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OwlSpark Reveals Newest Cohort: 10 Startup Teams Join Class 9

OwlSpark is excited to announce its largest cohort to date, with a total of ten startup teams accepted into Class 9. The recruiting season was competitive and yielded a number of quality startup teams with promising technologies.

Class 9 startups demonstrated an entrepreneurial mindset—grit, determination, versatility and passion—and are solving problems across a number of industries, including hospitality, sports, oil & gas, consumer, staffing, automotive, and more. Meet the ten newest startups to join the OwlSpark family:

  • Capybara – a networked platform that facilitates the company-to-company transfer of IT employees with similar skill sets (for example, software developers)
  • ChckMate – a data-driven platform designed to improve customer dining experiences, drive loyalty, and increase revenue
  • GatherX Analytics – an AI software platform that predicts location and quantity of hydrocarbon liquid dropout for use by the upstream oil and gas industry
  • HARK – an easy-to-use app designed to significantly enhance the way in which neurodivergent or cognitively impaired individuals communicate real-time with caregivers and loved ones
  • Home Maintainer – a comprehensive solution for homeowners to manage and simplify home maintenance and efficiency
  • OneLab – a robust cloud-based repository designed for effective organization and easy access to a body of data on a specific area of research
  • Oversox – waterproof, durable, sock-like coverings designed to easily slip over the outside of a shoe for use by the serious hiker
  • rutd – an enterprise software and mobile application that provides immediate, actionable, suicide prevention resources to military veterans and family members
  • Tailer – a training platform and sales tool for electric vehicle dealerships and sales personnel
  • Yellow Saffron Labs – a risk analysis platform that gathers datasets from peer-reviewed scientific publications for use by organizations to observe industry trends or upcoming scientific disruptions or discoveries

Established in 2012, OwlSpark is Rice University’s startup accelerator and one of Rice’s leading resources for helping entrepreneurs gain hands-on experience launching a technology startup. The program provides a robust curriculum and a diverse mentor network to support entrepreneurs. Since inception, 63 startups have successfully completed OwlSpark and raised nearly $29 million in funding.