Spring 2014 cohort
E-Z Bind addresses the safety issues facing truck drivers locking down their heavy loads. The first product that the company has developed is a replacement to the existing chain binders, which require a lot of force and are hard to lock in place. The product uses incremental locking with an extendable handle to easily and safely secure heavy loads on flatbed trucks and trailers.
- Christopher Woodward, industrial engineering, email@example.com
- Persefoni Lauhon, master of science in industrial engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org
Personofy is a phone app that enables travelers to find places and events that pertain to their interest and personalities. The app uses personality data to place users into four categories: Adventurer, Thinker, Partier and Conservative. Once a traveling personality is identified and a trip is planned, users receive a suggested itinerary full of relevant activities, adventures, attractions, restaurants and more. Personofy will save travelers time and enhance their traveling experience.
- Matt Rumora, management and economics, email@example.com
HogSpots has developed and maintains a website and smartphone application that allows motorcycles enthusiasts (bikers, riders, and motorcycle owners) to find and share popular routes and biker-friendly establishments. Using a map graphical user interface and geo-location technology, motorcycle enthusiasts can search and find establishments near them and on their route, as well as provide reviews of establishments they visit to help their fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. To ensure accuracy, HogSpots staff verifies the submitted address and information on a regular basis.
- Matt Page, master of business administration, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a supplier rating website that will allow buyers to view supplier ratings on key metrics ranging from product quality to shipping performance. The service is targeted towards new, young, and small businesses that do not have the resources necessary to perform extensive supplier evaluations. Customers are charged a monthly or yearly membership fee to acccess the supplier ratings. Currently the website is under development, and we are obtaining feedback from beta customers to adjust the service according to the needs of the market.
- Justin Wing, integrated supply management, email@example.com
- Andrew Taylor, integrated supply manangement, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall 2014 cohort
AM Andrew Z, LLC
The AM Andrew Z LLC company has developed an antimicrobial film containing graphics to advertise products and brands on high traffic equipment in the establishments in which they are sold. In a cooperative effort with both sponsoring partners and the store/establishment, we address the increasing problem of unsanitary public areas while providing a valuable advertising avenue. The product provides a benefit to businesses by providing a unique point-of-purchase advertising opportunity and to consumers by providing product protection. As a result, the company creates financial, community relations and sponsorship incentives for our partners by raising awareness of sanitation problems and mitigating those sanitation problems with the support of our sponsoring partners.
- Nancy Field, master of business administration, email@example.com
EZ Bagger is designed to reuse plastic shopping bags, converting them into a functional waste container. Customers simply secure a shopping bag onto the unit by looping the handles over the top hangers of the unit. Once the shopping bag is full, they can simply remove it from the unit, tie it and throw it away. EZ Bagger is great for use under sinks, around the yard, in dormitory and recreation rooms, for diaper disposal, for recycling, pet pick up and more.
- Colleen Villa, master of business administration, firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer 2013 cohort
Fish Ninja Labs builds innovative products using technology to enhance the aquarium experience. We believe the market is ready for a new outlook on home aquariums. Our first product will be a total aquarium management system that provides you with the ability to greatly reduce tank maintenance, worry and guess work. The product is a small device that sits on the back of the tank and does all the heavy lifting, while providing features to enhance your aquarium experience. Some of the primary features include monitoring and maintaining tank temperature and verifying water circulation, monitoring water levels, handling light cycling, handling feedings, providing a Web cam for feed-time viewings with OnDemand feeding, sending push notifications when anything goes wrong and an optional nitrate probe for monitoring water changes.
- Nate Norman, sales and business marketing, email@example.com
- Mike Roussin, master of engineering management, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Charles Washburn, engineering design technology, email@example.com
What if we could keep our cats entertained and out of trouble whenever we’re away or simply don’t have time to play? Kitty Ninja is a unique toy that amuses and captivates even the most fickle cats, letting them play on their own schedules. It includes a soft, freely spinning roller with dangling ribbons that cats endlessly chase and attack—modeled after that forbidden roll of toilet paper cats love to unravel. Kitty Ninja enables cats to be active, healthy and happy. It’s more than a toy; Kitty Ninja is an investment in your cat’s well-being.
- Erik Chmelar, master of business administration, firstname.lastname@example.org
RGroup is a phone app to regroup with your friends when you’re out and about. It is perfect for music festivals, theme parks, the mall or any large event where you need to stay in contact with your group. Never go looking through the crowds again. The fastest way back to friends is in your pocket with RGroup.
- John Fry, master of business administration, email@example.com
- Ryan McNally, master of business administration, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pawel Majkowski, master of business administration, email@example.com
- Ashley Agler, master in earth science, firstname.lastname@example.org
As a personal price tracker, Xcheapskate takes the stress out of bargain hunting, saving individuals time and money. The company is accomplishing this feat by developing a Web and a mobile app that uses geo-location to find the best prices on individual menu items from multiple restaurants within the user’s proximity.