NYC’s ERA Announces Participants for its Winter 2022 Program; Companies Receive $100,000 Investments

New York—January 10, 2022—ERA today announced that it has selected its Winter 2022 class. The companies selected to participate in the four-month program are innovating in a variety of significant industries, all with businesses ready to take advantage of ERA’s platform and the broader New York City opportunity.

This is the Accelerator’s 22nd program. ERA’s initial investment in participant companies is $100,000.

Arvia is a video chat platform that brings the physical store experience to online shoppers. We help e-commerce companies increase revenue with one-on-one video chat—right on the product page. E-commerce retailers use the power of visual communication to build trust and they see increased sales conversion up to 10x by adding a single line of code to their website.

bOPS is a SaaS platform that enables enterprises to communicate and visualize their data. Our APIs put operational data into context, allowing companies to use intelligent apps like visualizers, search engines, chatbots, and recommenders to improve business operators’ decisions and outcomes.

Bright App is a technology company empowering fitness instructors to grow and maintain their private practices. We provide a back-office tool for trainers, giving them lead generation, sales, scheduling, and billing for one-on-one private sessions. Personal trainers are able to train their clients from anywhere in the world; clients get a convenient and better way to experience one-on-one personal training.

Circle is a virtual event platform for networking and social gatherings. We make it simple for hosts to setup and manage events; we give guests an intuitive interface where they can mingle in multi-room events and easily follow-up with new contacts after leaving the meeting. We add the in-person experience to the virtual gatherings.

Crafted is a livestreaming platform for foodies where food content creators host intimate live cookalongs for their superfans.  Home cooks level up their cooking skills while learning authentic cultural recipes, and DTC food brands sell to more engaged customers. During the shows, creators answer fan questions and earn commission by recommending products they genuinely love.

JobStep is a technology platform powering the fastest way to get a better job. We eliminate the inefficiencies keeping great talent from great careers by handling resume writing, job search, and job applications for job seekers. With JobStep, 100% of job seekers get interviews and more than 63% get offers in three months.

Ktchn Apothecary produces and sells the freshest skincare available. Our hand-crafted formulas are freshly-made with up 3x more skin-nourishing ingredients and arrive at our customers’ homes in just weeks after production. With more powerful, natural formulas at their peak potency, our customers reveal healthier-looking skin that glows.

Lilo Health supports patients and Health Care Professionals across multiple disease areas to reduce provider workload, simplify the patient experience, and improve health outcomes. Our digital platforms capture the critical data needed  for research in the life sciences sector, enabling patient recruitment, collection of real-world evidence, and the discovery of novel digital biomarkers.

ModernFi is a digital banking platform focused on improving the financial wellbeing of retail customers. Our FDIC-insured accounts provide both the convenience of a checking account and significantly higher yields than any savings account available. ModernFi earns market-leading yields for its customers by providing dependable financing to a large network of partner banks.

Oilo is a data-driven autonomous fleet management platform. Using AI and data science, our digital platform optimizes fleets through cost-savings, insights, and action. We target an entire fleet including vehicles, equipment, and machinery. Oilo eliminates vehicle management hassles for fleets across the globe.

Oko is a workflow tool for procurement teams at manufacturers. Our platform reduces the time needed to manage outstanding purchase orders by centralizing offline communication, document transfer, and order management in one place. We incentivize timely information exchange through a transparent, milestone-based escrow.

Pollen is a technology company modernizing the returns process starting at the front door. We enable pickups from anywhere directly through a retailer’s website or app. Using easy scheduling and digital-bin automation, Pollen brings together logistics networks, brands and consumers, to transform an outdated process for a better way to handle returns.

Stronger Brains is an online program to improve children’s cognitive skills and social emotional health. Our program combines brain training with social-emotional learning to strengthen the core neurological abilities required for academic success and personal wellness.

Topmarq is a dealer bidding platform that connects private vehicle sellers with online and local car dealers. By buying directly from private parties, dealers cut inventory acquisition fees by up to 80% on the 13 million vehicles per year they buy from wholesale auctions.

Zenlaw is an AI-assisted contract management platform that automates any document-related task to make human legal work more efficient. We help users easily create tailored workflows, from drafting and abstracting, to reviewing and processing documents. We seamlessly integrate into existing process and eliminate the need for manual review and search for information hidden inside documents.

 About ERA

ERA is New York City’s leading technology accelerator and early-stage venture capital fund. It has invested in 265+ start-ups since launching in 2011. Its alumni companies, who come from all over the world, are already playing leading roles in the evolution of virtually every major global industry. To date, ERA alumni companies have raised more than $1 billion in capital and collectively exceed $6 billion in market capitalization.