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13 Area Entrepreneurs in Spotlight on Monday as Startup@Kauffman Demo Day Kicks Off One Week KC
Startups from metro area and Joplin will pitch their businesses
to audience of mentors, advisors and potential partners
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 15, 2012) – Nine days of sharing and celebrating entrepreneurship in Kansas City officially kicks off on Monday morning, June 18, at the Kauffman Foundation. Immediately following opening remarks that will launch One Week KC, 13 area entrepreneurs will take the stage at the Foundation’s Conference Center to make their most compelling pitches in support of the businesses they’ve launched.
The 13 entrepreneurial companies that will present at the Startup@Kauffman Demo Day were selected in a competitive process organized by the Foundation’s entrepreneurship team. Selected from among nearly 50 applicants, the 13 represent a cross-section of business categories, from mobile apps to medical technologies to consumer goods. An internet business from Joplin, Mo., will join a dozen Kansas City area-based entrepreneurs to pitch at the demo day event from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The selected startups and the entrepreneurs presenting them (in order of presentation) on June 18 are:
Steven Revare, Prairie Village, 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.
Tim Sylvester, Kansas City, Mo.
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.
Matt Watson, Kansas City, Mo.
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.
Klink Mobile, Inc.
Jessica Bishop, Overland Park, Kan.
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.
Michael Peck, Shawnee, Kan.
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.
Kaliki, the Audio Newstand
Bruce Hopkins, Joplin, Mo.
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.
Kirk Hasenzahl, Kansas City, 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.
Fine Vines™ Artisanal Ketchup
Bruce Steinberg, Leawood, Kan.
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.
Eze Redwood, 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.
Jeff Pfaff, Lenexa, Kan.
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.
Mike Farmer, Kansas City, 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.
Keith Entzeroth, Leawood, 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.
Toby Rush, Lenexa, 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.
About One Week KC
One Week KC is consolidation of the region’s large and grassroots events that help educate, inspire, encourage, and celebrate entrepreneurship in Kansas City’s quest to become “America’s most entrepreneurial city.” One Week KC is June 18-26 and will include tech meetups, conferences, classrooms, idea exchanges, networking, speakers, parties, and more. Get more information at www.oneweekkc.com or #1wkc.
About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the education of children and youth. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.
About the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is the area's oldest and only regional chamber of commerce, serving both Kansas and Missouri companies throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Founded in 1887, 2,500 companies and organizations belong to The Chamber, including most of the community's major employers.
The Chamber's mission is twofold: to provide responsive and committed leadership that builds a vibrant and thriving community and to assist members in growing businesses. For more information, visit www.kcchamber.com