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Edge Up Sports

Edge Up Sports is a platform for people who play fantasy football, aiming to make fantasy football research fun.  It gives participants “double coverage” or an overlay of an NFL player’s behavior and insights from multiple data sources along with traditional fantasy information.  This will give fantasy players the richest insights in the most convenient manner along with a robust user experience by combining the physical, mental and situational elements like injuries, weather and behavior. 

"Edge Up Sports is intriguing and unique,” said Jeff Shackelford, director, Digital Sandbox KC.  "Our assistance will allow for a richer feature set to be developed and allow them to move more quickly."

"We are excited about building tools for our customers that help them have fun and win their fantasy football leagues,” said Ilya Tabakh, CEO, Edge Up Sports. “The validation that Digital Sandbox KC has provided allows us to move faster, strengthen our team and deploy a better product."  

PerfectCube

PerfectCube provides business analytics tools – typically available only to large retailers – for small retail business owners. The tools show important trends, comparisons and predictive information so the business owner can anticipate and make more informed decisions by collecting POS and other relevant information. 

The solution provides important information and helps business owners understand what it means and what to with the data.  It’s almost like a crystal ball for small business owners.  "With Digital Sandbox funding the company plans to add additional functionality to help small retailers grow and flourish," said Jeff Shackelford, director, Digital Sandbox KC.  
 
“We’re excited about the opportunity Digital Sandbox provides to improve our product and move the company forward,” said Mark Calhoun, co-founder of PerfectCube.  “Critical resources like this didn’t exist in the area 15 years ago when we did our first startup and we will be able to grow much faster as a result.”  

My Super Dispatch

My Super Dispatch is an app and web platform that helps trucking companies reduce paperwork; more quickly and efficiently invoice; and receive and process customer payments more quickly.  Super Dispatch’s platform replaces traditional paper forms with a web platform that allows trucking companies to assign and exchange order data with their fleet in real time.  By integrating the web platform with the Super Dispatch mobile app running on the driver’s phones, the company gains access to real time data on their fleet and each job status.

"It’s an honor being a part of Digital Sandbox.  Being selected is a huge validation of the work we've done so far,” said founder Bek Abdullayev. “The funding will allow us to enter the market eight months early with a product our customers have been asking for."

E.D. Dental Services

Today's healthcare institutions are overwhelmed and part of that strain is a result of dental emergencies being inappropriately placed in hospital emergency rooms.  E.D.Dental Services, doing business as The Dentist Is IN, provides 24/7 dental consultation in emergency rooms, urgent care centers and wellness programs through telemedicine services. 

The “virtual dentist” program will help assess, triage, recommend care and appoint patients for dental treatment at a dentist’s office; saving millions of dollars of unnecessary and expensive procedures.  For example: a dentist communicates with the ER via The Dentist in IN kiosk to asses and​ facilitate oral health to emergency room patients.  The kiosk becomes an "additional staff member" to serve ER patients and get them the specific expertise needed rather than wasting time and resources that might be better spent on patients with appropriate ER issues.  

“We are honored to be part of the Digital Sandbox group. The funding we are to receive will help ensure our product is completed with security being a high priority,” said Maria Kunstadter, co-founder of E.D. Dental Services. “The honor of being accepted into this prestigious program validates our company’s story and future success.  Thanks, Digital Sandbox.” 

Hacumen

Hacumen helps “Cyber Security” consultants collaborate on IT security audits and create detailed reports. Security consultants are in high demand and low supply, therefore it is critical to provide them the most advanced software. Hacumen fills a long unmet need, giving cyber security consultants the tools they require to maximize security audit results.

Support from the Digital Sandbox KC will help build out Hacumen’s prototype.According to Hacumen’s founder, Neil Anderson, “The Digital Sandbox has been invaluable to us not only for prototype development, but their guidance and oversight has provided a deeper bridge into the KC business ecosystem.”

LaborChart

LaborChart is a resource management and scheduling application for the construction industry, replacing the traditional whiteboard and primitive spreadsheet.  LaborChart simplifies and automates an otherwise very repetitive and manual process.

LaborChart uses a simple drag-and-drop process to schedule resources across multiple construction projects.  The SaaS platform then uses automated notifications to pass along relevant information to applicable individuals.  LaborChart helps contractors save time, simplify workflow processes and ensure that manpower hours are maximized. 

"Being selected for Sandbox funding is a huge step for LaborChart,” said Ben Schultz, LaborChart founder.  “The funding will enable us to invest in product enhancements six to nine months sooner than otherwise possible, which will help us maintain customer and market momentum."

The Swapping Company

Opening up the resale market.

 
The Swapping Company provides a sellers app and website for the resale fashion community to solve two key problems.

One: resale stores and individuals who want to sell online can’t afford an e-commerce solution. They don’t have time to set up multiple selling sites and manage all their accounts. It can take 20 minutes to post one item and then manually send each item to each site.   
 
The other problem is moving inventory.  Many stores have items that have been hanging on racks for a year or more and do not know what items sell on which online selling or social sites. 
 
The solution is an automated system where all accounts are managed in one place which allows maximum exposure to the ideal customers.  The app allows users to upload inventory within 60 seconds and takes them through an automated description writing service that enables the process to be streamlined so that inventory can be pushed out to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterist, Instagram) and e-commerce sites like (eBay and Etsy) instantly.   

This one-two punch maximizes market exposure of that merchandise to the ideal customers.  The Swapping Company allows for a one stop marketplace to view client inventory irrespective of location. 
 
The clothing resale market has grown tremendously and become a part of mainstream shopping.  It is a multi-billion dollar a year industry with over 25, 000 resale, consignment, and not for profit stores in the U.S.However, the resale industry has been slow to break into the digital world of e-commerce due to the high cost of website/app development and lack of social media integration.
 
“Though there are many resale and consignment physical retail outlets, the industry hasn’t really adopted the online e-commerce model yet”, says Jeff Shackelford, Director, Digital Sandbox.  “The Swapping Company is building an easy-to-use platform to expand audience reach and incorporate the added value of integrating social media.”

The Swapping Company is building a hosting a service for resale stores and professional consigners to do business online. The only applicable apps available today focus solely on swapping.   
 
Digital Sandbox funding is supporting the development of the web platform and the company’s mobile app.

Royal Loyal

Creating loyal customers cost effectively.

Royal Loyal is building a universal mobile app service that promotes store products on a weekly basis at gas stations, convenience stores and other retail locations.  Many store owners can’t afford to build a custom mobile app.  The Royal Loyal app will allow these businesses to reach their customers more effectively and at a manageable cost.

Currently there is virtually no downloadable mobile app/website that caters to convenience store shoppers or independent store business owners.   Many independent store owners can’t afford to design or build a custom mobile application to market their business.   Big chain stores like QuikTrip and Price Chopper have teamed up to offer a loyalty system but most independent store owners don’t have the necessary tools to work together.

“Royal Loyal has identified a real problem for independent and smaller convenience store owners,” said Jeff Shackelford, director, Digital Sandbox.  “Babir’s experience in the convenience store business really provides him great insight into what works in retaining and attracting new customers.”                                                                   

Royal Loyal has developed a cell phone-based loyalty program that allows store-owners to quickly and easily develop store-specific promotions and loyalty rewards. The system enables store owners to promote specific products to attract new customers and unique rewards for frequent customers.  Business owners can quickly reach a wider and larger audience through Royal Loyal’s platform.

Digital Sandbox funding is assisting the company with building a more streamlined user experience for both store owners and store customers.

PatientsVoices™

Improving the healthcare experiences that matter most to patients.

To optimize Medicare payments hospitals must continuously improve patient satisfaction.  Last year most local hospitals lost thousands of dollars in Medicare payments because they failed to improve their patients’ experience.  Hospitals typically rely on surveys to monitor the patient experience.  Surveys show how the hospital is currently performing but do little to diagnose the problems that are frustrating patients.

PatientsVoices™ solves this problem.  The company asks patients to verbally tell their stories about the healthcare experiences that matter to them.  The patient insight from these stories takes the guess work out of deciding how to improve the patient experience.  The company is developing software that quickly analyzes these patient stories to identify the problems that are negatively impacting patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes and financial results.

“The founder of PatientsVoices™ has a deep background in customer feedback analysis and is putting that experience to great use in the healthcare field,” said Jeff Shackelford, director, Digital Sandbox.  “With the increased emphasis on coupling Medicare reimbursement with improving the patient experience, the market for PatientsVoices™ services is exploding.”

PatientsVoices™ interview and analysis process was developed over a 15+ year period working with premier consumer product companies. The company’s unique approach quickly uncovers patient expectations and provides specific feedback on how to improve the experiences that matter most to patients.

Digital Sandbox funding will assist with the development of a HIPPA secure, IT infrastructure for processing, analyzing and reporting patient feedback.  Project results will enable PatientsVoices™ to deploy customized, client dashboards for reporting patient feedback and integrating the metrics that clients need to monitor the impact of performance improvement activity on the patient experience.

Passel

Never miss another event

Passel is a free, web and mobile app that puts Mom at the center of her schedule, and enables her to easily maintain her existing mobile calendar.  Teams and groups can easily create calendars on Passel with the event dates, times, and locations.  Mom simply "follows" the calendar and it automatically adds the team events to her existing mobile calendar.  When a modification is made to an event Passel automatically updates Mom's mobile calendar for her.  Passel allows the user to replace the classic “Refrigerator Calendar” with a solution that is automatic, on her phone, and always accurate. 

With Passel her book club, Girl Scout meetings, soccer games, and football practices are all in one place, on her iOS or Google calendar.

Former colleagues at Hallmark, Aaron DeWitt and Neil Pfeiffer saw the need for a service that could help busy Moms seamlessly manage their hectic schedules.

“The Passel founders have identified a real problem in today’s busy world of multiple calendars,” said Jeff Shackelford, director, Digital Sandbox.  “They’ve developed a simple, yet integrated solution that will appeal to many.

Funding from Digital Sandbox is being used to complete the development of Passel’s minimum viable product that includes both iOS and Android operating systems.

Acre Designs

The future of home-building is here today.

Acre Designs builds homes for the next generation that fully embrace new technologies, processes and materials.  They design homes that are more efficient, comfortable, intelligent and affordable.  By using a proprietary PGX system, owners of Acre Designs homes will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in utility expenses versus today’s typically-built homes. 

“Acre Designs has a truly game-changing technology that can revolutionize home building as we know it today,” said Jeff Shackelford, director, Digital Sandbox.  “This is the type of early-stage entrepreneur that fits in Digital Sandbox.”

A key technology that helps Acre Designs homes advance in energy performance is their PGX system.  This system uses geothermal energy to temper incoming air and to cool through the home’s slab. Through this system, Acre Design can generate more than 5,000 BTU of heating and more than 15,000 BTU of cooling, greatly reducing and possibly eliminating the need for an active air conditioner or heat pump.

The system is comprised of a series of pumps, geothermal loops, radiant slab loops and air/water heat exchangers.  Temperature is modulated via variable speed pumps that are controlled with a hub that measures various sensors monitoring weather, indoor temperature and humidity, and responds to user selected set points. The hub, based on open source hardware, will be compatible with various home automation protocols to enable interactivity with major automation and control systems.

The PGX system will improve performance of Acre Designs homes by 40%, allowing the homes to meet net-zero energy standards and outperform other homes on the market.

Funding from Digital Sandbox KC is enabling Acre Designs to finalize development and validate the performance of the PGX system.

Revaluate

Revaluate lets you know what it’s like to live at a specific location…before you move there.  By combining a “carfax-like” home history report with a proprietary scoring platform, Revaluate has created a livability rating that allows buyers, renters and real estate professionals to quickly and accurately compare  significant and subtle differences between properties. 

“According to market research, 39% of people say they would not move where they currently live if they had known more about the property and the surrounding area,” said Revaluate co-founder Chris Drayer. “That’s what Revaluate does, gives you deep insight into a property before you move in.”

Revaluate simplifies, organizes and standardizes millions of data points across neighborhoods and specific addresses to produce a unique score for each address.  The score is based on four key Categories: Safety, Environment, Quality of Life and Expenses producing the unique “livability score” for each address. 

“Most current real estate sites will tell you the stuff you already know about a property”, said Chris, “Revaluate tells you about noisy construction projects, or continual issues with the buildings elevators or safety issues in the surrounding area…those things that can severely impact the livability after you move in.”

Chris and his team came to Digital Sandbox KC looking for direction and connections that could help them move forward with their concept.  

“I liked the Revaluate idea from the first time I heard Chris explain the concept,” said Jeff Shackelford, director of Digital Sandbox KC.  “They’re unique ability to procure very detailed and pertinent data points at the address level is unique and valuable.”

After accepting a Digital Sandbox scholarship to Kauffman’s FastTrac Tech Venture course, the Revaluate team built a a more complete business plan and go-to market strategy.

“The Kauffman FastTrac course was so beneficial”, said Drayer, “not only for driving us to do a more complete business model but also for the connections we made.”

Revaluate has released its beta version to a limited audience in the Manhattan, NY real estate market.

ShotTracker

ShotTracker is the first piece of affordable, wearable tech for basketball players who want to improve their shooting. ShotTracker automatically tracks shot attempts, makes, and misses. Digital Sandbox KC assisted with the development of the web interface for the ShotTracker application.  With a successful proof of concept and working prototype, ShotTracker was able to solidify a significant Series A round of investment.

Dewsly

Dewsly, is a safe and secure online community that brings together schools, teachers, parents and students -- all in one place -- to stay up-to-date on important school, classroom and activity updates. Dewsly can provide schools streamlined communication of important activities, news, and information using online tools that engage the community through articles, photo galleries, videos, and live streaming coverage of the education experiences that can be monitored and controlled by school administrators.

The company was founded in the summer of 2012 by Anthony Noll, Jake Lisby and Tom Clark.  The three combine a passion for education and community engagement with technical expertise and business strategy. The trio saw an opportunity in the current state of educational content. Today much of a school’s media content is captured in expensive analog formats within vertical silos which limit integration into more highly efficient digital platforms. Online searching for school information is difficult and results are oftentimes outdated and unusable. Additionally, the cost of maintaining traditional platforms (newspapers, yearbooks, and websites) while converting to new and ever evolving platforms is cost prohibitive to many school districts.

Dewsly™ provides an integrated, internet mobile based service solution that delivers exceptional value by improving media and communications systems to students, families, faculty, and the local community as a whole by providing schools with educational and digital media sharing services on a safe and secure platform.

Digital Sandbox KC will help Dewsly with the development of a smartphone app. 

 

Genneo

Genneo gives people the tools to convert their own natural movement into battery charge for phones and other electronic devices. A new kind of generator that moves with the person, Genneo allows users to be less dependent on the power grid when using mobile electronics.

According to the company, people are spending more and more time away from the power grid while connected wirelessly for communication and entertainment so they need better options for remote and mobile charging. Mobile power generation products currently on the market are limited in application and complicated.

The Genneo captures energy from natural movements. Just carry it in a backpack or pocket and it turns energy from movement into battery charge. The products are also complete auxiliary batteries. They charge both from movement and from pre-charging, and have integrated high capacity batteries. They fast charge any device that charges from a USB port.

The company is targeting three markets: electronics retail, OEM (original equipment manufacturer) wholesale and military. Retail target consumers include backpackers, campers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. As the technology improves and the product size decreases, the company will also target mass market consumers who now buy auxiliary battery products. Genneo’s early revenue has come from OEM customers who need a generator element integrated into their products. OEM applications so far include personal asset tracking and wearable technology. The strategy for the military market involves securing research grants and working through SBIR phases.

The company was founded in January of 2011 with Blake Isaacs as CEO. The leadership team is rounded out by Chief Creative Officer Daniel Mota Veiga and Vice President Nicholas McLean. Together, the group has extensive experience in product design and development.

The Digital Sandbox KC project will support a beta test build of up to 50 model G3000 units for field testing as a final step before launching Genneo branded products later this year.

 

BigBang

BigBang is a backend as a service (BaaS) platform for developing real-time applications for mobile devices, desktops and the web. BigBang reduces complexity by providing developers with a streamlined API that allows them to build scalable applications without maintaining servers or infrastructure.

Jonathan Wagner founded BigBang on the premise that application developers want to develop real-time features that function identically on any device or platform. There are many good tools and frameworks for creating the client portion of a real-time connected application across devices, but few for developing the infrastructure.

BigBang provides client APIs that developers can use to add real-time networking and structured data storage to their applications quickly and simply. They work across platforms and operating systems, and are custom tailored for popular client frameworks and technologies. In many cases, applications can be developed entirely using the client APIs. Developers can scale their applications to thousands or millions of users with no code changes.

Wagner sees a significant market for the service. The current mobile application development services market is valued at roughly $20.5 million. The BaaS market as a whole is less than five years old and is expected to grow from $200 million to more than $7 billion in the next four years.

The founder brings real world application development to the company. Wagner was the application developer for Flex Rental Solutions (formerly Shoptick, acquired), now the leading provider of cloud based rental and event management software. At Electrotank (acquired by Hi5 Games), he developed crossplatform networking middleware for games, simulations and virtual worlds. Technology licensees include Disney, Ubisoft, Mattel, Viacom, Spinmaster and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Proof of concept funding from Digital Sandbox KC will help expand the number of programming languages supported by the API and provide technical documentation.

Zorilla Research

Zorilla Research is changing the way commercial pharmaceuticals are developed by using computational technology that predicts problem interactions of a drug in the early stages of development. This enables the developing company to repurpose failed compounds earlier in the process and prevent costly late-stage drug trial failures.

At present, the failure rate of new chemical entities (NCEs) in the pharmaceutical space is around 87%. That is to say, almost 90% of chemical compounds identified as potential drugs fail at some point on the path to approval.

The current trend in the pharmaceutical industry toward shifting risk to smaller “discovery” companies is a smart choice, because these companies are focused. However, market conditions have resulted in an inability for these companies to negotiate successful deals, often even with compounds that are successful in early tests.

Zorilla Research intends to serve these small to mid-size discovery companies: increasing their success rates and facilitating more efficient use of their resources. With Zorilla’s SABLE structural analysis technology, clients can predict problem interactions in early stages of development, and potentially recover compounds that have moved into later phases.

In its entirety, the market for computational tools in drug discovery is estimated to be about $500 million a year in the United States, growing at about $200 million a year annually. Current estimates for the cost of taking a drug to market range from $500 million to $1 billion per drug, with a timeline of almost 15 years.

Dr. Gerald Wyckoff, CEO, is the driving force behind the creation of SABLE, which is protected by a provisional patent. Dr. Wyckoff is joined by Ada Solidar, who has experience in communication with academics as well as clinical and industry personnel.

With project funding from Digital Sandbox KC, Zorilla Research will move its SABLE software to a high-powered, cloud environment and develop a user-friendly interface for interaction with clients.

Your Adoption Finance Coach

One-in-three people have some connection to adoption. According to the Dave Thomas Foundation, one-thirds of Americans have considered adoption, yet only 2% have actually completed one. International and domestic adoptions range from $35,000 - $65,000. Adoption agencies and service providers do not possess the core competency to provide financial services in addition to the adoption services they already provide to their clients.

Your Adoption Finance Coach provides adoption agencies and professionals with resources to address the high cost of adoption. The Adoption Finance Coaching System is a web-based, licensed training system that provides online tools and financial solutions for adoptive families.

Your Adoption Finance Coach offers three components:

  • The Adoption Finance Coaching System is a web-based, licensed training system providing adoption agencies, adoption services providers and adoption-friendly corporations with resources and financial solutions and tools to adoptive families. Fully integrated into the client’s existing website, the on-demand webinars, templates and personalized coaching bring all of the critical steps of adoption in house. This is a turn-key solution to the agency so they can be more competitive in the market, more efficiently serve their customers and complete more adoptions.
  • GotchaGiftRegistry.com, an online cash gift registry, serves as a tool to help adoptive parents raise the money they need to offset the costs of their adoption and is included in the resources and coaching system.
  • Your Adoption Coach Radio is a weekly, national radio show all about adoption. Reaching more than 325K listeners in the first year, the program focuses on educating and inspiring others about adoption.

Founder and CEO Kelly Ellison brings a unique blend of personal and professional experience to this startup. An adoptive parent and fund raising professional, she has extensive experience coaching families. Dan Cooper, COO, is an expert in SAAS and building company brands. The leadership team is rounded out by CFO Ted Stann and CTO Sean Wilkening.

Digital Sandbox KC assistance will help the company add new services to the current system and build a new gift registry feature.

ClaimJockey

ClaimJockey files and manages long term care insurance claims for families and care providers, helping them access funds for needed care. ClaimJockey has a 90% success rate in having claims accepted after the first filing.

Here’s how it works:

1. The consumer, their family member or referral partner contacts ClaimJockey via a submission through the ClaimJockey website. The lead is electronically fed into ClaimJockey’s HIPAA compliant database system.

2. ClaimJockey’s experienced long term care insurance professionals meet with families to assess their needs and claim viability at no charge.

3. Highly trained case management staff then review the case, gather the required medical records, prepare and file the initial claims in the manor required by the various insurance companies.

4. After the initial filing and payment, additional claims must be filed on a monthly basis which can continue for years. The duration of ClaimJockey’s involvement ranges from three months to multiple years.

A highly experienced management team leads this effort, beginning with founder and president Wendy Rinehart. Rinehart is a nationally recognized long term care industry specialist and co-founder of the Long Term Care Guild, an industry association. She is joined by CEO David Rinehart, divisional vice president at LTC Financial Partners, General Electric and John Hancock; CFO Michael Briggs, president of INFINEDI, Inc., a top  medical claims processor; and Bob Miller, senior vice president of business development and sales, formerly with Amex Life, Genworth, CUNA and LTC Financial Partners.

With the help of Digital Sandbox KC, ClaimJockey will build a new website that can be linked to their HIPAA-compliant database.

Phisionary

Phisionary is developing United Benefits Portal, a web application that allows union members to access their fringe benefits information and provides an avenue for contractors to securely pay their union contributions online. Simplifying the backend operations of union management leaves administrators more time for recruiting and growth.

The current paper-driven system is fraught with insecurity and is very labor-intensive.  Human error is also a problem and the hours/wages spent on managing the segment is staggering.  This app diminishes the chance for human error while also securing union members’ personal information like social security number, address and insurance data.  Also, it will benefit union cash flow as it will enable immediate and online secure payment options for members and contractors. 

The Phisionary web-based application will offer all union members constant access to their benefit labor profile.  Beyond that, it serves to update each union’s system of operations by offering a secure and streamlined approach to handling such vital and secure personal information.  Also, this application will positively impact each union contractor’s ability to source labor from the union and pay the workers benefits quickly and securely.

According to the most recent census data there are currently 14.4 million registered union members in the United States.

The evolution of this idea stemmed from a request by Brotherhood Bank, the union bank of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, to explore some ideas for helping their union members stay more involved in union activities and their fringe benefits. 

The management team’s construction and union backgrounds have enabled them to build other strong connections in the industry. CEO Josh Wendel was a union bricklayer and still maintains a connection with that union. President and COO Dave Wowak has a background in construction subcontracting and has connections with Kansas City’s Teamster Local 41.  The advisory team includes Joe Huber of A.L. Huber Construction and Lawrence Rebman, Missouri Department of Labor’s former director. 

Digital Sandbox KC project funding will enable the company to develop a beta version of the company’s online app.