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Hidden Abilities

Hidden Abilities is developing an innovative tool for the millions of people struggling with dyslexia. The Hidden Abilities Read ‘n Style pen is a discreet, handheld device that scans text and reads it aloud for students with dyslexia; effectively turning any book into an audiobook. 

Drones 4 Hire

Drones4Hire provides a quick and easy way for businesses and individuals to hire a drone pilot. The Drones4Hire website makes it easy to request and hire a licensed FAA drone pilot to fit their needs. 

Toss It Curbside

Toss It Curbside provides professional removal service for unwanted items. As the name indicates, customers can place their unwanted items on the curb and the Toss It Curbside team will coordinate the item’s removal and delivery to a local donation or recycle center, leaving very little for the landfill. 

2020 Adventures

2020 Adventures makes the process of planning small group trips easier. When customers submit criteria for their desired trip on the 2020 Adventures website, they receive a suggested itinerary on a personalized trip page, allowing them to share trip details and individual payment links with their friends.


Luxe is a provider of amenity services for multi-family housing communities. The Luxe mobile app offers apartment communities a concierge platform for residents to seamlessly book and manage apartment tailored services.

Idle Smart

Idle Smart is an automated engine start/stop solution that maintains trucking fleet uptime by keeping batteries charged and engines warm, as well as reducing overnight idle time and fuel emissions.


Billdrill is a website where customers can submit how much they pay for TV, internet, cell phone and home security services and compare their rates against the rates of other providers in the area.


TicketRx is a digital platform that connects attorneys and drivers with the push of a button. The TicketRx smartphone application matches drivers to a licensed attorney in the area where the violation occurred. A TicketRx attorney will contact the driver within 24 hours to discuss the case. The confirmed attorney will handle the case from start to finish, which in most cases requires no court appearance.


FEWDM is creating healthy habits by designing and developing fitness products with integrated technology to improve the workout experience. Using motion-recognition technology, FEWDM can provide real-time feedback and interactive games during exercise to maximize users’ results. 

Homegrown & Happy

Homegrown & Happy is an online marketplace for community recipe sharing, food swapping, and unique buying experiences in personalized foods. With funding from the Sandbox, Homegrown & Happy will enable UI functionality for advancing developments in the company's recipe sharing framework and supporting API integrations for both the Homegrown & Happy home-exchanged and custom-ordered product offerings.

Homegrown & Happy is the first company to receive funding through the Sandbox’s partnership with the City of Independence and the Independence Economic Development Council.  In addition to up to $20,000 in project development funds from Digital Sandbox KC, Homegrown & Happy will have access to professional workspace at WerksLab and specialized business support through the iNTech Growth Program at the Ennovation Center, a business incubator located in Independence.

17º 73º Innovation Co

17º 73º Innovation Co. is working to find solar solutions to facilitate the expansion of electronic device usage in support of economic development and communication. The Sunshine Box, a portable solar powered charging system, will bridge the gap for those who already have access to mobile phones but live in communities that are off the grid and with unreliable power and connectivity.

17° 73° Innovation Co. is the first company to receive funding from the Energy Sandbox, a partnership between Digital Sandbox KC and GXP Investment (part of Great Plains Energy). Launched in summer 2016, the Energy Sandbox supports emerging startups and established companies located within or near the Great Plains Energy service area with innovative concepts focused on the energy sector. 


MovinHouz brings a new experience to the moving industry.  Using the MovinHouz mobile app, customers can Click It…Pic It…Move!  MovinHouz movees (Customers who are moving), with a few picks and a few clicks, can set up their move with thoroughly vetted movers.  All of this takes the stress out of picking a mover and ensures the safety and security of all your belongings.

Currently movees have a very difficult time finding a quality mover.  Today, if someone needs to move, they have to ask around for the best moving company or go online where their information will be sold, resulting in continuous phone calls.  Then, the movee has to make sure that they are being contacted by professionally insured moving companies.  Finally, the movee has to take extra time to meet with multiple moving companies to properly price their moves which could still fluctuate thoughout the move.

MovinHouz’s, MovinPic Technology, ensures that that the moving process is seamless.  MovinPic allows the movee to upload photos of each room and major items.  These photos will be seen by multiple vetted movers who will then each submit a moving quote.  MovinPic enables clear identification of the items to be moved and allows the moving company to see the actual items involved so they can provide the most accurate quote possible.

This creates a win-win for both the movee and the mover.


PreScreend is a predictive analytics platform that provides businesses and consumers a way to authenticate and verify someone’s real identity. Big data is also used to identify criminal methods and create behavioral DNA, allowing for identification based on how a person acts, rather than their genetic make-up.

PreScreend's first party consent based model provides users with a proactive layer of personal safety and security. In an on-demand economy people get into cars with complete strangers, trust freelancers with proprietary technology secrets, and sleep in the beds of people they've never met. PreScreend's platform searches over a billion data points, and helps you stay safe before meeting strangers for the first time.

The company was founded by local and federal law enforcement professionals who have seen first-hand the need for safer interactions between strangers.

"In law enforcement, we always find ourselves being reactive when someone becomes the victim of a crime,” said Dustin Abercrombie, founder and CEO. “PreScreend will finally provide people with a way to be proactive with their personal safety. This opportunity allows for us to expand our technology infrastructure and automation capabilities while reducing the number of victims exponentially."

B2G Data

B2G Data addresses the issue of nursing retention through a mobile app that allows nurses to record activities, earn points for those activities and then redeem those points for incentives such as paid time off, gift cards, raffles and catalog items.

Hospital reimbursement for services is increasingly being tied to care quality. Staffing shortages and temporary staffing can lead to a decrease in overall care quality and patient satisfaction. Hospitals can improve their financial bottom line by focusing on nurse retention, using B2G Data’s Tak mobile app. Tak means “thank you” in Danish.

The initial target audience for the product is hospitals. B2G Data has launched a single location version of the app and plans to launch a multi-location app before the end of the year.

“We are very excited that Digital Sandbox KC has given their endorsement to our nurse retention app with both encouragement and finances,” said Gary Abram, DEO of B2G Data. “Digital Sandbox KC's support will allow us to expand the app's ability to work with multiple clients at once.” 


Tapyness is a one question, three button survey presented in a discrete location near an exit that provides consumers an easy way to report on their experience, in context. The results give business owners immediate and actionable insight.

Many small and medium size businesses are not receiving quality data on their customers’ experiences. Large organizations struggle to find “regular” customers willing to participate in long post-experience satisfaction surveys. Businesses need a way to get quick feedback in the manner in which customers consume their content – variable likes, retweets and pins.

Tapyness solves the issue of easy feedback for consumers. A tablet positioned near the exit of a retail establishment asks “How was your overall experience today?” Underneath are three responses (images/ text) from which the customer may choose or “tap:” thumbs up, thumbs middle, thumbs down. A reporting portal and dashboard service provided to the business allows the owner to see aggregate results by day and time ranges.  Further development will allow Tapyness to aggregate Facebook likes/ comments and Yelp stars/ comments to be displayed alongside results of the exit poll.

The initial target audience is small to medium size retail businesses such as restaurants, coffee shops, fashion outlets, auto services, grocery stores and professional/ medical offices. 

Routine Success

Routine Success allows parents of children with ADHD and autism spectrum disorders to easily build digital routines to assist their children throughout the day. Routines are delivered to the child through a discreet, watch-form-factor wearable that minimizes the need for expensive and conspicuous hardware.

Many children with neurological conditions such as ADHD and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) thrive when they establish and follow predictable, repeatable routines. Step-by-step routines that are successful in a controlled environment like the home, where parents are closely monitoring behavior, become more difficult in a classroom.

Routine Success is an app for the Pebble smartwatch that allows parents to build easy-to-follow “routines” for a child through a user-friendly website. The child receives an alert at pre-determined times via a discreet vibration and is prompted to complete the appropriate steps. The routines are completely customizable to meet the child’s unique schedule. At the end of the day, parents can sync the watch with a smartphone and see how the child responded to the routines.


Flokk is a social event platform that connects people to great event experiences and rewards, while also analyzing pertinent data and content to connect event organizers to sponsors. The platform offers proximity-based promotions, automatic checks, real-time analytics as the event is happening and a customer loyalty program.

Many events only engage with their customers on a limited basis, usually during a transaction like buying a ticket, food or memorabilia. An event’s success can only be measured by the number of attendees.

Flokk’s social networking platform creates flexibility to interact with attendees in real time and allows event organizers to manage public/private offerings to select individuals. The platform provides information about attendees’ trends so that more effective promotions can be offered. For the event crowd, Flokk provides visual metrics to gauge event crowd, identify friends attending and events that are trending.

The product’s target market is companies that manage large entertainment venues and event promotion companies. Additionally, Flokk is targeting people ages 18-44 who attend events and use social media.


YouSpin is a socially interactive jukebox system and mobile application for bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. YouSpin allows people to play music, chat with others in the venue, get drink specials, play trivia, and create their own bar experience from their fingertips.

Bar owners and nightclubs struggle throughout the week to keep customers in their bars, spending money and keeping them entertained for a reasonable cost. Bar owners can spend $150 or more a night on DJs at an empty bar.  YouSpin gives bar owners the ability to connect with their guests and keep them entertained during slow nights for fractions of the cost. YouSpin changes slow and boring nights into fast, fun, and profitable nights.

YouSpin allows customers to select from a large catalog of music and play those songs on the bar’s sound system. YouSpin also allows customers to chat with others in the venue on the television screens, take advantage of impromptu bar specials, play games and trivia. YouSpin enables bar owners to connect with their customers and get real time feedback on promotional specials. YouSpin puts the power in the people’s hand letting them create their own party from their fingertips.

Vector Legal Method

Vector is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) case management solution for litigation (law firms, attorneys, and clients).  Designed and tested by several litigators, Vector applies a uniform and intuitive structure that all litigators can use to organize their workflow.  It effectively manages document storage and retrieval, the case deadlines and tasks associated with those documents, and provides “at-a-glance” case status overviews and case summaries (for case tracking, reports and analytics).

Despite the litigation industry’s size and sophistication, until Vector there was no standard architecture to define and structure the legal events and related documents in a case.  Individual lawyers have been forced to cobble together their own system to organize and track the progress, results, next steps, and strategy of each case.  As a result, litigation has often collapsed into a jumbled mess of documents, deadlines, tasks, and to-dos that are collected and reside across disjointed products, platforms, and hard-copy files.  This critical flaw hamstrings lawyers and undermines the existing litigation management products, which provide technology without the critical underlying architecture at the core of Vector.  

Vector brings lawyers and litigation into the 21st Century by doing for litigation what did for salespeople and sales managers.  A quick glance at the Vector dashboard will (1) show attorneys, law firms, and clients the status and stage of each case or groups of cases, (2) enable authorized attorneys to quickly go from that overview to any document, deadline, or to-do related to a specific case, and (3) empower law firms, attorneys, and clients to track performance over the life of a case or a group or series of cases.  Finally, because Vector’s underlying organizational structure effectively provides a definitive litigation roadmap, it also promises to standardize and improve associate and law school training and educationcase; and (3) empower law firms, attorneys, and clients to track performance across the course of a case or a series of cases. 

Foundation Accelerator

Foundation Accelerator is a comprehensive software platform for residential foundation repair contractors to help them stay organized and efficient while dramatically increasing the quality of service and reducing costs.  Few resources have been customized to this type of contracting business.

Accelerated Development Group, LLC has built a web-based software platform (Foundation Accelerator) that provides a turn-key business management solution for foundation repair contractors.  Key modules of the software provide automated bid/contracts, proven structural evaluation system, engineering and detailed material ordering. The software not only manages and automates the business, but also provides tools to properly diagnose and design structural repairs.

The software also provides tools for the manufacturers of foundation repair products to connect to their contractor networks. Currently, there is no other provider of a complete software solution in this market.