Co-working space Geekdom announced Tuesday the selection of six local startups for its Pre-Accelerator program, a six-week preparation initiative for companies at the outset of their enterprises.

Braustin Mobile Homes and Mello{be} – both of which received $10,000 checks from the Geekdom Community Fund last week – are among the co-working space’s initial cohort for the program. Joining them are Clutche Tech, Divvee, Ractive, and Scraffic.

“We had more than 20 San Antonio startups apply to the program,” said Luke Owen, co-director of the program, in a press release. “The quality of startups that applied demonstrate the demand for more programs like this to support our local tech ecosystem.”

Owen and the program’s other co-directors selected the businesses based on their applications and follow-up interviews. Geekdom and local angel investment group Alamo Angels will offer $25,000 in capital to the most viable startup after the pre-accelerator concludes.

The program will prepare the startups for accelerator applications, or early-stage investment, through mentorship from local tech leaders and investors.

Each of the six teams were required to meet the following criteria: have a working proof-of-concept or minimally viable product, which proves the idea’s feasibility; have less than $50,000 raised from angel investors; have at least one full-time team member; be locally based and participate at Geekdom; and have a legally formed business.

Ryan Ward, Scraffic’s chief operating officer and co-founder, said sharpening the business’ pitch to investors will be among his primary objectives during the pre-accelerator.

“Having access to the leadership team and mentorship team that Geekdom has put together will allow us to focus on our next stage of growth,” Ward said. “This program is going to be a lot more focused with entrepreneurs that are going through the same things we are going through.”

Here are descriptions of each startup:

  • Scraffic aims to provide foot-traffic counting solutions for retailers. 
  • Ractive develops interactive virtual reality experiences, such as training that immerses users in realistic and dynamic scenarios.
  • Braustin Mobile Homes is a digital mobile home dealership with an app, Braustin Docs, that aims to make the process of buying a manufactured home faster, easier, and more affordable.
  • Mello{be} manufactures meditation cushions that it says help to increase leg strength, improve balance and posture, and encourage a connection between mind and body.
  • A corporate meal delivery service, Divvee curates menus through its online ordering platform.
  • Clutche is a smartphone application that allows entertainment venue customers to order concessions – and have them delivered – without leaving their seats.

Geekdom’s Pre-Accelerator will begin April 19 and end May 31 with a demo day in which the participants will showcase their work.

JJ Velasquez

JJ Velasquez

JJ Velasquez was a columnist, former editor and reporter at the San Antonio Report.