S4

Origin: Argentina | Grant Awarded: 2016 | Status: Active

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What is S4?

S4 is an agri-management platform designed to improve agricultural yield and manage agricultural risk. The company’s platform offers data analytics as well as decision-making tools to improve agricultural production processes and protocols, enabling clients to improve their agricultural planning.

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Diego
Steverlynck

CEO

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Mentor Spaces

Origin: IL | Grant Awarded: 2015 | Status: Active

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What is Mentor Spaces?

Mentor Spaces is a virtual mentorship company for emerging Black and Latinx professionals that helps companies scale their diversity and inclusion efforts while advancing the careers of underrepresented minorities. The Mentor Spaces platform, which is currently used by more than 10,000 emerging Black and Latinx leaders, allows corporate mentors to communicate with prospective employees in career interest-based groups making it easier for companies to find, hire and retain diverse talent. Companies use Mentor Spaces to build a diverse talent pipeline, improve retention, and enhance corporate culture.

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Chris Motley

President and CEO

Chris earned his degree in History from Columbia University in 2003, and holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Before joining Better Weekdays, Chris worked with 1888 Mills and Eagle Capital Solutions, and was named by the Chicago Scholars as a member of the Top 35 Under 35.

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Kunal Parbadia

VP of Operations

Kunal earned his degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010, and brings his consulting experience to Better Weekdays, having previously worked for Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services and Accenture.

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Fredric Mitchell

advisor

Fredric earned his degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. Before joining Better Weekdays, Fredric worked with Phase2 and Orbit Media Studios, Inc. and brings nearly decade of experience in web design and web programming to his work with Better Weekdays.

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Rovertown

Origin: IL | Grant Awarded: 2013 | Status: Active

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What is RoverTown?

RoverTown is the developer of a geo-fence application-based technology platform designed to automatically drive customers to stores. The company’s platform offers an online mobile application for easily accepting mobile coupons, enabling customers to increase their sales and revenues with just a push button present in this online application.

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Jeffry Harrison

Chief Operating Officer

Jeffry earned his degree in Business Administration- Finance and Entrepreneurship from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2012. He brings experience serving as the former SIUE Student Trustee on the SIU Board of Trustees and Vice President for Students on the Phi Kappa Phi National Board of Directors. Jeffry is also a 2015 Pipeline Fellow.

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Mike Philip

Chief Executive Officer

Mike studied Information Systems Technologies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He initially founded and bootstrapped RoverTown while in college. Mike also currently serves as a Board Member at the SIU Student Innovation Incubator.

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Michael Rzeznik

Chief Technology Officer

Michael earned his degree in Information Systems Technologies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2012. He is experienced in 13+ programming languages and has written over 2.5 million lines of custom code for RoverTown.

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Appcropolis

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2013 | Status: Active

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What is Appcropolis?

appcropolis is a cloud-based web development platform that allows users to create responsive websites and HTML5 mobile applications. They have over 100,000 mobile app templates that are fully designed, customizable, and ready-to-use.

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Raul Sanchez

Founder & CEO

Raul earned his degree in Architecture and Urbanism from Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1995. Raul is an experienced software developer with knowledge of web technologies and information architecture. Creating emotional connections between people and technology is his passion. Before joining Appcropolis, Raul worked with NBC Universal and Hulu.

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Blue Line Technology

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2014 | Status: Active

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What is Blue Line Technology?

Blue Line Technology is a software company dedicated to the development of intelligent facial recognition video security systems. First Line Software is an intelligent facial recognition security software that provides automatic, real-time, identification verification for threat detection, access control, and concierge applications.

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Thomas Sawyer

Co-founder & senior partner

Tom brings over 21 years of criminal investigation experience to Blue Line as an accomplished private investigator and former police officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

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Joe Spiess

senior partner

Joe earned his degree in English from Saint Louis University in 1983, and holds a Masters degree in Management from Webster University. Joe is an expert in the fields of criminal justice and crime prevention and recently retired as a Major of Police at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

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