MYMA.io

Origin: United Kingdom | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Active

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What is MYMA.io?

myma has developed a market leading Internet of things platform. We partner with companies to provide bespoke B2B solutions for their needs and we design all our own software and hardware in-house. Our open RESTful API means you can connect your IoT devices in a matter of minutes, not months. Circular as the product benefits everyone involved. The OEM gets a better understanding of their machines usage and programme settings (cycle, temp, heat, pump, wash, can all be detected) and can reduce R&D, customer service and engineer call out costs (currently at £800M per year). The end user gets an extended 12 months warranty and a better understanding of their usage and real time interactions with their machines. By using it’s own classification engine in the cloud with predictive maintenance AI and Preventative maintenance, Myma can extend the lifetime of the machine by up to 3 years or 2,000 cycles. They charge a simple SaaS model, have several verticals and take a cut of the D2C sales. They understandably, have a huge, untapped total addressable market of 10Bn appliances globally, of which, none of them are connected to the manufacturer and their user (yet). Electrolux & Bosch ship 120M appliances per year and have a remit and urgency to get millions of their machines connected. Team Myma are ahead in more ways than one; they have been in the IoT space for over 6 years (with WIFIPLUG) and they have several unique IP plays that give them the market leader advantage, offering their customers a full turn-key solution, ready to scale.

Company Leadership

Leon Doyle

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Leon the CEO is a seasoned Entrepreneur, he has had 3 Technology startups and has been in the space since 2005 with stints on the BBC Apprentice and Dragons Den. If you have heard of Techstars, here is the Demo Day pitch it’s 7 minutes so only watch if you like what you see in the deck. The team (of 7) have so far, signed contracts with two of the Worlds largest, competing OEM’s (Electrolux & Bosch / Siemens). Using their custom IoT platform they can make your washer, drier or dishwasher smart, which is the exact remit of these corporates right now. Myma understands customer usage and feeds it back to the manufacturer via a dashboard giving detailed analysis and insight to up sell D2C.

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T-var EdTech

Origin: OH | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Active

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What is T-var EdTech?

Hundreds of millions of kids around the world aren’t being educated in reading in the way that they need, or deserve. We are going to change that. The Read Read™ is the first device that allows kids to independently learn how to read. Developed at the Harvard Innovation Lab, with engineers from MIT, The Read Read™ is producing game-changing results, especially for kids with special needs. During our 5-month pilot at the Perkins School for the Blind, kids previously classified as ‘non-readers’ were able to learn to read using our device. During our 5-month pilot at the Perkins School for the Blind, kids previously classified as ‘non-readers’ were able to learn to read using our device. We’re seeking to partner with foundations and philanthropists who are interested in early literacy, visual impairments and blindness, dyslexia, and Autism, so that together, we can realize our vision of Literacy For All.

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Alex Tavares

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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ThermoAI

Origin: NY | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Active

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What is ThermoAI?

ThermoAI is using AI and IoT to optimize combustion, saving millions in fuel and reducing emissions. Our team includes a machine-learning Ph.D. from Oxford, a chemical engineer, and a published applied AI expert. We are currently seeing increasing of combustion efficiency of 3%-5% with our existing proof-of-concepts.

Company Leadership

Aiden Livingston

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Applied AI expert, contributor to VentureBeat’s AI section, and author of the upcoming book “The AI Entrepreneur – how to bring AI to legacy industries”. Marketing consultant from Manhattan having worked with Fortune 50 companies.

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Carolina Chaves

Co-Founder & COO

Chemical engineer from Nacional Universidad of Colombia. Member of TAYEA (Termodinámica aplicada y energías alternativas) or Applied Thermodynamics and Alternative Energies.

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David Watson

Co-Founder & CTO

Doctoral candidate at Oxford University. Expert on machine learning and causal modelling for complex, high-dimensional systems.

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SpenDebt

SpenDebt

Origin: TX | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Active

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What is SpenDebt?

SpenDebt is a financial technology company using small, micropayments with every banking transaction to improve consumer’s financial health. SpenDebt is on a mission to save one million Americans from financial fatalities every time they swipe their debit card or have a banking transaction. The company offers a simple way for consumers to pay down account balances and provides businesses an alternative payment solution to empower consumers to break down larger payments into smaller payments; allowing them to pay throughout the payment period.

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Kiley Summers

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

SpenDebt’s Founder/CEO, Kiley Summers is a man of faith, husband, and father. Also, he is an Electrical Engineer from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has 8 years of experience working with a fortune 100 company as a Manufacturing Engineer and Business Unit Leader. His experience covers leading people, processes, and technology to produce premium products. He has led a successful $62 million automated warehouse startup, 4th in company’s history at that time. Mr. Summers founded SpenDebt after his family and he paid off $100,000 plus of debt.

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Ty’Lisha Summers

Co-Founder

As Co-Founder of SpenDebt, TyLisha brings more than 10 years experience working for a Fortune 500 company. Using her analytical skills, she created the first simulation to prove out SpenDebt’s micropayment concept. Along side her husband Kiley, they became debt free and developed a platform to help others achieve the same!

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Swipesum

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Active

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What is Swipesum?

In 2016, a group of payment technology experts saw a broken system and an opportunity. The payments space, with its legacy merchant acquisition strategies, convoluted contracts, and complex patchwork of providers, left merchants frustrated. This $900B industry was ripe for innovation. So they set out to build a technology solution capable of meeting the rapidly evolving needs of today’s businesses, the Swipesum payments marketplace. To mark the new beginning of merchants taking control, our founding team called the business Swipesum – shining a light on the total cost of merchant services. They focused on building a frictionless, state-of-the-art platform that connects businesses with a network of providers and payment methods around the world, enabling businesses to have the upper hand in negotiations. Swipesum provides the best holistic solution at the best rate to grow revenue online and in-store with ease. After building the core technology, the advantages of working with a single partner to navigate the complexities of contracts and integrations began to be recognized. We currently save businesses millions in payment processing costs and show no signs of slowing down.

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Michael Seaman

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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Stephen Seaman

Co-Founder & COO

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Parlor

Origin: MA | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Active

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What is Parlor?

Parlor is a Customer Collaboration Platform which transforms the way digital product teams proactively engage their customers in order to build better products. Parlor works by adding a ‘relationship layer’ to a company’s live software product, letting them engage their most valuable users in highly specialized ways to refine their products, validate their efforts, and dramatically de-risk the cost of new feature development. In a nutshell, Parlor turns a company’s users into collaborators & their product into a dynamic collaboration laboratory – all without impeding those customers or disrupting their in-app user experience.

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Keith Frankel

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

I’m a startup product exec, community builder, and award-winning speaker based in Boston. Formerly the Creative Director at HubSpot (IPO), Chief Digital Officer at Tablelist (VC backed), and Chief Product Officer at Firecracker (acquired), I’m now the co-founder of Parlay. In my spare time, I’m the host of CreativeMornings Boston, an advisory board member for the American Institute of Graphic Artists, a Techstars mentor, a co-creator of the Boston Tech Guide, and a voracious Netflix watcher.

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Jason Zopf

Co-Founder & CTO

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Podcast Press

Origin: LA | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Acquired

What is Podcast Press?

PodcastPress was an Audio & Voice creation platform.

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IncentiLock

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Active

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What is IncentiLock?

Software that fully automates the calculation of tax credit and incentive benefits. Our data supports workforce development training needs identification and highlights diversity history in hiring.

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Jane Vancil

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Founder of tech company, committed to providing tools for increasing efficiency, accuracy, and accountability in economic development incentive compliance. Jane served as a non-profit (ITEN) tech company mentor and EIR with more than 25 years of combined Fortune 500 and tech start-up experience.

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GiftAMeal

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Active

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What is GiftAMeal?

GiftAMeal is a mobile app that helps provide a meal to someone in need locally each time a customer takes a photo at a partner restaurant. Partner restaurants have seen increases in new customers, check size, visit frequency, and social media publicity result from their involvement in GiftAMeal. 290+ restaurants are currently involved and over 800,000 meals have been provided so far.

Company Leadership

Andrew Glantz

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Glantz is the founder and CEO of GiftAMeal. He was the youngest person named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 List and the third youngest included on the Alpha Kappa Psi 40 Under 40 List. He graduated Washington University in St. Louis Magna Cum Laude in May 2017 where received the Joseph W. Towle prize for leadership potential as well as being voted Most Likely to be a Billionaire by his classmates. Prior to GiftAMeal, Andrew ran a non-profit storefront that promoted re-use and sustainability, and he served as Vice President of a children’s charity. Andrew also currently serves as an Associate Member of the Alumni Board of Governors at Washington University in St. Louis. His hobbies include basketball, parkour, and cooking.

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Jacob Mohrmann

CMO

A St. Louis native, Jacob graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. He joined the team initially as an intern in June 2015 and afterwards quickly rose in the company to become Chief Marketing Officer. Before GiftAMeal, he led marketing campaigns for a mid-sized Missouri startup and created a sustainable biosand filter in Madagascar. Jacob is a vegetarian, a people-person, and loves to find new ways to give back to the community. He also currently works at Maritz as a behavioral science analyst.

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