Nebula Media Group

Origin: PA | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Nebula Media Group?

Nebula Media Group is a full-service website and content accessibility consultancy for small and mid-size businesses. From WCAG to ADA compliance, our ‘accessibility-as-a-service’ platform combines people, technology, processes, and legal expertise to help attain and maintain true accessibility for our clients. Let’s build a more inclusive web, together.

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Will Bubenik

Founder

Will Bubenik is a St. Louis native and has three siblings with intellectual disabilities. Seeing his siblings struggle to use the internet showed him that it wasn’t that his siblings weren’t able to access the world…it was that the world was made inaccessible to them. Nebula was born from that experience. Will is an avid sports fan and a proud Temple University alumni, having professional experience with Special Olympics International and the Philadelphia 76ers. Ask Will about Philly sports!

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Harmonee

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Harmonee?

Harmonee is a simple app bringing communities together around a common purpose. Relationships between businesses and consumers are currently failing to fulfil either’s most important motivations. Harmonee realigns the relationship around shared values by matching both sides to nonprofits they have in common. In the app a business posts a question to a specific group of people and pledges a donation to a nonprofit that the group supports. People answer the question, giving the business insight and easily supporting the nonprofit they care about. Nonprofits collect donations and return meaningful value to the community. In this cyclical model businesses build strong relationships with their customers by listening well and sharing ownership. Nonprofits earn passive income and build deep support systems. People get to easily fund work they care about and help everyone come together to achieve their goals.

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Tara Nesbitt

co-Founder & CEO

Tara is an experienced strategist and marketer. Passionate about data and people, she understands the relationship between each component of a community. With over a decade of experience, Tara has learned how to make data relational. She knows that numbers on a page represent real people with complicated dreams and companies with the ability to do much more than turn a profit.

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Justin Trusty

co-Founder & CTO

Justin is an experienced entrepreneur and solution architect. He has worked in the data & consulting space for over a decade and has broad expertise across multiple cloud providers as well as in a variety of industries. He is passionate about data platforms, product management, and solution architecture.

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David Rygiol

co-Founder & CCO

David is a designer who has spent the past decade working with small businesses and nonprofits to build brands that connect with their audience. He also co-founded his own nonprofit that organized large groups of designers to collaborate on projects for social good.

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InfraLytiks

Origin: IA | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is InfraLytiks?

InfraLytiks has the main goal of “Making Data Meaningful”. We specialize in data analytics, Machine Learning and development of custom software & automation platforms for productization. We also own and operate a suite of geospatial and Artificial Intelligence products including Verified Data Analytics, Automated Inspections, InfraVIEU, InfraDrone & LiDAR NOW.

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Akash Vidyadharan

Chief Technology Officer

Akash Vidyadharan leads full stack project and product development at InfraLytiks for 5+ years. He holds a BS & MS in Aerospace Engineering and a M.Eng in Systems Engineering from Iowa State University.

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Kevin Prendergast

President

Kevin Prendergast is the President of InfraLytiks and leads business development, sales and marketing. He also has 35+ years experience in leading insurance, software and healthcare companies as President and CMO roles.

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Tyler Carter

Chief Operations Officer

Tyler Carter leads operations and administration at InfraLytiks and has 5+ years of experience in business development, administration and company operations. He holds a BS Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

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Equalizer Games

Origin: TX | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Equalizer Games?

Equalizer games is a sports and education AI software platform that helps athletes improve player IQ through virtual coaching and interactive training: helping athletes improve their game and safety before they ever take the field. This platform allows the coach to speak to the player away from the field through a web portal that provides teaching and tracks assessment of the player’s virtual practice from his or her mobile device. Our communication system increases engagement and allows for training away from school all at the fingertips of the student-athlete.

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John Tomlinson, Jr.

co-Founder & CEO

Co-Founder and CEO, John has over 27 years of QB coaching experience in high school, college, and the NFL. John’s experience with developing players’ IQ and on-field skills at all levels of football and knowing what triggers the IQ for student-athletes to produce successful results on the field are the ingredients he uses to fuel this product.

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Marcus Matthews

CTO

20+ years of sports game development and entrepreneurship, including development of original NBA 2K and NFL 2K for Sega. He’s our catalyst for technology innovation, development, and communication with our potential software development partners.

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Kathy Tomlinson

co-Founder & president

Co-Founder and President/COO Kathy has over 22+ years of finance and customer service experience. Kathy is helping shape operations of equalizer games as it continues to evolve. She is also the catalyst of building the idea of IQ development for Equalizer Games’ future tools.

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ZenHammer

Origin: TN | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is ZenHammer?

ZenHammer is a mobile app designed for small residential subcontractors to manage their critical workflow items and invoicing. The app allows them to create a job, track and manage that job, and then send an invoice to the client and get paid through credit card or direct deposit. ZenHammer aims to make the small subcontractor’s work life easier and more efficient so they can be more productive and as a result, make more money.

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edwin Williams

ceo

Edwin Williams is an enterprising entrepreneur and Founder with a natural curiosity and a voracious appetite for information. He also excels at connecting people with ideas to people with resources or more ideas, and following-through to facilitate development of meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships. He has been central to the development and launch of numerous community events in Johnson City, TN such as “Pitches and Pints” and the construction competition, “Battle of the Build”.

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Robert pryately

VP business development

Robert is a Financial Analyst and operational business partner at Spytec GPS. He has a track record of success advising on both finance and strategy. Robert’s educational background (MBA, Vanderbilt University) and his eye for both the top line and everything between the top and bottom line showcase his financial consulting skills. He understands competitive advantages and coaches his teams for success.

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matthew mayfield

vp of sales

Over 20 years in entrepreneurial sales mostly pertaining to the tech and health industries, including owning of a successful gym, a fitness management and consulting company, and lastly a wellness adventure tour, I hold 2 patents, have designed an app, and I am on the board of directors of an emerging tech company.

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Another Reality Studio

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Another Reality Studio?

Another Reality Studio (ARS) is a St. Louis technology startup that creates immersive and interactive extended reality (XR) applications for a variety of industries. Their mission is to be on the cutting edge of AR/VR and 3D application technology to work with a wide range of startups to Fortune 100 companies. ARS is driven by this growth to create a fun work environment that interesting clients and talented employees are attracted to. They develop custom XR applications utilizing the powerful Unreal Engine and Unity development platforms.

The Looking Glass platform is a custom 3D web application that makes design review easier to understand and always accessible to build trust for architecture end clients. It was uniquely developed by ARS to transform complex architectural drawings into a simple to use virtual walkthrough 3D space. Anyone can explore what future environments will become for use with any device, at any time, without direction.

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bradly martin

ceo

Brad Martin is CEO/ Founder of ARS and one of the top-rated AR/VR developers on Upwork. He leads a local developer meetup, been involved with an XR grant at Mizzou, & is AR/VR technology advisor for T- Rex & DisruptED. He specializes in new technology, project management and ideation for clients and industries. Brad is the creator of Looking Glass & has worked as associate architect at a leading St. Louis Architecture firm. Brad’s skillsets includes: Unreal Engine, Unity, AutoCAD, Autodesk 3DS Max, Google SketchUp, Revit, and HTML.

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mauricio espin

CtO

Mauricio Espin del Rio is the CTO & Co-Founder of ARS and leads the R&D/ development team. He is a senior programmer with over 15 years of IT, 3D Modeling, Animation, UI and Unreal Engine developer experience.

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Eemerg Roadside Assistance Marketplace

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2020 | Status: Active

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What is Eemerg Roadside Assistance Marketplace?

Eemerg roadside assistance is a revolutionary solution to emergency automotive dilemmas. Eemerg is an on-demand mobile roadside assistance marketplace geared toward customers with limited roadside assistance options. We are uniquely solving roadside assistance emergencies through an open platform where customers have multiple provider options at their fingertips with the press of a button. This app enables customers to decide which provider they want to go with, how much money they want to spend, and how long they want to wait for services. Not only is Eemerg cost-effective, but we also offer quicker response times as well.

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Whitney McClendon-Gregory

Co-Founder

Whitney McClendon-Gregory is an ambitious CEO from Saint Louis, MO. She is the founder of Eemerg Roadside Assistance Marketplace. Eemerg, launched in early 2019, is a roadside assistance app created with the average consumer in mind. Whitney saw the need for a safe and consumer-friendly application to provide the automotive services that users need most. She is dedicated to providing an open marketplace platform where both customers and service providers can choose a suitable price option for their needs.

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Disruptel

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2020 | Status: Active

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What is Disruptel?

Disruptel is an American AI company that creates smart products powered by computer vision, natural language processing, and voice technologies.

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Alex Quinn

founder & ceo

Alex Quinn founded Disruptel in 2017 while in high school. Originally focused on solar technology products, Disruptel later pivoted to become a machine learning company. Alex has led the development of Disruptel’s technical architecture.

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Mission Control

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2020 | Status: Active

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What is Mission Control?

Mission Control is a platform for gathering and growing community using recreational esports, similar to a local adult softball league or college intramurals — just with video games. Organizations — whether a community group, college, LAN Center, or something else — use Mission Control to gather their community, host leagues of various game titles, and manage their esports’ operation. Gamers use Mission Control for a casual, social experience doing something they love with others in their community.

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Austin Smith

CEO & Co-founder

Austin Smith is the cofounder and CEO of Mission Control, a B2B SAAS Platform for Rec League Esports. An economist and entrepreneur from St. Louis, Missouri, Austin is passionate about building and preserving communities. He has worked in urban planning in St. Louis, sales at Tesla, and venture capital at Stadia Ventures. As a venture associate at an early stage sports and esports venture accelerator firm, Austin gained unique insights into the esports market which led him to cofounding Mission Control, a company that builds community through video games.

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Byron abrigg

cco & Co-founder

Byron Abrigg is the cofounder and Chief Customer Officer of Mission Control, a B2B SaaS platform for rec league esports. Byron started his career in venture capital and accelerators, serving as the Accelerator Coordinator at Stadia Ventures, an early stage sports tech and esports VC and accelerator program in St. Louis, MO. Byron is a graduate of Saint Louis University.

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