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Six start-ups present their unique business ideas at the New Venture Startup Showcase sponsored by Alabama Power.
On August 23, 2021, Alabama Power sponsored at Startup Showcase in the new Research and Innovation Center in The Park at Auburn.
Kulture Xchange will be an online bazar to outsource minority-owned beauty and wellness products and services in order to promote growth in a need-based market while simultaneously prolonging the circulation of the black dollar within its own community. The minority health and beauty industry has been dominated by people that don’t look like us and can’t relate to the products they sell us. Kulture is here to help serve the minority community by working with product owners who share similar experiences with their customers and keep those experiences in mind when making their products. Having an array of representation of the variations of skin tones and hair patterns is at the heart of what Kulture stands for. We will provide the ultimate customer experience for the underrepresented community.
SwiftSku lets mom and pop convenience stores run their businesses like big box retailers. SwiftSku’s app is revolutionizing the industry with real time management and analytics. With 311 convenience stores in 16 states SwiftSku is attacking the supply chain problems of the industry head on. SwiftSku's CEO, Mit Patel, grew up managing the inventory, pricebook, and reporting of his family’s convenience stores, and, when vendors would come by, he’d bridge the language barrier as a translator. More than 85% of independent convenience stores are owned by Indian immigrant families like Mit’s.
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XO Armor provides highly customized pads and guards for athletes by combining smartphone camera scanning technology with the latest in 3D printing. Athletics Trainers can download the XO Armor app to scan athletes that either need protection from existing inju-ry or want to prevent future injury. The scan is sent to the cloud, then XO Armor converts it to a file that is sent directly to a 3D printer lo-cated on site, within the athletics facility. This system allows for customized protective gear to be provided to athletes in need at the exact time in which they need it. Print times range from 20 minutes to a few hours, depending on the size of the gear to be printed. Other applications of this technology includes use in the medical clinic as well as by the military in austere, front-line environments.
WELLBLOxS is a patient education platform designed to engage patients and care providers in the patient education process during hospitalization and through discharge. The primary goals of WELLBLOxS are to improve patient education with use of gameful learning methods, encourage lifestyle modifications to improve quality of life for patients living with chronic disease(s) or recovering from a procedure and/or acute illness, and reduce 30-day hospital readmission rates. The platform includes: 1) a physical game-board tool that outlines content, topics, and tasks to be completed prior to discharge; 2) a web-based interactive information center, where evidence-based applicable information to support patient education and understanding is housed; and 3) a planned customizable mobile application utilizing game-components, such as level-up, tracking, alerts, and awards to engage patients with health information needed to modify lifestyle.
Vulcan Line Tools designs, manufactures, and sells cutting edge devices for use in the electric utility industry.
Six Auburn start-ups, including two faculty-led companies and four student-led companies, had a chance to share their stories with Alabama Power executives, university leadership, as well as key members of the government and business sectors from around the state interested in learning about successful startups emerging from Auburn University.
Harbert College of Business Dean Annette L. Ranft presents at the Startup Showcase in the new Research and Innovation Center.
The event was driven by Alabama Power’s Southern Division Vice President, Leslie Sanders and represents their long-standing commitment to economic development in the state. The companies showcased were drawn from the New Venture Accelerator, a vibrant element of Auburn’s entrepreneurial ecosystem operated jointly by the Harbert College of Business and the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation and located in Auburn Research Park.
The six featured startups covered a range of sectors—from utilities, health, health and beauty for minorities, point of sale and inventory systems, to global banking. Attendees had the opportunity to hear five minute presentations from the leadership of each company and, at a brief reception afterward, to chat with these talented Auburn entrepreneurs.
Events like this highlight the intellectual and creative capacity of Auburn University faculty and student experts, as well as the effectiveness of the mentors and programs in the New Venture Accelerator. The thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem at Auburn helps move discovery, technology, and bright ideas from the laboratory or drawing board to the marketplace, fueling the engines of our economy and improving quality of life.
“We are grateful to Alabama Power for their role in supporting entrepreneurship at Auburn and for raising awareness for the role universities and university research parks play in contributing to economic development throughout the state and region,” said Cary Chandler, senior director of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation and New Venture Accelerator mentor.