies are the latest class for the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Start-up Accelerator program.

Lead managing partner Mary Jo Gorman says more and more women are at the helm of start-ups.

“What we’ve seen as we continue to grow our program is the quality of the applicants has really improved,” Gorman told KMOX News today. “The leaders are more sophisticated, their companies are further along.”

Three of the start-ups chosen are from St. Louis; the other three are from Seattle, San Diego, and Lincoln, Nebraska. They’ll all receive a $50,000 investment with an eventual shot at $100,000 more.

They’ll also receive mentoring in St. Louis.

“In addition to access to capital, having a trusted group of advisers who have seen some things, who have been entrepreneurs, who can help guide you, is important,” Gorman said.

Here are the companies in PWE’s fall 2016 cohort:

Lean Media, St. Louis, Mo.: Lean Media provides “cookieless” audience targeting for online display advertising, utilizing consumer psychographic, demographic and behavioral insights, and innovative technology. The goal is to increase engagement and reduce waste from irrelevant ad placements.

Mindset, St. Louis, Mo.: A fitness tracker for mental health, the Mindset app connects to third party heart rate monitors to detect stress and anxiety. Mindset notifies users of acute stress and delivers therapeutic exercises to support health and productivity.

Music Spoke, Lincoln, Neb.: Putting power back in the hands of artists. The MusicSpoke Marketplace eliminates the friction between music buyers and sellers, allowing composers to retain copyrights and sell directly to music teachers, conductors, and performers through digital downloads. The platform connects buyers directly with composers to ask questions, schedule a virtual rehearsal, or commission a new work.

Precision Image Analysis, Seattle, Wash.: Precision Image Analysis (PIA) provides cloud-based medical image post-processing and analysis for use in diagnostic medical studies, including CT and MRI. The HIPAA compliant IT architecture enables the customer to upload images, monitor, track, retrieve and edit analyses remotely.

Ripplenami, San Diego, Calif.: The only cloud-based visualization platform of its kind, Ripplenami helps to deliver mapping solutions on any device, allowing users to easily solve problems, make critical decisions and collaborate like never before.

Soozie’s Doozie’s, St. Louis, Mo.: The first refrigerated all natural cookie dough in a resealable bag. The natural cookies (Doozies) are available in the refrigerated case in 800+ stores across the Midwest, Southwest and East Coast.

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