Conquer Accelerator Announces Program’s 2017 Cohort Participants

Posted Apr 12th, 2017

EAST LANSING, MI — The Conquer Accelerator program at Michigan State University announces its second cohort at the MSU Innovation Celebration. Designed to help both newer and established companies overcome business hurdles, the accelerator emphasizes smart planning and growth, extensive mentorship from an experienced bench of professionals and structured educational components. The accelerator program is hosted and managed by Spartan Innovations.

“The Conquer Accelerator acts as a final launching platform for startups from MSU and beyond, preparing companies to hit the ground running,” says Paul Jaques, program director for the Conquer Accelerator. “Our program puts the finishing touches on startup teams and preps them for investment.”  

The program’s five accepted teams will work through a ten-week program, starting June 2017. In addition to the $20,000 each team receives in funding, the cohort also receives mentorship, a creative working space, support and resources to enable them to grow their startup company. The five Michigan-based startup teams participating in the 2017 cohort are listed below:


AvidCor is an innovative digital health company with a mission to make cardiac monitoring available to all by making it easy to use and affordable. AvidCor develops cutting-edge IoT sensor devices and analyzes captured signals using artificial intelligence. The company’s first product is a clinically proven cardiac monitor that provides real-time alerts to patients and doctors when AFib is detected.

Horizon IQ provides its users an innovative way to find a restaurant, bar, or coffee shop without having to deal with annoying, long lists. With a messenger-based interface, which feels like chatting with friends, Horizon IQ connects users with unique, tailored recommendations and encourages the explorer in all of us.

Urū creates a sport-specific, universal platform, connecting global, athletic talent with teams looking to fill their rosters. Urū makes navigating the global sporting world easier, empowering players and coaches and providing a space to connect.

Prndl helps users find their parking spaces ahead of time, taking the headache out of excursion. By letting users rent out their own, unused, private spots, anyone can earn money from parking with this new app.



Built with a strong bench of more than forty entrepreneur and business leader mentors, the Conquer Accelerator provides selected teams with ten weeks of intensive programming, focusing on completing goal-driven benchmarks. Teams work with instructors and mentors on topics like fundraising, technology, and longevity. Any qualifying business may apply to join the Conquer Accelerator—an existing affiliation with Michigan State University is not required. For startups from Michigan State University, Conquer Accelerator serves to fill a crucial gap in the development cycle within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Conquer Accelerator culminates in a week-long, demo roadshow with investors. Learn more about the Conquer Accelerator at