Raleigh Innovators Program: Finalists Are Announced!

September 19, 2014 9:54 AM

The Citrix Startup Accelerator announced today the seven final teams that are selected to participate in the upcoming Innovators Program - Raleigh, which officially begins this Monday. The three-month residency program, hosted in collaboration with Red Hat, HQ Raleigh and the City of Raleigh, combines design thinking and lean business practices to help early-stage startups develop breakthrough mobile, cloud, and collaboration technologies.

The finalists for the program include Mindset Systems Incorporated; Joosy, Inc.; EMPLOYUS, two internal Citrix teams, and TWO HQ Raleigh Teams- Akili Software, Inc. and UserLite.

Each team will receive in-depth training, expert mentorship, workspace at the new Citrix-Sharefile office, and $25K in seed funding after attending a two-day boot camp this weekend before the program start on Monday.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane revealed at last week’s Raleigh Innovation Summit, a commitment from the City to provide a $100K grant supporting entrepreneurs, including support of the accelerator through the seed funding offered to participants.

DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and chief people officer at Red Hat, announced that Red Hat would collaborate with Citrix Startup Accelerator to support the Raleigh program. "As a longtime member of the Triangle business community, Red Hat sees tremendous potential for this region to be a hot spot for innovation and entrepreneurism," she said while adding that Red Hat wants to do their "part to support emerging technology companies and grow the innovation community in Raleigh and beyond."

HQ member and founder of Akili Software, Michelle Harper, says that “I learned of the Citrix Startup Accelerator through my membership at HQ Raleigh, and as a first-time CEO, I see immense value in gaining access to industry leaders and mentors both locally and in Silicon Valley through the program. Additionally, the coaching in collaboration, design thinking, and lean startup approaches will advance Akili Software as we build the next generation of care coordination software for the home care industry.”

If you want to read more about the teams or the Citrix Accelerator program, click here!



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