10 Updates
An Inside Look at SparkLabKC's Class of 2014
Photo Credit: Forbes Business

An Inside Look at SparkLabKC's Class of 2014

Apr 13 2014, 2:26pm CDT | by

Who helped you pursue your vision? Raising capital and seeking launch support for a new startup is a daunting task, and many knowledgeable entrepreneurs with great ideas struggle to find the right...

Filed under: news

 
 
 

15 weeks ago

An Inside Look at SparkLabKC's Class of 2014

Apr 13 2014, 2:26pm CDT | by

Who helped you pursue your vision? Raising capital and seeking launch support for a new startup is a daunting task, and many knowledgeable entrepreneurs with great ideas struggle to find the right mix of resources.

As a Kansas City-based accelerator, SparkLabKC’s goal is to provide entrepreneurs with access to the vital resources every new venture needs. The accelerator selects 10 companies to participate in a three-month program that focuses on raising seed money and provides access to mentors, legal and financial services, and workspace. The program culminates in a “demo day,” when each company presents its prototype to potential investors.

SparkLabKC’s second class has just come to a close, and I attended today’s demo day presentations as a mentor and investor. Overall, this class’s startups showed well and included a healthy variety of company types.

Here’s a closer look at the class:

BuzzMeDo

BuzzMeDo lets retailers deliver personalized promotions to consumers via text or push messaging. Its key benefit is that it collects data and continually analyzes consumer behavior to improve client redemption rates and ROI. The company already serves a number of food service chains and has proven its model with its impressive revenue gains.

1CapApp

1CapApp is a secure online service that provides live captioning for business meetings, classrooms, conventions, and courtrooms. As the fastest text-streaming platform on the market, it’s already working with clients throughout the U.S. and Europe.

CouponCloud

CouponCloud provides an innovative solution that enables retailers to process both paper and digital coupons at the point of sale in a way that cuts the cost of dealing with expensive third-party coupon-processing sites, streamlines the coupon life cycle, and eliminates fraud.

Hello Fearless

This online learning portal provides women interested in entrepreneurship access to training from top experts, opportunities for mentorship, online courses, a supportive community, and a variety of other resources to help them succeed.

Minute Movement

Minute Movement is a fitness program that focuses on quick, simple exercises for busy professionals that can be done anywhere. It has completed initial testing with three corporate clients and has compiled nearly 250 sales already.

Life Equals

Life Equals is a nutrition company that matches every vitamin sold with a donation of vitamins to undernourished children. It distributes online as well as through Whole Foods and Hy-Vee./>/>

UChic

This online community provides resources to young women pursuing higher education opportunities. Revenue from every product sold goes into a dedicated scholarship fund, and UChic has already sold more than 100,000 books to date.

Lucky Orange

Lucky Orange is an advanced website optimization suite that tracks visitor interactions with real-time analytics. These sessions can be played back to see where visitors are engaging with a website and where they are dropping off. Lucky Orange adds 20 accounts per day and already has more than 1,000 subscribers.

Creelio

This mobile software as a service (SaaS) platform allows companies to present their story online through blogging and social media. Creelio is currently beta testing with marketing agencies and other SparkLabKC participants.

ToastyTote

Marketing itself as the “ultimate sports blanket,” ToastyTote is a 5-in-1 poncho, wrap, picnic blanket, chair carrier, and seat cushion. So far, the company has presold more than 400 units.

SparkLabKC has built a springboard for these early-stage companies. More than anything, it has given entrepreneurs the chance to do what they do best: solve problems and share those solutions with the world. I left feeling energized by the atmosphere of collaboration, creativity, and even a little friendly competition.

Author: Brent Beshore Google+ |@brentbeshore LinkedIn

 
Update
10

7 weeks ago

RM47mil KWSG contributions still unclaimed

Jun 9 2014 7:54am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: About RM47 million of contributions in the Teachers Provident Fund (KWSG) still remain unclaimed, the Dewan Rakyat ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
9

7 weeks ago

Gold shop lost almost RM1mil

Jun 9 2014 3:50am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KANGAR: A gold shop owner lost almost RM1 million after after the safe on in his shop was broken into ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
8

7 weeks ago

Motion to debate MAS losses in Dewan Rakyat rejected

Jun 9 2014 3:39am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: AN emergency motion to debate the losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines last year, amounting to RM1.2 billion was rejected ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
7

7 weeks ago

MH370 Tragedy: Hisham: RM27.6 mil spent on 1st phase of SAR

Jun 9 2014 2:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia spent some RM27.6 million in its first phase of the search operations for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370, said Acting Transport Minister, Datuk Ser ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
6

7 weeks ago

9.1m litres of diesel seized in a month

Jun 8 2014 1:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives, and Consumerism ministry has seized some 9.1 million litres of diesel and property worth RM58 million since mounting ‘Operasi Diesel Selatan’ in the southern state ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
5

7 weeks ago

Girl, 9, awarded RM2.78m compensation for medical negligence

Jun 6 2014 4:56am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: A nine-year-old girl who suffered brain damage during her birth at a government hospital was awarded over RM2 ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
4

7 weeks ago

Malaysia's total trade in April up 12pc

Jun 5 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total trade in April 2014 rose by 12 per cent from a year ago to RM123.86 billion due to growing trading activities, International Trade and Industry Minis ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
3

7 weeks ago

Works Ministry to spend RM20m for upgrading works at 50 accident black spots

Jun 4 2014 11:35pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

JOHOR BARU: The Works Ministry will implement upgrading works at 50 accident prone locations in the country that have been identified this year involving an all ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
2

8 weeks ago

Najib launches loan scheme for Ramadan traders

Jun 4 2014 10:24pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launches RM45 million Ramadan Bazaar Scheme 20 ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
1

8 weeks ago

Residents bring up objection against Kidex to Suhakam

Jun 4 2014 4:49am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: A group of 20 Petaling Jaya residents held a meeting with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) over their objection against the proposed RM2.2 billion Kinrara Damansara S ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/30" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

China's yuan weakens
Beijing, July 31 (IANS) The value of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened by 30 basis points to 6.1675 against the US dollar in its central parity Thursday, authorities said.
 
 
'Brazil needs political reform, modernisation'
Brasilia, July 31 (IANS) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Wednesday that the country needed political reform and modernisation to limit state bureaucracy and spur economic activity.
 
 
OPEC daily basket price closes tad higher
Vienna, July 30 (IANS) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.44 a barrel Tuesday, against $105.22 last Thursday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.
 
 
Moscow calls US sanctions 'illegitimate'
Moscow, July 30 (IANS) The economic sanctions imposed by the United States are a revenge on Russia, the country's foreign ministry said Wednesday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Bolt calls report nonsense, editor stands by it
Glasgow, July 31 (IANS/CMC) A row has broken out in Glasgow over comments a newspaper claimed were made by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to describe the Commonwealth Games that are currently on here. The Times reporter...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
China's yuan weakens
Beijing, July 31 (IANS) The value of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened by 30 basis points to 6.1675 against the US dollar in its central parity Thursday, authorities said. In China's foreign...
Read more on Business Balla
 
'Brazil needs political reform, modernisation'
Brasilia, July 31 (IANS) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Wednesday that the country needed political reform and modernisation to limit state bureaucracy and spur economic activity. At a forum held at the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Grondona's death sad day for football: Messi
Buenos Aires, July 31 (IANS) Argentine football star Lionel Messi Wednesday said the death of the longtime president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), Julio Grondona, was "a sad day for football". He was 82...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Moscow urges Kiev for OSCE observers' safety
Moscow, July 31 (IANS) Russian government Wednesday urged the Ukrainian side to immediately stop military operations to ensure the security of observers of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Lily Allen's 'Bridget Jones' soundtrack scrapped
London, July 31 (IANS) Singer Lily Allen's soundtrack for a planned "Bridget Jones" musical has been dropped. The "Smile" hitmaker penned a score for the stage show based on the novel by Helen Fielding, but after...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
US denounces shelling of UN school in Gaza
Washington, July 31 (IANS) The US Wednesday condemned the shelling of a UN school in Gaza but refused to pinpoint Israel for it. The US does condemn the shelling of a UN school in Gaza which reportedly killed and...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Downey Jr. want to go shopping for daughter
Los Angeles, July 31 (IANS) Actor Robert Downey Jr. wants to take out time to shop for his unborn baby girl. The 49-year-old and wife Susan Levin will welcome a daughter in November and the former is planning to...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
US House approves lawsuit against Obama
Washington, July 31 (IANS) The US House Wednesday approved a lawsuit against President Barack Obama over alleged abuse of executive power. The 225-201 vote fell along party lines, with five Republicans voting against...
Read more on Politics Balla