Vow Vow to be Chic is the first company to offer designer bridesmaid dress rentals. The Company combines e-commerce and the shared economy to bring an age-old tradition into the 21st century. While men have been renting tuxes for decades, Vow now makes the bridesmaid dress process cost efficient and convenient for millennial women while ensuring a delightful customer experience. Based in Los Angeles area.

Bridesmaid-Dress Rental Startup Vow To Be Chic Gets Hitched With $5M Series A
Nicole Phelps’s Bridesmaids Rented Their Dresses for $99 Each – People Style

Newsela Newsela is an education technology company that is using nonfiction content to build K-12 literacy. Newsela adapts news articles from trusted media sources to five different reading levels, enabling teachers to engage all students in a classroom on the same topic whether they are below-grade or advanced readers. The Company offers articles at the right reading level for an individual, aligns quizzes with “Common Core” literacy standards, and provides educators with real-time data to track student performance. Based in NYC and Silicon Valley.

Newsela Secures $15M Series B To Promote Literacy, Captivate Students And Teachers

Decorist Decorist reinvents a fragmented and traditional industry with a unique, scalable technology platform that offers the next generation in interior design. Whereas the traditionally prohibitive price of interior designers has precluded most homeowners from engaging this service, Decorist connects consumers to accessible and personalized home design services and products – all virtually and at an affordable price point. Lowe’s and One Kings Lane are among Decorist’s partners. Based in San Francisco.

Buying Digital: Bed Bath And Beyond Acquires Decorist, An Online Interior Design Platform
How a Flea-Market Purchase Became a Digital Design Start-Up – Architectural Digest
Online Decorating Start-up Designs $4.5 Million Round

OMNI Retail Group OMNI Retail Group focuses on “smart-data” management to help consumers navigate the growing number of SKUs to find performance-based products that best meet their needs and preferences thereby increasing revenues and customer loyalty for major retailers and brands. Omni addresses a real market need whereby consumers are faced with a proliferation of product choices and there is minimal expert sales advice to guide the consumers to the right product selection. Several big box retailers have deployed Omni’s solution across a dozen product categories. Based in Seattle.


Ed Surge EdSurge is a leading site for educators and helps schools find, select and use technology to support all learners. It publishes News & Research; hosts nationwide Summits, runs a Jobs Board and develops tools such as Edtech Concierge, which helps schools identify appropriate technology solutions. EdSurge is committed to helping all stakeholders understand why, when and how technology can –and cannot– support better teaching and learning. Based in San Francisco area.

EdSurge Wraps Up Funding; Launching New Initiatives

NVoice Pay Nvoicepay offers a cloud-based solution that provides enterprise and middle market businesses with a simple and flexible option to pay their accounts payables electronically instead of writing checks at significant cost savings. The payment solution provides one simple workflow to process all different payment types (credit card, ACH or print check) and works across any accounting system and any bank. Nvoicepay has been recognized by Goldman Sachs as a leader in the B2B payments space and the Company recently won the “The Cloud Award”. Based in Portland.

NvoicePay Closed $10M Series F capital raise with Napier Park
NvoicePay Wins THINKStrategies, Inc. Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Award
Winner of “The Cloud Award” in 2015-16
NVoicePay Named AP Technology of the Year

Proxio Logo Proxio provides a global network platform for real estate agents, brokerages, and property developers to share inventory and promote properties, and to extend their marketing reach to buyers worldwide. The Proxio Developer Showcase(TM) provides high quality digital and and multilingual tools for marketing new developments and tracking leads. ProxioPro is the first global multiple listing service (MLS) powered by social networking to provide real estate agents with better access to information, more exposure for themselves and their listings, and a greater value proposition for clients.

An Online Network to Reach a Global Audience of Buyers and Investors
Proxio serving as global digital marketing anchor for brokers and builders

Ivytalk Logo Ivycorp has developed and operates Ivytalk, next generation intelligent messaging solutions for businesses and organizations that are secure, private and reliable. Businesses and organizations are now able to communicate with large numbers of employees, current customers or potential customers at any time from any device and in the way each individual prefers. A single email may be sent from any device simultaneously to millions of people via their preferred mode of communication (email, text/SMS, social media, mobile app). Based in Seattle area.