Dreamit New York’s Demo Day Unveils New Ideas in Messaging and Media

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scene have not been nimble in pursuing this audience, Grant said. “They’re applying old school models, thinking about content they think will go viral, and cramming it down users’ throats,” he said. “That doesn’t make sense. This is the selfie generation. This is an audience that creates content.”

Senna plans a full launch for the fall, he said.

Over its history, Dreamit has helped some notable startups get on the radar, including Meerkat, SeatGeek, Adaptly, and LevelUp. So far the more than 200 alumni of the accelerator have raised more than $275 million.

Now the 2015 class from New York will try to make a lasting mark:

Kofi Kankam Admit.me A platform that lets prospective students connect with others who have applied to the same colleges, as well as current students, alumni, and administrators. Also offers tools to help them get accepted into the schools they want. Working with 130 colleges at the moment. Presented by Kofi Kankam, CEO.

CleArthur Shmulevskyan Cube Smart kiosks installed in building lobbies to accept deliveries such as packages, dry cleaning, and groceries. Used in more than 40 buildings currently. Presented by Arthur Shmulevsky, president.

Rob PinnaCofamilies An app that divorced parents can use to coordinate logistics regarding their kids, as well as money that needs to be exchanged, while cutting down on “communication conflicts” that could arise between them. Presented by CEO Rob Pinna.

Alicia ThomasDibs Platform for the group fitness industry that uses an algorithm to price studio space based on demand. That way spin classes that are in demand get premium pricing, while classes with lower demand may offer lower rates. Presented by CEO Alicia Thomas.

Nachiketa RaoRyze On-demand room service for Airbnb hosts and boutique hotels that do not offer such amenities themselves. Presented by co-founder Nachiketa Rao.

Adrian GrantSenna A multiplatform media brand aimed at, and run by, urban millennials, bringing together videos, memes, and other content that is crowdsourced, and distributing to mobile devices and the Web. Presented by Adrian Grant, CEO.

Robert EdellServy A lower-cost “secret shopper” platform for restaurant owners and management that they can use to evaluate service and performance. Used by dining establishments including Hale & Hearty. Robert Edell, CEO and co-founder, presented.

Emeka C AnenThrone Social marketplace catering to streetwear and sneaker culture. Has some 250,000 members so far. CEO Emeka Anen presented.

Guy BalzamTriggerhood Developed a behavior algorithm that lets app developers schedule push notifications that will be received when people are more likely to be amenable to them. Presented by co-founder Guy Balzam.

Tom PengTappi Photosharing and messaging app that can be used for group conversations, while keeping the photo front and center for all recipients. Tom Peng, CEO, presented.

Dan BerenholtzYapTap Music messaging app that uses snippets from a library of more than 30 million songs to add some color to communication. CEO Dan Berenholtz presented.

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