Startx Demo Day

If you haven’t heard of Startx it’s the Stanford-affiliated, non-profit and non-equity taking start-up accelerator. Not only are the launching into their 4th year but they have recently announced their partnership with Stanford University and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. This partnership sees Startx receiving a $3.6M grant and the creation of the Stanford-Startx Fund. Through this fund, resident companies are able to source 10 percent of their fundraising rounds, no matter what round that is, with guaranteed follow-on. Pretty cool! 

I’ve taken particular affinity towards it because of its more recent offshoot, Startx Med, the division of the accelerator program dedicated to medical and biotechnology entrepreneurs.

This weekend Startx hosted a demo day at the university. It’s main intention was recruitment; for itself and for its resident start-ups. Below I have introduced four of the demoed ventures that caught my eye.

photo (1)Free T-shirts mixed, free cookies with valley student startup buzz creates a  winning mixture for an event.



Blood loss is a typical part of surgery. Calculating the amount of blood that needs to be transfused is a non-accurate task. Gauss Surgical has developed an app whereby taking a photo of the surgical sponges, used to soak up lost blood, is enough to get an accurate measure of blood loss. Problem solved!


Tangible Play uses computer vision to create interactive play based video games by merging virtual and physical worlds. Think board games with both virtual and physical elements.


Marketers typically use glossy photos of their products to market their company’s products. Ideally its best when you can use a photo of an actual consumer using your specific product in the situation for which it was designed. Rather than taking these photos yourself, why not just source them from your consumers? Whilst there are no shortage of available images, their quality can be a limitation. This is where Pixlee comes in. It not only finds the appropriate image but is able to provide a complete integration solution where by web analytics and site personalization are employed. With a third of the NBA and other brands like The North Face signed on, they are certainly one to watch.


Whilst we complain about the shitiness of our mobile data service, there are still those where access to the internet is not possible. Project Loon hopes to change this. Project Loon uses a wifi based network deployed via air balloons travelling at 20km above ground to bring the internet to those that don’t currently have. Sounds insane, it is. But the cool thing is that it works. The company has actually already been acquired by Google. But the coolest thing about it is that they undertook a balloon launch in NZ and part of their demo day talk featured a nice NZ plug.

New Zealand Stuff article here.

NZ pilot test here.

photoNZ on the ppt!


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