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A look at the 13 startups presenting at today's TechStars Demo Day in Boston

Posted by Scott Kirsner  November 14, 2012 09:30 AM

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Here's a look at the thirteen companies presenting today, starting around 4 p.m., at the Demo Day for TechStars Boston's fall program. The presentations take place at the Royale Boston nightclub in front of an audience of investors, but there's an after-party starting at 9 p.m. that's open to anyone. DJing the party are Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor and Acquia co-founder Jay Batson.

I've listed the company name below, the founder or CEO who'll be presenting today, and a brief description. When companies are based somewhere other than Boston, I've listed that in parentheses. (At right are Fashion Project co-founders Christine Rizk and Anna Palmer.)

You can view tweets about the event by watching the hash tag "TSDemoDay."

• BetterFit Technologies
Julia Winn
Gathering data and building predictive software to understand which drug — for instance, a birth control pill or an anti-depressant — may be most effective for an individual patient, with the fewest side effects. Previously participated in Highland Capital's Summer@Highland program.

• Careport Health
Lissy Hu
Helping find the right services and facilities for patients who have just been discharged from the hospital.

• CoachUp
Jordan Fliegel
Building a marketplace for private sports coaches. CoachUp raised some money last month at a "Shark Tank" pitch event, and I covered them earlier this year. The company also participated in MassChallenge this year.

• Dashbell
Paige Brown
A reservation system for independent hotels, delivered over the web, to help them fill more of their rooms.

• Fashion Project
Anna Palmer
Enables consumers to donate high-end apparel and accessories to charities, with a more powerful economic impact for those charities. Founded by two Harvard Law School grads. I covered the company earlier this year, and Palmer presented on my Entrepreneurs Grill show recently.

• Fetchnotes (Detroit)
Alex Schiff
Managing notes and to-do lists, using multiple forms of input (like a text message or a tweet). "Your mind's best friend."

• ImpulseSave
Phil Fremont-Smith
Making impulse saving as easy as impulse spending. ImpulseSave says its average user banks almost $4,000 a year. The company raised $200,000 before the start of TechStars. I wrote about ImpulseSave in 2011.

• NBD Nano
Miguel Galvez
Developing technology to extract water from the air, using nanotechnology that mimics the way the Namib Desert beetle pulls humidity from desert air. Company will license its technology to others. One application would be for irrigation; another would be a self-refilling two-liter bottle of water. NBD raised a bit of money last month.

• Ovuline
Paris Wallace
Products and software for couples hoping to improve their chances of getting pregnant.

• Saverr (Israel)
Eyal Yair
Scan your grocery or drugstore receipts with a mobile app, and learn how you could save money by shopping elsewhere. Saverr recently demoed its app at the Web Innovators Group gathering.

• Urban Hero
Arron Acosta
A pair of boots that enable you to bounce like Tigger. Avid Technology founder Bill Warner is an early investor. I mentioned the company in this piece, back in June, and there's a video below.

• Wymsee (New York)
Alex LoVerde
Software called Sync OnSet, which helps TV and film producers manage wardrobe and continuity issues.

• Zeppelin
Davorin Gabrovec
A dashboard for small businesses that rely on multiple cloud-based applications.

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