Project Skyway Selects Its Next Round of Start-Ups

The second phase of the tech accelerator program includes four start-ups, two of which are based in Minnesota.

Tech accelerator Project Skyway on Friday announced the group of start-ups selected to participate in its current three-month program cycle, which began Monday.

Founder Cem Erdem launched Project Skyway last year to mentor, incubate, and fund tech start-ups. The newest group of participants includes four companies-two of which are from Minnesota.

PoliticalHarmony is a Minnesota-based start-up that created an online tool meant to assist voters in selecting candidates based on compatible political ideas. The tool is also designed to serve as a polling platform for campaigns.

Energy Resource Insights, which is also based in Minnesota, aggregates data from thousands of reports into a database that can be accessed by consultants, agencies, and companies that need information regarding energy programs.

Wisconsin-based HypeSpark developed a platform that allows users to endorse their favorite brands via social media and, in turn, earn rewards.

Connecticut-based YumZing is described as “Yelp for menu items, not just the restaurant.” Consumers can discuss their favorite dishes while restaurants can promote specific offerings.

Learn more about this round's participants from this video by TechdotMN.

Last May, Project Skyway partnered with CoCo-a co-working firm that offers alternative office space to freelance professionals, small businesses, and corporate work groups-to open an innovation center in Minneapolis.

Project Skyway operates at CoCo's Minneapolis space, a 16,000-square-foot former trading floor of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange in downtown.