MergeLane Demo Day to Showcase Female-led Startups

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Eight female CEOs will take the stage at a sold-out event to pitch their companies to over 300 stakeholders

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Today we are giving eight smart, dedicated, scrappy, and courageous female CEOs a platform to present their companies to the business community

Today MergeLane, a business accelerator for women-led companies, will host its inaugural Demo Day in downtown Boulder at the St. Julien Hotel. MergeLane Demo Day is the culmination of a powerful 12-week program that discovers, accelerates and invests in exceptional women and the companies they run. The sold-out event will feature eight CEOs, all females, who will take the stage to present their products and services to a room filled with over 300 stakeholders.

Attendees at the inaugural MergeLane Demo Day will have the opportunity to discover the eight participating companies spanning SaaS, consumer web, and natural products. The 2015 MergeLane class consists of:

  • Havenly - Your room, decorated and delivered
  • Idaciti - a data and visualization platform that makes global financial data usable
  • Intelligent Eyes - a forecasting tool for pharma and biotech companies running clinical trials
  • Mapistry - a platform for completing regulatory permits that require maps
  • QuickZip - a fitted sheet that zips on and off with ease
  • Sugarwish - an ecommerce gift company which the recipient gets to pick exactly what she wants
  • TomboyX - a lifestyle brand that markets clothing and accessories for the spirit of the tomboy in every woman
  • ZaZa - a healthy snack that is paleo, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and delicious

“Today we are giving eight smart, dedicated, scrappy, and courageous female CEOs a platform to present their companies to the business community,” said co-founder and CEO Sue Heilbronner. “These teams have been privy to some of the best mentoring and coaching available anywhere in the world. They are ready to showcase their businesses to a broader audience and ramp their growth.”

MergeLane is committed to providing early-stage, female-run companies with more opportunity to reap the benefits of key resources in the startup ecosystem. By bringing more women into the startup community, MergeLane hopes to achieve investor returns through the acceleration of high-growth, gender-diverse companies.

MergeLane has invested $20,000 into the participating companies and will make additional discretionary investments in the companies.

“I’m incredibly honored and proud of this inaugural class of MergeLane participants,“ said Elizabeth Kraus, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of MergeLane. “They have worked hard and fast throughout these 12 weeks and today is their day to show how successful and profitable their companies will be.”

MergeLane accepts a select group of eight to ten companies into its program each year. In September, the accelerator will start accepting applications for its 2016 program, which begins on February 1, 2016. All interested entrepreneurs should visit http://www.mergelane.com and sign up for updates.

About MergeLane:
MergeLane discovers, accelerates and invests in exceptional women and the companies they run. MergeLane's 12-week accelerator program pairs a select group of high-growth startups with industry-leading mentors and CEO coaches with the goal of dramatically increasing their growth trajectory. MergeLane is proving that investing in women isn’t just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. Participating companies receive $20,000 in guaranteed funding and the opportunity to garner an additional investment of up to $100,000. Companies with scalable models and at least one female in leadership are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://www.mergelane.com.

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