Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) November 28, 2012
AlphaStripe, a student-led startup supported by ASU’s successful Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, has received an undisclosed angel funding round and additional support from Tempe’s new MAC6 incubator. AlphaStripe is a global, online networking platform for veterans, military service members, and military families. AlphaStripe makes it easier for users to connect, network, and tell their own stories. Now, users can create an AlphaStripe account by simply signing in with Facebook and linking both social networks. In addition to this seed funding from MAC6, AlphaStripe also recently received grant funding from IBM to support its mission and initiative.
“MAC6 believed in our vision and passion to give back to a community that gives so much and continually impacts the entire world. Receiving funding at this stage validates our mission and propels us to do even greater things," said Eli Chmouni, co-founder and CEO of AlphaStripe.
The AlphaStripe platform is designed to allow users to document their military experiences and legacies in videos and photos. Earlier in the summer, the startup beta tested a variety of tools before redesigning the website to optimize the user experience.
"We invested in AlphaStripe because of what they are doing at a massive scale to improve the quality of life for the many past and current military members who have given so much to our country.” said Kyle McIntosh, co-founder and lead Creative Excitant at MAC6. “We believe that the AlphaStripe team, with a for-profit approach to this business model, will create a platform that will help connect, share stories with, and change the world and how we view armed conflict, forever.”
The main areas of the AlphaStripe website are open to the public with secure areas available to veterans to allow private sharing of stories and the ability to reconnect with old comrades. The startup has developed an incredibly comprehensive military database for the US armed forces dating back to World War II, allowing veterans to connect based on their service history.
“I spent eight years in the US Army and there are so many stories to share. Some are too personal to share with the world. Some are so funny I have to share them with the world. AlphaStripe was created to share stories of conflict that so many soldiers understand only too well," said Jason Brown, Military Relations Officer and co-founder of AlphaStripe.
Brown served for 8 years in the United States Army. He was in the 4/25th Airborne Infantry out of Fort Richardson Alaska for the first portion of his service. During this time he deployed to Iraq for a 15 month rotation cut short by 4 months after sustaining a gunshot wound during a fire fight. After recovery, he deployed once more to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan.
MAC6 is an early stage business incubator that supports the growth of Conscious Capitalism business models in 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art office space in Tempe. Additionally, MAC6 provides angel funding, an intensive mentorship program, and access to elite business community partners.
The MAC6 program advocates capitalism as a force for good and supports the growth of for-profit, early-stage companies with epic, paradigm-shifting ideas through creativity, collaboration, community and change. MAC6 is not industry exclusive and has set up a collaborative environment where many companies doing very different things are working side by side.
The ASU Venture Catalyst is a strategic unit of ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, the research arm of ASU. Eli Chmouni, co-founder and CEO of AlphaStripe, has been supported two years in a row through the ASU Edson student entrepreneur accelerator based in ASU SkySong, the Innovation Center in Scottsdale. The Edson accelerator provides funding, mentoring, and office space that enables students to advance their ventures and is part of the Venture Catalyst.
About AlphaStripe (http://www.alphastripe.com):
AlphaStripe allows the brave men and women of the United State Armed forces and their families to document their military experiences and preserve their memories for the future generations. AlphaStripe is the place to preserve your history, share your legacy story and build connections.
About MAC6 (http://www.mac6.com/):
MAC6 is an early stage business incubator accelerating Conscious Capitalism through collaboration, creativity, community and change. With a view that placing people and planet before profits, paradoxically increases profits, our mission is to foster free enterprise/ social venture business models in support of individual and community self reliance, worldwide. The businesses we support seek to affect positive change in the world, while growing and sustaining long-term profitable business models.
About the Edson Entrepreneur Initiative (http://studentventures.asu.edu/)
The Edson program provides funding, office space, and guidance to teams of students within all university disciplines. This accelerator gives student entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their innovative ideas and launch viable businesses. As an integral program of ASU Venture Catalyst, students in the Edson accelerator have access to seasoned entrepreneurs, industry mentors, and other Catalyst programs that allows students to advance their enterprises.