13 startups to demo Monday at Kauffman, SPN to live-stream event
SPN was on hand for Education Ventures pitch day at the Kauffman Foundation last year (above) and will be there Monday for Startup@Kauffman Demo Day.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced the lineup of startups that will present on Monday at Startup@Kauffman Demo Day, and Silicon Prairie News plans to stream the entire pitch session live.
Thirteen companies will present at Demo Day, which runs from 9:30-11:30 a.m. It's the second item on the schedule for One Week KC, a series of events designed to inspire, educate and connect Kansas City entrepreneurs. The demo day follows immediately after the One Week KC Kickoff, which will feature remarks from a variety of business and community leaders.
The 13 companies presenting Monday represent a cross-section of business categories, from mobile apps to medical technologies to consumer goods. They were selected from a pool of nearly 50 applicants in a competitive process organized by the Kauffman Foundation's entrepreneurship team. Twelve of the companies are from the Kansas City area, and one hails from Joplin, Mo.
Below is a brief look at the 13 companies (all descriptions courtesy of the Kauffman Foundation).
Global processor enables the transfer of airtime minutes and currency built on mobile ecosystems. Transfers are sent to the receiver’s mobile phone or m-wallet in real-time, making them available for immediate use and limiting the fees associated with conventional money transfers. Pitch by Jessie Bishop (left) of Overland Park, Kan.
Created Amp'd, a mobile platform that strengthens the bond between concert artist and fan during a live event. Fans use the app to identify the music the artist is playing, purchase the song immediately, share or tweet pre-populated posts, vote for song selections, buy merchandise and more. Pitch by Steven Revare of Prairie Village, Kan.
Patent-pending road paving system lasts two to four times longer than traditional concrete and asphalt pavements, installs three times faster, reduces life-cycle roadway management expenses by 40 percent, and allows access to underlying utilities for easier repair. Pitch by Tim Sylvester of Kansas City, Mo.
Provides easy-to-use TV-based video communication and patient monitoring for the aging population. HD video tracking, motion (Kinect), and environmental sensors provide a seamless, secure, collaborative care experience to patients and caregivers. Caregivers can interact anytime and anywhere using Caregiv’s mobile, tablet and PC-based applications. Pitch by Jeff Pfaff (left) of Lenexa, Kan.
Allows companies to provide software developers remote access to their production servers without giving full administrative access. Developers can remotely troubleshoot their applications faster, with exact information needed, in a user-friendly format. Pitch by Matt Watson of Kansas City, Mo.
This medical device company focuses on developing new diagnostic tools and therapeutic technologies for neonatal care for the 12.5 million premature infants born worldwide each year. Its first product, the NTrainer System, addresses a premature infant’s first required milestone, competent feeding. Pitch by Michael Peck of Shawnee, Kan.
Enables mobile users to authorize transactions and access information through a patented technique called eye vein biometrics. Off-the-shelf cameras, even those on cell phones, are used to image and pattern-match blood vessels in the whites of the eye. Pitch by Toby Rush (left) of Lenexa, Kan.
End-to-end platform that enables busy people to listen to newspapers and magazines in vehicles and on all major mobile devices. Its partnerships with major publishers allow audio versions of content to be offered free to consumers. Pitch by Bruce Hopkins of Joplin, Mo.
Provides an easy-to-use software platform for building rich-media, native mobile apps for smart phones and tablets for those who are not experienced web developers. Market proliferation of smart phones, tables, apps and app stores necessitates a cost-effective way to take existing content and create a meaningful, interactive end-user experience. Pitch by Kirk Hasenzahl of Kansas City, Mo.
Through a series of highly interactive, web-based video games, Prodigy Arcade teaches kids ages from 8 to 14 the basic skills required for computer programming. The games also appeal to older individuals. Pitch by Eze Redwood (left) of Kansas City, Mo.
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High-quality, all-natural product line offering five ketchup flavor variations formulated to enhance the dining experience of consumers by making everyday foods more gourmet. Pitch by Bruce Steinberg of Leawood, Kan.
Mobile application development company is seeking to revolutionize mobile search. The Leap2 Search Browser for iOS and Android provides search and browsing of the web in real-time. Final phase of development involves direct search, display and sharing of real-time information streams from several social media outlets. Pitch by Mike Farmer of Kansas City, Kan.
Builds mobile apps and websites for the education industry. The company’s first product, myHomework, is a top student planner in iOS and Android markets. Its follow-up product, which is still in development, teachers.io, will allow teachers to easily share their profiles and assign homework to students. Pitch by Keith Entzeroth of Leawood, Kan.