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Hart MediaFounder: Benjamin Possehl | Application Category: Young Startup
Hart Media is a full service wedding videography company based in Oklahoma City. My passion lies in telling unique stories of love, commitment and joy through modern cinematography. Over the past two years, I have invested in equipment, marketing and training in order to provide the best service possible. It was nearly three years ago when I wrote the 30-page business plan for Hart Media. It started out as a project for DECA but manifested into a successful business. Hart Media's differential benefit is simply the quality, personality and value of my services. The quality of my product is superior to my competitions because it is infused with a personality only Hart Media has. Between music, equipment choice, editing and the customer experience, Hart Media provides tremendous value to the client. I am now looking to expand beyond wedding videography and provide video production services to businesses, non-profits and individuals alike. This is a huge market with a lot of potential for scalability.
Bridal WaveFounder: Calla Hamlin | Application Category: New Venture Concept
Bridal Wave is a simplified online wedding planning platform that minimizes stress by connecting couples directly to their perfect vendors. Currently, with traditional, outdated wedding planning practices, couples are forced to spend hours playing phone-tag with mismatched vendors that may not be suitable to their needs.
The way it works is simple. Couples fill out a 5-minute questionnaire that provides our server with key details about their location, budget, date range, and stylistic preferences. From there, only the most relevant vendors are notified about an anonymous couple seeking their services. If the couple meets the needs of the vendor as well (availability, pricing, style, etc.), then the vendor can bid for the couple's business. Within one day, the couple will have a refined list of the top three vendors curated specially for their dream wedding.
Since Bridal Wave creates value for both couples and vendors, it has adopted a dual-ended revenue model. To attract as many users as possible, Bridal Wave will offer its services to couples for free. Vendors, on the other hand, will be required to pay on a per-bid basis, or for the premium subscription with unlimited bids. As the world shifts towards e-commerce and efficiency more and more, customers will inevitably go looking for a simpler alternative- and we believe Bridal Wave is at the forefront of better solutions on the horizon of this $78.9 Billion industry.
simon_saysFounder: Matthew Morfopoulos | Application Category: New Venture Concept
The online marketplace is heading towards exponential growth and development. As the marketplace grows it will get harder for people to find the products they need at the prices they want. Simon is a chatbot that consolidates your shopping choices, finds all relevant deals, and informs you on your options. You'll no longer need 20 tabs to find the cheapest, but reliable bluetooth headphones online. Simon will know what headphones fits your use-case and find the perfect one for you, at the perfect price.
Simon will get the inside scoop on all the best deals by using web crawlers, programs made to scour the web for data. Simon will be made available to his fans through most conversational channels (messenger, twitter, text, whatsapp, etc.). He'll use a translator screening both on input and output, which means that he will be able to communicate with anyone around the world in their native tongue. But more importantly, Simon will be able to read product information from around the world as well. That means if the Nike sneakers you are looking for are for sale in Hong Kong for less than US stores (including calculated shipping), Simon will recommend the Hong Kong option.
B-90Founder: Nathan A. Buchanan | Application Category: New Venture Concept
Pipe fitters are using a carpenter square (16"x24") to find the radius of large pipes, while simultaneously balancing a bubble level and marking the distance. This tedious measurement is done 50 + times a day and my product will make this process mind numbingly easy. These measurements are done 2 times per pipe minimum, as long as you don't drop the level in the process. My product design will reduce the time it takes to make the measurement by 50%. This will also minimize frustration in the field and speed up construction.
Baba BagsFounder: Fedi Kourbatov | Application Category: New Venture Concept
I am a part of the sooner innovation fund. My business is a cotton sewn tote bag. Although the tote bag has many uses its primary use and the way I want to market it is as a replacement of plastic when shopping at grocery stores and farmers markets. Companies and consumers are looking at ways to move away from plastic bags because it's harmful impact on our earth and ecosystems. The only replacement to the plastic bags are the big reusable bags. Because my bag can fit in your pocket, is a different look and has great strength (I would provide a lifetime guarantee on each bag) it is a great substitute for the big reusable tote bags that are awkward to carry around the store and take up a lot of space. I want my brand to be more than an eco-brand but also a brand that is involved in social causes. To do this I also plan to partner with two charities at first, each charity will have a different color bag. Every time a sale is made for that specific bag color 10-15% of my profits of that bag will go to that charity. The goal is to expand the line so that we can work with numerous charities and be able to create bags for disasters like hurricane Katrina or the earthquake in Haiti and help provide instant contribution to these places in need while also making that bag a collectible item.
Babel AnalyticsFounder: Catherine Ha & William Booker | Application Category: New Venture Concept
We've developed a tool that automatically reads and tabulates medical records; providing useful insights from previously unserviceable data. We are seeking help with contacting potential promoters in OU health sciences who would be willing to work with us to test our algorithm on additional medical records.
Most practices record patient information using a combination of physical and electronic documents, which are readable by humans, but opaque to data science. These medical datasets contain an incredible amount of information that has the potential to save doctors time, inform practice policy, and improve patient care. Historically, the biggest barrier for applying machine-learning to these datasets is the massive cost associated with manually interpreting thousands if not millions of unfriendly documents.
Our solution bypasses this issue by using state-of-the-art text analytics to automatically extract medical information. Tests at a Tulsa-based practice yielded strong results with upwards of 90% extraction of useful information. The extracted data was leveraged to update risk-management techniques, providing a measurable $150,000 impact on the practice in its first three months.
Our next step is to test our solution in a larger hospital, to see if our extraction algorithm is generalizable across practices. The goal is to achieve over 90% extraction on patient medications and conditions and at least 60% extraction on remaining data with a FPR of less than 5%
Huff LutherieFounder: Kenton Huff | Application Category: New Venture Concept
Huff Lutherie seeks to make stringed instruments more affordable for students by modernizing the production process. We are replacing the skill-intensive aspects of carving violin family instruments with high-tolerance CNC machining. Thus far, customer discovery investigation and the development of a prototype instrument are underway.
Cloud PatrolFounder: Justin Kleiber | Application Category: New Venture Concept
Our mission is to enable commercial drones to safely and legally operate in the national airspace with radar and communications technology. Currently, the FAA has strict regulations in place that make it impractical to explore many potential ventures in the drone market. These regulations include a 400-foot altitude limit, a prohibition on flying at night, near airports or beyond a pilot's direct line of sight. Pilots can get around these regulations by applying for long term waivers from the FAA, but waivers take 90 days to process and do not fully remove all these restrictions. Additionally, waivers are difficult to obtain: only 28 of nearly 2200 waivers granted have allowed flight above 400 feet. Cloud Patrol is a safe and effective solution to this problem. We utilize a radar that detects oncoming aircraft, paired with a communication system which alerts and forces drones to safely land to avoid collisions. By setting this system up as a service, we intend to integrate and work within FAA guidelines to grant a greater number of waivers quickly to customers. This provides value to researchers, professional pilots and others by ensuring drones fly safe, comply with regulations while also securing a waiver faster and with wider permissions than all other alternatives. One of our major achievements is being chosen to be in the Sooner Innovation Fund on the merit of our idea, where we have been supported to conduct market tests and iterate further on our business model.
BannersFounder: Mary Motley | Application Category: New Venture Concept
The problem that sports teams and concessions face is the lack of information they can acquire while the customers are in the arena. They have no way to track their habits, foot traffic or experience except through surveys that reach less than 5% of total attendance. This creates a huge gap between relationships with customers and the team. Preventing the concessions and franchises from acquiring their maximum revenue potential.
Banners is a sports app solution that integrates game fan engagement through predictions, prizes, and entertainment. We support friendly competition by providing a platform that enables fans to predict scores and stats the duration of a game in hopes of winning a prize at the end. Banners also provides real-time data through foot trafficking, aggregating customer habits, and push notifications, which can be sold to teams, concessions and sponsors.
Unlike Draft Kings and Fan Dual, who provide betting books at the beginning of the game in hopes for cash prizes, Banners uses a no pay to play' platform capturing both the gambling market and leisure market and is family-friendly. Banners also anticipates that this platform would reduce the risk of retaliation toward the team and players during live sporting events due to the absence of betting.
As of now, we have three Beta testing organizations that are willing to implement our concept at a game this upcoming season; OKC Energy, OKC Blues, and OKC Energy.
Homebound InvestmentsFounder: Jordan D'Silva | Application Category: New Venture Concept
For far too long, real estate investment has had extreme intellectual and financial barriers separating average individuals from property investment and wealth creation. Now, as single-family rental markets explode, there is a need for qualified investors to purchase, improve, and manage homes where average families live.
HomeBound Investments sources and purchases single family housing in low-income, appreciating urban areas, and renovates and occupies the properties with qualified renters. We then place each of these rented property on our proprietary investment platform where qualified local novice investors can review and select a property.
1. The investor contracts with HomeBound in an RTO agreement by making an initial down payment of 10% of the newly appraised market value and agrees to a 15-year term. Homebound generates revenue from rental income, the spread on the interest and training and services fees.
2. The investor then agrees to maintain the property and serve as the "landlord" handling all interactions with the renter.
3. Rent is paid to HomeBound and HomeBound transfers 95% of the rent payment to the investor.
If the investor is current with its note payments, this rental income is then paid out as a revenue share to the investor. This secures that HomeBound has downside protection if the investor ceases making payments. Homebound improves housing conditions, property management, and provides average Americans with an opportunity to build wealth.
Arklahoma Stand CoFounder: Garrett Hanska | Application Category: First Customers
Arklahoma Stand Co is a company born from necessity. Recreational and professional cyclists around the world suffer from the issue of space consuming bikes, bike racks, and gear. Typically, bike racks only serve a purpose when they are mounted on a vehicle. After riding, bikes, bike racks, and gear are usually transferred from the vehicle to a garage or storage area. Bike racks, being bulky objects designed only to work with a vehicle, take up a lot of space. Their complex shapes and necessity for a vehicle to be of any use causes them to turn into obstacles. My stands bridge the gap between vehicle and home by allowing cyclists to use their bike rack as a storage method that consolidates and securely stores bikes and a bike rack. The Arklahoma Stand is a free standing, portable, and lightweight solution that allows a bike rack to be attached as if it were on a vehicle. While there are various bike storage stands on the market, there are only two other products that allow the use of a bike rack to help store bikes; however, these require specialty tools to install and are rather permanent once they are installed.
The market is comprised predominantly of males ages 29-55 who engage in cycling activities while also owning a vehicle and a bike rack. This age group takes into consideration younger riders who are more likely to own multiple bikes as well as family aged males who likely have families. Initially, the market will be quite niche appealing to cylists.
Big CheasyFounder: Melanie Weisheit | Application Category: New Venture Concept
Our startup is in the new venture concept stage. We are still working on our the feasibility and logistics of our startup while testing our product on customers. The concept of our company is a pop-up restaurant that is affordable and fun. We will be selling cheese based food items. The problem our company will be solving is the need for a niche pop-up restaurant for people who love cheese. While accomplishing our goals we will also be giving back to people in need. This company is different from restaurants and food trailers because it can be mobile or permanent while providing a more comfortable environment for consumers.
Longeva Labs (Miraflex-R3)Founder: Jay Fletcher | Application Category: Young Startup
There are an estimated 126 million adults that report some type of physical pain every year. This pain results in $600 billion a year in medical treatments and lost productivity. Inflammation is part of the body's defense mechanism and is the root cause of pain. It is the process in which the immune system recognizes and removes harmful stimuli and begins the healing process. People get treatment from chiropractors that are suffering from chronic pain (76.2 million Americans) and Arthritis (54 million Americans). Our proprietary cream formula is the solution that effectively reduces the inflammation that causes pain to many Americans every year, thus relieving pain. Since we have focused our target market to chiropractors, we have surpassed sales from 2017 in Q3 of 2018. Having achieved this, we feel that we have the right product-market fit considering we have not spent any dollars towards marketing towards our target market. Our Go-to-Market strategy will allow us to further increase adoption in our target market and will allow us to build brand traction in the chiropractic market which will then propel us to expand into retail.
EchoFlow HydrationFounder: Founder, Thomas Jones | Application Category: First Customers
EchoFlow Hydration is the front-runner of reconciliation ecology in the hydration industry. We exercise our abilities to develop environmentally sustainable products by using our imagination and creativity. Our mission is to start a trend in society that aims to transform the destructive plastic water bottle business into an industry that runs parallel with environmentally friendly standards. This will be done by providing an incentive through the cutting-edge designs we incorporate into our products. The market has options from existing reusable water bottle companies that don't significantly differentiate themselves from each other in the ways that EchoFlow intends to do. We strive to make this happen by providing unique and beautiful products that are created by mixing contemporary art with modern laser technology.
The consumption of plastic is being slashed due to major pro environmental efforts in our society. Our customers who are proactive to reduce their ecological footprint do not have a large selection of water bottles that are aesthetically unique.The market hasn't seen a line of bottles that have been created to be the most distinctive drink bottles based on expressive design. We strive to make this happen by providing advanced and beautiful products that are created by mixing contemporary art with modern laser technology. EchoFlow launched in June of 2018 and has built face-to-face relationships with suppliers in China and has generated $2,000 in sales revenue.
Mae21Founder: Mallori Hanes | Application Category: Young Startup
Mae21 is a jewelry company that provides curated on trend jewelry at an affordable price with a unique distribution model. Mae21 gives our customers the ability to stay up to date on all the latest trends without making our customers break the bank. Women in our target market, ages 18-30, are looking for jewelry that makes a statement. Mae21 allows our customers to make fashion statements on an everyday basis because our affordable prices give them the ability to buy multiple pieces. We offer our products online at mae21.com, in a local boutique in McKinney, TX, and host Jewelry parties/pop-up shops that offer exclusive deals. The jewelry parties/pop-up shops have proven to be the most successful business model. I am looking forward to growing this model in the upcoming months. Our parties create word of mouth and push people to the website. Our unique distribution models supplies our products directly to the consumer.
Basecamp ShoesFounder: Grahm Hornsby | Application Category: New Venture Concept
Base Camp Shoes makes money by creating camp shoes for hikers. Hikers care about weight, and our shoes weigh only 1.8oz per pair. Compared to Chaco's at 32oz and Croc's at 16oz, Xero shoes DIY is our only competitor at 7.5oz. Xero shoes weigh four times more, have an extremely thin sole and you are required to make the shoes yourself. Basecamp shoes come pre-built and have a comfortable sole width of ¼". At scale, we are able to create one pair of shoes for $1.00. To date we have sold 7 test pairs of Base camp shoes for $5.00. Long term we expect to charge $10.00 per pair. Local outdoor suppliers expect a markup of 35%. If they were to sell our product at $10.00 they could buy them from us for $6.50. This would give us a markup of 85% or a profit of $5.50 per shoe. Beyond the hiking world, there is an ever-growing market of kayakers, mountain bikers, and more who demand lightweight, open air shoes for getting around after a day of adventure.
Murphy ProductsFounder: Seth Truitt | Application Category: New Venture Concept
Every year, the environment is contaminated by drilling, industrial activities, and harmful chemicals from companies all around the world. To address this, the EPA has increased their standards on clean up and prevention, and because of this, Environmental Remediation has become a huge market.
Environmental Remediation is a $16 billion per year industry. There are approximately 4000 companies who provide remediation services in the United States. The company we have created is not another remediation company, but we do want to sell to them. We are also targeting large oil, chemical, and mining construction companies. Companies like these require heavy machinery to pulverize the soil and rid it of any contaminating chemicals. Our customers need a tool that can treat more soil with more effectiveness than current solutions.
Our product, Terra X-Treme, plays in this space. Our exclusive, patented technology can pulverize soil to the smallest possible particle using specially designed nozzles to deliver a blend of chemicals to treat the contaminated area. Remediation companies who buy our product will have the highest standard in pulverizers. Furthermore, these clients can quickly and completely decontaminate a site, not only ridding the area of hazardous materials, Terra X-Treme delivers outcomes that exceed the strictest EPA requirements and allow clients to remain comfortably in c
ShinePro ServicesFounder: Kolton McDowell | Application Category: Young Startup
One of the biggest problems that businesses face today is the need for washing on site equipment, buildings/houses, concrete, and vehicles. We solve this problem by washing/cleaning equipment for industrial companies all the way down to washing/detailing vehicles for all consumers. We make money by charging competitive prices for each contract we receive or each time our service is provided. We are ShinePro Services, our competitive advantage will be our franchising aspect incorporated with our different teams who run their own businesses under ShinePro Services. A reason why consumers will pick us over other companies will be due to our mobile aspect and efficient processes. As we progress we plan to buy more mobile pressure washers and provide all equipment needed for interested employers in the industry. As we progress to this stage we will maintain equipment for our teams and charge a monthly fee also while taking a percentage of sales from our partners on each sale. This market is continually growing and is allowing for more opportunities for motivated entrepreneurs. Our revenue channels right now require a recurring revenue for accounts/contracts and transactional for one time services. As we progress and buy more equipment our revenue model will slightly change because we will provide maintenance and walk small businesses under us toward success. We then will switch to a full recurring model where we take percentage of sales and charge monthly fees from each team work.
SocialSipFounder: Partner, Alexandria Arndorfer; Partner, Riley Hughes; Partner, Rachael Groves | Application Category: New Venture Concept
According to Technavio, the personalized gift market has reached $31.63 billion and is growing at a rate of 9% each year. With the rising emphasis on personalization, there is a growing market for customizable glassware. SocialSip offers unique, individual designs on all things glassware. This includes a variety of products, including champagne flutes, beer glasses and mugs, wine glasses, scotch glasses, and water glasses. Depending on the glassware, our costs are anywhere from $0.50 to $3.00. We plan to price our glassware at $7.47 to ensure a healthy profit margin and give tribute to our favorite college bar. SocialSip will give 1% of our profits to the Oklahoma Conservation Commission of the Water Quality Division, which aims to implement projects that reduce pollution and increase water quality. We initially plan to market our glassware to individuals in our local community. We then plan to advance into the entertainment market, such as large social gatherings and small, intimate events. Since we are selling to individuals, we are funding through pre-sales. Currently, SocialSip has been able to complete orders in as little as two days. We will continue to make timely turnaround an advantage of doing business with SocialSip. Unlike the competition, we offer individual personalization and quality customer service, while impacting our customer's community. We focus on interpersonal interaction with our customers, welcoming them into our SocialSip circle.
Spinning WingFounder: Co-Founder, Andrew Harris | Application Category: New Venture Concept
Spinning Wing is a product that solves the problem of chicken wing restaurant employees having to manually toss chicken wings in sauce. Our solution is a stainless steel drum equipped with ridges that uses a motor to spin and toss the wings. Because wings are usually tossed by hand, this creates a bottleneck and can lead to back up. When backup occurs many employees rush when tossing wings, leading to inadequate sauce coverage. The machine will quickly create an even coat of sauce on the wings, so that employees can avoid this monotonous task and put their energy towards other duties. Our product helps dramatically speed up and improve the process of tossing the wings, while also reducing labor costs.
The Pep Co.Founder: Austin Strain | Application Category: New Venture Concept
Our company is a custom product vendor that specializes in servicing K-12 school fundraising. We primarily work with booster clubs to provide them with trendy and high-quality fundraising products. Our emphasis is on service. We strive to make sure that our customers feel confident in the products they choose and that the vendor relationship can carry over when key members leave. To do this we call and work with booster clubs directly to ensure that they can count on our company for support as they raise funds for their teams. Alternatives to our solution are neglecting the turnover in leadership. We are capitalizing on this opportunity by creating relationships with booster clubs to reduce the loss of information pain when leadership changes. We plan to facilitate this process by tracking and storing information for customers to be able to better provide their business needs. We would also like to provide special incentives for customers with long term accounts to help encourage the relationships. Our products are also all customizable in the sense that logos can be added to any of the products in our catalog. The relational selling model focuses on adding value for the customer through convenience. For most of our customers, this is a key feature of their buying experience since the decision makers are often volunteers and the booster club is not their main occupation. Accomplishments to date: Customer interviews with 30 decision makers, and MVP created.
Perfect FitFounder: Joshua Frick | Application Category: New Venture Concept
If you've ever bought a furniture kit from IKEA, you know that while they are affordable and effective, their furniture is not particularly fun to put together and generally has to adhere to a fairly bare-bones aesthetic. On top of that, the parts are bulky and hard to ship, and once the kit has been constructed it's basically the same as any other affordable furniture piece. Therefore, I give you Perfect Fit: a line of production and made to order, direct to consumer flat pack furniture kits priced competitively with IKEA. Perfect Fit embodies a sleek postmodern aesthetic, and being made to order allows customers to easily select custom materials and personalizations if they do not wish to order from a catalog of premade kits. The kits are cut entirely from slabs of material set onto a CNC machine, which allows for fast and inexpensive production. The flat design of the precut and finished parts compacts and ships easily in relatively small containers. Because the whole kit is put together by tension and clever joinery, these kits are fun to construct and do not require any nails, glue, or specialized tools or skills, and can be easily deconstructed for painless storage or transport. With Perfect Fit, you don't just buy a practical, affordable piece of furniture. You buy something that you'll want to show off and bring with you wherever you may call home.
The Grass BagFounder: Brooks Pannell | Application Category: New Venture Concept
Time. Everyone's most precious commodity. We all want and need more of it. Welcome to the Grass Bag! For anyone using a push mower, the Grass Bag is designed to save time and effort in gathering and disposing grass clippings, while creating more time for game watching, relaxing with friends on a freshly cut lawn or whatever your heart desires! Using a patent-pending funnel and inline trash bag system, the Grass Bag is inserted in the the mower's existing grass bag. Once full, simply remove, toss to the side, insert another bag from a conveniently located Grass Bag box on the mower, and keep moving. Reduce time spent mowing. Increase time spent doing things you want to do. Some may call the Grass Bag a one-of-a-kind solution to lawn mower waste management. We call it a smart way to bag grass!
Universal Cuisines LLCFounder: Joseph Mwangi | Application Category: New Venture Concept
Universal Cuisines is a revolving shelf of diverse international foods from all across the world that caters for the minority international foods at the University of Oklahoma and eventually scale up to other all public universities across the United States. By creating a mobile application, that focuses on delivery and events, Universal Cuisines has a unique ability to accommodate college students by providing a much easier way to get their home favorite meals, but also allowing international students to try authentic foods from different countries, promoting smaller local restaurants at the same time.
BundlesFounder: Macy Clayton | Application Category: New Venture Concept
Bundles is determined to create a world without textile waste. Bundles only uses environmentally sustainable textiles to manufacture our products including recycled and organic textiles. These textiles produce far less environmental damage than virgin textiles and can be circulated much longer than traditional textiles. We’re changing the way textile manufacturers do business. It’s not about profitability; it’s about sustainability. Our mission is to harmonize quality, recycling innovations, and consumer awareness to change the way the world thinks about waste one blanket at a time.
Our StoriesFounder: Henry Williams | Application Category: New Venture Concept
Almost everyone has at least one person, if not more, whose life stories mean the world to them. Unfortunately, many don't think to capture and preserve these stories until it's too late - and the few who do have two options: either hire an expensive biography service or suffer through the complicated process of recording, editing, and storing what is special to them and their families. Our service, a narrated audio snapshot of your loved one's life, told in their own words, with their voice, hits two marks that the current competitive landscape is missing: the importance of a loved one's voice and the rapid transition from physical products to ones accessible digitally. With the assistance of the Sooner Innovation Fund, we are engaging with potential customers, iterating off of in person interviews, online surveys and landing pages, and looking to sell and pre-sell prototypes of our product in the coming weeks. Through personal selling and social media advertising, we plan to reach our target customer, providing value for families today and for generations to come.
OU Gibbs College of ArchitectureFounder: Marjorie P. Callahan | Application Category: New Venture Concept
The Federal State Department puts out a call, twice a year, to academic communities for help in further exploring diplomacy issues globally. Faculty apply for the funding to take these various labs / topics into their classrooms. One such opportunity, Exporting the American Entrepreneurship Mindset: Developing Entrepreneurship Education in Africa (DipLab #171770) accepted by the colleague(s) who proposed it at the Department of State, awarded to a faculty member in Architecture, Marjorie P. Callahan in her required Architecture Professional Practice Coursework.
Not typical for an architectural course? Well, in the spring semester 2017, architectural students did explore the complex dynamics of architectural entrepreneurship opportunities -examined, documented and summarized eight case studies globally. After thorough precedence work, students proposed architectural recommendations for entrepreneurship efforts in Africa earmarking specifically: Landscape Architecture + Farming and the Built Environment + Local Material Construction.
OU Diplomacy Lab #171770 was presented at the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC in April 2018. It is this presentation to the The Bureau of African Affairs, Gender and Entrepreneurship Staff that will be presented at the OU Entrepreneur Expo in its entirety, showcasing ventures being now considered by the African Government.
Mimosa Health LLCFounder: Trang Nguyen, Pharm.D | Application Category: First Customers
Mimosa Health LLC provides medication management and health testing services. Our target customers are seniors who take more than 5 medications and supplements. We help patients prevent drug interactions and adverse effects, thus save health care money. We also provide pharmacogenetic testings which helps predict drug responses and drug side effects as well as find the correct medication and the correct dose for each patient (personalized medicine).
From Seed to SpoonFounder: Dale Spoonemore | Application Category: Young Startup
Our mobile app makes growing food simple. We will guide you through growing 70+ foods with personalized planting dates based on you location. We make it easy for you to know what to grow, how to grow it, and what to do with it after you harvest!
We currently have 60k installs and are one of the top search results in the App Store for growing food & related search terms. We are currently involved in the Thunder Launchpad and have met with Tom Wavering to seek his advice.
Learn more at seedtospoon.net
Real Kitchen SalsaFounder: Madison Kohout | Application Category: Young Startup
Real Kitchen Salsa is a student-led business in Norman, OK that branched out of the non-profit organization, Loveworks Leadership. Our journey began 3 years ago when a volunteer chef donated a Fresh Mild Salsa recipe to a group of students passionate about culinary and entrepreneurship opportunities. We took this recipe into the community, and received consumer feedback to allow us to perfect the product. After the improvement stage we launched our Fresh Mild Salsa into the Norman Farmers Market. We gained a customer platform, a social media presence, and community support. Soon after releasing our first product to the community, many customers suggested a Fresh Hot Salsa. Soon after our second product was released News9 became hooked on our story. We had the opportunity to be featured on News9 who so graciously told our story to the public. Shortly after our News9 story was released we were able to expand our products into the grocery industry. Our business is now partnered with Crest and Homeland Stores throughout Norman, Moore, OKC, and Edmond. We have also now gained a co-packer located in Tuttle, Oklahoma. This business is giving middle and high school students the opportunity to learn and lead. They're gaining life skills such as managing finances, expanding sales, using different marketing techniques, and growing as young aspiring entrepreneurs. We would love to have the opportunity to visit OU and share our story with the community, and display our salsa to the world!
JK Innovations, LLCFounder: John Robinson | Application Category: Young Startup
Life is hectic, and sometimes, even a bit complicated. We get that! So at JK Innovations, LLC we're all about creating innovative products that will help make your life easier! We have 2 new patent pending products recently brought to the marketplace. Product #1 is the Bighorn Trash Hitch(TM) which is a unique hitch designed to relieve the stress and labor of hauling a wheeled, sometimes very heavy, trash receptacle by hand down long driveways to it designated location for pick up. It is lightweight and simple for anyone to use, has no moving parts to wear out, and fits 3 different sizes of hitch balls (1 7/8", 2", 2 5/16"). The "bighorn" end slips through the trash receptacle handle for towing and keeps the lid shut so that trash is not spilled everywhere!
Product #2 is the Bighorn Trash Hitch(TM) Piggyback designed to work with the Bighorn Trash Hitch(TM) and allows up to 2 additional wheeled trash receptacles to be coupled/hooked together for towing, making the task a whole lot easier! It's unique curved design allows it to stay connected to the trash receptacle even when it is upside down being emptied into the sanitation truck.
Both of these products can be purchased at Noble Hardware, in Noble, OK
A demonstration video of both of these products can be viewed on our website, where our third innovation The Skimmer Butler, can also be seen. We look forward to the opportunity to display our newest products at the OU Entrepreneurship Expo!
WristworldFounder: Brent Wheelbarger | Application Category: New Venture Concept
You've never seen a wristband like this. Scan it with your phone and an entire world opens before your eyes. Wristworld. Inside Wristworld is a kingdom on the edge of collapse, and it needs you to save the day. The entire Wristworld series spans numerous wristbands, each with unique territories and characters needed to unlock the mystery. Explore multi-layered lands, show off your 3D character and carry a whole world all on your wrist.
The Wristworld box set includes a series of four augmented reality wristbands, printed map which doubles as a band-stand and instructions. Pricing TBA. On sale first quarter of 2019. Pre-orders in December.
What better way to design a toy-line than let kids be the creators? That's the idea behind Wristworld, the first product of a new company called Real Tech. Real Tech is a spinoff of Loveworks Leadership, an organization teaching leadership and entrepreneurialism to middle school students. Real Tech gives middle school students hands-on experience with coding, design and marketing while collaborating with industry professionals to create real products, sold in the real marketplace.
40% of the sale from each Wristworld product goes back into the program, supporting additional leadership and entrepreneurialism opportunities for more students. You've never seen a product quite like thisâ€¦because there's never been a company quite like this.
OverworldFounder: Ben Campbell | Application Category: Young Startup
Overworld helps strengthen the bond between sports teams, fans, and sponsors through the use of augmented reality. We are currently building a drag-and-drop, web-based platform to simplify the content creation process and empower semi-technical people to create compelling content. By giving teams and sponsors the ability to create content themselves, we dramatically reduce costs as well as the time it takes to deploy new content.
The three co-founders are all OU graduates and our company actually started as a class project in the Professional MBA program. Additionally, we took the concept through the Sooner Launchpad Student Business Accelerator and are now participating in the Thunder Launchpad.
VenAssureFounder: Leonard Acquaye | Application Category: Young Startup
VenAssure is a private investigator vendor management platform that allows insurers, TPAs, and self insured companies to hire and manage local PI agencies to assist in the discovery of fraud on controverted workers' compensation claims. We are based out of Norman, OK and currently have customers in our home state as well as Nebraska.
GhostandFounder: Alex Schneider | Application Category: First Customers
Ghostand.co was started based on the idea that you shouldn't have to destroy your health because you work at a desk job. We sell a portable and ergonomic standing desk converter called the Ghostand. It's made entirely of strong, industrial-grade cardboard.
The company was started in 2018 by Alex Schneider, a Certified Public Accountant, who was tired of the negative health issues he encountered working as an auditor in public accounting. He's a graduate of OU with a degree in Entrepreneurship in 2011.
Check out the site at ghostand.co. We just began running facebook ads and are reaching out to businesses for b2b sales.