Jared and Spencer are the founders of Vytal, a new health monitoring system designed to provide better analytics. The value of the work they’ve done on Vytal was recently recognized with a $10,000 award from the Wichita State University Jumpstart Competition. The winners were selected based on several criteria including technical merit, development stage, commercialization timeline, job growth forecast, collaboration with partners and time and money invested. In addition to Vytal, they’re developing Dino as a wearable product for students 4 to 8 years old. It introduces those kids to coding, electronics, biometrics, problem solving and creative thinking. It has already been recognized as one of the top 20 best among 700 participants in the Ozy Genius Competition. Spencer and Jared will learn in March if Dino is among the 10 winners. Jared and Spencer are also taking classes and participating in the “Shocker Startup” organization. Both are students at Wichita State University.
As CTO & Co-Founder, Chris has had a massive role in the success of Travefy. Over the past year to year and a half, Travefy has had a slight pivot in their travel product offering and Chris has had the vision and technical expertise to make that possible.
While at the University of Missouri, and specifically, Mizzou’s Entrepreneurship Alliance, Bea has managed to apply the appropriate balance between entrepreneurial endeavors and scholarly activities. Bea launched AstronoBEAds on Earth Day 2016. AstronoBEAds is an online boutique with astronomy-themed jewelry. Her company currently sells six stellar products to both men and women. The venture is based on Bea’s interest in science, astronomy, and entrepreneurship. Within 8 months of operation Bea had $50,000 in products sold in 31 countries. Bea is active in the regional entrepreneurship scene that AstronoBEAds has been featured on Fox2NEWS, Star Talk Radio, Mizzou Magazine, Missouri Business Alert, the Missourian, Saint Louis Swap Meet, The STARtorialist (where science meets fashion blog), and the Columbia Tribune.
Tony has grown the engineering team at Flywheel almost doubling the size year over year. One of the original founders of Flywheel, Tony has created processes and collaboration between Product and Engineering, and created teams within the Engineering chapter where engineers are dedicated to customer problems. He's on a mission to inject more collaboration into the team and is always trying to continue the engineering process.
Dale Eesly is the head of the Entrepreneurship department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a major member of the Omaha Startup Community. Some of his projects include: Entrepreneurial Living and Learning Community (ELLC) Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference (MWEC) Big Idea Pitch Contest (UNO) Community Startup Events
Pear Deck is an educational startup providing a new way for students to be engaged with their education. Similar to a traditional powerpoint presentation, Pear Deck has added an integrated system allowing students to follow and engage in the lesson being taught.
Jocelyn is a founder and owner of Mobile Car Tune, a technology startup and mobile mechanic service provider in the Wichita Area. She is an Entrepreneurship - Real Estate major at Wichita State University where she serves as the president of Shocker Startup and a University Innovation Fellow. She has won five entrepreneurship awards, such as the Jabara Scholarship and Don Debolt Scholarship. Jocelyn is also an intern at the WSU Center for Entrepreneurship where she assists in the planning and execution of events for several entrepreneurship programs. In the past, Jocelyn has worked as operations specialist for OxCart Products, a Wichita startup and has hosted pitch competitions, entrepreneurship speaker events, and workshops to promote entrepreneurship. Jocelyn found her passion for entrepreneurship at the age of twelve and has since then dedicated herself to that passion.
Matthew Rooda grew up in Pella, Iowa, and even at a young age showed signs of being an effective leader. In 2012, Matthew Rooda graduated from Pella Christian High School and chose to attend Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa, with the University of Iowa and a medical degree in mind. A semester later he was hired on as a Farrowing Manager and Assistant Farm Manager at Schneider & Schneider Pork Farms (SSPF), a farrow to finish operation, where he made an immediate impact. In August 2014, Mr. Rooda graduated with High Honors from Hawkeye Community College, left SSPF, and transferred to the University of Iowa, with the intentions of earning a B.S. in Genetics and Biotechnology and then a Medical degree. In May 2015, Rooda founded SwineTech, Inc. and participated in the University of Iowa's Venture School program and was then recruited out of a pool of 900 companies to join the second cohort of the Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
A small group of recently graduated WashU PhD students formed Pro-Arc to commercialize a technology that they successfully licensed from the National Institutes of Health. Pro-Arc Diagnostics is a developing next-generation laboratory test for patients at risk of Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML). PML is caused by the John Cunningham Virus and is responsible for thousands of deaths each year. To date, doctors have had no way to determine which patients were at risk for developing PML. Pro-Arc’s technology is being designed to identify these patients, which may eventually allow doctors to monitor PML risk and safely design treatment courses in response.
Swizzle was born in Seoul, South Korea as an entertainment app company, but has evolved to be so much more. Over the last few years, Swizzle has developed technology to help companies all over the world understand their customers better, and now we share that technology with researchers everywhere. Swizzle Apps monitors your app store reviews, gives you daily reports, and tells you right away when something is wrong.
Mycroft is the world’s first open source voice assistant. It can run anywhere – on a desktop computer, inside an automobile, it even runs on a Raspberry Pi. It is open so it can be remixed, extended, improved. It can be used in anything from a science project to an enterprise software application.