prepare for take-off
Early-stage accelerator returns to Houston, announces finalists
CodeLaunch, a traveling seed-stage accelerator, is returning to Houston for its latest cohort.
The startup competition sponsored by software development company Improving will have its ultimate showdown on February 28. The final competition pairs six startups with six startup consulting companies.
Jason W. Taylor, CodeLaunch president and founder, says CodeLaunch isn’t your typical startup showcase, as it incorporates music acts, comedy, and crowd networking. Mirroring the set-up of a TV show, the six finalists all present their working products in front of an audience amid these performances.
“I would describe CodeLaunch as the next generation of venture-tainment in North America and the greatest startup show on earth,” Taylor explains.
The 2024 Houston CodeLaunch participant startups — and their mentor partners — are as follows:
- Seeker Pitch – drafted by Honeycomb Software
- iShiftX – drafted by Blue People
- Athletic Estate – drafted by Contollo
- Glydr – drafted by BJSS
- Allonge Financial – drafted by Softeq
- Endora – drafted by Improving
Prior to pitch day, all six teams will receive hands-on instruction from CodeLaunch mentors on how to construct their pitches and free professional software development from their partners. Taylor says the strong relationships between CodeLaunch and these developers played a major role in setting the competition in Houston.
“We love Houston and we’re back for a third year in a row because the Houston startup ecosystem works together better than other major startup ecosystems I’ve seen,” Taylor says. “We have some great software development partners in Houston that are building code for those startups.”
Last year, Houston-based startup Energy360, with the mentorship and help of Honeycomb Software, took home the Championship belt and a $100,000 investment offer from Cyrannus VC fund for their energy management system Matt Bonasera, Energy360’s enterprise architect, says he is grateful for the entrepreneurial community CodeLaunch provides, in particular the team’s mentor Oleg Lysiak, Honeycomb VP of Partnerships and Business Development.
“I happened along this great community of people who are really passionate about supporting each other,” Bonasera says.
Lysiak agrees that CodeLaunch is an ideal opportunity for young entrepreneurs looking to hone their skills and expand their product capabilities. Lysiak says he is looking forward to defending Honeycomb’s title as top consultant development team.
“My whole philosophy is to connect people and have different collisions and collaborations,” Lysiak says.