Here’s a look at the other startups whose founders completed the Black Founders boot camp at American Underground but lost out to Partake Systems in Friday’s pitch event:

  • Durham’s Loanable has developed a technology to help people burdened with student debt save money with friends and family refinancing at lower interest rates.

It lets clients create a solid loan agreement online that includes an autopay feature and crowdfunding options. ExitEvent has profiled the company, the story also being published at WRAL TechWire.

  • Former professional sports and broadcast TV star Niesha Butler from Atlanta described her ScrapSports startup.

If the camera flashes going off during her presentation were money her company would be well funded. She described ScrapSports as a platform for athletes, coaches and fans to build their brand and share their stories.

  • Zyrobotics, also of Atlanta, makes interactive STEM toys and learning games for early childhood education. “Technology runs the world,” she said. “But you need to be good at science and math to do tech.”

The company created what it calls its Zumo learning system which includes gamified learning, an interactive book and a cuddly toy. See, hear and touch instruction provides the best learning attainment, so adding something physical with the digital is important, she explained.

It’s looking for from $750,000 to $1 million for marketing growth.

  • Dispute Doc, of Atlanta, has an automated, self-service solution to help people improve their credit scores. Its automated system cuts the cost of providing the necessary letters to credit bureaus and other paperwork.
  • 20/20 Shift of New York City helps recruiters find the right talent via online assessments and sells professional classes and courses to job candidates. It already has $300,000 in sales raised a $1.5 million seed round. Its impressive customer list includes Yelp, Uber, Spotify, and Snapchat.
  • Civic Eagle, of Minneapolis, MN, has developed a software as a service customer relationship management system that it calls “A salesforce for advocacy groups.”
  • Ilerasoft, of Cincinnati, OH, centralizes a health system’s equipment data to one platform to improve safety recalls and identify defective medical equipment faster and more accurately. This is one of those areas where many of us may not even know a problem exists. Hospitals wrestle with this and there are 750,000 adverse events annually due to medical equipment problems.
  • Please Assist Me, based in Nashville, TN, has developed a service to provide dedicated personal assistants to people. It addresses the $7.3 billion household services industry. It already has five apartment clients in Nashville.
  • DC-based Reciprocare helps senior care agencies and facilities find caregivers and helps caregivers find jobs. There is a national shortage of caregivers that led 70 percent of agencies in the industry to say it is a threat to their business. The company is raising $500,000 with $200,000 already committed.
  • Civic Eagle, of Minneapolis, MN, helps government and policy organizations activate their members via a suite of inexpensive software tools.