Communitech photo: Anthony ReinhartGoogle ignites fresh batch of startups Trish Crompton March 6, 2015 Ecosystem, Featured, Startups Blink and six months is up. On Friday, Google’s Waterloo Region office, above the Communitech Hub, hosted the incoming and outgoing cohorts of the Google for Entrepreneurs program. The four new companies, Coqui, FunnelCake, PickUpHub.net and WeMesh, pitched their solutions to Googlers and shared what they hope to get from the program. Coqui started out of a Startup Weekend held at Communitech last month, and is working on a modular of Google’s Ara project to give manual focus capability to smartphone filmmakers. FunnelCake hopes to solve companies’ analytics problems by integrating current tools used by marketing, sales and finance teams into one dashboard. As they build out their product, the team is looking forward to working with Google for better integration of tools such as Google Analytics. PickUpHub.net is making it easier for users to join pick-up sports games by showing games and making positions available for purchase through its online platform. WeMesh pulled out a bag of iPhones and passed them around to demonstrate its simultaneous media-streaming app that allows groups to share the experience of consuming content via in-app messaging and VoIP. The four outgoing companies, which pitched to Google in September 2014, looked a lot different after finishing the program. Although at different stages of progress, Fundmetric, Clipter, Aterlo Networks and SkyWatch Apps had one thing in common – a sense of camaraderie. They gave updates as they exited: Fundmetric The platform helps charities make the most of their current donor lists by analyzing current donor data. It now has paying customers and used Google Predictive API to improve predictive analytics. The company has also been accepted into the ASCEnt program, which is focused on social entrepreneurship, hosted at the Hub. Clipter The video-stitching app, which allows users to capture and collaborate on videos, is in the process of finalizing an Android version of its iOS app. Aterlo Networks Combats the problem of increased pressure on networks as more people stream video content during peak times of 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The startup’s NightShift USB stick, which downloads and stores up to 30 hours of HD content during non-peak times, is in the hands of an engaged group of users, and is set to focus on sales. SkyWatch Apps It formed out of a NASA competition last year and its team uprooted and permanently moved to Waterloo Region after being accepted into the program. After a few pivots in product direction, they will have their real-time feed of astronomical events in the hands of users – researchers – by the end of the month. James Slifierz, co-founder of SkyWatch Apps, wrapped up his presentation by sharing how important the program was for the company. “It allowed us to fail,” he said. “We spent a ton of our $100,000 of Google Cloud credits trying new things and really trying to break what it is we were doing, and if we didn’t have we have that we would have failed as an organization.” Google for Entrepreneurs brought his team to the region and allowed them to start forming relationships with Waterloo’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and Google has given the company the credibility they need in their market. “It’s hard to find an environment like Communitech or Waterloo anywhere in Canada,” he said, “We loved it so much that we now have an office at Communitech.” Photo: James Slifierz, co-founder of SkyWatch Apps.