Investors, Entrepreneurs Gather for Westchester County’s Element 46 Tech Accelerator Demo Day

Eleven companies who completed this fall’s Element 46 Tech Accelerator showcased their businesses in White Plains on Wednesday night. Participants pitched their venture to a room full of investors, technology experts, press representatives, government officials and other key contacts during the program’s Demo Day.

“Tech-driven startups are a growing subset of Westchester’s entrepreneurial community. said Deborah Novick, Westchester County Director of Economic Development. “The diversity of these ventures reflects the broad interests of tech entrepreneurs,”

The accelerator program, produced in partnership with Cela Innovation, featured key curriculum, connections to entrepreneurs, investors and mentors and support from the Element 46 staff. It was yet another indicator of the growing appetite for innovation that on the part of area investors.

“We saw the widest variety of technology types, as well as business stages – and it’s reflected in the cohort itself,” said Cela Innovation Co-Founder John Lynn. “There are companies with web and mobile technologies, seed-stage funding through Series A, and founders finding their place in the Westchester ecosystem through the program, as well as those emerging from within the County,”

Members of the fall 2023 Element 46 Tech Accelerator cohort included:

  • Adro (Yonkers): Adro provides university-supported financial services for international students studying at American colleges. We deliver a one-stop, fit-for-purpose solution for managing their finances, paying tuition, and accessing student-curated services, like commonly-needed purchases.
  • CheckRare (Hastings on Hudson): CheckRare is a leading web and learning platform focused on rare diseases. Our mission is to improve patient outcomes through awareness and education. We work with respected physicians, researchers, and rare disease experts to create content that reaches physicians and the rare disease community. We leverage our web platform and database of 500,000 physicians to sell pharmaceutical-sponsored marketing and educational programs that address specific rare disease challenges.
  • FMR Wellness (Scarsdale): FMR Wellness offers customized online nutrition libraries for medical practices whose patients do not have access to a Registered Dietitian. While both practitioners and patients know the value nutrition education plays in both prevention and healing, many barriers, including financial, behavioral and time, prevent access to proper care. FMR Wellness offers a solution to all of these barriers.
  • Jotto (Pleasantville): Jotto’s patent-pending technology invites residents to answer a prompt anytime inspiration strikes, then instantly summarizes these contributions into easily digestible reports, delivered to the administrator best suited to act on it.
  • Latte (White Plains): Mentorship is crucial to career development, but difficult to access. Latte is an AI-driven platform that instantly connects users with career mentors.
  • LifeStream Digital Innovations, LLC (Rye Brook): Our mission is to embrace individuality as our driving force, empowering people to harness their unique value through state-of-the-art technology. Our innovative platform revolutionizes the high school, college, and job application experience, streamlining an authentic, holistic evaluation process to improve and simplify the journey for all.
  • Livdao (New Rochelle): We offer affordable, hassle-free furniture solutions. Partnered with local stores, we streamline renting for students, fostering sustainable and stylish living spaces, while empowering students to focus on their education and personal growth.
  • Paypa Plane (Mamaroneck): Paypa Plane helps banks and enterprises create prime and enduring relationships with their business banking customers or direct clients through our proprietary Smart Payment Agreement™ technology. Smart Payment Agreements™ – regardless of the method of payment- mean payments are more safe, reliable, transparent, appropriate and fair. We believe that everyone’s financial lives can be improved with Smart Payment Agreements™ – from the exchange of value with solo fruit sellers in local markets through to large, institutional insurance conglomerates.
  • Picsello (Larchmont): With 9% US growth and 2.3 million globally, independent professional photographers face a common challenge of running a profitable business. Picsello’s holistic platform streamlines client communication, invoicing, pricing, and marketing, so photographers can be successful.
  • Anodet (Hastings on Hudson): Anodet captures security and data analytics in multi-family dwellings by consolidating CCTV camera feeds into a single node and utilizing computer vision technology to analyze feeds in real-time. Our innovative solution offers actionable insights to building owners, property managers, and the Police Department all while safeguarding individual privacy.
  • Westchester Therapy (Scarsdale): Finding the right therapist-client match is more difficult than it should be. At Westchester Therapy, we offer a better match process to help you get the clients you need right here in our local community.

Members of each Element 46 Tech Accelerator cohort are selected in a competitive, county-wide selection process. Up to 12 tech startups from across the County are selected for each program, and must feature committed founders with at least a prototype of their technology or tech-enabled product.  In the past, selected startups have additionally been investor-backed, grant-funded, and/or revenue-generating operations.

In the program, each founder is matched with hand-picked mentors who are leaders in technology, finance, business strategy, venture capital, marketing and other key areas. Participants also gain access to a world-class curriculum on fundraising, customer development, executive management, product iteration, branding, marketing and more. 

The Element 46 Tech Accelerator runs for 10 weeks every spring and fall. This is the third cohort, experts in tech accelerator programming and operations.

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