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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.”  

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.” 

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."

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.”

Mapper

Brian Welde and his company Angling Technologies set out to revolutionize fishing maps – and with the help of Digital Sandbox KC, a new proof of concept center in Kansas City,  they’ll refine  their core mapping technology and move it into new markets.

“Brian is a classic example of an entrepreneur; he saw an opportunity to take existing technology and apply it to one of his passions – fishing.  From there, he gathered feedback and applied learned lessons to build a new product – Mapper – and evolve into new markets,” said Jeff Shackelford, director of Digital Sandbox KC.

Entrepreneurial Beginnings

In 2004, all fishing maps were static. Anglers bought a paper map or pre-set digital maps for their GPS or depth finders.

“At that time I was building complex interactive mapping solutions that worked in web browsers for the Department of Defense and federal agencies,” said Brian Welde about Angling Technologies’ origins. “I saw a need to transfer that knowledge to outdoor recreation.”

Pairing his extensive knowledge of mapping technology with his passion for fishing, Welde created an interactive fishing map that allows anglers to make custom maps based on a constantly growing library of geographic information relevant to fishing. 

“The value proposition for anglers is that they can obtain more information online and customize this information to gain new insights into planning fishing trips or doing research for fishing tournaments,” says Welde.

Broadening the Scope

As a technologist, Welde could see the trend in location-based services rapidly advancing toward self service mapping solutions where consumers have the ability to promote/share/monetize their valuable local knowledge of place. By being an early adopter of open source software, consumer focused web-maps and crowd-sourced data, Welde was able to identify several key requirements for commercial web-mapping products. Mapper  was designed with these key requirements in mind to provide access to much larger and more diverse markets than fishing.

Mapper provides an interactive mapping solution that is easy to use, quick to set up, rich in context and functionality, and open to anyone. It is designed to allow users to rapidly create customized web-based maps populated with valuable local knowledge. Initial markets include fishing, outdoor recreation, community and real estate to supply maps for a wide array of uses such as events, trips, blogs, planning and anything where local knowledge is a valuable commodity yet traditionally hard to convey.  “The neat thing about Mapper is the creativity it inspires,” Welde said. “Our beta testers continually came up with new uses for the maps that we did not anticipate. Geography is an asset that most people do not consider. Mapper provides a way to unlock personal geographic knowledge.”

Playing in the Digital Sandbox

Angling Technologies is one of the first six innovative companies to be eligible for funding from Digital Sandbox KC, which provides proof-of-concept resources to support early-stage commercialization processes.  Support for each Sandbox participant is customized based on the unique needs of the project as well as the resources required to move the product or service forward. 

 “The Sandbox will help to make Mapper even better as we launch by allowing us to add new features, increase the ease of use, and refine some of the rough edges,” said Welde. “The challenge we have traditionally faced is exposure. We are hopeful that the connections we make in the Sandbox will help spread the word about Mapper to consumers and help us get established in many new markets.”

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.

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.

 

Play-it Health

More than half of Americans—adults and children--are on chronic medications. Failure to take that medication can result in disastrous personal and financial consequences. With organ transplants, lack of adherence can mean graft loss and even death.  In diabetes, it can translate into increased complication and organ failure.  In HIV+ individuals, failure to adhere to prescribed medical regimens can mean increased conversion rates to AIDS.

There are significant financial losses as well: non-adherence costs the pharmaceutical industry alone an estimated $100 to 300 billion each year—and that’s on top of other financial losses due to increased complications and hospital readmissions.

Play-it Health, one of the first six companies to be eligible for funding the Digital Sandbox KC, has found a way to make taking medications and following medical regimes easier, and even fun, with the most comprehensive, innovative, and responsive adherence system to date. By working with the Sandbox’s resources and corporate partners, Play-it Health hopes to transform an innovative idea into a solid business.

An Easier Pill to Swallow

Dr. Kimberly Gandy, founder and CEO, had been confronted firsthand with the devastating consequences of nonadherence. She had watched patients, young and old, die due to an inability to adhere to complex medical regimens. As a clinician, she began to devise systems to solve this problem—and save lives.

Since some of the most problematic patients are adolescents, her solutions began using information technology, and more specifically, mobile information technology. With diverse software products, including apps, eBooks, games and web worlds, Dr. Gandy and Play-it Health have developed a system to engage patients more effectively.

For example, smartphone applications give tailored medication reminders, facilitate contact with caregivers and include motivational games, rewards and education. Another example, Play-it Health’s customizable eBooks provide an engaging approach to typically dry medical content by incorporating animated illustrations and pop quizzes.

Play-it Health has also identified a critical and missing link in other approaches to adherence. The medical system currently lacks the resources and capacity to monitor, analyze and continuously update the information necessary to provide optimal support to improve adherence to medical regimens. Play-it Health is developing a system to provide these services. Though the mainstay of the system is an automated component, these services will be backed by significant clinical expertise.

With all of this serious work as a backdrop, Dr. Gandy's daughter, Erica, wanted to make sure that Dr. Gandy did not forget to incorporate fun into her thinking. Erica was sure that fun would translate into participation. She began to draw and describe schematics of how she wanted games and medication administration to interface, a process that led to some of the first proposed products of Play-it Health.

Where Innovators Comes to Play

“Play-it Health is a great example of the Digital Sandbox KC partnering with an incredible entrepreneur to help solve a very serious real world problem,” said Jeff Shackelford, director of Digital Sandbox KC.  “Dr. Gandy has used her vast expertise in the adolescent transplant field to find a better way to encourage younger patients to fully follow their post transplant medical adherence.” 

 “Within the Sandbox, we are hoping to gain the guidance necessary to take our company from a good idea with a solid foundation to a company with a means and end to moving forward with a sound, revenue generating model,” says Dr. Gandy.  “The seed funding will allow us to move further to achieving these goals.”

PlanetReuse Marketplace

PlanetReuse Marketplace is built on a simple but powerful concept: give homeowners instant access to reclaimed and surplus building materials.

Access to resources: Digital Sandbox KC is feeding the same need for PlanetReuse Marketplace, helping them find the resources—funding and mentors—to diversify its revenue model and build a better experience for their customers.

Building on a Solid Foundation

Nathan Benjamin founded PlanetReuse in 2008 to make reusing reclaimed materials easier, so that more people would do it. After spending nearly five years building a reclaimed building materials network to serve the commercial building industry, Benjamin founded a spinoff to serve residential customers: PlanetReuse Marketplace.

PlanetReuse Marketplace is an online platform that helps reuse centers make reclaimed and surplus building materials instantly accessible to homeowners nationwide.  Imagine CraigsList, but better looking, easier to use and updated in real time. PlanetReuse Marketplace enables reuse centers to attract new customers while keeping their loyal treasure hunters happy by displaying exactly what is in store at any given time. 

“Our aim is to make reuse as easy as buying new, increasing awareness for the reuse industry and decreasing the ever-growing amount of usable building materials in our landfills,” said Benjamin. 

Using proprietary InvenQuery technology and mobile app, reuse centers can populate their site and Facebook with their inventories, instantly, and in a single workflow. Items are removed automatically at point-of-sale.

“Everything we do is influenced by our triple bottom line approach to business: we take our people, our profits and the planet into account when making decisions,” added Benjamin. “Our partnership with Digital Sandbox KC will allow us to expand our capabilities and enable us to grow both as an organization and as a champion of the reuse economy. We have ambitious goals, innovative solutions and passionate people. We’re just getting started.” 

Playing in the Digital Sandbox

“PlanetReuse Marketplace is one of those terrific businesses that helps solve a real world problem, in this case, the amount of reusable building materials that end up in landfills, by using technology to make items visible and available to the marketplace,” said Jeff Shackelford, director of Digital Sandbox KC. “It’s just not a great business concept but also a helping to recycle usable materials.”

PlanetReuse Marketplace is one of the first six innovative companies to be eligible for funding from Digital Sandbox KC, which provides proof-of-concept resources to support early-stage commercialization processes. Support for each Sandbox participant is customized based on the unique needs of the project as well as the resources required to move the product or service forward. 

 

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.

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.

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. 

 

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.

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.

 

RFP365

RFP365 provides software to facilitate the entire RFP process. From RFP creation, through vendor response collection, to scoring, this intelligent RFP software connects procurement teams and suppliers in an integrated and seamless platform. RFP365 helps teams work together, manage knowledge, and analyze their processes for continual improvement. 

Founded by Stuart Ludlow and David Hulsen in 2012, the company launched its first release in March and rebranded its site and application this fall.  Digital Sandbox KC will assist in upgrading the core infrastructure and support future integrations with external applications.

The product seeks to unify the components in the RFP process. The RFP process (including RFI, RFQ, etc.) has not matured. There are several disjointed components within the overall process which, when integrated, can lead to significant cost and time savings. Procurement teams need to reduce purchasing costs, increase speed-to-market, and make fact-based decisions. The current process of creating documents, delivering them to vendors, scouring proposals, and creating scoring checklists is heavily manual and inefficient. Vendor teams needs to be able to respond to RFPs in hours, not weeks. They need to be able to track tasks, manage knowledge, and work together no matter where individual members are located.

When the process is integrated, data is transferred from one team to another at key points. Data, not documents, can be filtered, searched, and leveraged as we expect in our modern, connected world. RFP365 can help small companies compete with large, incumbent providers. This competition can reduce overall costs. We help shorten the overall procurement timeframe by leveraging templates, searching knowledge repositories, and maintaining real-time access to data.

RFP365 allows procurement teams and their potential vendors to share data in an efficient and effective process. The platform provides benefits to both purchasers and vendors, respectively.

 

Welltodo

Welltodo is a mobile health technology company that is bringing personal health care into the age of big data and the intelligent machine. Founded by Chris Cardinal, Jim Console M.D., and Will Landecker, the company leverages the latest advances in data analytics, medical monitoring, and behavioral science to target chronic diseases with personalized behavioral interventions and disease management steps that lead to improved health outcomes.

Traditional models of health care don't adequately utilize the ever-growing availability relevant personalized health data that we leave behind just by living our day-to-day lives. This leads to:

  • A more fallible health care system full of health care recommendations that are based on insufficient and often outdated personal and population information
  • Denied relief to chronic disease sufferers
  • Accelerating system wide health costs proportionate to population aging and chronic illness cases
  • Significant global economic burdens from employee absences, workers' compensation claims, and lost worker productivity

Welltodo's initial product leveraging their Smart Health Platform is Welltodo Migraine, a mobile application which predicts individuals’ migraines, warns them prior to an attack, and gives personalized actionable insight on how to manage upcoming attacks. Currently migraine affects 11% (783M) of adults worldwide with a three-times higher rate in women.

Proof of concept funding will assist in implementation of a pilot study for their mobile app, Welltodo Migraine.