MuckerLab, the up-and-coming L.A.-based accelerator program is hosting its demo day for the 10 portfolio companies in its winter class today. In addition, the accelerator just announced that its last class, which graduated almost exactly a year ago, has raised over $15 million so far and that it has partnered with AngelList to accept applications for its future classes.
MuckerLab provides the companies in its 3-6 month program with $21,000 in cash, office space, technical and fundraising support, as well as access to its mentor network.
The MuckerLab team is obviously bullish about L.A. as a host for new startups. As MuckerLab co-founder Erik Rannala notes in today’s announcement, “Los Angeles continues to produce a large number of quality and disruptive firms and is quickly becoming a hub of real innovation. We look forward to presenting these companies to a distinguished group of investors who are eagerly searching for the next big market opportunity.” According to Startup Genome, L.A. now ranks right behind Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv – and ahead of Seattle, New York and Boston – as one of the most attractive cities to launch a new company.
- The Black Tux, which is reinventing the customer experience in the antiquated $10B+ tuxedo rental and sales industry.
- Blayze, the first online video audience development platform that empowers brands, YouTube channels, and media companies to buy and sell highly targeted new viewers.
- Eventum, an enterprise event marketing and engagement platform that enables Fortune 1000 brands to amplify event marketing dollars and create digital relationships with attendees.
- GetMeRated, a mobile app where teens and twenty somethings find new friends through photos and chat.
- MarkedUp, the first ever analytic solution for the $100B desktop and enterprise application industry.
- Panjo, a marketplace for the world’s most ardent auto, sport, and hobby enthusiasts.
- RocksBox, a new discovery and sales channel for designer fashion jewelry.
- Subblime, which allows influencers on YouTube to monetize their audience through authentic product recommendations.
- TouchFrame, a publisher of interactive game show apps that is partnering with top TV producers and YouTube channels, and is the first company to power, distribute, and monetize game shows as mobile apps.
- Younity, which creates a personal cloud for all your files, built from your devices and your online services.
This is MuckerLab’s second demo day. Its first cohort, which included a very diverse group of companies like Instacanvas, the smart credit card Walla.by, and all-you-can-fly membership Surf Air, the group tells me, has raised over $15 million to date. The investors in this company include well-known VC firms like Greylock Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Founders Fund, First Round Capital, Bullpen Capital, Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), Lightbank and Anthem Venture Partners.