Watch the One Week KC Kickoff and Kauffman Demo Day live at 9 a.m.
One Week KC, a nine-day series of events designed to inspire, educate and connect Kansas City entrepreneurs, kicks off this morning at 9 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. We'll have a live broadcast of One Week's first two events streaming here on Silicon Prairie News.
The One Week KC Kickoff starts at 9 a.m., featuring remarks from a handful of business and community leaders.
Immediately following those remarks, Startup@Kauffman Demo Day begins. A total of thirteen startups — 12 from the Kansas City area and one from Joplin — will present during the pitch session, which is scheduled to run from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Those startups represent a cross-section of businesses, 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.
Below is a brief look at the 13 companies, listed in the order they will present. All descriptions are courtesy of the Kauffman Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fine Vines Artisanal Ketchup
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Credits: Live stream courtesy of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation