Joe Dunn with Nutrilyze – Feb. 1st

Joe Dunn with Nutrilyze – Feb. 1st

Nutrilyze scores the nutrition of restaurant meals personalized to the user based on individual dietary needs, body measurements and physical activity.

Website: nutrilyze.com

Facebook: Nutrilyze
Instagram: @Nutrilyze
Twitter: @Nutrilyze
Email: jdunn@nutrilyze.com

Shashaanka Ashili with SmartDrivinc – Feb. 1st

Shashaanka Ashili with SmartDrivinc – Feb. 1st

SmartDrivinc’s patent pending solution is focused on unveiling and mitigating the carrier’s risk to smartphone distraction. It is proven to reduce distraction and has a pathway to control losses while increasing customer acquisition and retention. Smart Drivinc had graduated from Global Insurance Accelerator and also the winner of ACORD Insurance Innovation Challenge (AIIC-2016) from Des Moines.

www.SmartDrivinc.com
www.twitter.com/SmartDrivinc
www.facebook.com/smartdrivinc
shashi@smartdrivinc.com
(484) 374-2744

Ryan Rambo (GSI Global) – Jan 4th.

Ryan Rambo (GSI Global) – Jan 4th.

Ryan Rambo is the President of Global Security and Intelligence (GSI) based in Lansing, KS. Ryan is a retired U.S. Army officer and counterintelligence special agent. As a counterintelligence special agent, Ryan served in the special operations community and in a classified strategic intelligence collection program. He is an expert in security program development and implementation, and the collection capabilities and modus operandi of foreign intelligence entities, international terrorist organizations, and the Insider Threat.

GSI is a security company, specializing in counterintelligence, that protects American businesses from a wide range of threats. GSI’s program is called the R3AP Integrated Procedure and includes security program development, threat awareness training, and analysis/production on relevant threat topics. In addition, GSI emphasizes protection of the individual by teaching them how to recognize, react, and report potential foreign intelligence, terrorist, and Insider Threat activities. GSI’s R3AP Integrated Procedure enhances all other organic security programs.

ryan@gsiglobal.net
www.gsiglobal.net
Facebook: @gsimain
Twitter: @gsimain

John Kreicbergs with AppTapp

John Kreicbergs with AppTapp

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AppTapp is the premier event technology platform for amplifying guest engagement, interaction and experience at festivals, events, venues and destinations.

– What’s the backstory on AppTapp? How did it come to be?
– What’s the structure of the company? How many people are on the team?
– How are you currently supporting the company? Bootstrapping? Investment?
– What are your paths to revenue? Exit strategy?
– Where do you see the company in 2-3 years?

Mitzi Dulan with SimplyFuel

Mitzi Dulan with SimplyFuel

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SimplyFUEL is a natural food start-up company that fuels with deliciousness in every bite and makes getting your protein easy. simplyFUEL protein balls are made with simple, clean, high-quality ingredients with protein and probiotics. Founded by nationally known nutrition expert, Mitzi Dulan, RD, who is the Team Nutritionist for the World Championship Kansas City Royals. Mitzi has appeared on CNN, Dr. Oz, and LIVE! with Kelly & Michal and co-authored The All-Pro Diet with NFL Future Hall-of-Famer, Tony Gonzalez. Some of the biggest simplyFUEL protein ball fans include many of the boys in blue but the biggest fan is All-Star Game MVP, Eric Hosmer.

The simplyFUEL story goes like this…as the Team Sports Nutritionist for the KC Royals, Mitzi decided to make her insanely popular protein balls (her recipe went viral on Pinterest) for the Kansas City Royals towards the end of their regular season last year. The players loved and, well, two games later, the Royals clinched the division for the first time in 30 years! The Kansas City media went crazy about her protein ball story and random people in town who met Mitzi said they had heard about her protein balls. The sports radio stations were talking about her protein balls. And, in baseball, they are superstitious so she kept making the same protein ball recipe for the players throughout the playoffs and then the World Series and then the Royals were crowned 2015 MLB World Champions! Lots of people asked her to make protein balls for them and this is how she started simplyFUEL.

www.simplyFuel.com

David Cotter with Prime Residential Management LLC

David Cotter with Prime Residential Management LLC

Prime Residential Management takes the headache out of home ownership! PRIME has created a unique service model that allows homeowners to live a maintenance-free lifestyle. This model allows homeowners to save time, money, and energy and gives them more time to spend with their family or friends. Look at it like a concierge service, just for your home!

Questions:
1) How did you come up with this model?
2) What do your clients love about this service?
3) Where do you see your growth coming from in the coming months?
4) What are your long-term plans?
5) What has been the biggest challenge thus far?

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Laura Steward with Video Fizz

Laura Steward with Video Fizz

VideoFizz (www.VideoFizz.com) is a free award-winning mobile app platform that makes it easy to create montage videos for any occasion. Record a video greeting and invite others to do the same. VideoFizz automatically combines all videos with music and a personalized animation. The final compilation can be emailed privately or shared socially on shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Q&A:

1. What is different or proprietary about your product than other video creating products on the market?
2. How are you funding your start-up?
3. How did you come up with this idea and validate it?
4. What future development is already planned?
5. Do you have a background in technology and how has your background prepared you for this business?

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Laura Steward with Video Fizz -Sept. 7

Laura Steward with Video Fizz -Sept. 7

VideoFizz (www.VideoFizz.com) is a free award-winning mobile app platform that makes it easy to create montage videos for any occasion. Record a video greeting and invite others to do the same. VideoFizz automatically combines all videos with music and a personalized animation. The final compilation can be emailed privately or shared socially on shared on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cote Munizage – Sept. 7

Cote is a fashion and interior designer who is influenced by the places she’s lived. Chilean-born Cote comes to Kansas City after living in Israel, bringing with her a choice collection of fabrics, objects, and art from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. She continues to collect and trade unique and one of a kind pieces and at times restores them to create timeless ambiences. Cote is a certified interior designer that trained in baroque antique restoration with the renowned Robert Cohen of Jerusalem. Find out how she maintains a multi-continent audience as she establishes roots in Kansas City. http://www.cotemunizaga.com

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Spencer Carlson – 2020 Adventures, LLC – August 3rd

Spencer Carlson – 2020 Adventures, LLC – August 3rd

2020 Adventures connects travelers to trusted locals in the destinations in which they are traveling to help with travel planning and local guidance. On our site, travelers map search through profiles of vetted locals, then have the ability to message and book them to be their personal, local guide directly on the site. As a secondary source of revenue, 2020 Adventures also helps with the planning and booking of small and large group trips to over 40 countries across the globe.

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Komal Choong – Zohr Mobile Tire Service – August 3rd

Komal Choong – Zohr Mobile Tire Service – August 3rd

ZOHR is Kansas City’s premier mobile tire service that brings the tire shop directly to your doorstep, saving you time, money and hassle. We sell all brands of tires at unbeatable prices and install them on-site. We also offer a complete catalog of other services including puncture repair, tire rotations and wheel rebalancing.

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Mike Meyer – July 6th

Mike Meyer – July 6th

Band of Angels collects used music instruments from those who no longer want them and helps make them available to kids in need who couldn’t otherwise afford them. Donated instruments are refurbished and restored to playing condition before given to a student. Cash donations are accepted also, which are used to purchase instruments. With these instruments, students can join their school’s band and orchestra programs. Also, funds raised help send students to summer music camp with full scholarships.

Founder Mike Meyer will discuss the challenges of creating a 501c3 charity from scratch.

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Brian Toone from Contra Software

Brian Toone from Contra Software

Wardy’s proprietary, one-of-a-kind platform and exclusive marketplace provides Networks & Studios the retail
backbone necessary to monetize the products being worn on their shows. It is the first ever software platform that readily integrates product placement into feature film and TV productions.

Wardy provides industry specific tools to the fashion trendsetters of the world, automatically pulling wardrobe data from the source (Costume Designers and Celebrity Stylist) and exposing this information to consumers.

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Nicole Emanuel – InterUrban ArtHouse

Nicole Emanuel – InterUrban ArtHouse

A painter, sculpture and arts organizer, Nicole is well known as the Founder and Executive Director of the InterUrban ArtHouse in Downtown Overland Park whose mission is to enrich the cultural and economic vibrancy of the community by creating a place where artists and creative industries can work and prosper in an affordable, sustainable and inclusive environment. Her other achievements include running the local Artsmart Program, plus being an NEA, and ArtsKC grants recipient. She knows no bounds, being influenced by the many places she’s spent time in, including South Africa, New York, San Francisco and Kansas City. As well influenced by her creative lineage including drawing with her great-uncle Vladimir Golschmann who was friends with Picasso. Her degrees include a BFA in painting from the KCAI. http://www.interurbanarthouse.org/

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Liliana Younger – Mobility Designed – May 4th

Liliana Younger – Mobility Designed – May 4th

Mobility Designed is a medical device company, located in Kansas City and focused on creating pain free mobility aids for people with walking challenges. Our first product, the M+D Crutch is planned to go into production in summer 2016, is a revolutionizing crutch that uses the elbow as the main point of support. The M+D Crutch provides support that allows users to walk further and be more active without pain to their hands, wrists and armpits.
At Mobility Designed we believe the status quo is not good enough. We believe better quality of life can be achieved through improved mobility, and our mission is to create mobility devices that combine a painless experience and an elevated aesthetic.

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Tracy Ford – Virtutecture – May 4th

Tracy Ford – Virtutecture – May 4th

Virtutecture provides virtual reality simulations for real estate, architecture, and engineering
firms that allow their clients to physically walk through their building before it is built. We
provide the services to take a traditional 3d model or drawings, convert it into a real time
simulation, and present it. Unlike 3d animation frms that create animation videos, we create
an immersive environment in which the user is free to move as they please. Our simulations
are completely customized to the clients preferences, and range from an empty room used to
show lighting and space, to a realistic building with people, sound, and animations.

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Chocolate Cork – April 6th

Chocolate Cork – April 6th

Chocolate Cork is where chocolate meets wine in perfectly paired classes, kits and events. While many people have attended a wine tasting, few have ever been to a chocolate tasting. In Chocolate Cork classes and events, tasters have fun learning about the history of chocolate, how to taste chocolate (there really is a method!), how to pair chocolate with wine and get to experience firsthand the “AAAHHHHH” moment a perfect pairing creates. www.thechocolatecork.com

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Premier Elder Solutions LLC – April 6th

Mark and Susan Tyrrell will be presenting Premier Elder Solutions. Premier Elder Solutions is a web-based service that exists to help families manage the complexities of elder support and the associated administrative, social and clinical experiences. We provide a central place to create, store and share a plan for loved ones. Our goal is to help families get through difficult life experiences and provide ways to easily document and share information, find solutions and be fully prepared for supporting their loved ones as they age.

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Liliana Younger from Mobility Designed

Liliana Younger from Mobility Designed

Mobility Designed is a medical device company, located in Kansas City and focused on creating pain free mobility aids for people with walking challenges. Our first product, the M+D Crutch is planned to go into production in summer 2016, is a revolutionizing crutch that uses the elbow as the main point of support. The M+D Crutch provides support that allows users to walk further and be more active without pain to their hands, wrists and armpits.

At Mobility Designed we believe the status quo is not good enough. We believe better quality of life can be achieved through improved mobility, and our mission is to create mobility devices that combine a painless experience and an elevated esthetic.

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Dr. Ron Barrett & Richard Bramlette

Dr. Ron Barrett & Richard Bramlette

Edissey, LLC – QuadRocket
Edissey, LLC is a new start-up company centered on advancing new aerospace configurations and technologies. The aircraft which are being pioneered by Edissey, LLC are unique in both configuration and capabilities. They hover with efficiencies greater than many helicopters, but then can flip 90 deg. and dash like a missile. They have very low drag coefficients and are extremely efficient. The smallest of the aircraft produced is called the XQ-139µ “QuadRocket” and weighs less than an ounce. The largest weighs in at nearly 20 lbs as the XQ-139B “BeastHawk.” In the Fall of 2015 a QuadRocket set an unofficial world quadcopter speed record of 133mph.

Website: www.quadrkt.com
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Mike Sewell with StepNPull

Mike Sewell with StepNPull

StepNpull® is a foot operated door opener that works on any latch-less commercial wood or metal door. It gives you the option of pulling the door open with your foot instead of grabbing the handle. When you invest in making your restrooms touch free, yet your customers are still having to touch the dirty door handle, what’s the point? StepNpull® foot operated door openers offer a low-cost and effective way to ensure your customers have germ-free option when exiting your restroom. Simply step and pull, it’s that easy! Stepnpull.com

Joshua Schukman

Joshua Schukman

Social Change Nation is an online hub for startups that want to make a dollar AND a difference. It provides one-on-one coaching to early stage social entrepreneurs, a free podcast featuring wisdom from established social entrepreneurs, and also consults directly with established companies that seek to add social good to their brands.

Questions:

1.) How do you monetize an online content portal?
2.) Why would a podcast be important for a business?
3.) Why would a traditional company pursue social entrepreneurship?
4.) How do social entrepreneurs measure success?
5.) Are social entrepreneurs for or non profit?

Jenny Miller

Jenny Miller

Nov 4th, 2015

www.kcsourcelink.com

KCSourceLink is a network of 240+ free or low-cost business-building resources. We help aspiring startups and established small businesses find the right business resource at the right time to start, scale or accelerate. KCSourceLink has also been leading the effort to make Kansas City America’s most entrepreneurial city. That means we help coordinate great events for entrepreneurs, like Global Entrepreneurship Week and Battle of the Brands. We also help fill gaps in resources and bring national resources to the community through grants such as the I6 Challenge and the University Center grants from the Department of Commerce EDA.

Luke Wade

Luke Wade

Oct 7th, 2015

kc-crew.com

KC Crew is a new, cutting edge, adult recreational sports league and special events company started in 2012 designed for people that are awesome, by people that are awesome. KC Crew’s main goal is to bring organized rec leagues and unique special events to the downtown/midtown area and support local businesses. KC Crew’s growth around the founder’s easy to use software has spawned growth a new company which is selling the software across the nation making managing leagues and participating in leagues as easy as possible while also providing opportunities for additional revenue for companies and added value for participants.

Holly Godfrey

Holly Godfrey

Oct 7th, 2015

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Catalyst is the world’s first fair trade medical apparel and accessory company dedicated to providing sustainable jobs to women living in poverty around the world. Catalyst partners with cooperatives in India, Rwanda and Nepal to create high-quality products for the 8,000 Americans serving in the medical profession. Catalyst uses an innovative for-profit business model where all partners plan our growth, scaleability and logistics together to ensure consistency and sustainability. We promote our products online and through pop-up boutiques at healthcare facilities and clinics. Catalyst provides a simple pathway for medical professionals to partner with women in need around the world, and to truly heal the wounds caused by extreme poverty, simply by purchasing quality medical apparel and accessories.

Aaron Butler

Aaron Butler

Sep 2nd, 2015

abbacore.com

Abbacore is a mobile business solution / app development company based in the Kansas City area specializing in helping businesses re-imagine the way they collect, share and process mobile data. Our flagship platform inBound™ allows businesses to create their own mobile process form solutions (either for employees, field staff, or customers) with the intention of shortening cycle times, increasing process efficiencies, increasing data accuracies and making it easier to share, collaborate and report on collected data (www.inboundforms.com/enterprise.) Another version allows small businesses the ability to connect and reward their customers for providing valuable feedback or to use as a Sales / Marketing tool (www.inboundforms.com/business.)

Our clients use inBound™ in the following ways…

  • To eliminate paper forms and streamline business processes
  • To make mobile presentations by showing product videos / brochures and track who’s seen them (even by location) and even off-line
  • To capture / track / store electronic form data in a secure cloud environment
  • To create polls / surveys for data analytics (Business version)
  • As a platform for business to create own branded app (Enterprise version)

For more information about Abbacore, please visit www.abbacore.com or email to sales@abbacore.com.

Jim Starcev

Jim Starcev

Sep 2nd, 2015

perfectcube.co

PerfectCube is Big Data for Small Retail. We provide business analytics tools for small retail business owners that are easy to use and helps companies grow their business.

Tim Racer

Tim Racer

Aug 5th, 2015

dailydeeds.com

Daily Deed enables small donations to make a big impact. Your donation of $1 per day will be matched by others in the Daily deeds community to make charitable projects in Kansas City happen. You pick the projects you support and how much you give to each. And the best part is we’ll track the impact your gift makes by sending you a report showing what the charity did with your donation dollars. Our goal? Scale to 10,000 donors so we can issue a $10,000 grant every day. But we can’t do it without you! Come on Kansas City- This is our town!!! Let’s make it better today.

Steve Stava

Steve Stava

Aug 5th, 2015

creelio.com

At Creelio, we’re tackling the “Should-But Syndrome” — most executives and businesses know that they <bold>should</bold> have a blog and use social media, <bold>but</bold> they don’t have the time. In today’s increasingly online world, having a high-quality website and social media presence are non-negotiable. Our technology platform and mobile application delivers high quality, customized content that helps executives grow their online thought leadership, build their companies’ brand, increase web traffic, and attract avid followers.

Creelio is a 2014 alumni of the SparkLabKC business accelerator and a recipient of the Digital Sandbox grant.

Davide Rossi

Davide Rossi

Jul 1st, 2015

fitbark.com

Based in the heart of the KC Animal Health Corridor, FitBark is leading the charge in changing the way humans understand the health and the behavior of their dogs. FitBark is an alum of the Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars (the #1 startup accelerator in the world), and was recognized by the Kauffman Foundation as one of the five most promising startups in North America.

Our first product is a beautiful doggie activity monitor made in the shape of a tiny, stylish dog-bone that comes in five barking colors. It monitors your dog’s everyday activity and turns it into BarkPoints, so you can track progress. It easily attaches to your dog’s collar and syncs with the free iOS and Android app (no subscription required). Since a successful Kickstarter campaign where the company reached its goal in 27 hours, FitBark has been pre-ordered in more than 45 countries. FitBark is designed in Italy and proudly made in the USA.