10 diverse startups — from software to BBQ hookups — join Austin incubator

Jun 6, 2014
Austin Business Journal

Curb Inc., an Austin energy technology startup targeting the home automation space, is among 10 new businesses added to the Capital Factory for its April incubator program


JD Weinstein, an associate at Capital Factory, said the incubator program typically accepts five companies per month, but it has ranged from two to 11. He said Capital Factory receives between 100-350 applications per month for the program. One of Austin's entrepreneurship hubs, Capital Factory helps tech startups with less than $1 million in funding to attain profitability


The other nine startups include Azul Mobile Inc., a reverse-auction marketplace for restaurants to bid for customers; San Antonio-based SocialRest, a tool that helps businesses measures their returns on social media investment; Thread, a mobile software social connectivity platform with an emphasis on dating and college campuses; GrillMobile, a manufacturing company making devices for mounting barbecue grills to the interior bed of pickup trucks; VChain Solutions, which provides supply chain simulation systems; TrendPo, a social media dashboard suite for aggregating analytics and optimizing advertising that is based in Washington, D.C., but has an Austin office; Feathr, a conference app to boost attendee engagement at conferences, headquartered in Gainesville, Florida; and QuantAdvisor, an investment tool; and Fit Steady, an Austin-based health and wellness company


For its May program, Weinstein told Austin Business Journal the final roster has yet to be set. Under consideration are Austin-based Admosphere Inc., which applies weather-based intelligence to online advertising, San Antonio-based storage-on-demand company Remote Garage and one other company, which hasn't been finalized


As an energy engagement solution, Curb provides homeowners with continuous data collection capability, smart alerts, a mobile and desktop app interface and circuit-level electricity monitoring, enabling them to reduce costs and understand their electricity usage


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