Launch Pad Ignition, the New Orleans-based start-up accelerator founded by Chris Schultz, is today presenting the six companies that are currently participating in its first seven-week mentorship program.
The Ignition program offers seed stage start-ups up to $25,000 in funding, co-working space at the Launch Pad and advice on getting Louisiana tax credits.
Ignition is tied into the greater start-up ecosystem through its affiliation with TechStars and the White House’s Startup America initiative. The program has attracted 30 or so early stage investors to fly in for its first Demo Day experience, including Brad Feld of the Foundry Group and Tech Stars, Steve Case at Startup America, and Anne Driscoll of Ning.
The six companies participating in Ignition aren’t necessarily from New Orleans, but they’ve been operating there for the duration of the program. The companies are primarily consumer web businesses, with the exception of one. Here is the first Ignition class, as they describe themselves:
Dydra: The only only pay-as-you-go, cloud-based RDF platform delivered as a service.
Gamebuilder Studio: True cross-platform game development platform that allows passionate gamers to create their own games for any device using a simple visual editor.
Badger: Share photos and connect around interests on any camera-enabled mobile device.
Rayku: Peer-to-peer micro tutoring platform that lets students share and ask for academic help, on demand, in real-time.
Kinio: The best place to easily upload, promote, and monetize video content, delivered to any device in minutes.
Liveset: The premier platform for presenting live concerts on the Web and directly to your home.
You can watch the pitches live here!
The companies present in 5 minutes…stay tuned for the follow up stories after Launch Fest is over!