Fall 2019 cohort
Ethereal Motion, LLC
Ethereal Motion, LLC is a motorcycle technology-based company focused on creating innovative products to enhance the riding experience. Our company is backed by a highly knowledgeable team that is constantly working to develop new technology for the motorcycle industry. As we grow we will continue to release new lines of products, our specialty being in sportbikes and supersports. Whether you ride on the road or track, our products are designed to give you a more comfortable and superior experience.
Tyler Skibicki, mechanical engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org
Feeding the Sheep
Hungry people aren't just people who need their stomach fed. Many are physically filled, but their soul still craves for a different type of food. Our mission is to design a more effective and impactful Bible application that gives users a better understanding of the scriptures and also a feature that allows users to take notes during sermons. Users will have the ability to incorporate scriptures in these notes. The application also includes gospel rap and other types of gospel music.
Joshua Olatunde, integrated supply managment, email@example.com
Gel Sleeves is a company dedicated to restoring confidence in the elderly and those on blood thinners. Our cutting-edge design incorporates gel pockets into a soft cotton/lycra material, strategically placed over high impact areas. This design prevents bruising before it happens, rather than curing the bruising after the fact.
- Megan Gesler, industrial and entrepreneurial engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Conor Mulhearn, industrial and entrepreneurial engineering, email@example.com
- Anthony Mastro, industrial and entrepreneurial engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiaer Research is a firm that conducts applied social research studies to provide new knowledge, tailored solutions, and program/policy/product evaluation for businesses, nonprofits, and public entities. The insight-gathering tools include quantitative and qualitative methods like survey research, focus group sessions, in-depth interviews, data scraping, and statistical analysis.
- Nathan Browning, M.S. evaluation, measurement and research, email@example.com
Quantabella Sustainable Furniture is a design-centered brand that utilizes local, repurposed, or upcycled materials and turns them into minimal contemporary furniture. Quantabella aims to provide the utmost quality in craftsmanship, sustainable awareness, and an authentic piece of furniture to our customers.
- Scott Bridges, product design, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carl Anderson, product design, email@example.com
Replicators is a design company that aims to enhance user experience with outdoor activities as they record videos and take photos. By using interlocking mini blocks that can be assembled into wearable connectors such as wristbands and headbands, users can easily attach their electronic devices to the assembled blocks as they activate their device to take pictures and videos.
- Lisheng Kim, mechanical engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shaoan Xi, chemical engineering, email@example.com
- I-Min Chen, finance, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Li Jie Kim, electrical engineering, email@example.com
Viral News Network
Viral News Network is the news of the future. VNN is a social media news page for the millennial audience. The way VNN will achieve this is by getting its content from viral videos that are surfacing the internet. The reason VNN will report on this content is because of the general lack of context in these videos. The demand of context for viral videos is shown in the comment section. Also, since these videos are getting millions of views, shares, and likes, we understand that this is the content that viewers want to see on the VNN pages.
- Grant Fiema, entrepreneurship, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall 2018 cohort
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ABB Enterprises LLC is a supply chain distribution company. This minority owned company distributes car accessory products to retailers and potentially manufacturers. The sole purpose of this company is to distribute new innovative products where demand for it can be proven so that they can be sold in stores. ABB Enterprises LLC is doing business as The Great Utopia.™ The Great Utopia™ sells and provides the data that will be utilized to prove demand for a product.
- Alex Bettis, integrated supply management, email@example.com
Aira aims to offer furniture to rent to students and other temporary residents in college towns. It will help students make a hassle-free transition from their homes to their college towns without having to worry about a comfortable lifestyle. The concept of garage sales in the country also is at its peak—where households sell their goods at extremely lower prices, and then end up not selling much of their goods. Aira Décor would bridge this gap by procuring the furniture from garage sales across college towns and cater to the demands of the students by either selling the furniture or renting out the furniture.
- Smita Somani, masters of business administration, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nikshep Ramesh, masters of business administration, email@example.com
BeOfficial is an online business propelled by the BeOfficial Movement, encouraging young adults and teenagers to get involved with officiating sporting events. By providing high-caliber interactive online training to our users, BeOfficial prepares officials for in-game situations on and off the floor. BeOfficial promotes a lifestyle of a tailored professional personal image, healthy nutrition habits and money management.
- Vernon Crump, integrated supply management, firstname.lastname@example.org
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GoPoint Technology provides consumers with a safer way to travel with a small USB plug-in device that disables your phone while your vehicle is in motion. GoPoint plans on making the road a more enjoyable and less frustrating place to travel. Our device is smaller, more convenient, and more affordable then similar products in the market. The GoPoint NIX wants people to feel confident while driving around others in what would have been an unsafe driving environment.
- Devin Hamilton, sales and business marketing, email@example.com
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GrillHanger is an early stage product idea that provides barbecuers with a vertical roasting option for their chicken, ribs or steak that hangs over the grill. GrillHanger plans to sell to barbecuers, outdoor chefs, grilling enthusiasts, restaurant, and potentially grill accessory manufacturers through the channels of direct to consumer and distributors for B2B. A few immediate goals we have for the company include refining the prototypes/MVP, applying for a patent, establishing relationships with the early evangelists, and developing digital marketing strategies. Our vision is to provide all barbecuers with new, innovative products to enhance the barbecuing experience.
- Brennan Vaughn, sales and business marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Grue is an online platform that matches you with pet funeral parlors to ensure a pleasant journey for your furry friend. Grue provides personalized pet funeral services to assure the best fit for your furry loved ones. As your pet approaches their golden age, Grue allows you to pre-plan in a transparent, digital way, in order to curb any surprises that may come down the road if you were less prepared. Grue provides you with a service that allows you to compare different services, allowing you to make an informed decision without burning a hole in your pocket.
- Justin Lee, computer science, entrepreneurship, email@example.com
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Leaving our Footprints
Leaving Our Footprints is an intentional tourism company focused on improving the lives of those who travel with us and the communities we travel to. Our business is self-improvement and service-oriented, impacting the world in the most positive way we can. Each trip is focused on one aspect of self that travelers may wish to improve upon. We are changing the language around tourism and taking it from just lying on a beach to really impacting and connecting with the world around us.
- Jenna Otten, environmental studies and sustainability/travel and tourism, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Motley Measurements is a startup company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that seeks to find profit by engineering innovative solutions to both household and industrial measurement needs. Motley Measurements demands a higher standard of precision in daily tasks requiring measurements, and aims to introduce new methods of convenience to compete with current products. With their batch-manufacturing business model, Motley Measurements will serve the industrial and residential atmospheres alike, impacting any specific measurement procedure with efficient solutions.
- Anna Ryan, industrial and entrepreneurial engineering, email@example.com
- Charles Motley, industrial and entrepreneurial engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alex Berardelli, industrial and entrepreneurial engineering, email@example.com
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Nonstop Music Live
Nonstop Music Live is a website for the streaming of live music. The purpose of our service is to give musicians the ability to market themselves to a global audience. Music enthusiasts receive the benefit of discovering new music with all the excitement of listening live. Nonstop Music Live is a vehicle of opportunity that will promote change in the music industry, giving everyone an equal opportunity to grow and learn.
- Gino Faris, sales and business marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Turtle Jump Technology
Turtle Jump Technology LLC is a software development company focused on building software applications for the fields of behavior analysis and behavioral psychology. Our products will enable clinicians to provide more accurate, timely, and efficient services to their clients. Our first product is a mobile application for business analysts to collect and track continuing education credits at conferences. CE Lock is a mobile app available on Google Play and the Apple App store. Conference administrators use CE Lock to reduce the time spent on logging and producing paper certificates of attendance. Conference attendees use CE Lock to check in and check out of each session from the comfort of their seat rather than waiting in a line.
- George Joshua, masters of psychology, email@example.com
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Under Dawg Visuals
UnderDAWG Visuals is a professional media company geared towards building the brand of the modern artist and entrepreneur. Started by Nick Dimas in 2016 out of Chicago, the company has spent the last two years building up the skills necessary for the craft as well as a steady client base coming from the Chicago, Detroit and Kalamazoo areas. Our services offer videography, photography and graphic design, all shaped around building a fully original media presence around a client’s professional brand. We specialize in music videos for artists and are well known for our use of special effects in a similar style to the editing process of Cole Bennet. On several occasions have created our own original special effects.
- Nick Dimas, film, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall 2017 cohort
- Amber Delgado, industrial and entrepreneurial engineering, email@example.com
- Aaron McClendon, integrated supply management, firstname.lastname@example.org
MekaFly is a fixed-wing, unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with vertical take-off and landing technology. It will provide a cost effective means for local farmers around Michigan to perform crop dusting.
- David Ajoku, aerospace engineering, email@example.com
- Vladimir Lezzhov, sales and business marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Joshua Gray, finance, email@example.com
- Vivek Iddum, mechanical engineering graduate student, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Peter Shutt, computer science, email@example.com
FALL 2015 COHORT
Ingenious Fitness Solutions
- Carl McAllister, industrial and manufacturing engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brenton Groehn, sales and business marketing, psychology, email@example.com
Authentic Import Motors
Authentic Import Motors is an import/export car company specializing in the import of specialty Japanese sports cars. The company will also be able to repair and restore all makes and models.
- Binyam Minassie, engineering design technology, firstname.lastname@example.org