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MongoDB’s startup accelerator goes global for 2018

Guest post by Francesca Krihely, Senior Manager, Developer Marketing, MongoDB

MongoDB Startup Accelerator powered by AWSAsk any startup founder what their scarcest resources are, and without exception, they will list time and money. That’s because having the resources to focus on application functionality and experience can mean the difference between delighting—or disappointing—your customers. At MongoDB, we noticed a few years back that we able to help companies move faster and concentrate on delivering customer value by introducing MongoDB Atlas, our database-as-a-service offering.

Inspired by the success of Atlas, which is currently used by startups like Mixmax, Bond, and Checkr, last year we decided to focus on helping younger companies achieve the same success and teamed up with AWS to announce the inaugural MongoDB Startup Accelerator. Designed to give early-stage startups the resources they need to grow their businesses, the program sifted through over 100 applications and ultimately welcomed 15 early stage companies from across the United States—including Unqork, CaliberMind, Open Listings, and TripCloud—into the fold. (Startups were chosen based on their membership in our partner accelerator programs, including TechStars and Y Combinator.)

According to Gary Hoberman, the CEO of Unqork, MongoDB’s startup accelerator program gave his company, which provides a fulfillment platform for insurances, access to Atlas and MongoDB consultants who helped the company architect their solution based on years of best practices: “We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of MongoDB, AWS, and the Startup Accelerator program.”

This year, to help bring these resources to even more startups around the world, we are working with AWS to expand our accelerator internationally and will be funding over 100 startups who are using MongoDB to power applications in retail, insurance, IoT and more. Some members of the current accelerator portfolio include:

  • Oceans: A social logbook and community for scuba divers and ocean explorers
  • Kinsu: A smart, flexible and fully transparent insurance app that makes everything from coverage to making claims simple
  • Parcellab: Automated customer service and retention for online shops
  • A bioelectronics company developing pioneering treatments for autoimmune disorders and mental health
  • Bettr: A scheduling and distribution platform for Instagram influencers founded by a Thiel Fellow

To learn more about the program and apply for the accelerator, fill out the short form and get started with MongoDB Atlas and AWS.

Michelle Kung

Michelle Kung

Michelle Kung currently works in startup content at AWS and was previously the head of content at Index Ventures. Prior to joining the corporate world, Michelle was a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal, the founding Business Editor at the Huffington Post, a correspondent for The Boston Globe, a columnist for Publisher’s Weekly and a writer at Entertainment Weekly.