Capital Innovators Bets on Sports Betting, Soap, Alexa and More

Michael Calhoun
February 16, 2018 - 3:42 am

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- Is this Webster Groves soap start-up poised to be the next... Bath and Body Works?  Kind Soap Company is one of six chosen by St. Louis-based accelerator program Capital Innovators as part of its spring investment round.

The announcement was made during Venture Cafe's Thursday gathering.

Capital Innovators' COO Brian Dixon tells us about a few of the other companies who'll get $100,000 in investment and go through a 12-week program to push their growth:

Jean Scholtes says Kind has a storefront in Webster Groves for its soaps and lotions and is already in some Whole Foods and Lucky's Markets, but she wants to grow its e-commerce. She talks about it with Travis Sheridan:

Scholtes admits it's a little weird to have a physical product when the other start-ups in the group are talking about apps and devices.

Dixon and KMOX's Michael Calhoun talk about Capital Innovators' track record back to 2011.

Here is the list of companies in the Spring 2018 Capital Innovators' co-hort:

Jubel, of Mexico City, which uses artificial intelligence and a proprietary database to book travel experiences.

Kind Soap, of Webster Groves, which makes personal care and beauty products using natural ingredients.

Slasify, of Singapore, which has a platform that harnesses global talent to work on clients' projects.

StatRoute, of Denver, a fantasy-sports management platform that includes social-media features.

Vision Interchange, of Washington, an e-commerce company that lets consumers trade in their eyeglasses or sunglasses frames for new models.

VoiceXP, of St. Louis, which builds "Alexa skills" and other voice software for businesses.