It’s Time We Unpack the Boston Startup Space
Welcome to our very first newsletter, your all-access pass to Boston’s startup ecosystem.
In a whirlwind year, we’ve gotten up close and personal with some of the most exciting players in Boston startups – Cleana, Launchpad Venture Group, LinkSquares, Humanyze, and many more, bringing you the inside scoop directly from the source.
Now, we’re taking it up a notch. Each week, we’ll deliver a compact, power-packed briefing featuring exclusive insights, the latest trends, and hot events right to your inbox. It’s your personal guide to navigating the buzzing Boston startup landscape. And if you thought the past year was something, just wait.
So, are you strapped in and ready for this ride? We sure are. Let’s get this journey started!
Thanks for subscribing,
Justin @ Heyfounded
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Startup of the week
Cleana, inc. – a local BU & MIT startup that’s changing the restroom forever
Expanding beyond the commercial restroom
Cleana, a company established by four students from Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been intensly innovating bathroom hygiene. Initially, they developed a self-lifting toilet seat that addressed public restroom cleanliness, gaining partnerships with entities like TD Garden, Gillette Stadium, Rice University, MIT, Stanford, and Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Not stopping there, Cleana has now turned their attention to domestic bathrooms, addressing common inconveniences like forgotten toilet seats left up (“Sorry, Mom!”), pets using the bowl for a drink, and even the unfortunate dive of valuables into the bowl. The solution is a self-closing toilet seat, operating purely mechanically, with no need for plug-ins or maintenance.
With these developments, Cleana aims to make self-lifting and self-closing toilet seats the new standard, improving hygiene in both public and private restrooms. For more information about their offerings, visit their website at https://cleana.co/home-seat/.
The Boston Beat
All the juicy gossip, trends, and seismic shifts shaking up our very own startup scene
Beta Bionics has received FDA clearance for the commercialization of the iLet Bionic Pancreas
This system offers significant advances in diabetes management, particularly for patients with type 1 diabetes aged 6 and older. Some of its key features include closed-loop functionality and a meal announcement feature. In a recent pivotal trial, users of the iLet Bionic Pancreas system experienced a significant drop in HbA1c levels and spent more time within the target glucose range (Source)
Incentivio Raises $10M in Series A Funding
Incentivio has raised $10M in a Series A funding round to help restaurants use AI to drive revenue and guest engagement. Osage Venture Partners led the round with participation from Ardent Venture Partners and Grotech Venture. (Source)
Accelerators Are Kicking Off
Y Combinator isn’t the only summer accelerator taking place this summer. Entrepreneurs all around Boston are getting ready to showcase their innovations and grow through programs led by organizations like MassChallenge, Boston University, Techstars and many more.
Toolbox and Tactics
Bite-sized wisdom & tech to dodge startup pitfalls
Dollar Shave Club: The Story of the First Viral Video
This video is one of the most spectacular forms of marketing to ever grace the internet. Within the first 48 hours of its original posting on YouTube, over 12,000 people signed up online. And with 4.75 million views in just 3 months, Dollar Shave Club has created what’s often referred to as the “God-Father of all startup videos
How to Build An MVP | Startup School
Y Combinator Partner, Michael Seibel, details the creation of a startup’s minimum viable product (MVP). He uses real YC companies as examples to guide on selecting MVP features, constructing prototypes for user testing, and showcasing your MVP to initial customers or investors.
Our final thoughts on this week’s whirlwind, in a nutshell
Let’s transform great products into greater success stories. Stay tuned until next time!
What a fantastic kick-off to our first-ever newsletter, a step closer to our mission of decoding the Boston startup universe. We acknowledge that crafting a great product isn’t the finish line – it’s turning that product into a commercially viable opportunity that’s the real game.
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Justin @ Heyfounded