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Excelerate Labs selects 10 startups for class of 2011


Excelerate Labs, is a Chicago based early stage startup accelerator.  The program is run by two successful entrepreneurs Sam Yagan founder of OKCupid and Sparknotes and Troy Henikoff founder SurePayroll.
Each year they receive hundreds of applications to participate in the program.  After intensive review of applications and in person interviews with more than 50 companies, Excelerate Labs is pleased to announce the ten companies that make up Excelerate Labs' Summer Class of 2011:

A Space Apart: A new breed of social media. We connect people and businesses in context wherever they come together. http://www.aspaceapart.net

BabbaCo: A lifestyle brand creating parenting solutions via "simple. functional. super cute." products and video content. http://www.babbaco.com

Beyond Credentials: We give young professionals the tools to create an online presence, stand out, and connect with great companies. http://www.beyondcredentials.com

Buzz Referrals: With a single line of code, BuzzReferrals turns your best customers into your brand advocates. Eliminate the hassle and track the results of your own custom referral program. http://www.buzzreferrals.com

CookItFor.Us: We get recipes made by connecting Cravers & Makers in a social fresh-food marketplace. Crave. Make. Share. http://www.CookItFor.Us

Exchangery: An exchange platform as a service that allows you to create an online marketplace to buy and sell commodity goods. http://www.theExchangery.com

Food Genius: Suggests dishes based on individualized taste profiles and tracks what you eat in a game to establish expertise. http://www.getfoodgenius.com


Joystickers: We give people a fun way to physically interact with their touch screen phones and tablets with products like removable gaming buttons and paintbrushes.http://www.joystickers.com

MapDing: A completely mobile, hyper-local, location-based marketplace. We make community commerce simple, safe, and fun. http://www.mapding.com

Power2Switch: An electricity cost reduction and energy use monitoring/management portal for residential and small business customers. http://www.power2switch.com


Congrats to the companies, we look forward to an exciting summer!

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