A Look at Some of the Startups Showcased at Collision

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Editor’s Note: This post was co-written by Summer Suleiman and Adriana Lopez.

If you were too busy mingling and taking in all of the sights at Collision last week, and missed the startups, don’t worry. We went to work for you.

Forbes contributing writer, Adriana Lopez, and I went on a covert mission and ditched our press passes to gather intel on some of the startups that showcased.

But by the second day of our operation, the entrepreneurs were catching on to us. They started asking us who we were, and some of them even asked to see our badges. Clever bunch, they are. We gotta give it to them, they were out there hustling and wasting no time.

Here are the startups we talked to on Day 2 of Collision.

Biome

Who:

Collin Cavote, Co-founder

What:

Biome

What it is:

Biome is the world’s first plant based air purifier. We’ve packaged a plant care system with no maintenance and we also purify air that your HVAC system doesn’t. What we’ve done is taken a process from nature called bioremediation and make it happen two hundred times faster. This method is much faster because we take plants out of soil and grow them in activated carbon which is a really good medium for capturing air pollution and we give them microbes that digest this air pollution and convert them into a form that’s good for the plants. So, literally we’re turning air pollution and turning into plant food.

What’s your favorite app right now:

 Instagram because it’s easy and simple to customize what I want to see immediately instead of what everyone wants me to see on Facebook.

Rooam

Who:

Junaid Shams, co-founder

What:

Rooam

Where:

Based in Washington, D.C.

What it is:

Rooam is a nightlife mobile payment app that focuses on three things. Mobile payment that allows users to be able to pay for their tab, exploring local events, and finding their friends. It came from our own personal issues with nightlife. In undergrad, I went to an event that was popularized and no one was there. And then I saw on Facebook that everyone was at another event. So I always kept thinking why can’t people know in real time what events are happening around them instead of having to text 10 different friends or promoters what’s a good thing to happen that night. And then a couple of other nights, bartenders lost my credit cards. So all of these in efficiencies in nightlife made me think there has to be some sort of platform to do all of this. And no one else was doing it, so we said, why not us? So we spent the last 14 months solving the inadequacies of nightlife.

What’s your favorite app right now besides Rooam:

Instagram, mainly because I love following Rooam because our team does such an awesome job on the account.

QikPixWho:

Jarek Hamilton co-founder

What:

QikPix

Where:

Based in Illinois

What it is:

QikPix is a photography services company that specializes in matching users to photographers anywhere in the world based on the user’s location. Whether your need is physical photographers showing up at family reunions or if you’re looking to have photos edited or sent back to you. We make it affordable and simple. You go online and put on some key pieces of information. You match with a photographer the dates that you’ve selected and they show up, take your photos, and upload them.

What’s your favorite app right now:

Snapchat. Because the content consumption of consumers on Snapchat is so huge.

Firefly

Who:

Chad Cribbins, co-founder

What:

Firef.ly

Where:

Based out of London

What it is:

Firef.ly is an app that helps you plan for a trip, get guided content while you’re at a destination, capture those moments in a journal we think is interesting and then relive them later with tangible, physical items like posters, and photo books. You launch the app and put it in your pocket, and it tracks your trip for you.

I’m a bit of an ex-pat and after traveling to 69 countries and counting and I was really pissed off at all the shitty apps that were out there for travel and nothing really glued it together and having to use seven apps to go anywhere was annoying. So we decided how can we glue the whole life cycle of travel together in something that was a little more linear around storytelling. Just graduated from Microsoft Ventures

What’s your favorite app right now (besides Firef.ly):

Citymappers. It’s a point A to point B app that I use in the UK and the reason I like it is because it tries to take on the big beasts like Google. It gives you very scientific ways to get you some place. And they’re just fun and quirky.

Megawhite

Who:

Brian Christie, Co-founder

What:

Megawhite

Where:

Based in Scotland

What it is:

We’ve developed a fifteen minute automated teeth whitening device that lets the user whiten their teeth without the use of a dentist. The reason being is that the product is of cosmetic grade. There’s no bleach or peroxides and you can see results instantly. You can walk into any pharmacy, department store, concept store, approach one of our whitening booths, sit in front of the LED light and in fifteen minutes get a brand new, cleaner, brighter smile. I believe that the future of teeth whitening is human less. I’ve developed a platform that allows the consumer to whiten their teeth without any side affects or skill. It’s basically self-service teeth whitening.

I started my business when I was 21 and now I’m 33. Teeth whitening was deemed as cosmetics in the UK up until 2012, and there was a law change that meant that only dentists could perform teeth whitening.

What’s your favorite app right now? 

TripIt. It’s a magical app. You sign up on the home screen, you pop in your email address., t goes to your inbox, recognizes anything that has to do with travel, pulls it in the app, segregates it. It tells me all of my flights, gate numbers, confirmations, and hotel information. If you’re a business owner or sales rep, or anyone who’s on the move, you don’t need to go into your inbox to find your travel info, it’s done for you.

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Look out for more startup spotlights from Collision on The Distillery.

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