Six aspiring startup companies pitched their products to potential investors on Thursday at the sixth NMotion Demo Day at the Rococo Theatre.
The event was put on by NMotion, a Nebraska-based startup accelerator that specializes in helping fledgling businesses get off the ground.
Among the six presenters was Yumaroo, which is launching an app at the end of the year that provides food suggestions to users, all based on their set dietary restrictions, personal preference and submitted reviews.
Co-founder Dominic Nguyen presented at the event and said Yumaroo's target is to be involved in 150,000 meals by the end of 2019.
Nguyen said the data gathered through reviews helps both the business owners and app users, who get more accurate recommendations.
"Online reviews are overgeneralized, making it difficult for (owners) to determine what to focus on," Nguyen said. "Using our app lets (owners) be able to get actual insights, which helps them pinpoint where to optimize business."
Presentations like Nguyen's epitomize the magic — the excitement of creating a product and the painstaking time it takes to get it to market — of the NMotion Demo Day, says NMotion interim director Christina Oldfather.
"This is our sixth year, and today is the culmination of all the work these teams have done over the months to present to the community what they've got," she said.
Oldfather said one of the teams consisted of all-female founders, adding that diversity of ideas helps feed positive growth.
"We find ways to provide opportunities to everybody," Oldfather said. "Diversity of ideas and people will only make all of us better through that collision."
During the event, NMotion announced its new partnership with gener8tor, another startup accelerator.
"Merging networks will help us further our mission and allow for further resources and opportunities," said Troy Vosseller, co-founder of gener8tor.