K-State's Launch a Business program to help 10 startups in
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|The Kansas State University
College of Business Administration has selected 10 high-potential startup
ventures for participation in the inaugural class of the K-State Launch a
Business program, or LAB program, powered by KS State Bank. (Image:
The Kansas State University College of Business
Administration has selected 10 high-potential startup ventures for participation
in the inaugural class of the K-State Launch a Business
program, or LAB program, powered by KS
The selected businesses will take part in a five-session
summer program, receiving much-needed resources, including faculty-led courses,
hands-on student research teams and access to the university's world-class
alumni mentor network. The program is specifically intended for early-stage
companies and will provide the building blocks for turning a concept into a
The Launch a Business program will take place from
July 10 to Aug. 8. Program organizers invite all alumni and supporters of the
university and the regional startup ecosystem to mark their calendars for a
closing celebration Aug. 12 at the K-State Alumni Center. The event will feature
presentations from all program participants and one will be selected to receive
a cash and in-kind prize package, valued at more than $50,000, to help move his
or her venture forward.
"K-State LAB is designed to support promising
entrepreneurs with the university's unique resources to help advance their
business concept and ultimately create jobs in Kansas,” said Chad Jackson,
director of the college's Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship. "I am
thrilled with the overwhelming support and interest we've received in this new
program, and I look forward to working with our inaugural class."
Criteria for selection included identifying a real problem and an innovative
solution, demonstrating the drive to succeed and ability to incorporate
feedback, and showing commitment to the idea and the Launch a Business
The 10 startup ventures chosen for the 2014 class
• MeltPoint Environmental
, Caldwell, for the
MeltPoint Surgical Bluewrap Recovery Machine, an innovative proprietary device
that allows health care facilities to reduce the large amount of surgical
bluewrap that ends up in landfills.
• NMotion UAS
Hesston, provides advanced unmanned aircraft systems and solutions for public
safety professionals during emergencies. NMotion's systems are engineered for
rapid deployment when seconds count, allowing officials to see more while
risking personnel less by utilizing immediate aerial support on scene.
, Kansas City, makes a free mobile app designed to
fit college students' busy lives. Students can post, find and share things such
as events, jobs and internships, items to buy and sell, and more. Ligosphere
also connects local businesses with students to post deals, discounts and
promotions on the app.
• Impact Engineering
, based in
Manhattan, aims to create simple, reliable, inexpensive solutions to large
societal problems, making everyday life more efficient and safe for everybody. A
sample of projects being pursued include a text blocking and vehicle analytical
tool connected to a phone app, traffic light synchronization software to improve
traffic flow with minimal red light stops, and a proprietary safety
• Jonah Ventures
, Manhattan, reconstructs the
diets of animals using the latest sequencing technologies. Its services provide
a quantitative reconstruction of herbivore diets by sequencing short segments of
plant DNA that have made it through the digestive system.
Radiation Detection Technologies Inc.
, Manhattan, leverages
advanced radiation detection products to meet its customers' needs with these
• Aphrodite Apparel
Park, creates custom fit intimate apparel by using the latest 3-D body imaging
technology to gather hundreds of unique measurements to fashion bras to each
woman's exact physical specifications for superb comfort, style and
• Tikitum Sensory Learning Lab
, Overland Park,
makes science come alive for children by letting them use their senses to learn,
explore and experiment.
• VeriQuik Consulting and
, Shawnee, is a screening company that performs voluntary
background checks. The company's permission-based model allows the end user to
be the gatekeeper of his or her own information.
, Topeka, is a custom cabinet and woodworking shop that
designs, builds and installs quality custom woodworking projects for homeowners
and building contractors in the Topeka area.