Miami’s Tech Leaders Ask Mayor Gimenez for a Stronger Open Data Policy

This week, 59 members of Miami’s tech community signed a letter calling on Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez to introduce a robust open data policy for the county. The letter was sent on behalf of the signers by Code for Miami, a brigade of volunteers dedicated to improving civic technology throughout Miami­-Dade County.
Miami lags behind when it comes to creating an open data policy. In the last few years, cities like San Francisco and Chicago have implemented strategic plans for releasing public data in a timely manner, improving the usability of city data and identifying innovative uses for data sets.
“It is the first time that so many of Miami’s tech and civic leaders have come together to make a political statement,” explained Ric Herrero of MIAMade “Miami-Dade should not be left behind.”
This move would help Miami-Dade focus more time and attention on its civic hackers, the developers, analysts, and business people who can use the public data to create solutions to ongoing problems in the city. Below is the letter to Mayor Gimenez:
Dear Mayor Gimenez,
For years your administration has recognized that Miami’s tech community needs support if it is to thrive in the world­wide economy. Last February, you stood on stage before members of the tech community to launch Miami-Dade’s Open Data Portal. By doing so, you helped position the County as a worldwide leader in data­driven governance. Now, the undersigned members of Miami’s tech community ask that you continue your commitment to responsive governance and innovation by adopting an Open Data Policy that governs the maintenance of the County’s Open Data Portal and ensures the reliability of its data.
Since its launch, the County’s Open Data Portal has been an unequivocal success. It has fostered transparency and accountability within the County and has helped local developers to create innovative solutions to a variety of civic challenges. Making county data routinely and freely available to the public means it is also available internally across County agencies, empowering Miami-­Dade County employees to more effectively monitor and improve services. Local volunteers have created tools using the County’s Open Data Portal to help Miamians predict flooding patterns, track public transportation services, and streamline the County’s permitting process. New applications are being built every day with public data and with each line of code our community grows stronger.
Indeed, the county’s Open Data Portal is a promising start. But with your help, and the implementation of a robust Open Data Policy, Miami can solidify itself as a worldwide destination for technology. An Open Data Policy would formalize the rules governing the County’s Open Data Portal and would provide needed guidelines on data accessibility and data security. A reliable Open Data Policy would foster innovation by preserving data integrity and ensuring that the County’s Open Data Portal is up­to­date and accurate. It would also provide assurances about the quality of the County’s data to entrepreneurs wishing to start local tech businesses and developers seeking to utilize public data to create high­tech applications that improve civic life.
A great example of how an Open Data Policy can trigger entrepreneurism and civic improvement occurred recently in Los Angeles when the municipality entered into an open data partnership with mobile app Waze to help its residents avoid the city’s notorious rush hour traffic. We appreciate the county’s existing civic technology outreach efforts. The Community Information and Outreach (CIAO) department has led efforts to leverage county data and analytics to improve services and has assisted citizens engaging with county government technology and data. This department has worked hand ­in ­hand with the civic tech community to develop more accessible, user-­friendly solutions to civic challenges through technology. CIAO’s commitment to collaboration demonstrates that they should play a key role in the implementation of an Open Data Policy. We therefore recommend that your office empower CIAO to work directly with county agencies to open their data sets in ways that are responsive to community needs, and to measure CIAO’s success by its ability to demonstrate to agencies how they can procure and deliver services more effectively through the smart leveraging of open data.
We all share a commitment to building a strong civic ecosystem and ensuring that government technology benefits all residents. As members of this community, we will continue developing projects and hosting hackathons, trainings, and meetups to promote government transparency, technological innovation, and civic problem­solving. We’ll collaborate, compete, and share expertise to help Miami­-Dade address our most pressing civic challenges. And we’ll train a new generation of Miamians to be civically engaged and to put their considerable skills to work for our community. We invite you, our commissioners and our county staff to join us again this year at Miami’s third annual National Day of Civic Hacking on June 6 at the LAB Miami to work on next steps together and to see this commitment in action. Throughout your term as mayor, you have been an advocate for Miami-­Dade County’s burgeoning tech scene. You have worked for economic opportunity, for transparency, for efficiency, and for accountability. We support these goals and believe that a robust Open Data Policy and your continued commitment to vital technology collaboration between community and government will accelerate our county’s progress toward them.
Thank you,
Rebekah Monson Co­founder, Code for Miami
Ernie Hsiung Co­Founder, Code for Miami
Cristina Solana, Co­captain, Code for Miami
Tamara Wendt, The LAB Miami
Brian Breslin, Refresh Miami
Stonly Baptiste, Urban.Us
Felecia Hatcher, Code Fever
Wifredo Fernandez, CREATE Miami at Miami Dade College
Mariana Rego, LaunchCode
Johanna Mikkola Co­founder Wyncode Academy
Matt Mawhinney, LaunchCode
Natalia Martinez, Awesome Foundation
Justin Wales, Emerge Miami
Christopher Sopher, CEO, Whereby.Us
Matthew Toro Co­founder, Maptime Miami
Bruce Pinchbeck, Co­founder, Whereby.Us
Kubs Lalchandani New Leaders Council Miami, Lalchandani Simon PL Alice Horn Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Bobby Hannat New Leaders Council Miami
Binsen J Gonzalez, Our City Thoughts, Inc.
Andre Rodriguez Influence Communications
Kyler Berry, Organizer, Front­End Developers of Miami
Armando Ibarra, Miami Young Republicans
Lili Bach, Miami­Dade Young Dems
Jose L Pimienta, Front­End Developers of Miami
Brett Hudson, Defense Connect Group
Ashley Arostegui, WMN Miami/Younger Women’s Task Force
Ana Colls, WMN Miami/Younger Women’s Task Force
Nabyl Charania Co­founder & CEO, Rokk3r Labs
Juan Cuba, New Leaders Council Miami
Carlos E Caceres Developer, Tow Truck Alert
Adrian Esquivel, CEO, TECKpert Greg Bloom, Open Referral Initiative
Vitaliy Gnezdilov, designMiami
Jonathon Ende CEO, SeamlessDocs
Chachi Camejo CTO, SeamlessDocs
David Peraza Co­Founder, Aecosoft Corp. Project Lead, OpenPermit Initiative
Maykel Martin Co­Founder, Aecosoft Corp. Project Lead, OpenPermit Initiative
Tyler Gordon Co­Founder, COO, Agent Inbox
Alaa Mukahhal Innovative Operations, Wyncode Academy
Jose C Fernandez Developer, JoseWorks, Teaching Assistant, Wyncode Academy
Walter Latimer Wyncode Academy, Codecademy Labs
Marta Viciedo Founding Partner, Urban Impact Lab Chair, TrAC
Ric Herrero Founder, MIAMade
Dan Grech Co­Founder, Hacks/Hackers Miami Vice Chair, Dean’s Advisory Board at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at FIU
Ed Toro Head Instructor, Wyncode Academy Co­Organizer, Miami Ruby Brigade
Susan Jacobson Assistant Professor, Florida International University School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Mikhaile Solomon Opa­locka Community Development Corporation PRIZM New Leaders Council Miami
Mario Cruz CTO & Founder, Choose Digital
Nelson Milian Co­Founder Wynwood Maker Camp, Mindjoule
Will Weinraub CEO & Co­Founder, LiveNinja
Rebecca White Vice President, AIGA Miami
Shaun Abrahamson Urban.Us
Nizar Khalife Lead Instructor, Ironhack
Vassoula Vasiliou President AIGA Miami
Juha Mikkola Co­founder Wyncode Academy
David James Knight Internet, IP and Technology Attorney

Healthbox Launches Accelerator in Miami With 10 Health Startups

Digital health accelerator Healthbox is launching its accelerator in Miami and it has announced 10 health startups that will be joining the eight week program. The Chicago-based accelerator has forged a long-term partnership with Florida Blue and now its holding company, GuideWell, and it will be rotating the program across Florida. Program sponsors include Orlando-based Lake Nona Institute, the Health Foundation of Florida, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
“Entrepreneurs will benefit from customized, stage-specific guidance and curated access to healthcare and business experts, while meeting our industry partners needs to see innovation at all stages,” said Healthbox Vice President Maria Siambekos.
South Florida’s health companies have been successfully growing in the region’s tech ecosystem. Healthbox’s move to Miami further confirms the vertical’s strength and potential.
Here are the 10 companies in Healthbox’s next class:
Avatar DSS — Avatar DSS offers a service that simulates multiple treatment options for a certain disease and analyzes the results of these simulations to determine what the best approach is for a specific patient.
EHR Works — EHR Works aims to integrate data from multiple sources, including EHRs, wearables, medical devices, and lab tests, so that providers can keep all the data in one place.
HealthCentrix — This startup has developed an app, called Prevvy, that aims to help patients follow their care plan after they have been discharged from the hospital. The offering will send the patient notifications and reminders to keep them on track. It also offers an appointment management system and medication tracking. Users can integrate a variety of wearable devices into the app to track their health and they can communicated with a provider via “televisits”.
Hindsait — This software works as a service tool that uses health data and predictive analytics to help clinicians and managers flag requested patient services that may be unnecessary.
iCare Intelligence — This startup has developed a population health management tool that measures the costs of services on a per patient, per physician, and per physician group basis. It analyzes trends, care gaps, and risk gaps, and then aims to save money and increase quality of care.
Keet —This app helps physical therapy patients complete their physical therapy exercises. The app will provide users with a physical therapy guide that the physical therapist will put together for the patient, which they can do at home.
Tesser Health — Tesser has developed products across a few different areas including a chronic condition management tool, triage tools, as well as a drug benefit plans and drug pricing-focused tool.
Transformair — Transformair has developed an air purifier that helps eliminate triggers for asthma and allergies.
Sensentia — Their app helps members verify their health benefits and check which providers are in network. It also helps payors authorize certain medical procedures and helps providers write their medical notes in a way that would help coders or an automatic coding system make an appropriate claim.
Symptify — Symptify is an online symptom navigator to help patients understand the potential causes of their symptoms.

Image Credit: Flickr/NEC Corp of America

Mount St Helens Eruption, Exactly What Happened 35 Years Ago (Photos, Video)

The violent eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980 was not a one day event. For two months magma had been accumulating below the volcano, creating a huge ominous bulge on the mountain’s north slope, and generating thousands of small earthquakes.
A USGS geologist at Coldwater II observation post watching Mount St. Helens. (USGS)
On March 27, steam blasted through the volcano’s summit ice cap, creating a crater over 200 feet wide, covering the snow on the southeast side with dark ash. Within a week, the crater had grown to twice the size and two giant cracks emerged across the summit.
In March, eruptions were occurring approximately once per hour, then slowed to once per day by April 22, and then the activity subsided.
But on May 7, the eruptions resumed again, shaking the volcano and the bulge expanded at a rate of 6.5 feet (2 m) per day.
The crater area dropped in relation to the summit, and the growing bulge (right) shows pronounced fracturing because of its increased expansion, prior to the eruption of Mount St. Helens. (USGS)
Then, on May 18, at 8:32 a.m. local time, with no immediate precursor, a series of cataclysmic events began.
First came the earthquake, then the bulge and summit slid away in the largest debris avalanche in recorded history.
The landslide removed the part of the cryptodome, a very hot, highly pressurized body of magma inside the volcano. The removal of the cryptodome triggered powerful eruptions that unexpectedly, blasted laterally through the side of the mountain, sending a wave of fire-hot debris sliding down, overtaking the avalanche debris. The eruption removed nearly 1,000 feet (300 m) of the cone.
A few minutes later, the plume of ash rose up to the sky, reaching a height of 15 miles (24 km) within 15 minutes. For nine hours ash continued to spew, with the eruption reaching its peak between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Ash column from the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. (USGS)
Winds carried 520 million tons of ash east across the country, covering Spokane, Washington in complete darkness, and reaching as far as as the Great Plains of the Central United States, over 930 miles (1,500 km) away.
The largest concentration of ash was nearest the Mt St. Helens eruption site. The ash spread to Washington, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma, and Idaho. (USGS)
Within 15 days, the ash cloud has circled the entire Earth.

Vegetation on Mount St. Helens (red) in 1979. (USGS)

Vegetation on Mount St. Helens (red) after the May 18, 1980 eruption. (USGS)
Mount St. Helens Facts
During the past 4,000 years, Mount St. Helens has erupted more frequently than any other volcano in the Cascade Range.
3,600 years ago, Native Americans abandoned hunting grounds devastated by an enormous eruption four times larger than the May 18, 1980 eruption.
In 1975, USGS geologists forecasted that Mount St. Helens would erupt again, “possibly before the end of the century.”
There was a lodge built on top of Mount St. Helens made by president Eisenhower.
On March 20, 1980, a magnitude 4.2 earthquake signaled the reawakening of the volcano after 123 years.
The blast and landslide removed the upper 1,306.8 ft (396 m) of the volcano.
The blast traveled at speeds of up to 670 mph (1,072 km/hr).
Within 15 minutes, a vertical plume of volcanic ash rose over 80,000 feet.
The volcanic ash cloud drifted east across the United States in 3 days and encircled Earth in 15 days.
Mount St. Helens destroyed over 500 homes.
The eruption killed many animals and people.
A two-month series of earthquakes followed the eruption.
The eruption was the most economically destructive volcanic event in U.S. history.
In September 2004, Mount St. Helens reawakened, and it erupted continuously until January 2008.

Oregon Technology Awards Name Winners

The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) sold out its 31st annual Oregon Technology Awards ceremony at the Portland Art Museum this year. The event drew more than 600 attendees which included entrepreneurs and tech professionals from across the region. The annual Oregon Technology Awards program celebrates excellence and achievement in the region’s technology industry.
Excellence and achievement in the region’s technology industry are celebrated at this event, and this year, the association added two new categories to reflect emerging industries and give a nod to those industries outside of Oregon which still provide an influence on local innovation.
Oregon Technology Award Winners:
Technology Company of the Year, Pre-­‐revenue -­‐, an information management platform that powers the global aerial robotics network.
Technology Company of the Year, Emerging -­‐ Cloudability, a cloud cost and usage data management and analytics platform.
Technology Company of the Year, Rising Star -­‐ Cedexis, a service that optimizes web performance across data centers, content delivery networks (CDNs) and clouds.
Technology Company of the Year, Growth – Puppet Labs, an IT automation service that automates configuration and management of machines and the software running on them.
Technology Company of the Year, Enterprise – Qorvo, providing scalable and dynamic RF solutions on mobile, infrastructure, and defense markets.
Most Influential Technology Company Not Headquartered in Oregon – Salesforce, one of the leading Customer Relationship Management platforms.
Most Disruptive Technology – Lumen Learning, a solution to make education more affordable through open educational resources.
During the event, other individual awards were also given. Equilibrium Capital Group, LLC is a global asset management platform that drives sustainability in real assets such as crop farms and LEED-certified properties, wastewater treatment and other water management issues, and other important global management concerns. The company’s Head of Sustainability and Structuring, Bill Campbell, was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Technology Executive of the Year award honored Sam Blackman, CEO and founder of Elemental Technologies. Elemental Technologies helps pay TV operators, content programmers, film studios, and sports broadcasters bring video to any screen.
“This year’s awards program demonstrates the strength of the tech community in Oregon and SW Washington. The TAO would like to congratulate all of the winners and thank the many volunteers and event sponsors,” said Skip Newberry, President of the Technology Association of Oregon.
Image Credit: Flickr/Aaron Hockley

DC’s Golden Triangle Highlights its Burgeoning Tech Scene

The Golden Triangle is the business, banking, and technology center of Washington, DC. Located in close proximity to the White House, the Treasury Department, and the World Bank, it takes up approximately 43 blocks and is home to global corporations, law firms, non-profits, and tech companies, as well as trendy restaurants, hotels, and shops. At the heart of this flourishing business district is the Golden Triangle BID. They are responsible for the many events and initiatives that keep the district clean, beautiful, and thriving.
One of the events that the BID has initiated is Farragut Fridays. Farragut Square is essentially the town square of the Golden Triangle. It’s a popular lunch spot year-round as food trucks line each side of the square between the hours of 11-2. During Fridays in the summer, the Golden Triangle BID turns Farragut Square into a space where people can work, socialize, and learn. They provide everything from additional seating (the regular park benches are hardly enough), to ping pong tables, to free wifi. Special activities go on all day and movie showings in the square (starting May 22nd) will take Farragut Fridays well into the night.
A new addition to Farragut Fridays this year is Tech Trends. Tech Trends will take place from 11-12 in a part of Farragut Square that has been set aside as a co-working space. The Golden Triangle BID has partnered with several DC co-working spaces, incubators, and tech companies to bring demos and presentations to the square.
The Golden Triangle is not currently known as a tech hub, but it is a prime spot that is already home to a number of large corporations and investment groups. Basically, this is a commercial district that has a lot of resources and a lot of money. The ultimate goal is to leverage these resources to bring more tech companies, as well as startups, into the district. Featuring an outdoor co-working space in the square with free wi-fi, coffee, and live demos, certainly makes working there more appealing.
I had a chance to talk with the Leona Agouridis, Executive Director of the Golden Triangle BID, about why summer is the perfect time to draw attention to the tech scene that is going on in the Golden Triangle. “You kind of get to this point where life is a little more mellow on Fridays.” “People are into co-working and shared workspace, and they’re into being outside, because people don’t want to be inside anymore.” So they strengthened the Wi-Fi and partnered with several co-working organizations tech companies, incubators, and educational organizations to host mini-events every Friday, hopefully through the end of summer.

Here’s a taste of what’s the Tech Trends schedule looks like so far:
TechShop 3-D printer Display – Friday, May 15th
General Assembly “Web Development, Let’s Break it Down” – Friday, May 22nd
Meet the DC Tech Meetup Crew – Friday, May 22nd
TechShop MakerFair – Friday, June 5th
General Assembly “Digital Marketing for Beginners” – Friday, June 12th
General Assembly “Basics of User Experience” – Friday, July 10th

And here’s some of the tech companies, Investors, and co-working spaces that currently or soon will call the Golden Triangle home:
Canvas/HZDG Design
Uber Car
GP Tech Labs
Core Capital Partners
The Grosvenor Funds
NextGen Angels

2 Global Alternatives to Starting Up in Silicon Valley

Although Silicon Valley remains a golden standard for startup companies, new technology hubs around the world have emerged to support further developments. With almost 140,000 new startup businesses launched every day (according to the last year’s World Startup Report), it is clear that Silicon Valley cannot be the home for them all.
Nor it should be. There are a variety of countries that offer better expansion opportunities, lower corporate tax rates, and better government incentives. The two examples that are particularly interesting are Singapore and Estonia, where a greater number of startup companies is founded with every passing year.
Singapore calling
In relation to Singapore, Catapult Ventures CEO Vinod Nair explains for ZDNet that this country is somewhat of a heaven on earth for the rising startups for various reasons. Firstly, incubators are plentiful, meaning that entrepreneurs can easily find the necessary help for their most critical processes.
Secondly, the policies regarding company establishment and getting loans from the government are simpler than in most other countries, which leaves more space for entrepreneurs to focus on mission-critical activities. There are even companies that will guide the entrepreneurs through the whole process, as is the case with Rikvin that graphically represents steps needed to set up a company in Singapore and emphasizes the most complex ones.
Estonia’s representative examples
When it comes to Europe, however, Estonia appears to be one of the most interesting areas for a startup life. This is mostly due to the fact that the country has one of the most liberal tax regimes in the world, which makes company incorporation both cheap and easy. With government’s incentives for new technology companies and over 150 of those already based in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, this truly sounds as a place to create a successful business.
After all, Skype was initially founded in Estonia, where it still employs over 400 IT specialists. Thus, as Antti Vilpponen, CEO of Arctic Startup once pointed out:
“Estonia has three things in its favor: political leadership, the success of Skype, and its culture.”
These insights definitely shed a new light on the startup development options. It’d be interesting to monitor the future growth of these regions, which is certainly going to be a turbulent one.
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Falun Dafa Day Celebrated Around the World

May 13 marked the 23rd year since Falun Dafa, a traditional Chinese practice of meditation that is now persecuted in its homeland, was taught to the public in Changchun, northeastern China. In anticipation of the holiday, practitioners of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) around the world have held events and celebrations, and public officials have extended letters of greetings and congratulations.
The largest celebration of Falun Gong will take place in New York City this week, with a major conference featuring Falun Gong practitioners sharing their experiences in the discipline; a large parade through the center of Manhattan, with a marching band; and a live concert in Foley Square.
A total of 41 elected officials in either the city or state of New York issued official letters marking the occasion. These included, various citations, greeting letters, proclamations, and certificates of congratulations—four from the federal level, over 20 from district assemblymen or assemblywomen, and more than a dozen from the city, county, or township level, including councilors, borough presidents, mayors, and town supervisors. Federal officials include U.S. Reps. Zeldin Lee (R-N.Y.), Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), and Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.).
Other national United States politicians who issued letters of support include Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, who said that gatherings like Falun Dafa Day “highlight the abundance of cultural heritage that makes our state great.” Three members of Congress from Texas also issued letters of congratulations and support.
The statements gathered from officials at all levels of government in countries around the world often condemn the persecution of Falun Gong and praise its contributions to society along the way expressing good wishes for the celebration of Falun Dafa Day.
For instance, in a letter, Canadian Member of Parliament Roxanne James said: “Through their core principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, the Falun Dafa have shown their courage of conviction and continued perseverance in the face of adversity. Their encouragement of tolerance and harmony provide a positive and lasting impact here in Canada, as well as around the world.”
Falun Gong practitioners create a character formation of a lotus flower and of the Chinese Characters of “Zhen-Shan-Ren” (truth-compassion-tolerance), the principals of the practice, in Long Island City, Queens, for World Falun Dafa Day on May 13, 2015. (Larry Dye/Epoch Times)
Practitioners point to these official statements as a sign of how the practice of Falun Gong is accepted and welcomed around the world. The evidence of such acceptance is of particular importance in the context of mainland China.
In 1999 the Chinese Communist Party launched a campaign of hatred and vilification directed against the practice, a key component of a comprehensive and violent persecution. The propaganda was particularly vehement, given the awkwardness and difficulty of targeting for elimination a peaceful, traditional spiritual practice. It had become deeply rooted and widespread in Chinese society, and which just years previously was even supported by the regime.
After Falun Gong’s introduction to the public in 1992, Chinese official statements said that there were 70 million practitioners by the late 1990s, and Falun Gong sources estimate that around 100 million practiced it.
Falun Dafa practitioners at a vigil in front of Chinese Consulate in Manhattan for World Falun Dafa Day on May 12, 2015. (Edward Dye/Epoch Times)
As well as the events in New York City, World Falun Dafa Day is marked by practitioners who hold their own events around the world, and who also receive and cite letters of acknowledgement and congratulations from elected officials.
The Falun Gong website has reports of Dafa Day celebrations from Singapore, Turkey, the U.S. Midwest, Houston, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, France, England, and elsewhere. As the week goes on, more reports are expected to be published.
The day was celebrated in Montreal, Canada, on May 9, which was unusually hot. Practitioners held a parade through Chinatown, then did the exercises in a public square—some onlookers took photographs, while others learned the exercise movements.
In Brisbane, Australia, in the northern state of Queensland, poster displays were erected depicting the Falun Gong exercises and the practice’s journey from a few hundred students to millions of practitioners worldwide, most of whom are in China. Falun Gong volunteers also handed out fliers about the discipline, and collected signatures to be submitted to the United Nations human rights high commissioner to investigate the evidence of organ harvesting of Falun Gong adherents in China. Over 30 local public officials issued letters of support.
Laurel Andress and Nathalie Dieul contributed to this report.

EvoNexus Rolls out the Red Carpet for 26 New Startups

EvoNexus has long been established as the place to incubate if you’re in the San Diego area, and the recent expansion of their network to Irvine has brought that prestige to a community of all-new startups. Like many companies EvoNexus has worked to maintain a strong growth trajectory, and at this point I think it’s safe to say they’ve arrived in the big leagues.
The team wrote a blog post recently to welcome 26 new companies to their incubator program across their three locations: Downtown San Diego, University Town Center (UTC) in San Diego, and Irvine. In total they received 212 applications from companies chomping at the bit for a piece of the EvoNexus action.
So, what makes this round of applications special for EvoNexus? It’s simple, they’ve shattered old records and established new highs: 212 applications is the most they’ve ever gotten.
Further, they admitted 26 of those 212 startups, which is also a new record high for the incubator. In total, EvoNexus is now incubating 57 companies, helping them achieve success through a strong network of mentors, investors, and resources.
To date they’ve received over 1,000 applications and have admitted 107 different companies to the program. With this new batch of companies, Irvine will welcome 9 new ones to University Research Park and San Diego will welcome 17 between the UTC and Downtown locations. Here are the companies that were accepted to EvoNexus:
Breath Analytics: A medical device to detect and monitor progress of sepsis
FastEvac: An app to facilitate successful evacuations and perform setup and training for small to medium sized companies in multi-floor buildings
Modern AlkaMe: A web application that will directly obtain and assess customer health data while simultaneously compounding health data from other services and devices used by customers in order to comprehensively analyze the consolidated data to recommend nootropic products for customers seeking safe and sustainable cognitive enhancement tailored to their unique chemistry
Monet Networks: A cloud based data analytics platform that delivers cost-effective, easy tools for capturing and analyzing various forms of non-verbal communications or cues over mobile and Internet screens
Shoelace Wireless: An Android app that makes Internet on your mobile devices faster and more reliable
Snorx: Single-use simple surgical tool for otolaryngologist sleep specialists which will allow them to offer patients a 5-minute in-office procedure that alleviates snoring
Tagnos: A patented patient experience solution for healthcare that goes far beyond patient and asset tracking
TenantBase: An office space matchmaking software/service that streamlines the office search and lease negotiation process for tenants seeking office space
Vendedy: A social enterprise start up that is digitizing the Street Vending Industry via phone app technology
San Diego
Aira Tech: An innovative service that is designed to help blind and low-vision users gain independence
Astroprint: A cloud for OS for the 3D printing industry. By making 3D printing simple, we become the default OS in the 3DP industry. Then we open our 3rd party app marketplace
CollectiveSun: A crowd lending platform to finance nonprofit solar projects
Combined Power: A disruptively low cost Concentrated Solar Power. We sell equipment that power plants, industrial and agricultural facilities use to generate steam, replacing fossil fuels
Crypteron: A server side, application layer, military grade security framework and SDK brings regulatory compliance and data security by carving out private clouds within the public clouds
CureMetrix: An early and accurate detection, classification, and quantification of breast cancer in mammograms
DotStudioz: A cloud based software solution that makes it painless to distribute and monetize video across owned-and-operated, branded environments on various platforms
eLux Medical: An improvement upon tradition liposuction in which a photothermal nanomaterial and an external laser readily available to plastic surgeons in the clinic are used in combination, to heat and melt fat in adipose tissue to facilitate its removal, resulting in less effort on the physicians behalf and more uniform results for the patients.
GoShare: A mobile app and website that connects people who have a pickup truck, van, or SUV with people nearby who need help with moving, hauling, towing or delivering cargo on demand
LoanHero: An instantaneous consumer loan origination platform that is powered by the peer-to-peer marketplace, our business’ balance sheet and strategic lender
Podify: A SaaS solution for wellness professionals offering a complete business solution for all of their administrative and management needs as well as exclusive marketing
Qelzal: Sense & Avoid and Obstacle Avoidance systems for small commercial drones. These systems avoid low flying aircrafts, and make drones autonomous and safer in near-earth flights
ScryTech: Fraud management through behavioral analytics
Seclytics: A SaaS cyber intelligence platform for SMB
ServicePair: A mobile-first app that connects contractors to other construction professionals
Stemonix: Developing a commercial scale printer for the high-volume growth and differentiation of stem cells and stem cell products
Wrapify: A disruptive crowd-sourced advertising platform connecting drivers and brands to create powerful on-vehicle advertising
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Rebuilding New Orleans Has Fueled Diverse Startup Resources

New Orleans is famous for Mardis Gras and jazz music, and the 2009 NFL Champion New Orleans Saints. But, similar to the city of Detroit, New Orleans has had to rebuild in the last decade. After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city and the entire region in 2005, recovery and recession were challenging wars that the region had to wage. In the face of this challenge, the rate of entrepreneurship in New Orleans has grown more rapidly than most places in the U.S.
This makes New Orleans the most logical final stop on Steve Case and Revolution‘s Rise of the Rest Startup Tour. After visiting Richmond, Raleigh-Durham, Charleston, and Atlanta, having selected one startup in each region to award a $100,000 investment, the Rise of the Rest will arrive in New Orleans on May 8 to tour the economic wins in the region and hear pitches from 8 selected startups. Understanding the “important role that all sectors – public and private – play in helping the entrepreneurial economy thrive”, is one of the main reasons for this tour, according to Revolution’s blog post.
Many of the active angel and venture funding firms in New Orleans were founded within the last five years, and the amount of startup funding in 2013 was an unevenly distributed $48M. But incubators like The Idea Village are working hard to change that. By producing New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week, the spotlight on the growth and vibrancy of the area is able to shine bright. Firms such as Nola Angel Network, Operating Venture Capital, South Coast Angel Fund, and New Orleans Startup Fund help to round out the resources that provide startups with necessary access to mentorship, education, and funding.
When the Rise of the Rest tour bus pulls in to New Orleans, they will get a full immersion into the local historical culture and the startup culture as they dine on Cajun food before touring the BioInnovation Center to learn about the region’s digital health and clean technology initiatives. But the region’s largest startup industry, education, is sure to be the focus as the team visits The Idea Village to meet with local education startup founders such as Matt Candler of 4.0 and Jen Medberry of Kickboard. Saints Quarterback Drew Brees will also be on hand to help host the visiting tour, whose members include Tech.Co CEO Frank Gruber.
The local entrepreneurs not involved in the Rise of the Rest competition will have the opportunity to give a show-and-tell about their startups while riding upon a Mardi Gras float! The “Krewe de Nieux” will actually drive through New Orleans, from the Idea Village down to a local tap room, while entrepreneurs on board give their pitches. If that’s not enough excitement, the day’s events will culminate at the New Orleans Jazz Market, where jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief will help judge the startup finalists. These finalists will compete to win the $100,000 investment from Steve Case.
The eight startups in the Rise of the Rest startup competition are:
GoToInterview – on-demand video interviewing platform for high-turn industries
PlantBid – business to business marketplace for the professional horticulture products industry
WhereY’Art – marketplace and social network connecting artists/buyers
Servato – industrial internet of things solution provider
Get Healthy – software and services powering direct primary care revolution
Million Dollar Scholar – transforming how schools and parents prepare students to pay for college
Welcome to College – helps colleges optimize the college visit and enroll optimal fit students
Community Health TV – multicultural, multi-platform health media company
The Rise of the Rest Tour is possible with partnerships from Google for Entrepreneurs and UP Global, in addition to the support from both new and previous tour partners including Salesforce for Startups, Engine, Startup Grind, Village Capital, Seed Here Studio and Tech.Co.
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