Introducing the 2019 Launch Cohort

The 2019 LAUNCH Accelerator kicked off with inspiring messages from  keynote speaker, Amit Tewari, Co-founder MoData, and pitches from the 20+ companies participating the Spring program. This year’s launch cohort is incredibly diverse and spans across a number of different industries.  Meet the 2019 participants below:



Y-LECTRY is a parking and charging station for the first and last mile of electric transportation. It aims to provide an eco-friendly parking and charging solution for electric rideables.

Hex Five Security is the creator of MultiZoneTM Security, the first trusted execution environment for RISC-V.

CrossCampusXC is an online marketplace community for Berkeley students, who may safely sell and buy products from one another on campus, allowing for better, faster, and safer transactions among students.

StruDoc is an AI App that identifies building damage.

Vested’s mission is to democratize investing. Vested is an SEC-registered Investment Advisor that allows global investors to invest in US stocks and ETFs easily and affordably.

Fruitful Health is a mobile-web application that allows patients and providers to easily keep track of their most up-to-date medication lists across clinical encounters.

The Ninja Co. is an add-in for Excel that helps ordinary people become Excel ninjas.

Oki installs soundproof karaoke boxes in airports, shopping malls, and other indoor public spaces with high traffic. Oki boxes charge customers by minutes of usage and aims to make karaoke as personal, engaging, and convenient as possible.

Caldo builds and operates smart vending machines that assemble customized, fresh ingredient meals via a fully-automated, low-footprint, 24-hour POS that utilize broth and water-based heating technology.

LeapBox teaches children by transforming classrooms into giant interactive video games. LeapBox creates a gesture/movement based-curriculum. It uses projects to turn walls into screens and deep-learning-enabled gesture-recognition sensors to capture the physical activities of children.

Tannor’s Tea is a direct-to-customer matcha company. The flagship product is a first-to-market sugar-free matcha concentrate. Its matcha concentrate provides a healthier alternative to coffee.

Dine is an equitable marketplace for micro-enterprise food production. It enables at-home chefs to share the food they love with their local community and gives you the opportunity to taste the world around you.

BuildBlock, Korea’s first blockchain-based platform that tokenized the right to invest, aims to simplify and lower the entry barrier in the real-estate market for investors.

Callisto rum is developing a new rum to meeting the growing needs of the nascent craft rum market in the US.

Suite Social is the marketplace to automate and scale influencer marketing. Suite acts as a “market maker” for influencer campaigns, lowering transaction costs that occur when orchestrating a micro-influencer campaign.

BruxA aims to improve the treatment of sleep bruxism by providing a smart night-guard and mobile application to track nighttime teeth grinding.

Focys machine learning engine monitors eSports gameplay to provide key performance insights and automatically presents highlight-worthy moments to share with the streamer’s audience.

Clean Slate is an inexpensive, real-time, and non-invasive point-of-care device that makes Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing readily accessible to high school and college students.

RoadMap is a workflow management platform that minimizes the time and cost to organizations to outsource projects. By breaking projects into semi-automated, structure tasks, the platform ensures accountability and high quality project results.

LifeWork is on a mission to make freelancing a sustainable career choice for all people.

Grido is a network of e-scooter charging docks placed at small businesses and private residences on city blocks.

Compassionlit provides treatment to jaundiced newborns who are susceptible to brain damage and even death without proper treatment or any treatment at all.

Makhana creates delicious and nutritious snack food from water lily seeds or Makhana.

Ogma Scientific provides high-throughput microbial solutions for industrial ecosystems.


Founded by Haas students Melissa Daniels and Keval Desai in 2000, Launch is UC Berkeley’s first accelerator program and, for the past 21 years, Launch has supported hundreds of entrepreneurs in launching new ventures. Every Fall, University of California startups are invited to participate in University of California’s LAUNCH program. During the Spring, accepted startups are given access to 3 months of mentoring, Lean Launchpad education, and other resources to turn their early stage startup ideas into fundable companies. In fact, companies that have completed the intensive LAUNCH program over the last few years have raised more than $37 million in venture funding and have secured investment from prestigious programs such as YC and SkyDeck. Last year’s winners went on to interview with top investors such as The House, 500 Startups, and Andreessen Horowitz.

LAUNCH is run by UC Berkeley Haas MBA students, undergrads, and group of successful entrepreneurs and investors.  The LAUNCH program culminates in a Demo Day where we give away tens of thousands of dollars in prize money to winning teams. UC’s LAUNCH accelerator program will continue to make an impact on the Bay Area startup ecosystem as the next cohort is set to kick off in January 2019.

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