Alpha 6: Welcome to Huckletree

BY Natalie SimpsonApril 15, 2019

Good morning, Renegades!

It’s that incredibly exciting time of the year again…. No.. we’re not talking about Easter, (although an excuse to eat copious amounts of chocolate? Yes please).

No, even MORE exciting than that. It’s the launch of Huckletree Alpha 6!

The Huckletree Alpha programme is our 12 week in-house startup accelerator. We provide a home within Huckletree Shoreditch and Huckletree D2 to 6 awesome innovative pre-seed startups, with an action-packed schedule of weekly workshops, pitch practices, VC networking events, and top class mentoring sessions with Huckletree ambassadors. It really is as great as it sounds.

REPRESENTATION MATTERS

This time around for Alpha 6, we’ve focused on supporting underrepresented talent. It’s no secret that BAME, LGBTQ+, and female founders have harder times securing both VC funding opportunities and support in the Techosphere, and our 2017 #FairerFundingNow research showed that

“15% of VC funding went to startups with a female founder in 2017, and only 17% of Black startup leaders think equal opportunities exist”.

It’s time for change. We take pride in being an extremely diverse, inclusive, and representative organisation, and it is incredibly important for us that we reflect that in our Alpha intake.

So what are we waiting for! Say hello to our newest Alpha cohort. This year, we’ve got 11 teams across London and Dublin, and we can’t wait for you to meet them…

ALPHA 6

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Journey Protector

Say hello to Journey Protector! These guys are an awesome Irish based family-run company fighting cargo theft and illegal stowaways. Their mission is to solve the problems faced by haulage companies due to theft and damage of their roads. They’re basically superheroes of the roads.

Actafun

Next up we’ve got thrill seeking adventurers; Actafun. Staying curious is in their veins; they provide a platform for booking a range of activities all over Ireland. Whether it’s mountain biking, glamping, or rock climbing you’re after, these guys will sort you out!

Inboarding

Inboarding is their name, and inclusivity is their game. Team Inboarding are on a mission to create a workplace that works for everyone. Their B2B service offers a personalised inclusive onboarding system for deaf team members, and we can’t wait to grow with them.

DX Solutions

Our next Alphas are the mighty DX Solutions. These awesome renegades offer artificially intelligent, efficiency enhancing software solutions for Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Financial Crime & Anti-Terrorist. They’re fighting the baddies, one automated solution at a time.

Tribetactics

Meet Tribetactics; a group of creative techies based in Dublin, who provide an awesome B2C service for small business owners, solopreneurs, and influencers. Their service is a ‘Done-For-You Content Subscription Box’, and they can turn 1 hour of content into a month of influencer-style content. Are they magicians? We think so.

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Just Wears

We love renegades who aren’t afraid to shake things up. Underwear fashiontech brand Just Wears are doing exactly this. With a mission to produce ‘the only underwear your balls deserve’, these awesome founders are bringing something new to the table.

Modist

We’re also super excited to say that London-based fashiontech startup; ModistCo will be calling Shoreditch home for the next 12-weeks.These renegades are paving the way for a better shopping environment, and are on a mission to improve the overall customer experience – woohoo!

Onloan

If you haven’t caught on,we have a passion for fashion…tech, which leads swiftly onto our next London-based Alphas: personal styling membership service; Onloan. Onloan curates a personalised wardrobe for their members whilst offering exclusive offers on premium fashion brands. It’s safe to say our shopping habit has been reignited.

Sherpa

Travelling is great, but manoeuvring luggage can be stressful (especially when there’s a lot of it)! That’s where superhero service Sherpa save the day. Sherpa offer an incredible on-demand luggage delivery service between your home, airports, and stations. Jetsetters; your prayers have been answered!

MamaMade  

Our fourth London-based Alpha is none other than MamaMade. This B2C is changing the game in the baby foodtech industry. Gone are the days of boring jars of bland mushiness – say hello to home-cooked, organic, (and very delicious) baby food. PSA: it’s never too early to get on the quinoa hype.

Cope & Thrive

Credit: Refinery 29

Our final Alpha is Huckletree’s very own Ambassador, and all-round superwoman; Pia Stanchina. Pia is co-founder of futuregirlcorp and Glossybox UK , and has an incredibly exciting new venture ahead of her in the form of ‘Cope and Thrive’, a marketplace product designed to democratise mental health. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see how Pia will continue to change the game. #WatchThisSpace

AUTHOR

Natalie Simpson

Marketing Assistant