Author Archives: Claire Coulter

DivorceSecure startup streamlines divorce process


The process of going through a divorce is typically described as difficult, often painful, and filled with paperwork. However, Hirsch Serman and Noam Davidovics, CEO/Co-Founder and CTO/Co-Founder of DivorceSecure respectively, have launched a Turbo-Tax based program to help simplify the process. DivorceSecure is designed for use by divorce attorneys and their clients. The overall result is increased efficiency for attorneys and a clear, automated outline to help guide the clients through the process.


Read the full article at High Ground News

Local web app connects the college search to social media


Brian Summerhill chose to launch his business idea through Start Co. before he was accepted into the accelerator program. His idea was based on the realization that school guidance counselors, with an average caseload of 500 students, are struggling to help their students find the right college fit. He developed MyCollegeSTREAM as a web application that helps guidance counselors get students engaged in the college search process by using college social media.


“Seventy-five percent of high school students research college on social media, and there are plenty of accounts floating around across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. MyCollegeSTREAM has found a way to harness these accounts onto one platform, making them easily accessible to students so that when they visit their guidance counselor, they will have a better idea of the college they are considering, as well as potential majors and future careers,” explained Summerhill.

Read the full article at High Ground News

City of Memphis, EPIcenter Get $50,000 for Startup Efforts


When Walter Perry, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tennessee district office, joins other SBA staff in presenting Memphis officials Wednesday, Sept. 2, with a $50,000 Start Small Model prize, the ceremony will be more than a perfunctory civic affair.

That’s because the event, happening at 12:30 p.m. at Rec Room, 3000 Broad Ave., is another in a string of recent indications that Memphis’ startup community is in the midst of a bumper crop of good news.

Examples of its momentum include the city welcoming entrepreneurs to a newly created startup accelerator and the existence of fresh startup-focused leaders like Leslie Smith, the new president of EPIcenter, who was tapped for the job earlier this year.


Read the full article at The Daily News

Delta Challenge Pitch Competitions headed to six cities in the fall


Research still shows that 75 percent of all VC funding is being invested in one of three states: California, New York and Massachusetts.  And the Delta Entrepreneurship Network is expanding their competition circuit this fall to help change that ratio.

This year’s Delta Challenge Pitch Competitions will take place in the span of several months and across six cities in the Delta region. Unlike their previous year’s schedule of four sessions in a span of a week, this schedule should accommodate any startup or startup-support organization that’s seeking to be part of the Delta Entrepreneurship Network (DEN) Fellowship program.

Read the full article at Southern Alpha

Recap of Memphis Demo Day


Last week 14 startups graduated from the Start Co. and ZeroTo510 accelerators and pitched their companies at Memphis Demo Day (Aug 13th).  This was the first demo day where Start Co. and ZeroTo510 accelerators joined forces to host one demo day showcasing the Memphis ecosystem. Over 300 attendees made it out to the event including investors, partners, mentors, and supporters. Here’s a rundown of the 2015 accelerator teams:

Start Co. Seed Hatchery – for B2B startups with software and hardware solutions

  • DivorceSecure, workflow and collaboration wizard for divorce attorneys to streamline the intake of client information and increase their overall case volume.
  • LendMed, a liabilities tracking software and digital kiosk that manages the 50,000 weekly instances of hospital lending and borrowing across national/local facilities.
  • Ncrease, a marketing automation tool for online businesses that provides insights about their customers’ social behaviors and daily content sharing suggestions.
  • Preteckt, the 1st smart vehicle technology for fleets and drivers that accurately predicts truck breakdowns 30 days before they happen.

Start Co. Upstart – for women-led technology startups

  • 6Figure, a retail app and ecommerce website with exclusive curation of professional clothing for women in competitive corporate fields.
  • Care Current, a scheduling and matching software for Senior Care Agencies that weighs over 40 factors when assigning clients to their ideal at-home caregiver.
  • MLS My Nest, a real estate service that connects home sellers with licensed agents  in their area who provide full real estate services for a $1,500 flat fee.

Start Co. Sky High – for social impact technology startups

  • Capital C, a Memphis-based code school for adults who are serious about landing jobs as entry-level software developers.
  • CodeCrew, a nonprofit organization that provides computer science training to underserved K-12 Memphis students, delivered both in the classroom and extracurricularly on an opt-in basis.
  • MyCollegeSTREAM, a SaaS platform that helps high school guidance counselors engage students in the college search process by using social media.

ZeroTo510 for medical device startups:

  • SweetBio makes membranes for tissue regeneration used in oral surgeries utilizing medical-grade honey as one of the ingredients.
  • LineGard Med provides hospitals with a simple device that protects and preserves patients’ IV sites and central lines.
  • GlucosAlarm has created a technology to measure glucose in diabetic patients’ urine, which simplifies the testing procedure.
  • Inspire Living offers a portable health monitor that enables anyone, anywhere, to conduct an automated respiratory and rapid vitals exam on a child.

The event was definitely a success with standing room only. Make sure to check out our Storify for more coverage of the event.


Fourteen startups pitch ideas at Memphis Demo Day


Fourteen startup companies pitched their ideas to a crowd of investors, community leaders and supporters Thursday.

It was a part of Memphis Demo Day, which marked graduation for the 14 teams from Start. Co (a tech startup accelerator) and ZeroTo510 (a medical device startup accelerator) summer startup training and mentoring programs.

Each team pitched their business on stage in the ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Memphis. It was a chance celebrate their progress and share their ideas. Many who were seeking investments to move forward.

Read the full article at WMC – TV (NBC)

Demo Day Brings Together Start Co., ZeroTo510 Entrepreneurs


The entrepreneurial ecosystem was more abundant than ever at Demo Day 2015, where Start Co. and ZeroTo510 worked in conjunction for the first time to present graduates of their business accelerator programs to investors and community leaders.

“For us, we wanted to highlight the strength of our community as a whole,” said Eric Mathews, Start Co. CEO, of the partnership. “It’s hard to find a great time when you’re trying to attract investors from all over the country. If we separated our programs, they’d have to end up picking one or the other, and that’s not really good for us as a community either.

Read the full article at The Daily News

What to expect at Memphis Demo Day


We’re in the middle of Demo Day Season here in Tennessee, and on Thursday, Aug. 13, the city of Memphis will have its own Memphis Demo Day that will be packed with the startup energy of ZeroTo510 and Start Co.


The accelerators that have collaborated to host this event together will give the investors a variety of startups to watch. Medical device accelerator ZeroTo510 is run by Memphis Bioworks, while Start Co. facilitates three other accelerators, Seed Hatchery (B2B Tech), Upstart (women-led), and Sky High (social innovation). “A connected, collaborative network is powerful, and events like Memphis Demo Day are a hallmark of ecosystems that produce inclusive economic impacts and attract talent and capital to cities, ” said EPIcenter president Leslie Smith.

Read the full article at Southern Alpha

Start Co. to Host Delta Pitch Competition


The Delta Entrepreneurship Network is seeking its second round of fellows to join the inaugural class of DEN fellows through six Delta Challenge pitch competitions across the region this fall.

Delta Regional Authority Federal co-chairman Chris Masingill announced the six Delta Challenge pitch competitions today to be held throughout the eight-state Delta region, with the first kicking off in Memphis Sept. 18, hosted by Start Co.

Read the full article at The Daily News

New App taps social media to help ease the college search process


Given the volume and variety of colleges and universities in the U.S. and the ever-growing number of social media sites, it’s no wonder some are daunted by the college research process. MyCollegeSTREAM is designed to meet that challenge.

The web app – launched in 2014 by Tony Malone, Brian Summerhill and Bryant Warren – was created to assist students and guidance counselors. MyCollegeStream aggregates college social media accounts and customizes content for users’ favorite colleges and interests. It also provides guidance counselors with information about universities, community colleges and technical schools with real time social media updates.

Read the full article at Tri-State Defender