Our mission is to inspire and nurture entrepreneurs and innovators through transformational education and research. At the Regnier Institute, entrepreneurship goes beyond theory and class concepts. We accelerate the formation of student ventures. In 2010, the Institute was honored with two awards for Outstanding Contributions to Enterprise Creation and Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.

2013 Entrepreneurship Scholar Ventures

Automatode

Founders: Tim Thieu and Ellie Nguyen

Automatode is a computerized solution that helps biologists count number of tiny cyst nematodes in experimental environment. Based on the count, biologists decide whether the controlled experiment is statistically significant. Controlling nematode helps reduce crop damage, which annually claims $5 billion in the U.S.  However, without Automatode, manual counting under a microscope is both time and labor intensive.

Dycon Productions, LLC

Founders: Chynsia Hinesley and Marie Hale

Dycon Productions, LLC is a new entertainment company in Kansas City that specializes in bringing women’s entertainment to the Midwest.  Dycon Productions, LLC will be ‘the place’ for women in the Midwest (Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas, Iowa and people from anywhere who want to take advantage of this opportunity) to go to when they are looking for entertainment.  The company will be producing music concerts, comedy shows, conventions, parties and other festival and family fun events that feature women entertainers and icons.

Edzu Colombia™

Founders: Gonzalo Arias and Kelly Stiefel Arias

Edzu Colombia™ is a country and culture specific game AND website that seeks to:  Educate, Entertain, and Connect Colombians as they celebrate their culture and share their pride in Colombia.  We want this to be “The National Game of Colombia” and the go-to website for those traveling between Colombia and the United States.

 

EfficiencyGirl LLC

Founders:  Eileen O'Hara

EfficiencyGirl LLC provides content marketing, lead generation and consulting services in the new field of home performance contracting. This field brings energy auditors, heating/ cooling and insulation contractors together to solve air quality problems with a 'whole house' solution.

 

EnglishJobLinks.com LLC

Founders: John Yoo

English Job Links is the parent company of several services to the overseas teacher recruiting industry. Services provided include a job board aggregator, a marketing/advertising company, a crowd sourced recruiting website, and a full serviced headhunting agency. 

FireFighterAthlete.com

Founders: Benjamin Schloegel

Firefighterathlete.com is a subscription based online community dedicated to making the members of the fire service fitter, faster and better prepared to serve the communities that they work in by engaging them in a daily workout that is challenging, entertaining and completely applicable to the duties of our job.  The foundation of FFA will be the daily functional strength training workout for our members and branch out from there into online training plans, an engaging community, duty shirt exchange and training log.  We will offer a free and paid version with revenue being driven by advertising and paid memberships. 

Gift Solutions

Founders: Oscar Scheel

Often people are too busy to spend time and thought trying to find a unique present and those that have time may lack the creativity mind to find a unique solution. These kinds of individuals usually fall into buying something expensive and ordinary at the closest mall because of the convenience. What people are looking for is an original, meaningful gift for their loved ones.
This business idea offers a convenient solution for people who have trouble locating. “The Right Gift”. This venture seeks to solve this common problem by offering gift-boxes with incredible experiences that range from bungee jumping, ATV riding, to having dinner in the dark with your partner or loved ones. Fulfilling dreams and pumping something new and exciting into people´s lives is the goal of this business.

Insysiv

Founders: David Strelow and Justin Strelow

Insysiv offers a unique web-based application allowing any number of hospitals to tie their materials management systems together, thereby gaining the bargaining power of one enormous hospital. In an industry where materials managers get usage reports that are 3-6 months old, Insysiv revolutionizes the field by updating nightly, giving managers near real-time perspective on device usage and need. With multiple hospitals buying together using unprecedented informatics, they can commit to vastly larger purchase amounts, over longer time spans. And with locked-in market share and revenue from said orders, suppliers can finally feel safe in offering best pricing.  

Jeanette Knittel Apparel

Founders:  Jeanette Knittel

Jeanette Knittel Apparel is designed for women who want feminine, classic, comfortable and sophisticated clothes that balance career and casual with challenges of hormonal fluctuations that cause hot flashes and night sweats. Proactive fabric technology adapts and changes based on body temperature, managing heat to reduce overheating and perspiration. With Jeanette Knittel Apparel a woman can embrace the comfort and style she desires with clothes that work with her changes in body temperature and bring her confidence and assurance throughout her daily life.

K&C Solutions: Shameriffic

Founders: Christina Scott and Kevin Neighly

Our company provides a better, cost effective and environmentally compliant way to wash and detail cars. We can both show calculated cost savings and demonstrate the product to visually show the difference. We have washed and detailed over 500,000 vehicles using the Shamerrific®. Lot washing provides on time scheduled washing and abiding by the Clean Water Act, not using chemicals like other competitors. Detailing is fast and efficient, allowing our staff to find out consumer’s individual needs. Our company takes the time to go over the vehicle in depth with consumer’s after the job is complete to make sure they are 100% satisfied.

Mark Medical

Founders: Mark Nolte

Mark Medical, Inc. ensures that older adults and individuals with chronic disease can remain living at home ( “Age in Place”) and receive the appropriate care reduces the need for older adults to move to more intensive, high-cost care settings.  Mark Medical Inc. is a “systems integrator” of multiple lines for the growing market of “remote patient monitoring” or commonly referred to a “Patient Centered Medical Home.”

Mark Medical Inc. provides a “Care Coordination Platform” by offering 4 tiered comprehensive options to meet the different levels of patient care need for the individual patient.

Muscle Board Games

Founders: Brad Musil

Muscle Board Games (MBG), a sole proprietorship, provides fun and educational strategy board games that incorporate unique and interesting themes and gameplay mechanics—exercising the mind has never been so much fun!

 

On Your Way Home

Founders: Kathy Mohn

ON YOUR WAY HOME answers the question “What’s for dinner?”  Parents who work outside the home are challenged to feed their families healthy meals every night!   Baby Boomers and young professionals also appreciate a home cooked meal after a hard day’s work.  Clients can order and pay for a well balanced dinner by phone, online, on Facebook or via mobile app…then pick it up at the time of their choice on their way home!  Their dinner will be delivered right to their car door!  ON YOUR WAY HOME…healthier than fast food and faster than a restaurant!  Dinner’s Ready!ParientsVoicesTM

 

PatientsVoices™

Founders: Mary Kay O'Connor

Currently US hospitals are under pressure to improve their patients’ experience. Given reductions in healthcare spending, hospitals must develop loyal patients if they are to secure their financial future. In 2012 the federal government began calculating Medicare payments based on the patient satisfaction and quality ratings of acute care hospitals. Poor quality and low patient satisfaction scores mean fewer Medicare dollars. PatientsVoices™ provides specific, actionable patient feedback that allows hospitals to improve their patient satisfaction ratings, optimize Medicare payments and retain valuable patients. The company’s unique process was developed over a 20 year period working with premier consumer product companies.

Race4Girls

Founders: Tracey Passantino and Leslie Lust

Race4Girls helps female race car drivers in the US become more successful on and off the track. We recruit talented and marketable female race car drivers then manage and develop them for success.

 

The Recycled Exchange

Founders: Lori Hamm

The Recycled Exchange is an online marketplace of high end used furnishings and a resource for the socially conscious consumer who is looking to donate and recycle furnishings. Venture will act as a broker between the buyers and sellers. Transactions will be processed through the website, eliminating the need for buyers and sellers to reveal personal information. Venture will partner with shipping and moving companies to ensure professional pickup and delivery of items that have sold. Customers will be able to source donation and recycling organizations, and schedule pickup or drop off directly through the Recycled Exchange website.

The RedLadies

Founders: Elizabeth Weidling

The RedLadies is a triathlon team that provides affordable credible coaching to women in a fun supportive group environment. The team provides triathlon-training plans that prepare athletes for their specific races, group workouts which complement their training plans, and as-needed coaching. Because it is “team coaching” rather than individualized coaching, the cost is less. RedLadies also provides group training (found to be especially important for women). The RedLadies Team began in 2010, introduced triathlon skill clinics and race preparation camps in 2013 and will produce a race series in 2015.

Securz-It

Founders: Dean Howlett

SECURZ-IT is a patented fastening hardware system with product available for sale now. With two product lines and over 12 SKUs that leverage the patent, SECURZ-IT offers a simpler and more secure solution than what is offered in the market today.

 

Service-Tool.com

Founders: Derek Bair

Service-Tool.com is a cloud based software solution designed to solve many of today’s challenges in the Residential Service Contractor Industry. Service companies can sign up and immediately start entering their customer and inventory data.

Somametric

Founders: Ilya Tabakh and Jim West III

Somametric provides automated biometric feedback for advertising market researchers making their audience’s reaction accessible  We help advertisers design commercials with impact by integrating emotional insights.  We start by recording a webcam video of a person watching a commercial.  We can process what a person is looking at, and what their emotional reaction is to the commercial, at any point in the video.  The value comes when we aggregate these results across a variety of users providing extremely fast testing and turnaround.  Efficient and actionable data help companies meet their already compressed deadlines.

Stand Up For Good

Founders: Jon Kohrs, Jerry Jones, Tina Peterson, and Matt Bassham

“The most powerful thing we can do is to decide to stand together.” Central to America’s fabric is our ability to join together with each other, our neighbors and our community when others need help. SU4G’s mission is to revitalize community through collisions of social good. We use technology to put the power of doing good back in the hands of community. Our first platform is a grassroots volunteer marketplace that connects those with ideas to change their community with those that want to help.

 

Tappecue by Innovating Solutions LLC

Founders: Jacob Bourret, Gina Bourret, Aniruddha Shukla

Tappecue is the future of thermometers used by the meat smoking hobbiests who need freedom from the smoke of their smokers yet still need constant monitoring or alerts.  Unlike bluetooth and radio frequency devices that limit the distance you can roam, Tappecue offers no limitations, which provides customers with freedom to work on home projects, get last minute supplies at the grocery store, or play a game of golf without worry. With the Tappecue mobile application alert system – You’ll always be one tap away from your barbecue!

TheseGreatBooks

Founders: Erik Thompson

(TheseGreatBooks offers libraries a consignment disposal plan that identifies valuable unwanted items from their total population of unwanted items that are viable candidates for online resale based on their achievable fair market values.  TheseGreatBooks then performs the complete disposal function including sorting, grading, pricing, listing, price updating, storing, pulling, packing, and shipping those valuable items to the end-consumer to ensure libraries capture the highest value for their unwanted items.

 

Vocabulary Boost!

Founders: Melanie Carver

Vocabulary Boost! Is an online program that helps high school students study for the SAT exam.  We seek to provide an interactive method of learning vocabulary as opposed to simply trying to memorize lists of words.  When students concentrate on learning new vocabulary in preparing for these standardized tests, they can improve their score by as much as 150 (out of 800) points on the Reading section.

 

Where's My Twin

Founders: Andrew Hendrick and Venkat Dulipalli

Ever been told you look like someone else? Ever been curious about whom else you look like? Then you need to check out ‘Where’s My Twin?’ the fun, interactive and entertaining mobile application to find twins all across the world! Find your celebrity look alike, find matches for your Facebook friends, share your matches with others, get notified when a new match is found for you, add search filters like age and gender for a very funny and entertaining time for everyone!

YouBooth

Founders: Jonathan Fain

YouBooth is a video-enabled, Internet-connected photobooth that allows the user to receive a standard printed photo strip, which is simultaneously uploaded to YouBooth.com, where pictures and video can be edited and shared. Luma-key background removal, a variety of background pictures and videos, foreground elements, picture effects and filters, and augmented reality technology make the YouBooth experience much different than the classic photo booth.

 

2012 Entrepreneurship Scholar Ventures

ACJ Products

Founders: William Carpenter

Product development company specializing in plastic consumer products.  First product is the Trunk Pal, a fully adjustable vehicle trunk organizer.

 

AllergenEater

Founders: Deon Whitten

AllergenEater™ is a line of portable, filtration purifying and containment systems designed for cars that traps, purifies, and cleanses the air in an efficient self-sustaining manner. An ™AllergenEater resembles a condensed version of an air purification device (like an ionizer or home smoke eliminator).

Amenergia Solar Power Systems

Founders: Mike Sager

We appeal to our customers by providing cost effective solar power systems that increase the value of a customer’s property and immediately reduce their monthly expenses. What separates us from our competitors is our customers can take advantage of these savings with no money down.

Audagy

Founders: Rion R. Martin and Aaron Marz

Audagy.fm is a modern radio platform that streams the best new music from independent/small-label artists in order to give listeners an easier way to discover great new music and artists a superior way to grow their fan base.

 

BHB Insurance Services, LLC

Founders:  Larry Hunter-Blank, Cary Barr

Sole providers of the Innocent Spouse and Family Protection Plan, P2, a unique and patented insurance product designed to bride the coverage gap that exposes a police officers' family assets from a punitive damage judgment.  While the law does not allow us to directly insure the police officer, using the "innocent spouse doctrine", we can insure and protect the assets of the officers' life partner.

 

The Community

Founders: Chris Beier, Gonzalo Vega, Carter Buchholz

The Community creates a loyalty system that tires and handles customer transactions and analysis to assist in better business decisions for local food and drink establishments while crating stronger relationships with their community.

CruiseMate

Founders: Eric Griffin

A software firm providing peer-to-peer communication, mobile payment processing, and data collection services to passengers/crew members aboard cruise ships

Enterprise Training Solution

Founders: Xuefang Hao, Yuan Li

ETS focuses on small/middle sized company training emphasizing on marketing and sales in China

Exceptional Experience Home Healthcare, LLC

Founders: Klassie Alcine, Derrick Idleburg Jr, Jacob Miller

Exceptional Experience Home Healthcare, LLC offers quality, consistent private duty nursing and in-home care.  

Fine Vines™ Artisanal Ketchup

Founders:  Bruce Steinberg

Fine Vines™ Artisanal Ketchup was created to offer new flavor variety to the epicurean condiment category and make everyday foods more gourmet.  The varieties of flavor provide choices to the consumer that will enhance their experience with a wide range of foods that they consume, such as red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, potatoes and sandwiches.  Fine Vines™ Artisanal Ketchup flavors include Savory Sweet, Smoked Serrano and Habañero Heat.   

 

GL Student Financial

Founders: Gelin Liao

A financial company that provides merits based student loans to Chinese international student

The Housing Hawk

Founders: Sally Burns

The Housing Hawk is an online database of apartments and homes that connects college students to the off campus housing options in their area. Created in February 2011, The Housing Hawk is currently serving students at The University of Kansas in Lawrence. Our model is easily scalable and we plan to expand our service to 40 new university markets.

IGNITE!

Founders: Sean Kitts

IGNITE! is a software platform that will increase the effectiveness and utilization of corporate wellness programs. It will have the ability to create customized profiles and action plans for each individual corporation, while operating on a mass scale. More importantly, the technology will provide limitless accessibility and interaction for corporate wellness clientele with health and wellness professionals. Ultimately, the technology will increase results for corporate wellness providers and decrease health care costs and insurance premiums for employers and employees.

 

Incalmo Gallery

Founders: Laura Wagner

A resource for artists to help with marketing, distributing work, and handling finances. Currently we have set up two additional business accounts for artists to make glass pour overs for local coffee shops.

 

MoBiBox

Founders: Jeffrey Taylor, Ian Ross

The Mobibox is a product that makes a home gaming console portable. It consists of a LED display and a secure casing for the entire user's electronics. It enables the user to play console video games anywhere only requiring one single outlet for a single power cord.

 

Monkey's Banana Chips

Founders: Rinkesh Ghaghada

We offer Monkey Chips to the mainstream North American snack market; a tasty new product produced with the highest quality standards. Monkey Chips are banana chips that are not only fried, but also salty and spicy. Packaging and promotion will meet the mainstream demand with a dedicated branding effort. Monkey Chips are the flagship product, and will be pursued and distributed aggressively. The distribution will begin with 5 convenience stores in the first month and will reach 2,100 convenience stores by Year 5, generating revenues of $2.04 million in Year 5. Our team will not rest until every American has tried Monkey Chips at least once.

 

Nstox

Founders: Seth Cooper

Nstox helps small to mid-sized retailers store, analyze and put to use their product and sales transaction data.  Our main focus is to provide the necessary tools for our clients to be able to optimize their inventory, product assortment, pricing and technology driven communications to their customers.  We provide our service through a web based platform built on cloud technology so that we are affordable and available to any retailer at any location with internet access.

PharXm Natural

Founders: Heather Schasteen, Matt Jarvis, Katherine Armstrong

Pharmacist created supplement that specifically aims at the diabetic population.  Services such as pharmacist consultations, other specialist consultations, and links to resources for diabetics and supportive environment are included through interactive website.

RippnFish.com

Founders: Travis Bowring

Website that showcases fishing guides from all over the United States. 

 

Signature Sealing Solutions

Founders: Anastasia Hunter

Signature Sealing Solutions is an asphalt maintenance company. We specialize in traditional maintenance and are beginning a system to help business owners better manage their lots and improve our cash flow. This industry is very competitive and has significant potential. Though we have been in business for a year we are seeking to differentiate ourselves in the industry and obtain a competitive advantage.  For our first year in business we did $45,000 in business; for this year we already have $20,000 in contracts between 3 states. We are actively bidding work and preparing the release of our radio ads. Our goal for this year is $150,000 in business. 

The Six

Founders: Daniella Obraztsov

The Six is an online dating consulting agency that assists people in creating an accurate and appealing "online dating identity" so they can find their ideal partner on dating sites.

The Smartboard

Founders: Brandon Thompson

SmartBoard is a company that designs, outsources manufacturing, and distributes high quality cutting boards for serious and professional cooks.  Our designs are developed with serious cooks in mind to meet their expectations for function, durability, and appearance.  SmartBoard’s mission is to provide the cooking industry with innovative food preparation tools that promote good health. We will cater to the needs of health-conscious cooks and bring awareness to eco-friendly and healthy styles of cooking. 

 

SmartDWELL

Founders: Ernesto Tinoco

SmartDWELL is real estate management company designed to own, operate and manage single family investment property. It offers a great opportunity for end users to purchase, rent or owner finance more energy efficient and tech savvy homes. 

The Soccer Lot, LLC

Founders: Ian Mohrmann

The Soccer Lot is the home of 5-a-side soccer, a fast paced, high scoring version of the traditional game that is played on a field about the size of a basketball court and uses rebound board’s similar to hockey.  5-a-side is currently the most played form of soccer in the United Kingdom and we believe it can be just as big here.  The Soccer Lot organizes 5-a-side soccer leagues and tournaments through the Kansas City area using an innovative portable field.

 

Taste Haven

Founders: Heather Mitchell

Taste Haven is a specialty gourmet food business. Our product line can satisfy multiple dietary needs with items like bread, tortillas, cookies, muffins and other foods that are high in fiber, contain no milk products, gluten or soy, and use only sweeteners known to be safe for long-term health.

 

V-Choc

Founders: William Grinnan & Michael L. Pritchett

V-Choc‘s mission is to provide a healthy alternative when it comes to eating a snack. We combine the full-bodied taste of high-class organic chocolate with the fresh, healthy advantages of acai, blueberries and other assorted fresh fruits. At V-Choc, we are dedicated in creating a healthier menu for those looking to choose a healthier path.

YO-GU

Founders: Andres RIvera Hurtado

Yo-Gu will be the first upscale scalable self-serve frozen yogurt chain in Ecuador serving to the healthy and socially conscious people who want an upscale atmosphere to have a fun experience by designing their very own frozen yogurt dessert. Yo-gu will be in high traffic areas surrounded by upper middle to high class people.

Venture Updates: The CEO/Founder has decided to finish his bachelor’s degree in finance first at UMKC, because he wants to be committed 100% and make it successful with his knowledge of the product, target market, marketing, opening stores, and financial records. Andres Rivera will graduate on December 2013.  Yo-Gu so far has very good sources for funding and sees the opportunity to expand within Ecuador and franchise throughout South America. The locations have already been pointed out and the design of the kiosk and stores are ready to build. As soon as Andres finishes his degree he will build Yo-Gu to becoming a successful venture. Yo-gu will use the same pricing as in the U.S.A at $0.40 per ounce.  He is also looking for more opportunities in building ventures along with Yo-Gu in the Retirement industry, soccer+tennis camps, and in agriculture.  

 

 

2011 Entrepreneurship Scholar Ventures

ACEL

Founders: Huan Ding

ACEL provide professional services to both US and China universities and high schools for educational communication.

 

Active Traffic Solutions, LLC

Founders: Sridhar Pinnamaneni
Team Members: Vikram Chakravarthy (VP of Sales and Marketing)

Description: Active Traffic Solutions, LLC is a company based in Kansas City that designs, markets, and distributes environment-friendly, smart traffic solutions.  ATS solutions utilize LED lighting and other smart technologies to improve sign visibility and effectiveness in pedestrian heavy intersections: in effect our technologies make intersections safer, reduce accidents, and save lives. We pride ourselves on being personable with the customer, conducting face-to-face business, and following through with our commitments.

 

Aphrodite

Founders: Carlanda McKinney, Emily Fladten

Aphrodite is a custom fit and design bra business. We provide our clients with bras made exactly to their physical specifications through the use of 3D body scanning technology. We are a mass customization company that provides clients with solutions to the many issues that surround finding a bra that fits properly. Our business makes money by delivering exactly what customers want, within 14 days, at a price similar to what they would pay for an inferior product at a department or specialty store.

 

Build-A-Beer

Founders: Michael Downs and Edward Mura.

Build-A-Beer will provide a retail store and workshop that will give home brewers of any skill level the resources they need to create great beer. The workshop will provide an entertaining environment where novices and experts alike can brew beer using top-of-the-line brewing equipment, while the retail store will provide the supplies, equipment, and expertise for brewers for home use. 

 

Cheerology

Founder: Kristin Lyming.

Cheerology is a Cheer/Tumble/Dance gym for active youth who need progressive development. We, at Cheerology, are dedicated to the safety, physical fitness and enrichment of children’s knowledge through the instruction of teamwork, cheerleading, tumbling and dance. We focus on the individual personal training of each person. We will offer prices comparable to competition but offering more value for the dollar.

 

EA, LLC

Founders: Christie Scott & Nathan Fried

EA, LLC is the parent company of EA Bride Magazine and EA Bridal Pages. We are a company aimed at creating a revolution in the way weddings work by putting a modern twist on traditional.  We accomplish this by providing high-end representation of those couples and companies in the Kansas City bridal industry. 

Products/ Services: 
1. EA Bride Magazine
2. EA Bridal pages    
3. eabride.com
4. eabridalpages.com
5. Bridal Pages smart phone application www.eabride.com www.eabridalpages.com

 

FormZapper.com

Founders: Andy Kallenbach

FormZapper.com helps you design, share, review and approve your own forms online. We make paperwork fast, fun and manageable. 

 

Going Up Media

Founders: Alexander Dickmann, Jeremy Rodery

Going Up Media is a digital signage company that gives property owners a better way to communicate with tenants and guests. Our high definition displays are also a great way for companies to advertise to their target demographic.

 

 

Green REIT

Founders: Shane Spencer

Green REIT is a real estate investment trust with assets based in utility grade renewable energy and green technology.

 

Innovating Solutions LLC

Founders: Gina Bourret, Aniruddha Shukla

Innovating Solutions is a software and mobile app development company. We develop our own products as well as provide software, mobile app and hardware development services.

 

Integrated Roadways

Founders: Tim Sylvester

We design modular, removable, utility accessible, factory built pavements, and finance, install, manage, insure, and maintain the pavement during the term of the mortgage. 

 

KINERGI Systems

Founders: Kevin Curtin

KINERGI is a full-service energy-saving system provider. KINERGI audits buildings looking for energy-saving opportunities and installs recommended systems. After a project is agreed upon, KINERGI installs the system at no up-front cost. The project results in instant electricity, maintenance and replacement savings and a pre-determined portion of those savings is paid to KINERGI according to a customized payment plan. Once the systems is fully paid off (typically in 3-5 years), the customer enjoys 100% of the savings and owns the system outright thereby MAXIMIZING their BOTTOM LINE.

 

LabDoc

Founder: Stewart Foster

LabDoc provides a paperless laboratory documentation system.

 

Off Key Entertainment, LLC

Founders:  Aaron Beatty

Off Key provides an outlet to sing karaoke in an inviting environment.  Unlike traditional karaoke in a bar, you are surrounded only by your friends/family in a private on-demand room which alleviates public speaking fears that are associated with being in front of a bar full of strangers.  Low light, multiple microphones, tambourines, and a living room layout all add to creating an environment that encourages participation and disseminates focus to the entire group. 

 

Real Food/Right Now

Founder: Dewayne Ovard.

Real Food/Right Now is an all-natural, homemade, homegrown fast food restaurant.

 

Real Life 101

Founders: Sara Allison, Jonathan Knapp

Real Life 101 is a web platform which delivers life skills education to foster stronger relationships between organizations and their clients.  Businesses can use the platform to develop strong brand awareness and marketing opportunities to new generations of customers.  Colleges and universities can use the platform to recruit, engage, and retain students.  Most importantly, this platform helps create a vibrant online community of users, which can be further monetized through relationships with strategic advertising partners. 

 

RE:Cite™

Founders: Kristin Kenney, JD

RE:Cite™ is a productivity and collaboration software tool that automates and streamlines the legal research and drafting process and allows for robust collaboration between legal workers. By providing automation, platform neutrality, and collaboration where no effective solution currently exists, RE:Cite™ will transform the legal industry by decreasing overhead and time spent on automatable tasks. RE:Cite™ will generate substantial savings, which will increase firm profitability and enable firms to offer more affordable legal services to clients.

 

Recruit Everywhere

Founders: Gustavo Guerin and Serge Ristoivojevic.

It allows sport coaches to recruit athletes in foreign countries for US universities. Recruiting of high school athletes is a battle between colleges to land the best talent.  Top talent in the United States is highly sought, but athletes in other countries who may want to attend university in the US as a scholar athlete do not have exposure to US colleges – the colleges don’t know about the foreign high school athletes and the athletes don’t know about the US college.  International recruiting is just now becoming a significant source of athletic talent yet none of the three industry incumbents serving US universities provides this service and the small local recruiting companies in the athletes home countries don’t have the network or access to many colleges.  College Potentials is a web enabled solution that connects foreign athletes to US colleges, educates and counsels students about college selection, and provides information about potential athletes to college recruiters.   Our business model provides superior solutions at a fraction of the cost of incumbents thereby making the service affordable to more families and colleges.

 

RegStat

Founders: Charles and Brandi Cannon

RegStat is a website designed to alleviate nurses and medical professionals angst over review of state regulations and scopes of practice. This is accomplished by congregating and standardizing the information in a consistent fashion to enable better comparison and review. 

 

SafeTrace

Founders: Courtney Hitzhusen, Taylor Stronach

Women on campus are at significant risk of attack during their tenure in college.  SafeTrace is a set of technologies that are designed to integrate into the existing security operations at universities and work seamlessly with the lives of young women on campus. 

 

THE SHOOT A BREW COOLER

Hoyboy LLC-Shoot-A-Brew

Founders: Derek Hoy Kick back and get your beverage in style with the entertaining Shoot A Brew Cooler. With a touch of the remote, the brew comes to you!

 

SmartPharm

Founders: Scott Halvorson

SmartPharm creates enterprise and mobile applications for healthcare companies to increase the medication adherence of their patient populations.

 

TalentHelix

Founders: Riddhiman Das, Troy Norris

TalentHelix is a web and mobile application that helps people find service solutions through their social connections, and allows those looking to provide services a means of validating and improving their skill sets with real world experience.

 

 

FEATURED STUDENT VENTURES

tencap tennis llc

The premiere technology company that combines an accurate and dynamic tennis rating system with innovative technologies to help tennis clubs, leagues, and organizations improve their management and services. Tencap Tennis has a strategic relationship with Prince, a global leader in performance tennis equipment, and is providing the technology platform to tennis clubs around the country including Life Time Fitness.

 

prêt-a yoga

Prêt-à LLC is co-founded by five alumni from the Entrepreneurship and Innovation track of the UMKC Executive MBA program, Prêt-à Yoga Lite is the first in a series of instructional applications developed by Prêt-à LLC. Prêt-a-Yoga Lite, released in December 2008, is already the most popular yoga application for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch with over 120,000 downloads.

 

greentree technology partners, inc.

Provides businesses energy-efficient solutions that add significant security and risk management value while creating tangible energy savings. Through solutions such as Power and Policy Management, Smart Virtualization, Storage Reduction, EPEAT/Energy Star Procurement and E-Waste Recycling, GreenTree has committed to helping the environment while improving their customer’s bottom line.

 

Lovesick clothing

A company that focuses on casual wear tops for men and women, which provide customers with pieces that carry a subtly communicated message. The general market is men and women between the ages of 10 and 28-years-old, with the more specific market being Christian men and women (of all denominations) within the age range of 16-25.

 

the urban farming guys

Food hitting our plates with who knows what pumped into it and growing economic uncertainty. We took the seeds in our pockets and every square foot we owned and went about like mad scientists testing out innovative ideas from all around the world and making them work in one of the most blighted neighborhoods in the US. Everything from urban fish farming to alternate energy. Now let's pass it on... to our neighborhoods and the nations. We believe you are part of the solution.

 

zoom intercollegiate marketing

Zoom Interactive Marketing creates marketing campaigns built around an individual, not a market. We call it personalized direct response marketing. You can call it ROI.

 

ubi duo

Ubi Duo is co-founded by Jason Curry, an IEI graduate through UMKC's Bloch School. The Ubi Duo product was created to facilitate simultaneous, face-to-face communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The product debuted in early 2007 and is expanding in a number of markets across the country.

 

jolly design company

Offers innovative, high quality services and products in all areas of design. From fabric artists to photographers, web designers to business development consultants, we have you covered.

 

sphere3consulting

Sphere3 empowers healthcare with process design that enables caregivers to deliver highly efficiently, effective, and safe care. We are workflow experts who are clinically minded, technology savvy, and dedicated to providing solutions that help better care for patients.

 

sable dame apparel co.

The perfect fusion of history and hip-hop – continually evolving…inspiring…creating. We promote self-love, self-confidence and ultimately self-actualization.

 

Dr. peet's software

Dr. Peet's Software currently publishes three CD-based applications for early childhood literacy development: Dr. Peet's TalkWriter for Windows, Dr. Peet's TalkWriter for MacOS and Dr. Peet's PictureWriter for MacOS.  We are expanding the company from a sole proprietorship to a Missouri limited liability corporation to attract funding for the marketing and development of 21st century downloadable versions of our talking word processor products.

 

Chai Shai

Chai Shai is located in the beautiful and historic Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City. We serve homemade fare that is both fresh and delicious. Our menu features items that are made with only the choicest meats and freshest vegetables. Our authentic spiced chai (tea) will transport you to the exotic bazaars of Pakistan & India. While our samosas (A local favorite & our specialty!) will have your mouthwatering at the mere mention of their name.

Whether you're looking for a delicious meal, a cozy place to read a book or a free
wi-fi hotspot to study at, come visit us at Chai Shai. You can even enjoy your food outdoors on our fresh air patio seating area.

 

2012/2013 STUDENT VENTURES

  • Innovaject, Inc.
    Founders: Kate Humphrey, Mike Graham, John McPherson, Matt GermanInnovaject, Inc. is a C corporation operating on behalf of the University of Missouri to secure licensing rights for their innovative intramammary infusion device. The new delivery device is unique to the market and will drastically improve ergonomics, efficiency, and sterilization techniques when treating bovine mastitis. Current mastitis treatment uses a syringe which forces an awkward position that is inefficient and contributes to cross contamination. Innovaject changes this to a more natural motion. Invented by Dr. John Middleton the device will be marketed to dairy cattle farmer through one or more of the major veterinary pharmaceutical companies.

  • Low-Exotherm Bone Cement
    Founders: Low-Exotherm Bone Cement
    Cyument Low-Exotherm Bone Cement is an epoxy compound that anchors artificial joints, such as hips or knees. Unlike other bone cements, Cyument cures at a low temperature and avoids damaging human tissue and imbedded antibiotics, which is a common problem with existing products on the market today. This advantage allows a practitioner to select from a wider range of antibiotics based upon efficacy and cost, leading to fewer medical complications, shorter patient recovery times and an overall reduction in the cost of healthcare.

  • Smart Rocks
    Founders: Brittany Benson, Ella Eckerson, Joshua Elizondo, Dan Galan, Eric Anderson
    Smart Rocks can provide scour mitigation in safer manner at a lower cost of $1,000.00 per 20 units to manufacture and most of all provide real time monitoring as a preventative maintenance against bridge scour.

  • The Heartland EB-5 Regional Center
    Founders: Marshall Blinzler, John Hartmeyer, Ryan McElderry, Adam Nitsche
    In the Kansas City area there are entrepreneurs and small businesses with blockbuster ideas but no access to capital.  In Russia, crime, corruption, economic and political instability are growing making it increasingly inhospitable to high net worth individuals.  By taking advantage of the underused EB5 immigrant investor visa program, Heartland Regional Center seeks to bring Russian wealth and entrepreneurs to the heartland to fuel American industriousness.  Using an extensive personal social network in Russia, we will bring investors to Kansas City to build a new type of venture capital fund and plant the seeds for a reenergized Heartland.

  • AudreySpirit, LLC
    Founders: Evonne Briones, Andrew Esselman, Adrienne Haynes, Evan Hoepner, Hannah Lemon, Donna Yadrich
    xamtee™ and empowertee™ therapeutic garments are designed, manufactured and distributed by AudreySpirit, LLC. These garments are both hospital friendly and indistinguishable from street clothes. They feature innovative fasteners that allow for the connection of monitoring tubes and lines without interruption. This assists caregivers by reducing the risk of bloodstream infection, which patients routinely face, by reducing the need to remove tubing and lines whenever a patient needs to undress. xamtee™ apparel also decreases caregiver time, reduces risk of hospital-acquired complications and costs and improves the patient experience. The customizable empowertee™ offers an outlet of expression and an opportunity for engagement to the patient.

  • Indoor Amusement Park
    Founders: Ashley Anders, Adam Arnold, Joseph Esry, Jared Orr, Andrew Payeur
    Indoor Amusement Park is a place that combines the interests of creativity, physical activity, fun, and learning in a safe and affordable environment. It is a place engineered to engage visitors to come and be active.

  • Virtual Martial Arts Training
    Founders: Jarrett Leiker, John Devins, James EuDaly, David Justice
    Virtual Martial Arts Training, or VMAT, is pioneering the next generation of martial arts instruction. Offering the world's first ever live online martial arts platform, VMAT is dedicated to bringing the world's elite martial artists together in real-time with practitioners and martial arts schools around the globe. The first of its kind, VMAT will undoubtedly change the face of martial arts instruction for all ages and skill levels. The combination of this innovative product with founder Jarrett Leiker's professional network of over 100,000 martial artists worldwide make this an extremely viable and exciting venture.

  • Folioboy, LLC.
    Founders: Evan Kirsch, Zack Poole, Kyle Conroy, Ken Krome, Megha Rao, Nate Scarritt
    Folioboy enables students to create online portfolios, publish them, and then share them with colleges and employers. Folioboy offers a free service as well as a premium service which starts at $30. However, the main goal of the company is to partner with colleges, which will be the real vehicle for profit. Folioboy is already in the process of partnering with the NRCCA and other collegiate organizations and other services for marketing among universities.

  • Q&C's Upcycled Home Décor
    Founders: Caitlin Hein, Quinten Doyle
    Q & C's Upcycled Home Décor creates home furnishings from materials that are considered waste such as wood pallets, existing outdated furniture, and old mason jars. A new life is given to these materials to create great home décor pieces.

  • The Recycled Exchange
    Founders: Lori Hamm
    The Recycled Exchange is an online marketplace of high end used furnishings and a resource for the socially conscious consumer who is looking to donate and recycle furnishings. Venture will act as a broker between the buyers and sellers. Transactions will be processed through the website, eliminating the need for buyers and sellers to reveal personal information. Venture will partner with shipping and moving companies to ensure professional pickup and delivery of items that have sold. Customers will be able to source donation and recycling organizations, and schedule pickup or drop off directly through the Recycled Exchange website.

  • Ameri-Mex
    Founders: Stephen Simmons
    Ameri-Mex Cross-Border Logistics provides low-cost, safe, and sustainable international transportation solutions for North American Shippers. Specializing in containerized rail transportation, conventional ground transportation, and customs brokerage; Ameri-Mex is positioned to deliver on customer's service commitments with our customs clearing technology, which is integrated with both U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs Border Patrol and Mexico's Aduana for expedited border crossing.

  • EnglishJobLinks.com LLC
    Founders: John Yoo
    Currently, there are approximately 500,000 jobs annually for native English teachers in non-English speaking countries. Currently, ESL (English as a Second Language) job boards are oversaturated, forcing employers to hire less than ideal candidates. We want to create a Monster.com for English jobs. EnglishJobLinks.com offers three services to the overseas teacher recruiting industry; a job board aggregator, a job post distribution service, a crowdsource recruiting website. We help facilitate the acquisition/placement of job seekers in this fast-growing industry. With technology, we help match supply with demand faster, cheaper, and more efficiently.

  • RFP365
    Founders: Stuart Ludlow, David Hulsen
    RFP stands for Request-for-Proposal and is a term referring to the standard business of requesting a sales proposal from a potential vendor. An RFP is issued from a company to multiple providers of a desired product or service. The responding company prepares a proposal and submits it back to the issuer for consideration. An issuer often then chooses the top performers to make onsite sales pitches. However, the traditional RFP process is notorious for its low efficiency, high cost, and long delay. RFP365 is a web-based platform designed to facilitate the entire Request-for-Proposal (RFP) process. The application benefits both issuers and responders with time saving features, configurable workflow, and insightful analytics. RFP365 provides procurement and business development teams real-time reporting and knowledge management features in a collaborative environment.

  • PatientsVoices
    Founders: Mary Kay O'Connor
    Currently US hospitals are under pressure to improve their patients' experience. Most hospitals rely on HCAHPS (patient satisfaction data mandated by the federal government) or other types of survey data to monitor patient experiences. Few hospitals have access to the type of patient feedback they need to diagnose and fix the problems that lead to dissatisfied patients. PatientsVoices™ fills that gap. PatientsVoices™ provides specific, actionable patient feedback that allows hospitals to improve their patient satisfaction ratings, optimize Medicare payments and retain valuable patients. The company's unique process was developed over a 20 year period working with premier consumer product companies. PatientsVoices™ help reduce health care waste, improve patient satisfaction, and improve the efficiency of the health care system.

  • Stand Up For Good
    Founders: Jon Kohrs, Jerry Jones, Tina Peterson, Matt Bassham
    "The most powerful thing we can do is to decide to stand together." Central to America's fabric is our ability to join together with each other, our neighbors and our community when others need help. However, there are two major problems in the market. First, the supply of volunteer capital is not maximized given a lack of strong social support networks to encourage participation. Second, groups that demand volunteers can't immediately measure their engagement, influence or contributions.SU4G's mission is to revitalize community through collisions of social good. We use technology to put the power of doing good back in the hands of community. Our first platform is a grassroots volunteer marketplace that connects those with ideas to change their community with those that want to help.

  • URU Outfitters
    Founders: Ryan Cervantes
    URU Outfitters is a revolutionary new clothing brand that changes the traditional views of the clothing industry. We do this by allowing users to customize several aspects of their clothing using a secondary product called tags and the power of magnetism. The business uses both a store location and an interactive membership website to support customer service and involvement and drive the development of the product line using customer inputs. At URU we want your creativity to grow, not conform.

  • R4G, Inc.
    Founders: Tracey Passantino, Leslie Lust
    Race4Girls helps female race car drivers in the US become more successful on and off the track. We recruit talented and marketable female race car drivers then manage and develop them for success. Our racers will receive support to develop as a driver, spokesperson and businesswoman. We expect our drivers to maintain high standards and behave with professionalism at all times. We provide fans with a secure portal to contribute to the success of their favorite female drivers and purchase merchandise and maintain a source where they can find information about where Race4Girls drivers are racing. Our partners will experience a powerful marketing platform that supports their growth goals for branding and sales with key demographics in an exciting environment. All aspects of our business are managed with integrity to deliver strong benefits for our partners, supporters and drivers.

  • Envy Gaming, LLC
    Founders: William Matlock
    Envy Gaming, LLC, “Envy Gaming Gear”, is a unique service that customizes and hand-tailors gaming products that are already manufactured in the video game market. Our team takes the gaming products that the masses already use, and adds the ability to make it your own. Through the use of custom services, gamers can get the same video game peripherals they are familiar with personalized exactly the way they want them. Our services focus on adding cosmetic changes to existing products in the market to help gamers individualize and express themselves.

  • Cake On a Roll
    Founders: Becky J. Puett
    At Cake On a Roll™ we're changing the "shape" of cake! Cake On a Roll™ is a specialty baked goods company that produces high quality, gourmet cake rolls. Cake On a Roll™ has developed cake rolls made with organic ingredients that appeal to a virtually untapped and growing segment of the prepared food industry. Our cake rolls are made from traditional recipes as well as newly developed gourmet wine-infused recipes that are new to the industry. All of our products are a delicious combination of moist cake, made from all natural ingredients, enveloping a rich cream cheese ribbon.

  • Express Quick Shop
    Founders: Lauren Hornbostel, Asha White, Daryl Warren Williams
    Express Quick Stop is a convenience store and gas station that allows customers the option of drive thru. Unlike ordinary gas stations, customers will not have to get out of their car to get gas or grab a few items. Express Quick Stop will be convenient for anyone who doesn't want to physically walk into the store for their necessities.

  • Where's My Twin?
    Founders: Andrew Hendrick, Venkat Dulipalli
    Ever been told you look like someone else? Ever been curious about whom else you look like? Then you need to check out 'Where's My Twin?' the fun, interactive and entertaining mobile application to find twins all across the world! Find your celebrity look alike, find matches for your Facebook friends, share your matches with others, get notified when a new match is found for you, add search filters like age and gender for a very funny and entertaining time for everyone!

  • Vocabulary Boost!
    Founders: Melanie Carver
    Carver Learning Systems is a leader in education, reading, and teaching vocabulary skills. Our new product, Vocabulary Boost!, is an online program that helps high school students study for the SAT exam. We provide an interactive method of learning vocabulary as opposed to simply studying a list of words. We are seeking seed capital in exchange for equity in our company. These funds will be used to develop this product as well as new product lines/distribution channels to drive revenues to $4.5 million with a 5-year exit by acquisition. Do you want to take the Carver challenge?

  • Jeanette Knittel Apparel
    Founders: Jeanette Knittel
    Jeanette Knittel Apparel is designed for women who want feminine, classic, comfortable and sophisticated clothes that balance career and casual with challenges of hormonal fluctuations that cause hot flashes and night sweats. Proactive fabric technology adapts and changes based on body temperature, managing heat to reduce overheating and perspiration. With Jeanette Knittel Apparel a woman can embrace the comfort and style she desires with clothes that work with her changes in body temperature and bring her confidence and assurance throughout her daily life.

  • ON YOUR WAY HOME
    Founders: Kathy Mohn
    ON YOUR WAY HOME answers the question "What's for dinner?" Parents who work outside the home are challenged to feed their families healthy meals every night! Baby Boomers and young professionals also appreciate a home cooked meal after a hard day's work. Clients can order and pay for a well balanced dinner by phone, online, on Facebook or via mobile app…then pick it up at the time of their choice on their way home! Their dinner will be delivered right to their car door! ON YOUR WAY HOME…healthier than fast food and faster than a restaurant! Dinner's Ready!

  • Edzu Colombia
    Founders: Gonzalo Arias, Kelly Stiefel Arias
    Edzu Colombia™ is a country and culture specific game AND website that seeks to: Educate, Entertain, and Connect Colombians as they celebrate their culture and share their pride in Colombia. We want this to be "The National Game of Colombia" and the go-to website for those traveling between Colombia and the United States.  

  • Tastes Like Purple, INC.
    Founders: Ryan Waage
    Tastes Like Purple (TLP) is not just any other group of music enthusiasts; rather it's an organization inspired by passion and driven by an unwavering view of unity through music. Our aim is to connect beyond the music, beyond that wild night out, and beyond those single moments in time. Whether it is to help spread up-to-date information, increase artist or music exposure, or simply to help you unwind; TLP strives to be central to each person's individual needs.

  • Bye Bye Binky
    Founders: Chris Longly, Jordan Brunk, Sarah Terwelp
    Every day, millions of parents are challenged with the process of weaning their children from their pacifiers. Bye Bye Binky is a transitional pacifier system consisting of three BPA free silicone pacifiers enclosed in a sterilizer case. The soothing effects created by pacifiers make saying goodbye a traumatic and emotional experience for children. Bye Bye Binky was created to provide parents with a compassionate solution to this common parenting problem. Each pacifier in the kit varies in size. As surface area reduces with each stage, maintaining suction becomes more difficult and slowly diminishes the satisfaction received from pacifier use.

  • Heritage Wholesalers Ltd.
    Founders: Abduljalil Aljasem, Julie Mwangi
    It is a start-up wholesale distribution/retail store. We sell authentic products and provide excellent customer service for ethnic product lovers. Heritage Wholesalers will offer these products, imported directly from Africa, Mexico, and India to Missouri and Kansas residents. The closest and only importer of African products in Missouri is Buwens African Imports, located in Independence, about 20 miles away. Even so, they do not deal exclusively with Food products. We mainly face competition from alternative retailers such as traditional grocery stores, and farmers' markets. Kansas City is an urban city of approximately half a million people. The business will be a wholesale distribution of ethnic food products, frozen foods, decorations, and money transfer services.

  • Allied Support Services & Outsourcing
    Founders: Paul Machado
    Allied Support Services & Outsourcing, LLP provides small businesses with services that help them focus on their primary functions and take advantage of the latest industry best practices while reducing overhead costs. These services include telephone answering, written customer communication, desktop publishing, billing, database management, and basic web design. Despite the growing number of small businesses, there are not many business support services providers in the greater Kansas City area, leaving small businesses to spend too much of their limited resources on these activities. Allied Support Services & Outsourcing outperforms competitors by applying industry leading business practices and the utmost care at a competitive cost.

  • KidSquid
    Founders: Jenn Beard, Justin Guggenmos, Michael McCabe, Scott Morris
    KidSquid is an online service focused on learning and assessment of play. Children (aged 3-6) are often playing with educational toys and applications but there is no way for parents to know how well their child is developing key skills. KidSquid can map the results, provide suggestions for developmental areas of focus and inform you where your child falls among their peers.

  • Insysiv
    Founders: Justin Strelow, David Strelow
    Insysiv offers a unique web-based application, allowing any number of hospitals to tie their materials management systems together, thereby gaining the bargaining power of one enormous hospital. In an industry where materials managers get usage reports that are 3-6 months old, Insysiv revolutionizes the field by updating nightly, giving managers near real-time perspective on device usage and need. With multiple hospitals buying together using unprecedented informatics, they can commit to vastly larger purchase amounts, over longer time spans. And with locked-in market share and revenue from said orders, suppliers can finally feel safe in offering best pricing.

  • Automatode
    Founders: Tim Thieu, Ellie Nguyen
    Automatode is a computerized solution that helps biologists count number of tiny cyst nematodes in experimental environment. Based on the count, biologists decide whether the controlled experiment is statistically significant. Controlling nematode helps reduce crop damage, which annually claims $5 billion in the U.S.. However, without Automatode, manual counting under a microscope is both time and labor intensive.

  • Monday
    Founders: Thomas Ahart, Ralf Wittstock, Andrew Wrisinger
    Monday is an eco-friendly and sustainable company in the retail and production industry for bags and accessories. We only process used materials like truck canvas, car belts and bicycle tires.

  • ArtLocal
    Founders: Alexander Walter, Joshua Maffuccio, Jordan Maffuccio
    ArtLocal is an online platform dedicated to showcasing work by talented, emerging local artists at a price point that encourages first time art buyers to start collecting.

  • Entrust, Inc.
    Founders: Katrina Lapine, Michael Keating, Connor Cable
    Entrust, Inc. has created a fall prevention system that protects a person from the ground up when they are accessing elevated areas of a home with a ladder. This is a simple system that gives a person a sense of security while still being able to complete home projects without hiring outside help. The system will include a rope of sorts that will to a structure point and be accessed from the other side of the home for a person to attach to before climbing a ladder.

  • Mark Medical, Inc.
    Founders: Mark Nolte
    Mark Medical, Inc. ensures that older adults and individuals with chronic disease can remain living at home ( “Age in Place”) and receive the appropriate care reduces the need for older adults to move to more intensive, high-cost care settings. Mark Medical Inc. will be a “systems integrator” of multiple lines for the growing market of “remote patient monitoring” or commonly referred to a “Patient Centered Medical Home”. Mark Medical Inc. will provide a “Care Coordination Platform” by offering 4 Tiered comprehensive options to meet the different levels of patient care need for the individual patient. This will start with “Patient Assessment” or evaluation of the patient’s healthcare needs.

  • Project Learn
    Founders: ShaQuila Conway
    It is my hope to establish a successful tutoring firm that would serve as a change agent in my failing community. As a product of the KC area, I am passionate about the youth and their education. Children must be held accountable but cannot be held responsible for the decline in quality education or the poor shape of their communities. I had a mother who refused to accept mediocrity and found opportunities that aided in my success. However; the majority of my city’s kids are not fortunate and are victims of neglect, incarcerated parents, and parents who have lost hope.

  • African Commodities and Futures Exchange ( ACFEX )
    Founders: Josiah Mbathi
    Acfex is a fully electronic commodities exchange to be setup in Africa that will utilize cloud based computing infrastructure.Its main objective is to improve food security by providing an ecosystem that will help improve food production, financing, storage and most importantly the reduction of risk.This will enable small-scale farmers, traders and agro-processors to address key challenges in their trade. It will offer financing through its electronic warehouse receipt platform аnd also trade agricultural аnd currency derivatives.Acfex warehouse receipt platform will provide a mechanism that will allow the capital markets to participate directly in agricultural financing.

  • YouBooth
    Founders: Jonathan Fain
    YouBooth is a video-enabled, Internet-connected photobooth that allows the user to receive a standard printed photo strip, which is simultaneously uploaded to YouBooth.com, where pictures and video can be edited and shared. Luma-key background removal, a variety of background pictures and videos, foreground elements, picture effects and filters, and augmented reality technology make the YouBooth experience much different than the classic photo booth.

  • Weight Loss Cabinet Lock
    Founders: Courtney Ruth
    This venture product is a lock for the kitchen cabinets utilized in weight loss plans that only unlocks during certain hours set by the user. Many people in the United States are overweight or obese and are looking to lose weight. Some blame weight-gain on snacking, but do not want to travel once they are home to gain snack foods, they would rather eat what they have. The target market for this product would be women between the ages of 18 and 40. There are not any real competitors for this product specifically, but there is a great market for it.

  • Kansas City Food Truck Alliance
    Founders: Bryan Stoeffler
    Events Coordinator and Social Media Marketer of a Mobile Food Service. Kansas City Food Truck Alliance wants to cultivate a new experience when it comes to the mobile food industry and change the way people buy food on the go. A goal that we would like to accomplish with our food truck alliance would be to create a new community and sub culture in Kansas City. Objects will be to expose Kansas City to the different types of food trucks available for their different parties and neighborhood events.

  • La Femme Functionále
    Founders: Kristina Turner, James Walters, Brittany Lee, Dayne Bacon
    La Femme Functionále is an innovation in makeup application. Women today are simply too busy to keep up with a complicated beauty routine. Often, they sacrifice the amount of time they spend making themselves feel good, and the first thing to go is often the makeup routine. La Femme Functionále takes the complication and timeliness out of the equation. Just choose the tool labeled for the desired look, some color, and feel beautiful in a matter of seconds.

  • K & C Solutions Shamerrific
    Founders: Christina Scott, Kevin Neighley
    Our company provides a better, cost effective and environmentally compliant way to wash and detail cars. We can both show calculated cost savings and demonstrate the product to visually show the difference. We have washed and detailed over 500,000 vehicles using the Shamerrific®. Lot washing provides on time scheduled washing and abiding by the Clean Water Act, not using chemicals like other competitors. Detailing is fast and efficient, allowing our staff to find out consumer's individual needs. Our company takes the time to go over the vehicle in depth with consumer's after the job is complete to make sure they are 100% satisfied.

  • Clothes from Heaven
    Founders: Geri Hughes, Micheal Ngyuen
    Clothes from Heaven, is a non-profit organization located in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri. This thrift store will resale clean and pressed gently and slightly used clothing and merchandise for consumer use. This thrift store will also feature a community clothes closet for families that utilize the local shelters.

  • QuikCab
    Founders: Darshan Sivakumar, James Nixon
    Application allows the user an easy and continent method of hailing a taxi cab, while streamlining the process of collecting the information on the dispatcher side.

  • Woody's Automotive
    Founders: Robert Wooldridge
    Recent economic events have placed many Americans in need of a financial overhaul. Kansas City residents are no exception. There is a real need for quality used automobiles in the Kansas City area. You might ask how we are different than any other used car lot. We are different because we will place our emphasis on the little details that make any used car purchase a hassle. We intend to put a large portion of our business online allowing us to appeal to a much larger customer base. Being that a large portion of our business will be conducted online, there are a few things we feel that we can do better than most other dealers with a strong online presence.

  • Hallmark Greeting Cards Kiosk
    Founders: Socorro Salais, Tanner Sierks, Joseph Wilson
    The Hallmark Personalization Kiosk is a machine that provides the consumers with the ability to give the everyday greeting card a personal touch. Unlike online or "ecards" the kiosk will provide the customer with hundreds of choices ranging from everyday greeting cards to seasonal options as well. Instead of hours restocking shelves updates can be made within seconds. Ultimately, the key feature will allow the customer to insert names, ages, occasions, and a brief message. This kiosk system will truly raise the bar on the greeting card industry.

  • Firefighterathlete.com
    Founders: Benjamin Schloegel
    Firefighterathlete.com is a subscription based online community dedicated to making the members of the fire service fitter, faster and better prepared to serve the communities that they work in by engaging them in a daily workout that is challenging, entertaining and completely applicable to the duties of our job. The foundation of FFA will be the daily functional strength training workout for our members and branch out from there into online training plans, an engaging community, duty shirt exchange and training log. We will offer a free and paid version with revenue being driven by advertising and paid memberships.

  • TheseGreatBooks
    Founders: Erik Thompson
    TheseGreatBooks offers libraries a consignment disposal plan that identifies valuable unwanted items from their total population of unwanted items that are viable candidates for online resale based on their achievable fair market values. TheseGreatBooks then performs the complete disposal function including sorting, grading, pricing, listing, price updating, storing, pulling, packing, and shipping those valuable items to the end-consumer to ensure libraries capture the highest value for their unwanted items. 

  • FamilyStream
    Founders: Bradley Reid
    FamilyStream is an application that allows users to fully stream all useable data through devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Android powered devices in order to give members the opportunity to share specific items like photos, videos, documents, and live video streaming at the touch of a button. Unlike products like SnapChat, Facebook, Instagram and other such products, FamilyStream gives the user the ability to go to one source to send all of their data needed.

  • Best Final Rest
    Founders: Victor Sanchez, Mohammad Alkhalaf, Chad Brockmeyer
    Our venture aims to provide creative and technology based tools / services for the funeral industry.

  • The Soccer Lot
    Founders: Amanda Stinger, Owen VandeVelde
    The Soccer Lot will create a nationwide chain of adult-centered soccer facilities and become synonymous with 5-a-side soccer in the United States. Our first facilities will be in the Midwest, starting in the Kansas City area. Customer experience and franchise development will be at the forefront of our corporate design process. The Soccer Lot seeks to aggressively spread through the rest of the country by building company owned facilities and actively recruiting franchisee partners. Our goal is to have five to ten locations in as many cities in five years, and 20 locations in within ten years.

  • Pick Pocket
    Founders: Josh Harvey
    Pick Pocket a small pocket for a guitar pick. Josh Harvey invented a small, universal, credit card size, plastic wallet insert to hold a guitar pick. The Pick Pocket is a perfect solution to a need that almost every guitar player has. Pick Pocket was founded with a unique invention but will expand to include men's wallets, women's purses, and key chains all designed to solve a problem of keeping a tiny guitar pick with you at all time.

  • Service-Tool.com
    Founders: Derek Bair
    Service-Tool.com is a cloud based software solution designed to solve many of today's challenges in the Residential Service Contractor Industry. Service companies can sign up and immediately start entering their customer and inventory data.

  • E-Star Fashion Company
    Founders: Esmee Wu
    E-Star is an international fashion company that offers distinctive, chic, and youth-oriented fashion and products to keep pace with the latest trends and styles. All merchandise will be sold according to our company's mission and customer focus of outfitting all sizes including women's plus sizes and petite sizes. We will begin with one retail store in Kansas City during startup. Due to much lower labor costs and other general expenses in China, we will be able to have retail stores in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou. Manufacturing will be located in Guangzhou, and products will be imported to the U.S. directly.

  • ELEGANT STYLE, LLC.
    Founders: Michelle L. Hamilton, Erica Seals, Gloria Mavungu
    Elegant Style is a service-based company that is focused on fashion consulting and styling. We will offer packages to fit a wide variety of clientele including personal shopping with or without the client present, fashion education, and closet cleaning.

  • EZ Charge 
    Founders: Robert Barkoff, Collin Morgan, Chris Cornell
    E-Z Charge is an electronic charger used primarily for golf carts. It allows golfers to charge their phone while playing long rounds of golf. Unlike Gimme Charge, another charger, E-Z Charge is more affordable and is universal for all carts. The black and red cords connect to the battery of the cart with terminal clamps. The front green section is a converter that will take the power from the 12v battery, in the cart, and allow the user to charge any electronic device that uses an USB connection.

  • Construction Athlete
    Founders: Clay Daniels, Precious Stargell Cushman, Julie Shull
    Construction Athlete (CA) is a fitness and wellness initiative tailored to the construction industry—an industry threatened by an unhealthy and aging workforce with lagging productivity levels. Construction Athlete is the first of its kind to deliver a virtual fitness program to serve as a fitness community for construction workers, labor organizations and construction companies. The vision of Construction Athlete is to create a virtual community that promotes a dynamic, tiered, functional fitness program that transforms the construction culture towards wellness and establishes fitness as a way of life for the construction worker.

  • MyHealthAdvisor
    Founders: Jason Marshall, Kim Riley, Thomas Tryon
    MyHealthAdvisor is a web-based, rule-based software application containing the top 600 health concerns. It will provide consumers with a step-by-step reference guide to assist them in determining if their condition needs emergency care, urgent care in a physician office or ambulatory clinic or can be reasonably managed at home. In the hands of consumers then empowered to make educated and accurate healthcare decisions, MyHealthAdvisor will create significant cost savings for public and private health insurance companies, corporations, accountable care organizations and consumers.

  • SECURZ-IT
    Founders: Dean Howlett, Mallory Ronnebaum
    SECURZ-IT is a patented fastening hardware system with product available for sale now. With two product lines and over 12 SKUs that leverage the patent, SECURZ-IT offers a simpler and more secure solution than what is offered in the market today. The Wall Mount Fastening System is a museum quality solution that securely mounts framed art, video screens, and other items to wall. The Furniture Fastening System provides an easy to install method to repair broken furniture and assemble new flat-packed furniture.

  • Tappecue by Innovating Solutions LLC
    Founders: Jacob Bourret, Gina Bourret, Aniruddha Shukla
    Tappecue is the future of thermometers used by the meat smoking hobbyists who need freedom from the smoke of their smokers yet still need constant monitoring or alerts. Unlike Bluetooth and radio frequency devices that limit the distance you can roam, Tappecue offers no limitations, which provides customers with freedom to work on home projects, get last minute supplies at the grocery store, or play a game of golf without worry. With the Tappecue mobile application alert system – You'll always be one tap away from your barbecue!

  • Gift-Experiences
    Founders: Oscar Scheel, Adolfo Dominguez
    This business idea offers a convenient solution for people who have trouble locating "The Right Gift". This venture seeks to solve this common problem by offering gift-boxes with incredible experiences that range from bungee jumping, ATV riding, to having dinner in the dark with your partner or loved ones. Fulfilling dreams and pumping something new and exciting into people´s lives is the goal of this business. This is will be an easy and unique option for someone looking for something special for a friend, boy/girl friend, an older family member or a kid. This business idea will gather all special and exciting activities within a 2 to 3 hours-drive from the capital of Puebla, Mexico. The most attractive activities will be physically displayed at the stores in the so called "gift-boxes" while the rest will be found by customers at the website.

  • Muscle Board Games
    Founders: Brad Musil
    Muscle Board Games, a sole proprietorship, provides fun and educational strategy board games that incorporate unique and interesting themes and gameplay mechanics—exercising the mind has never been so much fun!

  • DYCON Productions, LLC
    Founders: Chynsia Hinesley, Marie Hale
    Dycon Productions, LLC is a new entertainment company in Kansas City that specializes in bringing women's entertainment to the Midwest. Dycon Productions, LLC will be 'the place' for women in the Midwest (Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas, Iowa and people from anywhere who want to take advantage of this opportunity) to go to when they are looking for entertainment. The company will be producing music concerts, comedy shows, conventions, parties and other festival and family fun events that feature women entertainers and icons.

  • Somametric
    Founders: Ilya Tabakh, Jim West III
    Somametric provides automated biometric feedback for advertising market researchers making their audiences reaction accessible. We help advertisers design impactful commercials by integrating emotional insights. We start by recording a webcam video of a person watching a commercial. We can process what a person is looking at, and what their emotional reaction is to the commercial at any point in the video. The value comes when we aggregate these results across a variety of users providing extremely fast testing and turnaround. Efficient and actionable data help companies meet their already compressed deadlines.

  • The RedLadies, LLC
    Founders: Elizabeth Weidling
    The RedLadies is a triathlon team that provides affordable credible coaching to women in a fun supportive group environment. The team provides triathlon-training plans that prepare athletes for their specific races, group workouts which compliment their training plans, and as-needed coaching. Because it is "team coaching" rather than individualized coaching, the cost is less. RedLadies also provides group training (found to be key for women). The RedLadies Team began in 2010, introduced triathlon skill clinics and race preparation camps in 2013 and will produce a race series in 2015.

  • Audio Rent KC
    Founders: Taylor Wallace
    Audio Rent KC is an audiovisual rental company that strives to stand out from competition by quality service and equipment. Located in the Kansas City, Metro the company chooses to focus on smaller business events ranging up to 1000 people with higher emphasis on the larger target market of consumer events that happen every week. These events include weddings, DJ events, a wider variety of parties and more. The company delivers and sets up equipment at events for free within the KC metro. Audio Rent KC stands out by providing quality equipment that is replaced after it is a year old.

  • EfficiencyGirl LLC
    Founders: Eileen O'Hara
    EfficiencyGirl LLC provides content marketing, lead generation and consulting services in the new field of home performance contracting. This field brings energy auditors, heating/ cooling and insulation contractors together to solve air quality problems with a 'whole house' solution. This venture speaks to and for women. Research shows that women value credible information that helps them protect the health and safety of their families. Through syndicated newsletters, a website, e-books, advertising and product affiliations, EfficiencyGirl LLC will empower women to make smart decisions about the behind-the-scenes systems in their homes. EfficiencyGirl LLC will help contractors reach these crucial customers more effectively.

2011/2012 STUDENT VENTURES

  • The Community
    Founders: Christopher Beier, Gonzalo Vega, & Carter Buchholz
    The Community creates a loyalty system that stores and handles customer transactions and analysis to assist in better business decisions for local food and drink establishments while creating stronger relationships with their community (the patrons.) Our target customers are: local food and drink establishments and their customers. We will have three revenue channels: establishments’ monthly membership fee, patrons’ initial fee (this will launch in year 2), and CTR from establishments (this will launch in year 2.)

  • The Housing Hawk
    Founders: Sally Burns
    The Housing Hawk is an online database of apartments and homes that connects college students to the off campus housing options in their area. Created in February 2011, The Housing Hawk is currently serving students at The University of Kansas in Lawrence. Our model is easily scalable and we plan to expand our service to 40 new university markets.

  • ACJ Products LLC
    Founders: William Carpenter
    ACJ Products LLC is a product development company selling the automotive accessory the Trunk Pal. The Trunk Pal is a network of plastic adjustable rectangular tubes that compartmentalizes the trunk space. It is capable of adjusting between 28.5-55 inches and allows for larger items to be placed directly on top without needing to be removed from the trunk. The Trunk Pal is also capable of being placed in the back of a truck bed without deteriorating.

  • Nstox
    Founders: Seth Cooper
    Nstox is a web-based data management and decision support software mainly serving small to mid-sized retailers. Nstox not only helps retailers optimize their pricing, inventory, product assortment, and promotional efforts, but also standardizes their data for use in web applications.  Although retailers are the main market, there are potential secondary markets including, consumer web applications, services for retail suppliers or manufacturers and data reselling to product marketing firms or retail software application developers.

  • Monkey's Banana Chips
    Founders: Rinkesh Ghaghada
    We offer Monkey Chips to the mainstream North American snack market; a tasty new product produced with the highest quality standards. Monkey Chips are banana chips that are not only fried, but also salty and spicy. Packaging and promotion will meet the mainstream demand with a dedicated branding effort. Monkey Chips are the flagship product, and will be pursued and distributed aggressively. The distribution will begin with 5 convenience stores in the first month and will reach 2,100 convenience stores by Year 5, generating revenues of $2.04 million in Year 5. Our team will not rest until every American has tried Monkey Chips at least once.

  • Enterprise Training Solution
    Founders: Xuefang Hao
    Enterprise Training Solution (ETS) is an ambitious innovative new company that is attempting to turn the small companies’ sales and marketing training business on its head. With an experienced sales and marketing executive as President, ETS intends to grow at more than 40% per year through innovative training products, solid customer service, a great marketing plan, proven competitive strategies, and a group of people that bring dynamic energy and value to the company.

  • MobiBox
    Founders: Ian Ross, Jeff Taylor, & Matt Herrmann
    Mobi LLC is dedicated to providing our fast-paced mobile society with an ability to play home gaming consoles anywhere. With our product the user has the ability to safely transport their console gaming electronics in a convenient and secure manner. Through the MobiBox’s features and design the user can open, power, and play their favorite console games within seconds. The MobiBox is a durable shock resistant case that houses a 22 inch LED display and a gaming console. With the MobiBox as their first product, Mobi LLC aspires to become a leader in supplying portable solutions for gaming electronics while creating an exciting interactive gaming experience.

  • Signature Sealing Solutions
    Founders: Anastasia Hunter
    Signature Sealing Solutions is an asphalt maintenance company. We specialize in traditional maintenance and are beginning a system to help business owners better manage their lots and improve our cash flow. This industry is very competitive and has significant potential. Though we have been in business for a year we are seeking to differentiate ourselves in the industry and obtain a competitive advantage.  For our first year in business we did $45,000 in business; for this year we already have $20,000 in contracts between 3 states. We are actively bidding work and preparing the release of our radio ads. Our goal for this year is $150,000 in business. 

  • BHB Insurance Services, LLC
    Founders: Larry Hunter-Blank, & Cary Barr
    The Innocent Spouse and Family Protection Plan, P2, is a unique and patented product designed to bridge the coverage gap that exposes a police officers’ family assets from a punitive damage judgment. While the law does not allow us to directly insure the police officer, using the “innocent spouse doctrine”, we can insure and protect the assets of the officers’ life partner. 

  • PharXm Natural Supplements
    Founders: Heather Schasteen, Matt Jarvis, & Katherine Armstrong
    Pharxm Natural, the online supplement company described in this business plan, is a start-up venture created by 3 determined and dedicated pharmacists.  As pharmacists we hope to use our clinical knowledge of safe and effective use of natural supplements and provide a top quality nutritional supplement to patients with complex disease states such as diabetes.  We are here to give consumers a place on the internet that provides diabetes information, a safe natural diabetes supplement, medication consultation, diet consultation, and a resource to belong to for continued disease support.

  • GL Student Financial
    Founders: Gelin Liao
    GL Student Financial is renovating the traditional ineffective student lending mechanism by using a merits-based lending approach. GL Student Financial is to create a financial company that provides student loans specifically for some high potential Chinese international students who are studying in the U.S. The business model is to provide the loan to the kind of students not based on credit history or cosigner requirement, but based on the merits criteria such as the GPA, school, major, etc.

  • Audagy
    Founders: Rion R. Martin and Aaron Marz
    Audagy.fm is a modern radio platform that streams the best new music from independent/small-label artists in order to give listeners an easier way to discover great new music and artists a superior way to grow their fan base.

  • Exceptional Experience Home Healthcare
    Founders: Jake Miller, Klassie Alcine, & Derrick Idelburg Jr.
    Exceptional Experience Home Healthcare, EEHH, is a private duty nursing and in-home care business that offers a unique combination of medical and non-medical services ranging from personal care, respite, companionship to homemaking for Kansas City, MO residents. Market research indicates, as our population ages, the number of individuals needing home healthcare in Jackson County is projected to double by 2020.

  • Snap Menu
    Founders: Apratim Mishra, & Jared MacIntyre
    Snap Menu is a web and mobile application that helps save home cooks and grocery shopper’s time and money while reducing likelihood of food spoilage and overbuying. Snap Menu accomplishes this by automating, simplifying and making more efficient the menu planning and grocery list creation and shopping processes. Snap Menu will strive to be a simple and uncluttered menu planner which would make more meals with less using ingredient overlap. This platform will also serve as a catalyst for testing and bringing to market new generations of Snap Menu, entirely new products and partner provided solutions.

  • Taste Haven
    Founders: Heather Mitchell
    Taste Haven is a specialty gourmet food business. Our product line can satisfy multiple dietary needs with items like bread, tortillas, cookies, muffins and other foods that are high in fiber, contain no milk products, gluten or soy, and use only sweeteners known to be safe for long-term health.

  • The Soccer Lot
    Founders: Ian Mohrmann
    The Soccer Lot aims to revolutionize how soccer is played with the introduction of 5‐a‐side soccer. 5‐a‐side soccer is played on a condensed playing field (about the size of a basketball court), uses rebound boards (similar to hockey), less players (5 on each team), and larger goals. These factors create a fast pace, high scoring game that is easy to organize and fun to play and is now the most played form of soccer in the United Kingdom. The Soccer Lot will be organizing leagues, tournaments, and pick‐up games throughout the Kansas City Metro area using an innovative mobile field.

  • V-Choc
    Founders: William Grinnan & Michael L. Pritchett
    V-Choc‘s mission is to provide a healthy alternative when it comes to eating a snack. We combine the full-bodied taste of high-class organic chocolate with the fresh, healthy advantages of acai, blueberries and other assorted fresh fruits. At V-Choc, we are dedicated in creating a healthier menu for those looking to choose a healthier path. We plan on creating our product in the Independence Regional Ennovation Center in Independence, MO, and selling our product through fundraisers, online sales. We hope to get into local retail outlets after the first few years of operations.

  • YO-GU
    Founders: L. Andres Rivera Hurtado, & Pei Song Tan
    Yo-Gu will be the first upscale scalable self-serve frozen yogurt chain in Ecuador. It will target healthy and socially conscious people who want to have a fun experience by designing their very own frozen yogurt dessert.

  • IGNITE!
    Founders: Sean Kitts
    IGNITE! is a software platform that will increase the effectiveness and utilization of corporate wellness programs. It will have the ability to create customized profiles and action plans for each individual corporation, while operating on a mass scale. More importantly, the technology will provide limitless accessibility and interaction for corporate wellness clientele with health and wellness professionals. Ultimately, the technology will increase results for corporate wellness providers and decrease health care costs and insurance premiums for employers and employees.

  • Amenergia Solar Power Systems
    Founders: Mike Sager
    We appeal to our customers by providing cost effective solar power systems that increase the value of a customer’s property and immediately reduce their monthly expenses. What separates us from our competitors is our customers can take advantage of these savings with no money down.

  • Fine Foods of America Inc.
    Founders: Bruce Steinberg
    Fine Foods of America Inc. is a food manufacturer focusing on high quality, epicurean tomato-based condiments. The first product line consists of ketchups offering variety in a mature product category, introducing consumers to new flavor choices and expanded use of ketchup products. These ketchups enrich the customer experience by turning everyday meals into gourmet meals. The brand marketing pillars focus on variety with an image of quality. The brand value proposition is increased enjoyment of a wide range of foods through use of new original richer flavor tomato-based condiments targeted to the adult market.

  • The Smartboard
    Founders: Brandon Thompson
    We are The Visionary Group, a company that seeks to add value to commonly used products after listening to consumers who use them the most. We sought to answer the question of why residential homes in the U.S, on average, own more than one cutting board at any given time. We offer the Smartboard- a premium multi-functional cutting board with dual-sides and interchangeable inserts for serious cooks.

  • SmartDWELL
    Founders: Ernesto Tinoco
    SmartDWELL is a real estate company that offers packaged residential real estate investments. In today’s market, many individuals have the resources to buy investment property but don’t know where to start. There are a lot of parts to the process: from acquisitions, rehabs, marketing, property management and preventative upkeep. SmartDWELL will assist customers with this process. The company is in the startup phase and is currently planning and developing legal structure, management team and advisory board. SmartDWELL will become one of the top providers of residential investment property in the Kansas City Metro area.

  • Incalmo Gallery, LLC
    Founders: Laura Wagner
    Incalmo Gallery is a resource for artists to assist them in their brand, market, and to distribute their work. This service is significant to artists because it allows them to be more productive by spending more time producing product. Services include: portfolio building, management of online presence, wholesale and retail distribution, market research, production analysis, budgeting, marketing consulting, and representation at events.

  • AllergenEater™
    Founders: Deon Whitten, Cletus Obahor
    AllergenEater™ is a line of portable, filtration purifying and containment systems designed for cars that traps, purifies, and cleanses the air in an efficient self-sustaining manner. An ™AllergenEater resembles a condensed version of an air purification device (like an ionizer or home smoke eliminator). It is, however, designed to capture, trap and contain all hazardous airborne-particles and free radicals that accompany smoke, allergenic and toxic conditions.  Instead of allowing the smoke, allergens and other free radicals to converge into the condensed area of the automobile’s cabin, ™AllergenEater will reduce odors and toxins, thereby continually purifying and cleansing the air.  

  • RippnFish.com
    Founders: Travis Bowring, Josh McCarthy, Eric Chia, Allison Coontz, Allison McCarthy, GandiShivanand, Josh Contreras, Nicholas Fuchs, Greg Wendorff, Michael Reneau, Andrew Schout
    RippnFish.com, the brand name for Outdoors-E LLC, is a web application that connects fishing enthusiasts with their perfect sport fishing adventure. We significantly increase Charter Fishing Guides’ customer visibility in the $45 Billion a year industry. We provide them with a fully automated scheduling and payment collection system.

  • Robotic Archival/Retrieval System
    Founders: Todd Dreiling, Brandon Hoerl, Sarah Campbell, & Fatimah Elabdallah
    Robotic Slides System is characterized by three elements: Robotic mechanism, interface software, and the archival cabinet. Laboratory personnel are able to control the robotic mechanism via the interface software. The mechanism is able to store and retrieve tissue sample cassettes (blocks of tissue) and slides from the archival cabinet. The interface stores and retrieves the data related to the slide and/or cassette for easy recovery at a later date. The product was invented by Dr. Ossama Tawfik M.D., P.H.D and is currently being developed by Dr. Tawfik collectively with staff at KU Medical Center.

  • Alpha 1 Biologics, LLC
    Founders: Matt Heimann, Rita Cortes, Lara Ogle, & Tim Schallert
    The CD4 QTest, using patented technology, is a low-cost, saliva-based, rapid diagnostic test for screening CD4 counts in HIV/AIDS patients, promptly identifying those eligible for anti-retroviral therapy. This intervention will result in extending and improving lives while slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Today CD4 counts require complex equipment operated by skilled technicians. Affordable access is nearly impossible in most of the world. The CD4 QTest will be 75% less expensive and easier to administer than competitors in development. The exit strategy is sale of a completed, field-tested prototype to a company with global manufacturing and distribution capabilities.

  • Pick-A-Grip, LLC
    Founders: John Siedlik, Michael Elson, Nick Freeman, & Peter Crowell
    Pick-A-Grip is a startup company that has created a product to revolutionize the tennis industry by enabling beginner and intermediate players to quickly learn how to play the game. The company’s provisional patent application enables our tennis rackets and overgrips to enter the market without competition.

  • Vivitas, LLC
    Founders: Heather Bouldrey
    My business plan offers new ways to market to potential or existing tenants in hopes to get and keep vacancy down to zero.  I plan on trying to find new innovative ways to market while still trying to keep costs low. Since it is local, I will not have to spend a lot of money on trying to market to outside customers and funding for marketing expenses will come out of pocket, but I do not anticipate it to be much more than what is currently already in place.

  • Paint Balloon Wars
    Founders: Amelia Fuller
    Paint Balloon Wars is a recreational sport activity in which customers will engage in combat using water balloons filled with paint, paint balloon launchers, and colored powder in courses of blockades and barriers.

  • Cheetah Trucking
    Founders: Samantha Herr, & Duane Hedrick
    Cheetah Trucking will provide asset based logistic services to the oversized and specialized hauling markets. This market will include building materials, specialized machinery, industrial equipment, and vehicles. Cheetah will have 5 company trucks and flatbed, step deck, and reversible gooseneck trailers.

  • King Jerky LLC
    Founders: Bernard Kamwa
    King Jerky LLC is a family business that will be located in Arkansas City (Kansas). It will offer a unique quality of beef jerky in the Midwest area.

  • FolioBoy
    Founders: Evan J. Kirsch
    FolioBoy is a FREE public platform for students and professionals to post their school projects and achievements so they are seen and heard by the best employers worldwide. Through application of location-based services marketing and social media strategies we reengineer hiring practices using documents that students upload to help connect them with job openings. As a student-employer positioning company, FolioBoy helps place the right graduates into the right fields of production based on actual work performed at the university of their choice. We set price points around premium iOS/Android applications, additional storage space options, E-books, and fee-based services to employers giving them access to high-achieving student work.

  • Just 4 Fun
    Founders: Ben Langley
    This venture will be focused on opening a family fun center in Tooele, Utah. We will offer competitive prices to the local residents for family friendly entertainment with different types of entertainment venues. We will offer Miniature golf, laser tag, bowling, and arcades.

  • Local Promotional Staffing Solutions
    Founders: Michelle McGill
    Local Promotional Staffing Solutions, LLC is a staffing firm that provides employment services to marketing companies that do not have a local branch in a given city. The agency specializes in promotional events and field marketing, but also provides full service marketing services. The company has already established an office in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, but is seeking to expand to Austin, Detroit, San Francisco, Seattle, and Tampa.

  • Bio-Restore
    Founders: Patrick McCurry, Kyle Payne, & Scott Pfeiler
    Bio-Restore is a Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT) product used to restore hormone levels in menopausal women. Bio-Restore will market our BHRT in a revolutionary way for the compounding industry, bringing value to the customer like never before.

  • Next Level Gaming
    Founders: Matthew Puls
    Next Level Gaming is a store which focuses on trading card games and video gaming. Our target market is gamers in the Independence and Blue Springs area. Next Level Gaming will allow casual gamers to have a place to experience what it is like to compete on a semi -competitive level. Next Level Gaming will run weekly or monthly tournaments where people can enter to win store credit and be scouted for pro level play. It will also allow for people who cannot afford to purchase gaming systems, games, or a quality television to have access to this equipment at a low price.

  • MarketPlease.com
    Founders: William D. Rand
    MarketPlease.com is an online e-commerce resource that allows face-to-face, video communication between merchants and customers. It promotes open and honest communication between the two parties. MarketPlease.com will serve as engine for growth for businesses looking to develop an online presence.

  • SmartSquare
    Founders: Robert R. Ruhl, Jade Tinner, & Alan McFann
    The SmartSquare Automatic Recycler is a trash/recycling bin that uses a scale and/or sensors to automatically separate trash and recyclables into four different, connected compartments: trash, plastic, glass, and aluminum. Dividing the unit into four separate compartments not only allows for proper segregation of waste, but for easy disposal. Providing a simple and efficient way to go Green; even for the laziest of consumers.

  • Iceless Wonders
    Founders: Jamie Sabisky, & Andrew Adudu
    Iceless Wonder, Inc. is a company utilizing laser technology to melt ice instantly as a vehicle drives down the road. Iceless Wonder takes this concept a step further and accounts for the need for a good energy source. Iceless Wonder will integrate solar panels into the roof of the vehicle creating energy that can be stored and utilized for the laser without impacting fuel efficiency. But that is not all. This can all be performed with the push of a button.

  • Dayno Electronics
    Founders: C. Jordan Smith
    The reason for Dayno Electronic’s existence is to create a smart phone battery charger that uses the same technology as a charging pad, but shape it into the form of a cup holder that would blend in with the center console of any vehicle. The phones would only have to be set in the cup holder to receive a charge, and the cup holders would still be able to function without being used as a charger. The company would sell the products directly to the manufacturers to have the chargers installed in luxury and upper models of vehicles before they are available for sale.

  • Bio-Bistro
    Founders: Nicholas Mallon, Trevor Johanson, & Danielle Stine
    Bio-Bistro’s is a mobile food establishment dedicated to serving gourmet meals and snacks. With the mobile food industry growing in popularity Bio-Bistro’s will target the niche market of those seeking healthy gourmet foods (pizza, sandwiches, appetizers) and also working class individuals seeking alternatives to drive-thru fast-food and brick and mortar restaurants. Whether at work or having a night out on the town, our customers seek to spare as much time as possible while enjoying a meal that will leave their hunger satisfied and wallets full. Based out of Kansas City, Missouri, “Bio-Bistro’s” proposes to fill the gourmet food niche’ and need for fast food alternatives by offering its services to the greater Kansas City area, focusing on major bar districts,(Waldo, Westport, Power and Light), major business districts, and special events (Concerts, First Fridays, Shakespeare In The Park).

  • EZ-Trade
    Founders: Clarence Tan
    EZ-Trade is a bartering website for users to trade and barter any secondhand or new items. What makes EZ-Trade unique is the sophisticated search engine that is going to make online bartering much quicker, easier, and fun! All a customer has to do is to type into the search engine what they want to trade and a list of possible item(s) will be shown and listed in a user-friendly format. An option to narrow down the search to specific types of items, for example electronics, would also be present. This helps users use secondhand items as currency rather than cash in this economic downturn.

  • Rent Ur Fashion
    Founders: Duong Vu
    Rent Ur Fashion provides a variety of formal dresses and accessories for rent at affordable prices.

  • OGames.com
    Founders: Anthony Le
    OGames.com is a website that allows you to play online games for free. Users can play alone or can choose the multiplayer option.

  • Online Consignment Shop
    Founders: Ricky Johnson, & Bekhzod Ashurov
    Online Consignment Shop (OCS) was created to provide online shoppers who want quality used merchandise the best prices and best quality products!

  • BookClubIt.com
    Founders: Matt Vicklund, & Tyler Horvath
    BookClubIt.com acts as a catalyst to help create a social aspect to book clubs by offering a manageable, convenient, and easy to use website to communicate. We understand that our clientele is in the age of technology and everyone is sparse for free time. We value our customer and our vision to accommodate our customer needs to maintain the social media networking aspect and intertwining it with a streamlined online version of customizable, convenient, and free book clubs.

  • All-N-One LED Designs, Inc.
    Founders: Latricia Nelson, Ellie Coons, Regan Vornswag
    All-N-One LED Design Inc. produces LED lighted products for three different markets. LED Jewelry, flowers, and music electronics are all our target markets. We see our LED products being a new trend where we are able to consistently manufacture and provide our customers with products when they want them and how they want them. We also offer service to our customers who want to customize their own designs or products. As we see our business growing, we see All-N-One LED Design Inc. providing a unique trend of growth that is reliable, affordable, and fun. On our online website, our personal customers can buy our products, design their own products, and can come to us personally to talk about what type of design they want. 

  • Two Guys No Gears
    Founders: Lucas Griffiths, & Daniel Baker
    Two Guys No Gears provides an auto maintenance subscription service for students, connecting them to trusted auto repair shops, providing for routine maintenance, and providing discounts on major repairs as needed.

  • No Knots Accessories
    Founders: Randi Simmons, Kelsey Anderson, & Mary Bernhardt
    No Knot Accessories hopes to change the way people interact with headphones, wires, and anything that tangles you up. This is an idea that comes from students who enjoy listening to music without the hassle of complicated, messy wires getting in their way. We hope to attract customers to our product, and become a large player in the convenience industry, eventually growing into a broader range of No-Knot Accessories. Our actual product is a small silicone device that headphones can easily be wrapped around to prevent knotting. These devices will be molded into the shapes of collegiate mascots, and will attach to a key ring for easy access.

  • Pocket Magic
    Founders: Adrian Banuelos, & Marc Salas
    Pocket Magic is a phone case lined with microfiber, designed to remain stationary in your pocket, protecting your phone and cleaning it every time you pull it out of your pocket. The material of the inside of the case is made of a special micro fiber material that will wipe your phone off for you. So no more fingerprints on your screen and no more buildup of dust or other debris that you would normally find on your phone.

  • Magic Make-up Method
    Founders: Ashlee Joyce, & Leah Thrutchley
    Magic Makeup Method is a product that offers organization in a unique way to decorate a bathroom. It is a space saver designed for young women needing to create counter space. The product will consist of a piece of sheet metal enclosed in a frame, and magnets with glue for the product to hang.

  • Doggy Do
    Founders: John Webster, & Brad Wolfe
    Doggy-Do is an unmanned tennis ball launcher for dogs that keeps your pet happy and entertained at little or almost no cost to you. It allows your pet to play fetch by himself. Your pet will be able to drop a ball into the machine and it will launch the ball allowing your pet to retrieve and repeat as many times as it desires.

  • Infalite
    Founders: Evan Bryant, Fredrick Manasseh, Greg Walling and Kashif Rathore
    Infalite is a detachable, remote controlled light that can be attached to the carrying strap of a child seat. The Infalite puts off a low LED emission that will light a child’s face so that a driving parent can see a rear facing child through their rear view mirror and back seat mirror, thus ensuring the child is safe, without taking their focus off of driving.  The remote is used to turn light on and off by the driver and the low emitting LED will ensure that a sleeping baby is not awoken. Infalite will be 100% outsourced with production and packaging in Mexico. Once orders are accepted, they will be drop shipped to the end customers. The primary avenues for distribution will be through the company website and QVC until we are able to penetrate the retail market. We then plan to begin selling to retail venues such as Target, Babies R Us, and Wal-Mart.

  • ContextAware
    Founders: Dan Cahoon, Royce Tenney, Casey Sensale, Mike Jackson, Rich Riffel, & Brian Luce
    ContextAware is a software platform that, used alongside a company’s information systems, improves financial performance and increases profitability by identifying opportunistic business conditions, highlighting performance issues before they become problems, in real-time. ContextAware dramatically reduces the cycle time compared to manual methods relying on human analysis and intervention through Predictive analytics – using statistical and historical information to predict future performance. Leveraging mobile and web computing through portable tablets, the information is immediately available in the field to regional managers on a continual basis, eliminating the need for paper reports and summary data.

  • EasyStrep 
    Founders: Greg Farmer, Milton Fowler, Damon Bryant, & Clara Maingi
    EasyStrep is a liquid compound, available in a spray and child-friendly ice pop, that will bring disruptive innovation to the way doctor’s test for strep throat. EasyStrep works when a patient ingests the pleasant-tasting liquid, allowing it to coat his or her throat. Then, a medical provider shines an ultraviolet light into the patient’s mouth, and, if the bacteria are present, they glow. EasyStrep provides a pain-free, one-step way of testing for strep that will replace the current two-step method, which causes gagging and pain for patients and requires medical providers to perform expensive follow-up tests.

  • Smart Device Safety Solutions
    Founders: Jennifer Geis, Kevin Harrington, Nancy Harper, & Ben Martin
    Smart Device Safety Solutions presents our product that reduces distracted driving by selectively blocking incoming calls and text messages to a designated phone while the vehicle is on. The phone easily synchs to the smart phone when the vehicle starts and the device deactivates when the vehicle turns off. The device consists of two components, the safety device and the emergency override. The main component installs under the vehicle dashboard. The features include simplified self-installation into a vehicle and synched to a specific cell phone.

  • OpenSea
    Founders: Matt Dority, Tyler Griffin, Heather Klepacz, Nagi Kocadere, & Doug Ngomsi
    OpenSea is a smartphone application that facilitates face-to-face connections between professionals with similar interests and attributes, and in close proximity using GPS technology, or near technology, in a common social network. This app is targeted to attendees of conferences, conventions, trade shows, and other venues with a high concentration of professionals. Despite this traditional assembly of likeminded persons, the atmosphere at organized events can leave some individuals feeling lost among the crowd and unaware of the commonalities they share with their fellow attendees. This atmosphere reveals the need for meaningful networking in a setting with a diverse population.

  • Spartan Energy Designs
    Founders: John Pham-Ta
    Energy costs are rising due to limited energy supply and high demand. KCP&L has increased rates an average of 15% the last three years and will increase the rate again another 10-15%. Schools, NPO’s, and charities need help to maintain its highly valued endeavors. Spartan Energy Designs, LLC is an NPO that will coordinate and execute fundraising events; and obtain grants and loans; for free passive and active solar energy solutions. In addition, a subsidiary for-profit company will focus on small businesses and new residential construction, where investors, stakeholders, and customers will obtain maximum return on their investment.

  • Doodlebug Diaper Service
    Founders: Sarah Belanus
    Doodlebug Diaper Service is an environmentally-friendly cloth diaper laundering service created to help today’s convenience-seeking parents with diapering their children in reusable cloth diapers. Driven by green initiatives, our laundering and delivery service will be one-of-a-kind in the Kansas City market, offering innovative technology with exceptional customer service.

  • Explore Tattoos
    Founders: Ryan Gilbert, & Nathan Heft
    Explore Tattoos is an online network helping people find the best tattoo studios and artists in their area. Consumers will have the ability to browse the profiles of over 20,000 artists, in over 300 cities across America. ExploreTattoos.com will also provide a gallery feature allowing consumers to browse through thousands of tattoo images classified in certain ways to allow for easy searching. We will also provide a tattoo deals section where visitors can purchase deals like “buy two hours get one hour free.” These features not only benefit the consumers but also provide a service to the studios and artists.

  • Ice Blocker
    Founders: Loren Haas, Jake Steffens, Ryan Cervantis, & Andrew Riggins
    Ice Blocker is a product that will help people who are forced to park outside cover their car, no matter what size, and eliminate the task of scraping ice off of any external windows or mirrors.

  • The Six
    Founders: Daniella Obraztsov
    Online dating and matchmaking consulting agency. The Six, an online dating consulting agency, helps people create an online dating identity. With the number of unsuccessful responses for men and the refusal of online dating sites to release their numbers of unsuccessful memberships, it is simple to see that many people struggle finding what they want in the online dating world. The Six is created to help ease people's stress when entering the online dating world for the first time or trying to revamp their online dating identity.

  • School of Hard Knocks
    Founders: Matthew Dahms
    The venture is the idea of an indoor baseball facility, located in the northland of Kansas City, Missouri. The facility will house 6-8 hitting tunnels, pitching mounds, a sprint-turf area designated to infield drills and conditioning, and a weight-training area. The mission is to give local athletes a place to work on and perfect baseball specific skills, whether on their own or with instruction from staff members. Centrally located between three recreational leagues and six high schools, the venture will facilitate with leagues for team practices and allow high school athletes opportunities that their high school facilities do not offer.

2010/2011 STUDENT VENTURES

  • 4 Points
    Founder: Shelly Doris.

  • 1920
    Founders: Emily Akin, Amy Andrade, Heather Beheler, Jamie Berry, and Tracy Crockett.
    1920 is a consulting service and retail store offering business clothes for professional women who need fit, style and convenience. Unlike chain boutiques and department stores, 1920 offers custom suiting, full tailoring and personal consultations which provide customers with personalized service, quality suiting and a customized look.

  • A Planner’s Delight
    Founders: Cynthia Burt, Arienne Hosseini, and Adrienne Adesanwo.
    A Planner's Delight provides a new kind of event planning business to the Kansas City area and surrounding communities. Its innovative business promises creative ideas, excellent service, and extraordinary results.

  • Abandoned Children’s Foundation
    Founder: Wesley Barnes.

  • Accountability Financial Services
    Founders: Gina Brenne, Lisa Burg, Melissa Kehoe, Heather Bell, Kristen Connelly, and Funda Kanli.
    Accountability Financial Services provides financial advice to single mothers in Kansas City. Services include tax advice, budget planning, debt and credit counseling, investing, and portfolio management.

  • Advantage Police Gear LLC
    Founders: Taylor Clark, Alexander Brock, and Vu Luu.
    At Advantage Police Gear we are dedicated to producing simple, effective, and affordable police belt gear for police officers around the world.  Advantage Police Gear LLC, plans to develop gear out of a new age plastic material that is lightweight, durable, and dynamic. This material is kydex, and there are many advantages to choosing this material.

  • Alert Intelligence
    Founder: Tam Tran.

  • All-N-One
    Founder: Tricia Nelson.
    The All-N-One Safe Sex Supply Store offers a more efficient, private, and cost-effective approach to purchase products to make the sexual experience safer and more fun.

  • Anytime Golf Links
    Founders: Jeff Blaesing, Joan Jordan, Randy Scarbrough, James Richman, and Laura Crowly.
    Anytime Golf Links is an indoor golf facility that utilizes state of the art golf simulation technology in an upscale golf atmosphere to provide a year round golf experience.

  • Apollo Media
    Founder: Andrew Myracle.
    Apollo Media provides the highest quality of customer service while converting old family memories from VHS format to DVD format.  We also will be offering to create a special celebration video that can be made from the VHS tapes that our customers give us, or any video files and pictures from our customers most recent family vacation, wedding, family reunion, weekend getaway, or their sons/daughters latest school event. 

  • Ashley’s Creations
    Founder: Ashley Lang.
    Ashley's Creations offers art, interior and clothing design.

  • Ballet
    Founder: Sarah Lynn Sportsman.
    Professional ballet instruction.

  • BBQ Sauce-iety
    Founders: Kevin Hellman, Heather Adams, and Chris Gonzales.
    BBQ Sauce-iety is an online retailer of all things Kansas City BBQ.  The website allows customers from all over the country to purchase local Kansas City BBQ sauces and rubs that are typically only available in the local market.  By partnering with Kansas City’s local favorite restaurants, we can offer a service to both the end user and to the restaurants themselves.

  • Bearyield Oil Services
    Founders: Tim Williams, Clay Harper, Blake Koeger, Dorothy Savory, Justin Kuhl, Robert Morrison, and Huan Ding.
    Bearyield Oil Services is an oil recovery specialist. We take samples of the microbial population in an oil well, grow them at well conditions, and provide the customer with a customized set of nutrients to feed the microbes which will help release more oil.

  • Beehemoth LLC
    Founder: Brian Stahl.
    Beehemoth LLC is a Corporation started to manufacture beeswax products for retail made from local ingredients as well as apiary supplies and spread awareness and information about beekeeping culture.  We do all the manufacturing and shipping ourselves so that we can offer our premium products at competitive prices!

  • Birkram Yoga Kansas City-North
    Founder: Jeri Lasker.
    Heated Yoga classes.

  • Blue Ribbon Lawn & Landscape
    Founder: Scott Mausbach.
    Provides lawn service to the greater Kansas City area.

  • Bob’s Lawn Service
    Founder: Robert Textor.
    Lawn service.

  • Bracato’s Lawn Care
    Founder: Jonathan Brocato.
    Lawn services.

  • BRJT Enterprises
    Founders: Rinkesh Ghaghada, Jason Arnold, Blain Lagergren, and Terence Berger.
    BRJT Enterprises will offer Monkey Chips to the mainstream North American snack market;  a tasty new product produced with the highest quality standards.  Monkey Chips are banana chips that are not only fried, but also salty and spicy. Packaging and promotion will meet the mainstream demand with a dedicated branding effort.  Monkey Chips are the flagship product, and will be pursued and distributed aggressively. The distribution will begin with 5 convenience stores in the first month and will reach 2,100 convenience stores by Year 5, generating revenues of $2.07 million in Year 5.  Team BRJT will not rest until every American has tried Monkey Chips at least once.

  • Buddy on the Spot
    Founders: Anthony Boyer and Sam Lewis.
    This startup firm designed the equivalent of a litter box for cats, but for dogs of different sizes.

  • C2C
    Founder: Rachel Shepard.
    C2C is a site similar to eBay to help people search for rentals.

  • Cable Connexion
    Founder: Samip Patel.

  • Career Website International Pharmacy Students
    Founders: Sudheer Bobba.
    Website that provides tools for pharmacy students to apply for school and choose a career path.

  • Cause Related T-shirts
    Founders: Rachel Ismert, William Conway and Michael Vivona.

  • Cello-Phone
    Founders: John Mallinson, Lauren Kurtz, Natalie McDaniel, Cassie Selvaggio, JoNick Fuchs, and Ehren Manz.
    Our product is a light weight protective cellophane coating for a variety of electronic devices, such as cell phones, digital cameras, and other PDAs. The cellophane would be applied and provide a close fitting water tight seal. This is a plant based, environmentally friendly product that decomposes in thirty days. Made from ultra-clear polypropylene plastic, it provides a clear, wrinkle and tear resistant experience.

  • Coffee Cubes
    Founders: Katie Griffing.
    Coffee Cubes make a high quality natural instant coffee.

  • Coffee Stock
    Founders: Anthony Roy, Nick King, Brett Iliff, Erick Lopez.
    The coffee maker designed by this company integrates an alarm clock, radio and coffee making device specifically targeted to hotel customers.

  • Core Suicide Risk System
    Founders: Steven Sperry, Elizabeth Gillespie, Megan Haas, and Natig Guseynov.
    The Core Suicide Risk System (CSRS) will provide hospitals with a web-based scoring and training system designed to assess the risk of an individual who is having suicidal thoughts and create the proper treatment based on that individual’s psychiatric needs. The current risk assessment for suicidal individuals has proved to be highly inefficient and costly to hospitals. The CSRS will replace the current system, provide the patient with an individualized assessment of their thought patterns, and will provide clinicians with individualized treatment recommendations. Ultimately, the CSRS will save hospitals millions in unneeded hospitalization.

  • Cool Liquor
    Founders: William Conway, Rachel Ismert, and Whitney Wisdahl.
    Cool Liqueurs is a frozen cocktail bar that will provide unique and fresh cocktails to customers. The product is a slushy and/or smoothies with a measured amount of alcohol in it.

  • CougarMeetsCub.com
    Founders: Jonathan Holder and Cara Mueller.
    This online forum is designed to bring together younger men looking to date older women.

  • Crystyle’s Consignments
    Founder: Crystal Smith.
    The ultimate goal for Crystyle’s Consignments, an eBay based business, is to provide gently used/ worn items at a cost lower than competitors.

  • Divine Wine
    Founders: Allen Abbott, Mark Allen, Harden Burian, Sarah Grossmeier, Mike Woods, and Rachel Stroer.
    Divine Wine Storage is the premier wine storage, shipping & cellar management service for wine enthusiasts who want a state of the art way to store and interact with their wine. Unlike our competition, Divine Wine will offer an enhanced anywhere and anytime web/app interface that allows consumers to expand and experience their personal wine collections like never before.

  • Delicious Deutsches
    Founders: Chris Walton, Daniel Firmhofer, David Scott, Robin Swicke, and Jeneatte Glaze.
    This company sells high quality German desserts.

  • Demonstrative Monster
    Founders: Fransisco Luna, Tyler Knott, Cynthia Buchanan, Sean Staples, and Abdul Tufail.
    Demonstrative Monster is a video production company specializing in demonstrative video evidence for litigation firms.

  • Donut Girl
    Founder: Cat Simpson.
    Donut Girl is Kansas City’s most creative eco- and animal-friendly bakery. Donut Girl embraces core values of vegetarianism, sustainability, and attention to creative and aesthetic details.
    Through online sales and continued social media interaction, Donut Girl looks to leverage this exposure into a mobile sales unit and a brick-and-mortar store within the next five years.  Donut Girl will be a business that integrates the baking and artistic communities under one roof and will offer exciting employment opportunities to skilled artisans.

  • Dooli Noted
    Founders: John Bailey, Chris Crawford, and Ben Vetter.
    Dooli Noted offers corporate social recognition software developed to provide a channel for employees to easily and instantly recognize their coworkers’ achievements. Recognition is securely captured and collected for use by employees, managers, and human resources. The software will be marketed and licensed both as a stand-alone recognition tool, and through established corporate recognition company partners.

  • Dorm Furniture
    Founders: Brandon Bosley and Sam Williams.
    Dorm Furniture creates space efficient furniture solutions for dorm rooms and other small spaces

  • Dr. Peet’s Talk/Writer
    Founders: Bill Peet, Zach Humphreys, Marshall Banks, Ashley Earnet, and Kevin Jones.
    Dr. Peet's Software currently publishes three CD-based applications for early childhood literacy development: Dr. Peet's TalkWriter for Windows, Dr. Peet's TalkWriter for MacOS and Dr. Peet's PictureWriter for MacOS. We are expanding the company from a sole proprietorship to a Missouri limited liability corporation to attract funding for the marketing and development of 21st century downloadable versions of our talking word processor products.

  • Easy-Draw Archery
    Founder: Jonathon Curtis.
    Easy-Draw is an archery product meant to keep the bow at full draw during a hunt.  Doing so makes the process of becoming ready for a shot much faster and less obvious to an animal. 

  • Education Service
    Founder: Bekhzod Ashurov.
    Education Services is a language education center.

  • Entertainment Logistics
    Founders: Christopher Beier, Liam Sumnicht, and Gonzalo Vega.
    Entertainment Logistics is operated by 3 founders and is a full service marketing agency designed to provide in-depth market analysis to local eating and drinking establishments by implementing an individualized loyalty rewards program for their patrons. The member businesses will be able to choose from multiple sales packages.

  • Exercise Service for Schools
    Founder: Zachary Frisch.
    A less expensive PE class.

  • Eye Handbook
    Founders: Sean Moore, Janalle, Tanganyika, Allison Hughes, Mathhew Ferguson, Murant Myktybayev, Bryan Driscoll, and Chaoke Xu.
    Eye Handbook is the first comprehensive smart phone utility for the eye care community that combines many unique tools in one novel interface.

  • FDI Marketplace
    Founder: Sharon Yuan.
    Website with legal services foreign direct investment and inclusive community features.

  • Financial Counseling Group
    Founders: Jonathan O’Riley, Salvatore Scavazzo, Diian Skavo, Stephen Knotter, and Linsey Kalell.
    This company is aimed at providing financial education to recent college graduates or college aged individuals regarding their personal finances on college campuses and in a small office setting. Our areas of education include student loan payments, buying a car or home, retirement decisions, salary negotiations, and how to budget and save properly.

  • Fitness Tracker
    Founders: Anton Ames, Ryan Bresette, Thomas Corzine, Frank Liu, and Dan Spragle.
    Manually tracking personal fitness goals is a pain. This company's solution automatically tracks, monitors and measures a person’s exercise routine and helps them achieve better results.

  • Freight Gate
    Founder: Alex Carpenter.

  • Frolic
    Founders: Jordan Burkhardt, Preston Porter, and Jessica Lyew-Ayee.
    Frolic is an Android platform application with a sister website that allows users easy access to events, entertainment, and activities occurring in the Kansas City Metro Area. With this application we will separate each event according to genre, category, and other subcategories for quick and efficient use. This saves the user time, money, and energy.

  • Fronana LLC
    Founders: Timothy Smith, Alvin Tan, and Mallory Goodman.
    Fronana serves frozen bananas dipped in chocolate with or without a wide variety of toppings. It is a good combination of indulgence and health in the same product.

  • Fruitful Confections LLC
    Founders: Matthew Fry, Nguyen Quach, and Scott Mausbach.
    Fruitful Confections is a healthy candy company that gives parents and individuals a healthy alternative to the fruit flavored candies that they and their children enjoy on a daily basis.

  • GameTime Tailgating
    Founders: Nedra Husman, Jandi Morrision, and Marie Pfeiffer.
    GameTime Tailgating is an attractive new company that specializes in tailgating games, available for rent or for purchase.  These are games that every group needs for a true tailgating experience.  Our game selection includes: Baggo (bean bag toss), Washers (washer toss), Pitchers (quarter or ping-pong ball toss), and Ladder Golf.

  • Ginger Blessed Bakery
    Our target market for Ginger’s baked goods is those individuals receiving chemotherapy treatments. These are the patients that need them the most. It has been proven that ginger-based goods aid a reduction of the common nausea they experience. The medical research that has been conducted up to this point sharply points in this direction. This is the path we will take to roll out our products.

  • GoWear
    Founders: Matthew Buchholz, Audrey Cerra, Ericka Worsham, Brandon Stanley, and Kyle Mayer.
    Go Wear, by Bakem, is a unique brand of undergarments that offers 100% bio-degradable products for consumers such as campers, travelers, and medical patients. Our product offers convenience with your most personal clothing items while "on the go." 

  • Green Horizon
    Founder: Ben Hillis.
    Retails green building materials.

  • Haute Heads
    Founder: John McDonald.
    Comfortable and fashionable surgical caps.

  • Healthe Life
    Founders: Peter Li.
    Healthe Life Nutritional Supplement Online Store is a start-up e-commerce based in TaoBao.com (Chinese version of eBay). The company positions itself to the fast growing Chinese online market and strives to become a major player of nutritional supplement online retail store. The company offers various US-Made nutritional products to Chinese Consumers through a one–stop online shopping place for their healthy needs.

  • Helpful Hands
    Founder: Charles Sawyer.
    Helpful Hands is a service based company that helps transition seniors from their current homes to new homes or assisted living homes. We also help modernize their current residence if no transition is needed. We plan to do this by social media, publicity advertising, and strategic partnerships with the assisted living homes. Our goal is to be the major provider of these services in the Kansas City Metro area.

  • Hoops
    Founders: Amanda Adkins, Rachel Ismert, Billy Conway, and Whitney Wisdahl.
    This company creates customizable, adult sized hula hoops that are available for purchase through its website.

  • iMow
    Founders: Natosha Jones and Anthony Boyer.
    Eco-friendly Lawn mowing firm (electric lawnmower firm).

  • In the Clear Window Washing
    Founder: Brandon Rangel.
    Cost-effective window washing.

  • In-Shower Lotion Mister
    Founder: Travis Bowrig.
    In-Shower Lotion Mister features a device that sprays lotion uniformly all over the user while in the shower.

  • Incognito Furniture
    Founders: Brandon Bosley and Samuel Williams.
    We are designing and marketing a comfortable, affordable, and high-quality line of space-saving furniture that will change how small areas are furnished. Apartments and dorms are tiny, easily cluttered, and difficult to furnish comfortably. Nobody likes feeling cramped in their own homes. Unfortunately, finding comfortable furniture that fits smaller living spaces is near impossible. The few major players in this area of products are all extremely expensive imported designer furniture. Their cost alone abandons a major part of the potential consumers. With everything from retracting sofas to expanding tabletops, we will tap into an untouched niche in the furniture market.

  • Inshredible
    Founder: Casey McNamara.
    Inshredible is an e-commerce start-up company that caters to online merchants on eBay. We offer local, guaranteed safe and secure, shredding services to local businesses at no charge. We position ourselves to become an e-commerce market leader by offering online customers high-quality, tailor-made, paper-shred for packaging materials at a premium price.

  • IntegRealty Investments
    Founders: Scott McPherson, Richard McPherson, Brad Winkler, William Schmidt, Murat Myktybayev, and Chaoke Xu.
    IntegRealty Investments seeks to create wealth for its partners and value in the neighborhoods and communities in which it invests by renovating foreclosed residential real estate properties and turning high margin profits.

  • Integrity Home Remodeling
    Founders: Trevor Hampton, Anthony Roy, and Khemarack Vorngsam.
    Integrity Home Remodeling provides service to improve the remodeling work. It is not in the business of doing remodeling business, but in the business of maintaining quality contractors for homeowners to choose from. It sets the rules that contractors must adhere to in order stay on as contractors for the customers.

  • Iron Wings
    Founder: Arienne Hosseini.
    Ironwings offers a practical, multifunctional, high-quality ironing board at an affordable price that provides an enjoyable ironing experience.

  • Jake’s Lawn Service
    Founder: Jake Ormsby.
    Lawn services.

  • Jeni Borth Farms
    Founder: Jenilee Marie Borth.
    Farming.

  • JIBB Woodworking, LLC
    Founders: Isaac Kosfrow, Brandon Olson, Jeff Cohe, and Cyndi Burt.
    JIBB developed a charging valet station for electronic devices such as cell phones, PDA’s, digital cameras etc. The high-quality charging valets are made out of exotic wood veneer and solid wood.

  • JNJ Memories
    Founders: Nicholas King, Jake Ormsby, Brian Scheier, and John Lundquist.
    JNJ Memories produces hand-crafted mascot yard ornaments, complete with accessories, to express school pride felt by parents and students. For instance, a baseball player at Liberty High School would be able to purchase the mascot yard ornament, customizing it with accessories like a baseball hat, jersey number, varsity honors, and athletic accomplishments. These mascot yard ornaments can also be used for all types of students from athletics to academics.

  • JRE Solutions
    Founder: Jeremy Rodrey.
    JRE Solutions will provide various logistic providers the financial means to install aerodynamic technologies to existing fleets. Providing this service will reduce emissions and fuel consumption, comply with California Air Resources Board rules and regulations, and eliminate the investment cost for aerodynamic side skirting. Revenues generated by advertisement campaigns adhered to the side skirting will fund the services. This creates an unsurpassed advertising campaign visually communicating to target markets and leveraging social responsibility actions.

  • Kansas City Research Marketing
    Founders: John Swarton, Christopher Moeller, Philip Barrolle, Simone Lucas, Chloe Gougon, and Barrett Boothe.
    Kansas City Research Marketing is a full service real estate redevelopment and management firm. We desire to take the embodied energy found in our urban structures and transform them into useful performing assets that contribute to urban renewal and neighborhood development.

  • KC Mowing Inc
    Founder: James Hottel.
    KC Mowing Inc. specializes in Lawn service.

  • Kiddie City
    Founders: J. Caleb Rogers, Kevin Woolf, Joshua Rogers, Timeka Proctor, Estalene Frakes, Christopher Hinrichs, and Dominique Addison.
    Kiddie City is a day care providing 24 hour care for children between the ages of 2 and 12. Our goal is to provide an environment centered towards learning and having fun.

  • Kinda Rare Records
    Founders: David Winter and Laura Wagner.
    Kinda Rare Records is an online vinyl records store dealing rare, high quality records at fair prices. We see ourselves as a company that will meet the needs of special collectors, audiophiles, and true music enthusiasts.

  • La Rice
    Founder: Vu Luu.
    La Rice is in the business of providing and delivering healthy food to the consumers and catering to small events.  The company will specialize in authentic Vietnamese food; La Rice will be the only business in the Kansas City area that will serve healthy and delicious Vietnamese food. La Rice’s food will mainly be grilled, steamed, or baked (food will not be oily or greasy); reducing trans and saturated fat.

  • Lazy K. Kattle Co
    Founder: Kerby Vincent.
    Cattle feedlot.

  • LED Lighting
    Founder: Kevin Curtin.
    LED Lighting offers efficient Surveillance and Security Products for Commercial Buildings.

  • LED Outdoor Lighting
    Founder: Ryan Edmonds.
    LED Outdoor Lighting provides outdoor self powered lighting solutions.

  • Legalight LLC
    Founders: Antonio Anello, Elan Nachum, and Coady Andrews.
    This venture designs and markets hands-free lighting for the adventurer and sport enthusiasts. The Legalight is a sleeve that fits comfortable on your calves, emitting light in every direction in a given area, powered by multiple strategically placed LED lights.

  • Lil' Lips LLC
    Founders: Azar Clark, Teairra Cummings, and Ashley Hemmeain.
    Lil' Lips  markets lip balm designed specifically for infants and toddlers.  Infants often suffer from chapped /dry lips and this condition can often be painful.  There are many lip balms and lip care products on the market; however, none are specifically designed for infants and toddlers.

  • Line Jumper
    Founders: Ryan Felton, Gina Gauna, Brian Hughes, Jim Jurczak, Roger Lewis, and Jeremy Williams.
    Line Jumper is a customer engagement system, which provides a simple solution for engagement between restaurants and their consumers. Advertising and customer loyalty programs were the 20th century business strategy to attract customers to restaurants.  Successful restaurants in the 21st century will require another level of attraction:  Line Jumper is the solution. Line Jumper breaks the boundaries of traditional push marketing and transverses advertising, reservations and waiting lists, ordering and service, and bill payment at your favorite restaurants, while increasing customer retention and visit index, to improve the participating restaurant’s position in the market place.

  • Mama Peggy’s Salsa
    Founders: Ellie Coons, Brandon Tomlin, and Jourdan Hardin.
    Mama Peggy’s Salsa is known for its local farmer’s grown and homemade ways in every jar. The vegetables in the salsa are fresh from the local markets and farms in the Kansas City area. There are two different extremes to flavoring the salsa. One flavor is Mild Sweet, while the other is Super Spicy. Mama Peggy includes directions to combining the two flavors to create your desired taste. The product is personal because we sell it around the community and, if desired, deliver directly to customers. Mama Peggy’s Salsa is delicious, yet affordable.

  • Manhattan’s Freshwear
    Founders: Mundhir Nomann.
    Retail clothing.

  • MiHealth Technologies, LLC
    Founders: Kevin Hellman, Su Zou, Daniel Berezoski, Billy Roach, Blake Chipman, Addul Tufail, Sean Staples, Billy Roach, and Cynthia Buchanan.
    MiHealth Technologies, LLC is a venture created around fluorescent imaging biometric scanning technology licensed from Midwest Research Institute. Using this technology inside our fingerprint scanners, MiHealth Technologies, LLC will focus on emergency medical applications to save time, money, and lives.

  • Mixology LLC
    Founders: Tanner Austin, Jennifer Kim, and Charles Sawyer.
    Mixology offers cocktail sets that contain separate cocktail components to be freshly mixed by the consumer at the time of consumption. All ingredients are all-natural. The cocktails available in retail stores offer a superior cocktail than the ones being served in cocktail bars.

  • Mr. Foodie's Gourmet Eats
    Founders: Jordan Burkhardt, Katie Griffing, and Sarah Abraham.
    Little Delights Coffee Cubes is a high-quality instant coffee product from Columbia.  The product comes in a cubed shape and has the ability to dissolve in hot or cold water to create many different types of coffee drinks. It is a combination of pure Colombian coffee, panela, a natural sweetener and natural or artificial flavoring.

  • Music Studio
    Founder: Christina Moll.
    Private music lessons.

  • Myfacetees.com
    Founders: Khemarack Vorngsam, Arienne Hosseini, Sam Lewis, and Antwone Washington.
    Myfacetees.com is an exciting new t-shirt business that allows people to upload their status or social network onto a t-shirt, which combines the ideas of social networking sites and t-shirts

  • MySimpleSecurity.com
    Founders: Stephanie Rogers, Sarah Arnett, Abhijee Chitale, and Bill Ferguson.
    MySimpleSecurity.com is a suite of state of the art security products that use the power of integration to protect your identity. It provides services that allow you to have ONE username and password for all of your favorites sites, protects you from viruses when browsing the internet, scans the “underground” to notify you of any fraudulent activity on your identity, and provides an easy online data backup… with no software to install.

  • N-E-Etching
    Founders: Elan Nachum, and Nino Anello.
    N-E-Etching converts pictures onto stone graphics. Things that will outlive you, how many products can you think of that have same quality? Especially when it comes to preserving memories. At N-E-Etching, that is exactly what we do; we transfer pictures from their normal print and relay them onto stone. When the image is transferred onto the stone not only is it a complete replication but it now also contains depth to give it a more stand-out look and feel.

  • Natural Sweets
    Founders: Kristen McMillen.
    Sweet food for diabetics.

  • Nature Husk Ware
    Founders: Alvin Tan, Mallory Goodman, and Timothy Smith.
    Nature Husk Ware is biodegradable tableware and flatware made from rice husks and tree sap. All products are safe, natural, reliable and sustainable. The Nature Husk Ware team aims to provide a sustainable product that does not leave a negative impact on the environment or on future generations. Our goal is to provide the highest quality, eco-friendly tableware products that can be manufactured with the least environmental harm. We also exist to raise awareness about living a sustainable life and using products that promote eco-friendly living.

  • No Tree Technology
    Founders: Gina Guana and Maz Ergogan.
    No Tree Technology’s paperless receipt system (PRS) will modernize the retail checkout process. This cutting edge software will minimize the retailers’ cost of paper and ink and provide consumers with the privacy and convenience of online access to their paperless receipt history.

  • No Sweat Event Planning
    Founders: Amanda Adkins, Emily Hart, and Ashley Hemmeain.
    No Sweat Event Planning is a party and event planning service that specializes in original themed parties with a taste of holistic morale, for young girls. The parent and child will pick from one of our three themes, or “their ideas OUR pleasure”. In addition they will choose a holistic morale option(s). We plan, throw, and clean-up allowing the party to be no sweat from start to finish. Our goal is to throw the child a one of a kind party without the worries and time restraints parents have.

  • Nosh
    Founders: Leslie Thomas, Michael Downs, Lindsay Kiliper, Paige Ralston, Serai Geary, Jeffrey Lawrence, Patrick Martin, and Andrew Maysent.
    Nosh is a natural quick service restaurant offering a drive thru option for those on the go. Nosh will provide organic, healthy food, as well as customizable options for those with dietary restrictions.

  • Overbay Security Surveillance
    Founder: Yolande Overbay.
    Overbay Security is an e-commerce business that offers Closed-Circuit Television Color Camera Kits with DVR Inputs/Outputs, Remote Monitoring software for a PC or a Supported 3G Smart Phone.

  • Overtime Sports
    Founders: Nick Hays.

  • Pacific Tile & Installation
    Founders: Chris Ball.
    Household tiling and remodeling.

  • PetFax
    Founders: Jenna Tuild, Racheal Alexander, Bernice Edgar, Jessica Krull, Ashley Domez, and Zack Lentz.
    PetFax will simplify owning a cat or dog by providing a website attached to a global positioning system and a database. Combining these features will keep pets safe while making pet owning convenient.

  • Pet Food Storage Solutions
    Founders: Chris Walton, Erik Lopez, Elan Nachum, and Scott Mausbach.

  • Pharm Phriends
    Founders: Andrew Naylro, Xiaojun Wang, Lance Lowenstein, Wesley Samson, Troy Norris, and Nathan Ross.
    Pharm Phriends is a consultative-based company that is taking disease management to the worksite. Local pharmacists will join forces with employers in the Kansas City metro area to work with employees that have a chronic illness (diabetes, asthma, etc.) in order to put them on a path to better health, while providing the employer with a unique benefit offering and substantial cost savings.

  • Physical Therapy at Home
    Founder: Jordan Zuccarelli.
    It provides a technology solution for improving the effectiveness of home physical therapy activity.

  • Poocumm
    Founder: Alvin Tan.
    Poocumm is a device that sucks up pet waste and makes fertilizer.

  • Quillow
    Founders: Jacqueline Banks and Anjela Kirkendoll.
    Quillow is a newly formed company whose only initial product is the Quillow.  The Quillow is a comfortable and convenient blanket that when folded is converted into a pillow.  This product eliminates the need to carry both a blanket and a pillow.  The Quillow is produced in various colors and sizes and will be able to be customized.  Quillow’s goal is to market convenience products to students who need simple compact products. 

  • Radius Environmental Services
    Founders: Richard Brown, Matt Pearman, and Cynthia Burt.
    Radius Environmental Services is a company designed to serve commercial and industrial businesses by offering comprehensive services for their compliance and permitting needs. Additionally, we offer a full-service laboratory and mobile testing units to provide accurate and cost effective reporting for those operations.

  • Rail Line Brewing Company
    Founder: Jonathan Lowrey.
    In the Midwest, Kansas City is behind in selection for locally made, high quality, microbrewed beer available for purchase. Demand for microbrewed beer has exponentially increased in recent years priming consumers for more local beer choices. After breaking into the market with the Iron Horse Scotch Ale, we will extend our product line to include other unavailable styles. For example, “fruity” Frambois and specialty chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal Stout varieties. With a delicious recipe (samples available upon request), social media, brewing expertise, growing demand, and modest startup costs, this venture is poised for success.

  • RapidCoin
    Founder: Kevin Hellman,
    A card to electronically store change received in coinage.

  • RecruitED
    Founders: Doug McClain, Gary Fenton, Marilee Garza, Sarav Karunanithi, Ken La Orden, Doug McClai, and Tracie Thomas.
    RecruitED recruits, grows, and engages professional associations’ membership through interactive e-learning continuing education, training, workshops, meetings, and seminars. RecruitED is the premier, high-quality e-learning solution for associations that need to grow and engage their members. A large, KC-based association has more than 90,000 members; however, only 10 percent of the associations’ members attend its meetings. That’s where RecruitED steps in by combining recruiting, marketing, IT, and project management skills together to offer a truly customized solution tailored to each association client. RecruitED’s synchronous and asynchronous e-learning platform enables associations to reach significantly more professionals without geography constraints and costly travel.

  • RedPoint
    Founders: Alexander Brock, Jordan Webb, and Chris Heavner.
    RedPoint is a forward thinking clothing and gear design company that focuses on the passion of those who live on the edge. RedPoint offers unique soft gear for everyone involved in extreme sports. As well as technical gear for rock climbers designed to bring new light to the sport.

  • Redux KC
    Founders: Jerry Nevins, Andy Talbert, Gerald Nevins, and Laura Cloud.
    Redux KC is a branded urban redevelopment campaign providing brand loyalty, increased sales and enhanced brand image to corporate partners.

  • Roo Business
    Founders: Adrienne Adesnwa, Jeff Cohen, and Adia Rice.
    Roo Business is selling UMKC Bloch School t-shirts. They are $16.00 and 10% of each purchase will be going to a Haiti charity.

  • Scan N’ Go
    Founders: Rohan Suppal, Kyle Sellhorst, Mays Sarsour, Kin Wong, Maria Khan, Marcos Berroteran. The Scan N’ Go unit includes a touch screen LCD display that will be attached to the handle of a shopping cart to enhance customer shopping experience, by including features such as GPS product location, in-store promotions and coupons, on the spot checkout, and many more.

  • Seis
    Founders: Courtney Jackson, Thutram Luu, Sara Meneely, Kai Guo, Jiale Liu, Shinhwan Kim.
    Trendy Tapas style restaurant.

  • Sharp Dressed Man
    Founder: Austin Hunt, Alex Dickmann, Anthony Roy, and Michael Landes.
    A men's fashion design one-stop shop and provides clothing advice for men.

  • Shawn Plachek
    Founder: Twin Bros LLC.
    Shawn Plachek specializes in rebuilding recreational vehicles.

  • SHIFT
    Founders: James Hottel, Michael Hammann, Michael Nouri, and Jeremy Schroeder.
    Superior Health Information for Tomorrow (SHIFT) fills the information gap and marks the next step in true, patient centered healthcare. SHIFT is not a personal health record. Our service is an addition to the personal health record that makes the record even more effective.

  • Simplify
    Founders: Mark Schlemmer, Matthew Duncan, Ryan Roberston, James Keown, and Michelle Morris.
    Simplify, LLP is a small-sized accounting firm that specializes in tax planning and preparation for individuals, sole proprietorships, LLCs, and partnerships. Simplify also creates custom design applications using spreadsheet software and innovation which allows us to partner with our clients on a level not seen in the industry.

  • Smash
    Founders: Mundhir Nomaan, Octivia Williams, Pardeep Singh, Shao Chun Chang, Kin Wong, and Christian Nwambo.

  • Snap Bandage
    Founders: Garret Schmnidt, Matthew Brockmeier, Michael Haslam, Jennifer Rice, Ashley Earnest, Kevin Jones, Ryan Rechkemmer.
    Snap bandage manufactures and sells a patented, high-volume bandage dispenser and refills which provide convenience and labor cost reduction to health care professionals.

  • Student Painters
    Founder: Anthony Roy.
    Quality house painting services at student prices. Backed up with a two-year warranty, professional training programs and liability insurance.

  • Simply Worn
    Founder: Katie Griffing.
    Simply Worn is an eco-friendly retail business that creates women’s accessories from recycled clothing and textiles. The business targets women who desire one-of-a-kind, well-made products that positively impact the environment. The goal of the business is to create a successful online store to sell directly to customers and attract wholesale opportunities. Simply Worn accessories appeal to women’s specialty shops and boutiques that have some sense of social or environmental responsibility to provide their customers with locally-made or environmentally friendly products.

  • Talo Acoustics
    Founders: Ferdinand Larice and Brandon Tomlin.
    Talo Acoustics will be providing the home theater and professional audio industries with innovative and attractive speaker systems that solve various issues related to placement, performance, and visual appeal. Our competitor’s speaker systems are either large unsightly rectangular shaped boxes, or multiple units attempting to work together cluttering a room.

  • The Balkan Store
    Founders: Jacqueline Banks, Emir Bukvic, Benjamin Franks, Tetyana Hrynchyshyn, Pearl Mayanda, and Kristan Shelton.
    The Balkan store was founded to provide a Balkan presence in the United States.  The goal of this company is to provide food, cloth and antiques from the Balkan region to the large Balkan population within the United States.  It will also satisfy the need for differentiation from the numerous American retail stores.

  • The Dog House
    Founders: Ben Lassiter.
    Multi-acre off leash Dog Park.

  • The Drop N’ Dry Electronics Bag
    Founder: Sam Nichols.
    Cell phone dry-bag to dry out a cell phone that has been dropped in water.

  • The HotDog Shoppe
    Founders: Abdul Whab Zafar, John Joblin, Megan Mills, Alex hogben, Chad Kubincina, and Brett Iliff.
    We want to open a hot dog restaurant in the downtown KC area, where we will serve specialty gourmet hot dogs with other normal hot dogs as well. We will be offering different types of meat with the option of kosher meat as well. This is a new opportunity in KC but it has been big in Chicago and around the west coast.

  • The Jerk Nation
    Founders: Edward Parra.

  • The Judge Robert Dean Watson Senior Foundation
    Founders: Michael McGlon.

  • The Mick Yunghans Guitar Studio
    Founder: Mike Yunghans.
    One-on-one guitar lessons

  • Thompsen Travel
    Founders: Dana Thompson, Eric Scali, Jeff McCaffrey, Charlene Bessetti, Elizabeth Low, and Brandon Stanley.
    Thompsen Travel is a travel agency that specifically focuses on the honeymoon and destination wedding market, the most stable segment of the travel market.

  • Tracer Technology
    Founders: Mark Prenni, Tracie Rutherford, Kerrie Medlicott, Shanon Fucik, and Ray Brill.
    Tracer Technology is a company that integrates existing global positioning system technology with commonly lost items. The company's initial product is a golf ball locator system.

  • TrackIt
    Founders: Charles Sawyer, Jon Greenlee, and Ryan Peltz.

  • Trailer Lock
    Founder: Alex Carpenter.
    Trailer Lock offers a reliable way to protect and secure an OTR cargo trailer.

  • TransformaLEDs Technologies
    Founders: Noah McGraw, Charles Scheibler, Troy Norris, Nathan Ross, Chad Thomas, James Roberson, and Hisashi Kunimoto.
    TransformaLEDs Technologies will revolutionize the LED market by introducing a new, cutting edge "true green" technology. Through research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this new technology which TranformaLEDs will sublicense to manufacturers brings a brighter, more efficient, and cheaper LED to this multi-billion dollar industry.

  • Trash Net
    Founders: Ashley Keener, Mallory Goodman, and Ardy Koch.
    The Trash Net is a portable car trash bag that fits securely in the side car door panel of most vehicles.

  • Treatment for Diabetes
    Founders: Christopher Ball, Rebecca Rapp, and Jake Valle.
    This treatment is novel in that it is designed to decrease the amount of glucose, which not only treats Diabetes, but also eliminates all of the side-effects from Diabetes.Two professors at the UMKC have developed a new treatment for Diabetes.  Diabetes is caused by excess glucose in the body.  The harmful side-effects from Diabetes are from this excess glucose.  Current oral medication creates more insulin or the body's sensitivity to insulin. It does not reduce glucose in the body, so there are still the side-effects present.

  • True Identity LLC
    Founders: Ahmad Batten, John Lundquist, and Andrew Myracle.
    This venture designs and markets multi-colored customizable wristbands initially for the education market but also to support causes such as the fight against autism, breast cancer, the environment, and many other causes.

  • Twister Paint Technology
    Founders: Jeremy Rodery, Mary Cirese, Alex Logan.

  • Urf@tire
    Founders: Bakari Lewis, Samuel Lewis, and Antwone Washington.
    Planet Urf is a super exciting business that integrates stylish fashion with social network. It has a social networking site with its very own clothing line called Yrf @tire.

  • Unwhined
    Founders: Marilee Garza, Amy Moench, and Gerald Moench.
    Unwhined is a quick service restaurant (pay before eating, served while seated) catering to busy families with young children and offering fresher, healthier food options than most fast food restaurants. The unique feature of the concept is an indoor play land designed for toddler through 8 year old children and a game area for pre-teens, providing children freedom to move around safely and build relationships while adults are able to dine and enjoy adult conversation. Unwhined fosters a supportive environment for all ages and strives to be an extension of your family’s home…anytime is a good time for Unwhined.

  • Velocity Performance Product
    Founder: Sean Butler.

  • Vitality Health and Wellness Center
    Founders: Barbara Hunt, Scott Lakin, Brian Lindholm, and Shynda Miles.
    Vitality Health and Wellness Center is a lifestyle management facility that offers elite services to clients. These services include healthcare, wellness, and life management.  The goal of Vitality Health and Wellness Center is to improve the quality of life of our clients in order to ensure that they can maintain independent living for as long as possible.

  • Viva La Chic Handbags
    Founders: Manasi Sharma and Jeanette Glaze.
    Viva La Chic is currently providing consulting services to established business owners – Sheila and John Blosser. The Blossers want to sell their handbags online but don’t have the time or the technical expertise. This provides Viva La Chic a unique opportunity to experience launching an online handbags business with minimal investment. Once this consulting work is complete, Viva La Chic plans to start a similar business and expand to other product lines such as accessories.

  • WalkRight
    Founders: Aaron Brown, Jacey Waterman, Sam Soheil, Kyle Sanders, Patrick May, and Brett Archer.

  • Wi-Fido Wireless Dog Monitoring
    Founders: Heather Humphrey, Amy Hunkeler, Chris Lehan, Rob McCaslin, Catherine Moussa, Anne Spenner and Tom Tasset.
    Wi-Fido is the only implantable wireless monitoring service for dog owners and  their vets providing peace of mind and security through 24/7 access to vital pet health information by computer or smart phone. Wi-Fido improves care for valued companion animals, show animals and rescue animals through unique “no worry” bundle of technology, installation and monitoring service. The service taps the growing demand for “human-like” diagnostic services in the rapidly increasing pet services industry.

  • Wind Turbine
    Founder: Daksh Bhojak.
    Portable residential wind turbine that will produce 1000KW/month.

  • Zyrih Creative
    Founder: Sarah Akers.

Prototype Ventures

  • Hangover LLC
    Founders: Daniel Mulhern, Nathalie Zaroor, Brandon Arnold, and Samip Patel.
    Hangover developed a board game that involves the consumption of alcohol and is targeted towards young adults over the age of 21.

  • Petfax LLC
    PetFax is a new venture concept with a focus on improving the pet recovery process while providing an online medical history database accessible to pet owners, animal health, boarding and grooming facilities, pet adoption agencies, and the hotel and travel industries.

  • Petfood Solutions LLC
    An aesthetically pleasing brushed aluminum pet food storage container that is divided into two different storage areas and has a freshness sealing lid that also keeps out pests.

  • Relief Tees LLC
    The primary product is a simple, 100% cotton t-shirt with creative and original designs.

  • Victoria Falls Vacationing LLC
    Founders: Preston Porter, Bester Seemani and Rio Wakvata.
    This company developed integrated vacation packages to the Victoria Water Falls in Zambia, considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. The first package is targeted towards newly weds. The second vacation package is designed for families, and the final package is geared towards the needs of single individuals and adventurers.

  • Venture Plans

  • Bearyield Oil Services
    Bearyield Oil Services is an oil recovery specialist.

  • Demonstrative Monster
    Demonstrative Monster is a video production company specializing in demonstrative video evidence for litigation firms.

  • Walters Pharmacy Services
    Founder: Bridget Flavin.
    Walters Pharmacy Services provides medication therapy management services to the patients of independent and small-chain pharmacies.

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