StartEngine, the startup accelerator headed by Howard Marks, is launching its newest class of startups today in a private event in Santa Monica. StartEngine said that the companies--who have all gone through the 90 day mentorship process at StartEngine--include the BedAbroad (international student housing marketplace); CARBON 38 (online luxury fitness destination for women; Smilu (cross-platform, multiplayer video games); WhereMyDogsAt (mobile social networking for dog owners); Ember (demand side, real-time bidding for online video advertising); Osurv (mobile research and surveys), Fans.lu (white label e-commerce for game developers), and TriplePulse (e-commerce for sports nutrition and expert fitness advice for endurance athletes).
The eight startups are pitching their investors to startups at CrossCampus in Santa Monica this afternoon. StartEngine provides $20,000 to $100,000 in funding to promising startups, and also offers up mentoring, office space, and help in getting those startups to the next stage. StartEngine's founders are Howard Marks, who co-founded Activision, and investor Paul Kessler. The accelerator is among a number that have emerged in Los Angeles in the past year or so; StartEngine specifically has been focusing on startups targeting consumers, small to medium sized businesses, and web infrastructure.