Boomtown Demo Day showcases second class to graduate from accelerator

By: InnovatioNews Thursday November 13, 2014 Tags: accelerators, Alex Bogusky, Bitsbox, Boomtown, Boomtown Demo Day, Boulder, Derive, Factivate, Jose Vieitez, Kickfurther, MediaNest, Parkifi, Peach, Stephen Groth, Thivepass, Toby Krout, Truthly


BOULDER - Boulder-based accelerator Boomtown showcased nine new companies at the second Boomtown Demo Day held Wednesday at the Boulder Theater.

Boomtown, launched in January by former Crispin Porter principal Alex Bogusky and media and tech veterans Toby Krout, Stephen Groth and Jose Vieitez, offers two 12-week sessions each year and provides $20,000 investment and mentoring.

The first Boomtown Demo Day was held in June and showcased six new companies. (See InnovatioNews story)

Each of the nine hand-picked startups that presented Wednesday presented their products and services to investors and supporters.

The second Demo Day class included:

  • Bitsbox, a company that developed a new way to teach kids how to program computers by helping them build apps for any device through a website

  • Parkifi, a company that developed a way to make parking easier through the creation of a parking occupancy platform that provides real-time data via mobile applications

  • Peach, a company with a platform that helps consumers easily find, compare and purchase extended warranty protections

  • Thrivepass, a company that created the world's first Wellness Spending Account

  • Derive, a company that developed a way to transform raw sensor data into human language, providing a platform for Internet of Things

  • Factivate, a company that has developed a cloud-based spreadsheet providing real-time data source connectors and extensions to help users automate business processes

  • MediaNest, a company that developed a way to manage, distribute, promote and analyze online video campaigns

  • Truthly, a company providing the world's largest database of scientific research in a simple, ad-free online tool

  • Kickfurther, a company with the only crowdfunding platform that provides businesses a way to raise investment to non-accredited investors


Boomtown Demo Day was sponsored by Amex OPEN, SoftLayer, Zayo and Kurtz Fargo LLP. All proceeds from the event go to Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado.

Boomtown is now selecting its third class of startups for a program that will begin March 2.

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