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H3TV (H3 Enterprises)

H3TV is an EduTech company powered by the arts, entertainment and social interaction. With a focus on education and health & wellness, our innovative online programming carries a mission to empower young audiences to make positive changes to their everyday lives. The Founders, Reggie “Regg” Gray and Rappin’ Roy Scott created H3, “Healthy Hip Hop,” a new genre of children’s music. H3TV is successfully using this culturally responsive music as a learning tool to help children improve academic outcomes, physical health and social emotional development.

 

The goal is to change a generation through music, movement and a message! Reggie Regg and Rappin’ Roy are connecting with their fans on a personal level and sharing their message across the globe. 

E-Beacon (EB Systems)

The resources, connections and funding of Digital Sandbox KC will help startup e-beacons launch its public safety solution, which will send out the first “beacon” in the event of an emergency, over web and mobile applications.

For the web, e-beacons shows public safety dispatches location and incident data in real time, filtering emergencies so trained staff can focus on the greatest need. For mobile apps, e-beacons allows users to report when they need help instantly.

The fully customizable system will serve designated population areas.

“e-beacons is one of those straight forward companies that focuses on a filling a very real need in the public safety arena,” said Jeff Shackelford, director of the Digital Sandbox KC. “John and Hieu are developing a highly integrated system that is easy for the user and provides real-time alert and data for public safety groups.”

Lighting the First Beacon

There’s a scene in Two Towers, the second book in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, where beacons on the seven peaks of Gondor’s White Mountains are kindled one by one to warn neighboring Middle Earth that Minas Tirith has been besieged by the enemy’s armies.

That scene was an epiphany for John Ruiz, CEO and co-founder of e-beacons.

“Watching that scene gave me the idea to apply that ‘beacon’ system to real- life situations. I figured something similar could be effective using web and mobile applications,” said Ruiz, who had recently moved back to his hometown of Kansas City after attending Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, hot on the heels and opportunities of Google Fiber’s presence in Kansas City.

He began building out the application, using his newly developed programming skills gleaned from a free RareWire coding class at Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation, a program of the Kauffman Foundation that helps the next generation of innovative firms learn how to start and grow their businesses. 

Ruiz quickly realized he needed an extensive backend system that could receive and organize the alerts. Exhausting his own development skills, he decided to pitch his idea at Startup Weekend Kansas City. His idea garnered positive responses, and Hieu Truong joined the team. Truong, who had recently graduated with a computer science degree from University of Arkansas, had driven to Kansas City on the off chance he would find a project to work on after graduating from the University of Arkansas.

e-beacons didn’t win the weekend, although Ruiz and Truong both saw the potential and decided to join forces and pursue it. Ruiz started networking, pitching and building his connections. That naturally led to a presentation at 1 Million Cups.

“It was an event that truly changed our lives. After the 1MC presentation things went from 0 to 60, and it took us to where we are now. We became well connected within the community and started taking advantage of any and every resource offered to us,” said Ruiz.

Those resources included the E-Scholars Program at UMKC, LaunchKC, OfficePort, and other programs through the Kauffman Foundation and around Kansas City. With the help of some key community members, mentors and a couple of beta clients willing to take a chance on the startup, e-beacons is now on the verge of successfully entering the market.

Lighting the Path

Ruiz and Truong will use the resources of the Digital Sandbox KC to take the next critical steps to move their startup toward commercialization. Funding and industry connections will help them cover initial startup costs and projects so they can continue to expand.

“Our ultimate goal is to achieve at least 1 percent market penetration, which would result in nearly $1 million in yearly revenue,” said Ruiz.

“The Digital Sandbox has helped e-beacons continue to build out its product set and get it tested and ready for the market,” said Shackelford.

The Agreeable Company

The Agreeable Company is developing a mobile app (Agreeable) that allows individuals planning meetings (especially those with strangers such as through Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist) to do so in a safer and more reliable manner. The in-app messaging and agreements function allows both parties to work out details, including a no-show fee.

One setting particularly dense with no-shows is online classifieds, with more than a billion ads posted annual. Initial target customers are grouped by frequency of online classifieds use, including super sellers (buy or sell weekly); smart shoppers (buy or sell monthly); and spring cleaners (casual users of online classifieds).

The app not only allows for meeting details to be set with both parties, but the app also detects whether either party is present at the time of the meeting using the users’ phone location technology. The app then automatically compensates the user when there is a no show. Additional features include a rating system on users and suggested safe meeting locations.

“We’re excited to have been selected for Digital Sandbox KC,” said Ian Hoffman, co-founder and CEO. “It’s great to see others believe in our vision as much as we do, and this will allow Agreeable to grow our website features, giving our customers a more comfortable and full-featured tool for their meetings.”

Grant Company

Grant Company is an entrepreneurial communications and marketing company based in St. Joseph. Established in 2017, Grant Company offers a unique marketing and advertising model for agribusiness clientele in the KC Animal Health Corridor and across North America and Europe.

Carroll's Irish Bitters

Carroll’s Irish Bitters is a St. Joseph-based startup making handcrafted small-batch bitters. In addition to timeless favorites, co-founders Brian Carroll and Christina Hitch are developing new bitters recipes and formulas for bartenders across the region.

TravelHive

TravelHive is a social travel bookmarking and collaborative planning platform. Travelers can use TravelHive to bookmark inspirations from any website to create and share collaborative travel itineraries.

College Coaching Network

College Coaching Network offers a scholarship mobile app that enhances the guidance counselor experience. Partnering with high schools, youth groups and employee benefits programs, College Coaching Network provides college and career life coaching with 24/7 training and chat support services.

FastDemocracy

FastDemocracy provides advanced and actionable insights into state and federal legislation. The FastDemocracy online platform allows subscribers to receive legislative email updates, an overview of bills by topic, bill summaries and voting records for valuable quantitative data and predictions.

PowerPlus Cleaning Systems

The PowerPlus IMPULSE® Cleaning System is a patented boiler cleaning technology that improves heat transfer efficiency, reduces energy consumption and emissions, and minimizes costs for coal fired utility boilers.

Case Helper

Case Helper is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) communication platform for mass tort plaintiff lawyers. Case Helper provides attorneys faster, safer and more reliable exchanges of information between law firms and their clients, speeding up resolution of pending litigations and driving down operational costs.

Anticipate Ventures

Anticipate Ventures is transforming innovative health and hygiene, artificial intelligence, agtech, augmented reality, advanced manufacturing and cleantech technologies into successful business ventures.  The company’s first venture is creating products using ultra violet disinfection light spectrum called Far UV to significantly reduce bacteria and viruses and their associated diseases in medical, food, hygiene, HVAC/air and water applications.

Live-K

Live-K is an innovative mobile application using GPS technology to remotely administer road races for recreational runners and financial rewards for participation. Participants pay a small registration fee and run a predetermined route at their convenience. At the close of the race, the registration fees are redistributed to a percentage of runners based on their performance. Live-K pushes users to run harder and turn their healthy hobby into an avenue for financial independence.

WHETStone Devices

WHETStone Devices developed an innovative brace to provide plumbing companies a secure and easy-to-install solution for water heater expansion tanks.

DocuLock

DocuLock helps businesses archive, index and digitize paper documents, protecting valuable business information from threats and making them accessible from any web-enabled device.

K12 Perform

K12 Perform is an innovative ed-tech company with software and services that enable school district superintendents and principals to access, model and control their accountability and performance data.

Go Natural English

Go Natural English helps adults who are learning to speak English improve their fluency and confidence with digital learning materials and a community of support.

TradeLanes

TradeLanes automates trade management for U.S. exporters, using an online platform to lower costs and remove days from the supply chain. 

MusicSpoke

MusicSpoke is a global marketplace that allows musicians and educators to purchase sheet music directly from composers.

Hungry?

Hungry? is a mobile app with an innovative algorithm to simplify the decision of what and where to eat, and help you find the fastest and cheapest dining options.

LivestockLens

LivestockLens uses artificial intelligence technologies to automatically monitor food intake by cattle in feedlots, offering a cheaper and more accurate way of monitoring weight gain and reducing the number of animals who get sick.