NewMe Accelerator, the startup incubator program aimed at under-represented minorities in the tech industry (namely African Americans, Latinos, and women), announced today that it has chosen seven startups to be part of its Summer/Fall 2012 cycle.
One thing that really sets NewMe apart is that it is a residential program, so the founders all move into one house together where they all “eat, sleep, and breathe” the startup building experience. The aim is to hack on their respective projects day and night, in between meetings with a star-studded group of mentors such as Mitch Kapor and Ben Horowitz.
This next batch of startups will move into NewMe’s San Francisco house on August 13th, and stay there for 12 weeks. Here are the seven startups that will make up NewMe’s third class:
- whoorli, founded in Atlanta by Sharron Battle, is an easy way to promote your personal brand through picture, video, and file sharing of digital content you create.
- Sparkroad, founded in Folsom, Calif. by Yuri Costa, connects home and school in creating a healthier learning environment for children.
- Travtar, founded in Bridgewater, New Jersey by Stavan Shah, Srishti Goyal, lets you search all sorts of accommodations and helps you figure out which one makes the most sense for your trip.
- Dwllr, founded in Cincinnati, Ohio by Khisaun Ferguson, is the first its kind platform that helps homebuyers, sellers and real estate professionals buy and sell real estate faster and completely online.
- Plisten, founded in Atlanta by Randy J. Mitchell, is a social site and app that changes how You Interact with Corporate & Political Brands & Personalities on the web.
- Spriggle, founded in New York City by E. Carolina Huaranca and Susie Ye, is a one stop hub that aggregates local service providers for parents who seek convenient and affordable playtime with their children.
- NoBadGift.com, founded in Baltimore, Maryland by McKeever E. Conwell II, Michael P. Washington, and Sam Henry, is a crowd gifting platform that allows friends and family to get together to ask and receive gifts they really want. Contributors have a choice of buying one gift or contributing to a bigger, more costly purchase.
The NewMe Accelerator was founded just last year, so while it is still in its early days it seems to be hitting its stride. TechCrunch TV talked to NewMe founder Angela Benton at the program’s Spring 2012 Demo Day about how NewMe has grown so far — you can watch that interview in the video embedded below: