Eleven groundbreaking tech startups pitched to investors, strategic advisors and fellow entrepreneurs.

The Element 46 Tech Accelerator Powered by Cela Innovation, Westchester County’s full-scale startup accelerator program, last evening hosted a Demo Day to celebrate the accomplishments of its fall cohort. The event, which was attended by a carefully curated group of investors, experienced entrepreneurs, press, and mentors, drew more than 100 attendees and featured pitches from 11 of Westchester County’s most groundbreaking tech startups. Nine companies have a product actively in market and multiple companies have achieved seven figures or more in revenue or fundraising.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “The 11 ventures showcased on Demo Day highlight the depth of innovation and excellence that is happening within Westchester County’s entrepreneurial community. We are incredibly proud of this cohort of tech startups and look forward to watching them soar.”

Westchester County Director of Economic Development Bridget Gibbons said: “Westchester County is home to a growing community of groundbreaking tech startups. The 11 companies featured during Demo Day are some of our most innovative new tech ventures and we look forward to watching them leverage the education, mentorship and connections they gained this fall to propel their ventures forward.”

Westchester County Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Deborah Novick, said: “The Element 46 Tech Accelerator plays a pivotal role in advancing our startup community. The 11 ventures who pitched during Demo Day have unique offerings and clear visions for future growth and impact. We are proud to play a role in their journeys to scale and excel and welcome the participation of ecosystem partners like Westchester Angels and the Hudson Valley Venture Hub.”

Cela Innovation CEO and Co-Founder, John Lynn, said: “The Element 46 program has brought together 33 high quality tech startups within the County during just the last 18 months. Collectively they have gone on to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in investment and revenue, and been featured on top tech outlets like Business Insider and Product Hunt. This current cohort features companies throughout the early-stage company lifecycle, from stealth on through a completed Series A. We’re thrilled to see how this ecosystem continues to grow with the accelerator now providing a strong foundation to bring together the best startups and mentors in the county.”

The participants in Element 46’s Fall 2023 Demo Day, included:

Adro - Adro helps international students and immigrants take the first steps towards building their lives in the US, with day-of-arrival banking services and tools for securing housing and staying connected to their families.  Adro is building a comprehensive platform to support this under-served population, starting with robust, equitable access to credit, checking, and savings, even without a Social Security number. 

Founders: Amarildo Gjondrekaj, Sara Schmitt 

Learn More: https://www.joinadro.com/ 


Anodet - Anodet helps property managers become more efficient by eliminating time spent monitoring cameras. Through existing CCTV feeds, Anodet's anomaly detection platform allows buildings to become self-monitoring. By sending real-time alerts to apartment managers, Anodet eliminates unknowns and enables quick action.

Founder: Arijon Xhelo 

Learn More: https://www.anodet.com/ 


CheckRare - CheckRare is a leading web and learning platform focused on rare diseases. Our mission is to improve patient outcomes through awareness and education.  CheckRare works with respected physicians, researchers, and rare disease experts to create content, research and educational programs that reaches physicians and the rare disease community.

Founder: Peter Ciszewski

Learn More: https://checkrare.com/ 


FMR Wellness - FMR Wellness - Revolutionizing Nutrition for Medical Practices and patients. FMR Wellness specializes in personalized, insurance-based nutrition programs designed for medical practices, which support removing and solving the obstacles patients and physicians face when seeking nutrition education solutions. Founded by a Registered Dietitian, FMR’s flagship program is tailored to aid orthopedic patients in their post-surgery recovery journey.

Founder: Erica Christ

Learn More: https://fmrwell.com/ 


Jotto - Jotto creates a positive feedback loop between residents and their leaders; making it easy for local governments to understand their communities by making it easy for residents to engage. Residents simply scan a code and record stories, experiences and ideas they want to share with their leaders; Jotto makes sense of these insights and transforms them into actionable reports leaders can use to make better informed decisions. 


Founder: Jason Van Anden

Learn More: https://www.jotto.video/ 


Latte - Mentorship is crucial to career development, but difficult to access. Latte is an AI-driven platform that instantly connects students with career mentors.

Founders: Jerry Chen, Sarah Qiu

Learn: More: https://www.latteconnect.com/ 


LifeStream Digital Innovations, LLC - LifeStream Digital empowers students to demonstrate their full potential and embrace their individuality using our cutting-edge content management platform and portfolio solution.  The platform streamlines and strengthens the application process for schools and job opportunities by allowing students to showcase their best work, athletic and/or artistic talent, community involvement and more. Students can easily supplement their applications to enable admission professionals to have a more holistic evaluation experience and provide a view beyond grades, test scores, and a resume to better support admission and scholarship decisions. In a world where test-optional colleges, the impact of COVID on grades, and the integration of AI are transforming the educational landscape, it's essential for students to start LifeStreaming today!

Founder: Anne Sullivan

Learn More: https://www.lifestreamdigitalinnovations.com/ 


LivDao - LivDao redefines room furnishing with AI simplicity. With a single click, you can create your dream living space effortlessly. LivDao is committed to affordability and sustainability by sourcing directly from local stores. Whether you're moving, redecorating, or refreshing your space, LivDao is your eco-conscious, cost-effective solution. Experience the future of room furnishing with LivDao.

Founder: Feilong Xing

Learn More: https://livdao.com/ 


Paypa Plane - Paypa Plane is the infrastructure driving the future of recurring payments - for banks, business and payers. Through Smart Payment Agreement™ technology, Paypa Plane gives business-facing financial institutions the essential competitive power of recurring payment capabilities. Counting some of Australia's largest banks, and Mastercard, as shareholders or clients, Paypa Plane is now bringing Smart Payment Agreements to the US. Recurring payments are one of the fastest growing and most valuable verticals in the payments landscape, yet banks struggle to offer them. Paypa Plane changes that.

Founder: Simone Joyce 

Learn More: https://www.paypaplane.com/ 


Picsello - With 9% US growth and 2.3 million globally, independent professional photographers face a common challenge of running a profitable business. Picsello’s holistic platform streamlines client communication, invoicing, pricing, and marketing, so photographers can be successful.

Founder: Jane Goodrich

Learn More: https://www.picsello.com/ 


Westchester Therapy - Finding A therapist isn’t the same as finding YOUR therapist. Westchester Therapy helps therapists and prospective clients find each other more effectively by using our online directory and matching system.

Founder: Dan Fellows

Learn More: https://www.westchestertherapy.com/ 


To learn more about the program and apply for the fall cohort, visit: element46.org.

About The Westchester County Office of Economic Development
The Westchester County Office of Economic Development works to improve the County’s economic well-being and quality of life. This includes a broad range of activities to attract, create and retain jobs, and to foster a resilient, pro-growth and inclusive economy. For more information, visit the Westchester Catalyst website.