Four Tucson tech startups are the newest graduates from the Arizona Center for Innovation’s Mentored Launch Program. By applying technology to solve problems ranging from how to eliminate traffic jams to how to find nearby friends with time to hang out, these companies have developed products that are attracting attention to Tucson’s startup scene.
Smartrek offers a collaborative mobile traffic app that encourages cooperation between drivers to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. The app is currently in beta testing in four western cities, and the app will be officially launched this fall.
Equisight Inc.’s Ride the Race® technology takes viewers along with jockeys on the race track. The company’s overall vision is to develop video solutions for live sports, entertainment, and consumers, and to heighten the experience of sports-viewing. See a horse race from jockey Curtis Kimes’s perspective as he takes Ocean Seven to a 6th place finish in last year’s $50,000 John Bullit Stakes at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwJfRqSSPOk.
YourLabs LLC‘s e-learning software puts detailed learner data directly into the hands of students, teachers, school administrators, and parents across multiple platforms and devices. As an incentive to potential customers, users who register for the free YourLabs Classroom Edition by October 31, 2013 will receive an automatic upgrade to the Teacher Edition when it is released.
Ufree LLC offers a simple way to see if friends are readily available to hang out with the user. And by using geolocation, it also provides information about what is going on near the user’s current location. Ufree founder Stephen Ost, a Startup Weekend alumnus, was recently named one of the five finalists competing for Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2013 College Entrepreneur of the Year award (the online voting period ends on September 17, 2013, so cast your vote soon).
The Mentored Launch program offered by the Arizona Center for Innovation provides the chosen startups with a structured business development program focusing on technology innovation, product development, and business management. The center is recruiting startups for the 2013 Fall Mentored Launch program—please visit www.azinnovation.com for details, including information about the application process.