Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator Announces Fall 2016 Class

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE) announced the six women-led companies selected for their Fall 2016 cohort today including three local companies, as well as startups focused on a wide array of subject matter including mental health, music rights and baked goods.

The Fall 2016 Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator cohort from left to right:
The Fall 2016 Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator cohort from left to right: President, CEO, co-founder of Precision Image Analysis Mary-Pierre Waiss, president and CEO of RippleNami Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, founder of Mindset Elizabeth Russell, Soozie’s Doozies CEO Olivia Kelvin, Music Spoke founder Jennifer Rosenblatt and Lean Media founder Beth Handrigan.

“We are impressed by the applications we received,” said Mary Jo Gorman, MD, MBA, lead managing partner of PWE Startup Accelerator and founder of Advanced ICU Care in a statement.

“Our team of experts specializes in polishing pitches, and because of the face-to-face mentoring, we’ve seen participants propel their businesses forward. Multiple companies from our previous cohorts have already experienced rapid business growth and received significant follow-on funding. We look forward to providing the same results for this class of women business leaders.”

Each company receives an initial $50,000 capital investment and has the opportunity for up to $100,000 in follow-on funding.


During the three-month program, founders are given access to world-renowned mentors, experts and investors and receive a customized curriculum designed to spur business growth and raise follow-on funding. Participants commit to being in St. Louis for 15 days of the program, where they focus on rapid growth and attracting capital.

At the end of the 12-weeks, a Demo Day (scheduled for November 9, 2016) will give the entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their plans to business leaders, angel investors, venture capitalists and potential clients.

PWE Startup Accelerator is one of the first programs in the country designed specifically for the advancement of women-led businesses, with a focus on companies that are focused in technology, healthcare/technology and consumer products. To date, the accelerator has graduated 16 companies, investing nearly $1.5 million in their success.

Meet the new cohort here:

Lean Media
St. Louis, Missouri
Lean Media provides “cookieless” audience targeting for online display advertising, utilizing consumer psychographic, demographic and behavioral insights and innovative technology. The goal is to increase engagement and reduce waste from irrelevant ad placements.

St. Louis, Missouri
Mindset is a fitness tracker for mental health. The Mindset app connects to third-party heart rate monitors to detect stress and anxiety. It then notifies users of acute stress and delivers therapeutic exercises to support health and productivity.

Music Spoke
Lincoln, Nebraska
Music Spoke puts power back into the hands of artists. The MusicSpoke Marketplace eliminates friction between music buyers and sellers, allowing composers to retain copyrights and sell directly to music teachers, conductors and performers through digital downloads. The platform connects buyers directly with composers to ask questions, schedule a virtual rehearsal or commission new work.

Precision Image Analysis
Seattle, Washington
Precision Image Analysis (PIA) provides cloud-based medical image post-processing and analysis for use in diagnostic medical studies, including CT and MRI. The HIPAA compliant IT architecture enables the customer to upload images, monitor, track, retrieve and edit analyses remotely.

San Diego, California
The only cloud-based visualization platform of its kind, RippleNami helps to deliver mapping solutions on any device, allowing users to easily solve problems, make critical decisions and collaborate like never before.

Soozie’s Doozies
St. Louis, Missouri
Soozie’s Doozies is the first refrigerated all natural cookie dough in a resealable bag. The natural cookies (Doozies) are available in the refrigerated cases of 800+ stores across the Midwest, Southwest and East Coast.

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