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KynderMed, TEC Garage client, is a Cade Museum Innovation prize finalist

April 30, 2015
By Tampa Bay Innovation Center

KynderMed, a company using technology to safely and effectively enable at-risk women to avoid the onset of premature labor, is one of four finalists for the 6th Annual Cade Museum Prize for Innovation.  The company is a client at Tampa Bay Innovation Center’s TEC Garage.

“It’s an honor to be a finalist in such a fierce competition, up against so many other great innovators and companies,” says Don Rosenkoetter, KynderMed president.  “We are grateful to the TEC Garage staff for their guidance and resources that helped get us here.”

The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention’s annual competition for early-stage inventors and entrepreneurs received 85 entries from around the state. The $50,000 prize is intended to provide seed capital and publicity for ideas with market potential.  

The final four teams will make live pitches to a panel of judges on May 16, 2015, and the winner will be announced that evening at the inaugural “Inventivity Bash” at Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall in Gainesville.

KynderMed is a women’s health company initially focused on reducing the human tragedy and economic burden caused by preterm labor.  The first initiative is a proprietary, non-invasive medical device that reduces the risk of premature labor, a condition that claims more than 1 million infant lives each year, and for which there is no safe and effective therapy.

 “Don and his company are a great example of how innovation and partnerships, combined with mentoring and advisory services, can be a winning combination,” says Tonya Elmore, president of Tampa Bay Innovation Center. “We wish them the best in this competition.”

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TEC Garage adds seven new clients

April 10, 2015
By Tampa Bay Innovation Center

TEC Garage, an incubator and coworking entrepreneurial center operated by Tampa Bay Innovation Center, has added seven new clients.

 “We’re pleased to welcome these new companies to our community of startups and entrepreneurs,” says Tonya Elmore, president of Tampa Bay Innovation Center.  “We look forward to providing them with the mentoring and other services that will help grow their businesses.”

TEC Garage’s newest clients are:

  • CPA Squirrel: Jonathan Elliott, president:  CPASquirrel is a powerful, all inclusive software package designed to assist CPAs and accountants with data collection and client management.  The CPA’s customers receive friendly and personal messages requesting the necessary information while providing the specific templates associated with that data.  The internal dashboard provides a real time overview of deadline critical information and its status.
  •  KynderMed, Don Rosenkoetter, president:  KynderMed is a women’s health company initially focused on reducing the human tragedy and economic burden caused by preterm labor.  The first initiative is a proprietary, non-invasive medical device that reduces the risk of premature labor. 
  • Life Enabling Technologies, LLC, Stuart Pinnock, founder:  Life Enabling Technologies provides innovative, patented accessories for disabled individuals confined to wheelchairs.  The unique on-board disappearing tray table gives users more independence and enhances their quality of life.  Combined with LET’s automatic back pack Storage and Retrieval system, disabled individuals have greater freedom to enjoy life on their own terms.
  • Sennit Storage, LLC:  Sennit Storage, founded by Ian Holtzworth and Johnny  Munshower, is reinventing self-storage.  Powered by their unique PIT (Personal Items Tracking) software, Sennit offers unlimited personal storage with on demand pickup or delivery within 24 hours.  The complete service is offered for a cost-effective, flat monthly subscription price regardless of items and size.
  • SpotOn!: Dick Kane, founder:  SpotOn! is an innovative technology bringing traffic information to the user on a personal level.  Using historical data collected from the user’s normal routes, SpotOn! provides instant information summarizing the current trip’s expected time of completion.  The unique technology immediately tells the user whether the trip will be shorter or longer than their typical trip time. 
  • Stark EnglishStephan Gallego and Mark Bratanov, CoFounders:  Stark English has developed an interactive foreign language education platform centered on Activity Based Learning.  Their highly innovative approach has been proven to be more effective, thorough and efficient than the traditional translation-based learning technique.  Coupled with the Stark “Learn with Friends” model, users become proficient with a foreign language in a much shorter time frame.
  • Venue Viking, Michael McAleenan, CEO: Venue Viking is an on line interactive website allowing event planners and individuals to search and match events with venues.  The Venue Viking platform capitalizes on a user (called Explorer) searching a variety of venues, matching the event’s exact needs, both quickly and efficiently.  Venues have several options to create enhanced, powerful listings while Explorers can define several profiles to ensure a perfect match.

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