What do an electronic gaming federation, a company that grows human bone in a lab, and a marketplace that helps parents discover and book kids activities have in common? They are all part of the exciting new class of Grand Central Tech companies.Every year, Grand Central Tech offers one-year of free rent and the resources needed to scale to about 20 New York City-based startups. After reviewing nearly a thousand applications, we are thrilled to announce our fourth annual class of companies, a mix of startups changing and disrupting their industries.
Alice adds thousands of dollars a year to your paycheck with no extra work. Just connect your debit or credit card to Alice and spend like normal. Your take-home pay automatically goes up when you pay for pre-tax eligible expenses like commuting, parking, or childcare. Everyone wins: employees keep more of what they earn, employers pay less in taxes. No forms. No math. No fuss.
AlphaPoint AlphaPoint is a financial technology company that powers digital asset networks and provides institutions a Distributed Ledger Platform to digitize, trade, and manage any asset. Its secure, scalable, and customizable platform enables customers to reduce operational costs and digitize assets with its blockchain technology. CME Group and The Royal Mint selected AlphaPoint to provide the digit asset trading platform for their new gold ecosystem (RMG) expected to go live in 2017. AlphaPoint powers digital asset networks on five continents, and is led by a seasoned team with over 200 years in financial technology.
Anvyl is a B2B SaaS marketplace focused on disrupting the multi-trillion dollar operations/supply chain industry. The platform enables buyers and suppliers to quickly find each other to produce products around the world. Anvyl takes complex production analytics and makes it more transparent and actionable in real-time. Founded by a former Apple and Harry’s Grooming supply chain executive.
Battersea Biotech is developing next generation cell therapies to treat a range of cancers. Battersea holds multiple novel platform technologies and a robust pipeline of clinical and preclinical assets.
Centivo is an enterprise healthcare solutions company.
Eden Health eliminates the hassle of healthcare for employers and their employees. Eden is a new kind of doctor’s office that combines a private primary care practice, 24/7 telemedicine, and personalized insurance navigation into one simple platform. Eden Health provides an experience that employees love and saves employers money with seamless, data-driven healthcare.
Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF) is building the next generation of the NCAA designed for esports. EGF administers collegiate and high school esports leagues, provides a platform to support the teams, and produces esports media.
Epibone utilizes patient’s own stem cells to construct and cultivate a defect-specific autologous-like bone graft, requiring only a single surgery to grow human bone.
Experiment is a crowdfunding platform for scientific research with a mission to democratize the research process so that anyone can do science. Academics from institutions including Stanford, Harvard, and Yale choose to use Experiment instead of writing grants. Bill Gates recognized Experiment as a “solution to close the gap for potentially promising but unfunded projects”. Their mission has been profiled by leading publications including Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Science Friday.
KidPass is a marketplace that helps parents discover and book thousands of kids activities, including indoor playspaces, music classes, swimming lessons, kids yoga, weekend events, museums, and more! KidPass is the largest kids activity site in NYC and is used by thousands of parents every day. Parents using KidPass get access to 1,000+ kids activities, including the city’s best programs like Gymboree, Music Together, Pure Yoga, Physique Swimming, and Kidville.
Loli is a manufacturer of organic customizable personal care products. Founded by a former L’Oréal executive, LOLI offers personalization of effective, food grade, ethically sourced and sustainably-made skin, hair, bath and body products. LOLI is pure, potent organic beauty – custom blended.
Narmi powers the digital banking experience for the 11,000+ regional and community financial institutions in the United States. Narmi’s white-labeled mobile and online banking platform helps its customers better compete against mega-banks and newly-forming challenger banks. Narmi’s API helps its customers embrace innovation by providing developer friendly banking data to the public.
Nautilus Labs is helping the maritime industry burn less fuel. Ocean shipping could account for up to 17% of global emissions by 2050, and lax regulation means it will not change without a compelling business case moving forward. Using the Nautilus Platform, maritime operators can act on their previously siloed data sets to reduce fuel consumption and maximize the return on their vessels.
NewtonX is an AI-powered expert knowledge marketplace. Their B2B SaaS provides clients with access to leading experts for short insight-driven dialogues. Founded by McKinsey / BCG alums and a marketplace tech veteran, NewtonX provides professionals across the world with quality access to expert knowledge, with the long-term vision to become the first search engine for the expertise locked in people’s minds.
pulseData works with health systems and healthcare companies, applying machine learning engines to identify patients at risk of an avoidable future medical event. pulseData drives specific preventative action, delivered to precisely the right patients at the right time.
Radish is a mobile reading application that offers original serialized fiction with short bite-sized episodes. It’s a digital update of the dime novels and pulp fiction magazines that were popular in the late 19th – early 20th centuries. Mobile micropayments provide early access to the next chapter so there is no need for a long wait after a cliffhanger ending. Radish’s top earning authors boast more than $20,000 in monthly revenues.
Scala aims to bring high performance computing to the cloud, ushering in the era of Big Compute. Scala’s software, coupled with a proprietary neural-net based job scheduler, seamlessly harnesses the power of Cloud HPC for highly parallel scientific and engineering applications. Leading researchers, developers, and scientists in healthcare, finance, and defense leverage Scala to achieve faster results, reduce costs, and drive innovation.
Uru is a computer vision and machine learning technology enabling content-aware ad and e-commerce experiences for video and beyond. Uru instantly digests visual content, creating structured data about everything from the 3D geometry it portrays to the words, objects, and themes inside it. This data can spawn content-reactive, brand-safe experiences that represent the future of content monetization.
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