2013 Company Partners

Below is a complete list of potential VFA Partner Companies for 2013:

Baltimore

Cincinnati

Cleveland

Detroit

Las Vegas

New Orleans

Philadelphia

Providence

Partner Companies

Baltimore

410 Labs produces a suite of socially productive tools that improve communication and provide easier access to information.

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Astrum Solar is the leading full-service residential solar provider headquartered in the Eastern United States. They facilitate every aspect of a homeowner’s transition to going solar – design and install to incentives management and monitoring for the lifetime of the system. They are also one of the top aggregators of residential Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) which gives them leverage to get the best value for their customers.

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Parking Panda is a rapidly growing company with a vision for making parking painless and inexpensive. Their service allows customers to find and reserve guaranteed parking online in their city. Customers also enjoy exclusive online-only discounts at parking lots, garages, and other private spaces around the city for both daily or monthly parking.

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PathSensors is an environmental testing company that manufactures pathogen identification systems. PathSensors’ BioFlash-E® Biological Identifier is an integrated biological aerosol collector and identification system that is available for rapid, sensitive detection and identification of biological threat agents.

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Pixelligent produces high-quality nanocrystal dispersions and polymer nanocomposites for demanding applications in the electronics, industrial, and military markets. They work closely with leading-edge technology firms and Fortune 1000 companies to create highly customized solutions that dramatically improve their products.

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Red Owl Analytic’s Reveal software use today’s enormous data trails to answer the same questions managers have been asking since the days of slide rules. Reveal turns the data trail into meaningful answers to plain language questions, providing the ultimate in digital situational awareness.

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Riskive is a “stealth-mode” cyber security technology start-up headquartered outside of Fort Meade, Maryland. Online adversaries and their advanced cyber weapons are continuing to outpace the traditional and currently available security product countermeasures. Riskive’s solution helps secure organizations and users alike from the next generation of cyber threats by identifying and preventing attacks before they occur.

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SocialToaster makes it easy for organizations to engage existing supporters and enable those supporters to syndicate content from the organization to their personal social networks. Participants can then be rewarded and recognized for their efforts as part of an overall fan engagement program. Current customers include pro sports teams, TV networks, movie production studios, record labels, publishers, B2B, and education/non-profits.

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Staq helps you extract more value from the technology you use and keep up with the rapid innovation of the ad tech industry. Continue using your “best of breed” technology stack and we’ll help you fill that insatiable need for information from all of them.

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TEDCO was created by the Maryland State Legislature in 1998 to facilitate the transfer and commercialization of technology from Maryland’s research universities and federal labs into the marketplace and to assist in the creation and growth of technology-based businesses in all regions of the State.

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Vigilant Medical enhances collaboration between physicians by providing access to medical images anytime, anywhere.

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Woofound’s mission is to make a deeper understanding of personality accessible to everyone. With a better appreciation of who we are, we can make decisions about the world around us, and our role in it, in a faster, easier and more intelligent way. Woofound provides individuals and businesses with the tools and resources to understand personality more completely, leading to better, more fulfilling life and work experiences.

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Cincinnati

Allos Ventures is a venture capital firm that focuses on investments in early-stage technology companies in the Midwest.

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Bioformix develops sustainable polymer platforms that polymerize with little-to-no energy at high speeds to outperform current products in extreme temperature resistance, environmental resistance and physical performance. They plan to commercialize the platform through a wide range of leveraged value chain relationships, from simple licenses to full joint ventures, thus supporting individually each unique opportunity as necessary. Bioformix’s core technology expertise is high-speed, high-performance chemistry that enables product and process feature breakthroughs that translate into financially significant benefits for clients and their customers.

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Blackbook EMG is an HR technology startup that developed a suite of talent management applications that help clients increase talent retention and reduce expenses resulting from defection. That suite ranges from a revolutionary risk assessment instrument, to an app to help identify what’s important to a candidate in a job and community before they are offered a postion at a company, and is rounded out by our flagship product – 365 – a one-year onboarding solution that behaves much like an E-Harmony for employees and their communities.

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Lisnr gives artists a new way to connect with their fans. By installing Lisnr on a mobile device, users will unlock exclusive content created by the artists they love, just by listening to their favorite music. Lisnr also works at live events, dynamically responding to the surrounding environment, and giving users a secondary experience to share with their friends. Lisnr only ‘hears’ the ultra-sonic frequencies embedded in Lisnr-enabled tracks. Once this frequency is picked up by your phone’s internal microphone, you’ll receive a push notification if any content has been unlocked.

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Modulus  is a premier Node.js hosting platform that provides a complete technology stack for application developers. This includes custom SSL, WebSockets, MongoDB, statistics, and more.

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myActions  significantly increases the sustainable actions of individuals and organizations by allowing them to join or create a team in an existing “challenge.” Individuals and organizations are further empowered by easily creating their own “challenges.” For maximum results, organizations can engage our team to professionally design, manage and/or execute a “challenge” for them.

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OneMorePallet  is an easy to use web application that makes shipping more efficient by finding spare pallets on trucks, and letting customers bid on them, Priceline-style. More money and less waste for trucking companies, plus low-cost shipping for customers!

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Petbrosia offers the first-ever pet food individually designed for your pets unique nutritional needs to support healthy living throughout life. Every Pet Is Unique! Their food should be too.

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Roadtrippers’ road trip planner helps you discover, book, and create travel itineraries of the best places and experiences along the way.

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Cleveland

BoxCast is a complete video streaming solution that fits in the palm of every user’s hand. Anyone with a video camera can broadcast live video through their website, e-mail, or social media. Viewers tune-in using any Internet connected computer, tablet, or modern smartphone.

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Cleveland Whiskey uses technology to make a better whiskey. They can produce whiskey in under a week that compares to whiskey aged ten years.

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Decision Desk offers a cloud-based application manager that allows organizations to quickly access, filter and review multimedia-enhanced application materials, saving your organization valuable time and money.

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GenomOncology can rapidly and interactively analyze and interpret sequenced genomic data with their proprietary software and analytical tools. Their approach enables them to capture critical findings for the cancer researcher or clinical oncologist and produce a robust analysis report in less than a day.

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LeanDog is a collection of craftsmen who live and breathe Agile, passionate about creating clear avenues of communication and increasing collaboration helping others learn and bring their ideas to market. Through expert coaching and education, LeanDog transforms organizations and corporate cultures by helping them adopt Agile values and principles.

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LineStream is changing the automation market with software products that radically improve efficiency. LineStream’s revolutionary control technology replaces an aging solution that is inefficient and expensive. In partnership with industry leading chip and controller providers, LineStream unlocks previously unrealizable efficiency in countless products ranging from washing machines to industrial equipment.

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MakerGear udesigns, develops, and sells 3D printers and accessories. MakerGear LLC was founded by Rick Pollack to develop products and services for the rapidly expanding maker community with a focus on advancing digital fabrication (aka personal or desktop fabrication).

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North Coast Angel Fund accelerates technology start-up success and improves the state of early-stage funding in Ohio by bringing increased discipline, structure and effectiveness to the region’s angel investing community.

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Paragon Robotics creates hardware and software products to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and processes.

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Price For Profit digs deeply to identify, quantify, and prioritize the most crucial opportunities for pricing improvement at a micro level. With data-driven price and margin waterfall analyses, Price For Profit helps identify price leaks, then recommends best-practice strategies and implement controls.

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Sparkbase powers loyalty rewards programs and gift cards for businesses. SparkBase loyalty software can be the building block to help a business build customer loyalty, drive revenue, and increase shopping frequency.

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Tackk offers a simple new format that allows anyone to instantly create and share their content on the web. No software or login is required. No design skill needed. No community to join. Just visit the Tackk home page and start typing. When you’re done creating your Tackk, you can immediately share it with friends in your social networks or the internet at large. It’s no more complicated than tacking a flier to the coffee shop bulletin board.

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VizZle empowers educators, clinicians, and parents to effectively engage, communicate with, and educate individuals with autism and other communication disorders.

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Detroit

Benzinga is an innovative news and analysis service that focuses on global markets, provides original, accurate and timely global financial content every day, and features content from industry experts and experienced analysts.

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Bizdom is a startup accelerator that helps entrepreneurs launch, fund, and grow web and tech-based startups. Bizdom is a nonprofit that was founded by Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and general partner of Detroit Venture Partners.

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Chalkfly, an innovative eCommerce company rooted in giving back, is transforming the experience of buying office and school supplies online by giving 5% of each purchase back to your favorite teacher. They provide 24/7 customer service, free shipping, next-day delivery, and 365 day returns. Buy supplies, save money, help teachers.

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Detroit Labs is a tech startup launchpad. They exist to help venture backed startups in Detroit make wise tech decisions and get incredible service. Affiliated with Detroit Venture Partners, Detroit Labs is also going to invest internally and develop products and services their employees come up with, eventually funding them through DVP and spinning them off to their own businesses.

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Detroit Venture Partners is a venture capital firm for seed and early-stage technology companies who are on a mission to help rebuild the Detroit area through entrepreneurial fire and building businesses.

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Doodle Home is a virtual studio for interior designers to run their business more efficiently. They are a team of interior designers and technology and business experts, passionate about simplifying the business of interior design. They work with professional interior designers, manufacturers of high-end or unique furniture, and design-savvy consumers.

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Fontinalis Partners was established to invest in and scale next-gen mobility companies. Fontinalis’ mission is to draw upon its team’s extensive industry experience and deep networks in the transportation industry and adjacent markets to grow innovative companies. Fontinalis takes a value-added approach to helping scale its portfolio companies by combining its resources and assuming an active, hands-on role.

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Grand Circus is a tech training institute and co-working space in the heart of downtown Detroit. With an emphasis on programming, design, and business skills, Grand Circus aims to address the skill gaps in Detroit while promoting a tight community of entrepreneurs.

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iRule converts your mobile device into the best universal remote control in the world.

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LevelEleven develops enterprise gamification and CRM solutions that help sales and other managers keep their teams focused on the right things. The company’s flagship product, Contest Builder, is a salesforce.com app that gives companies new ways to motivate salespeople to make more calls, book more meetings, and close more business, which in turn spikes adoption of Salesforce.

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MeritHall is a full service staffing firm providing services to construction, landscape, and facility maintenance contractors. They provide a range of human resource and personnel management services including temporary staffing, workforce management, and executive recruiting. Their team of human resource professionals deliver high quality results that allow contractors to spend less time recruiting personnel and more time completing projects and pursuing new work.

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Stik is a web business based in Detroit, specializing in small business recommendations. The platform helps small businesses collect, display and manage recommendations from past clients and supporters, and helps consumers find small businesses recommended by their friends.

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Las Vegas

Downtown Project, founded by Zappos.com CEO and author of Delivering Happiness Tony Hsieh, is a $350 million project to rebuild downtown Las Vegas. They plan to invest $100 million in real estate, $100 million in residential development, $50 million in small businesses, $50 million in education, and $50 million in tech startups through the VegasTech Fund. Hsieh and his team have committed to transforming Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world by inspiring and empowering people to follow their passions to create a vibrant, connected urban core. Focus areas will include Arts, Music & Culture, Community & Coworking, Education, Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Urban Development.

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New Orleans

4.0 Schools is a community of curious people — educators, entrepreneurs, and others — committed to driving change in education.

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DinnerLab is a consumer dining experience that brings together up and coming chefs and an exclusive membership interested in exploring innovative ideas in food to unique spaces that would never otherwise be known to the public.

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EMH Strategy is a strategy and management consulting firm offering customized solutions to assist businesses experiencing periods of profound change or grappling with complex and ambiguous issues. Their mission is to provide their clients with the expertise and knowledge of a large consulting firm combined with superior customer service, rigorous methodologies, and sensitivity to local context made possible in a boutique firm.

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Federated Sample is a market research technology firm focused on bringing efficiency and automation to sampling through the Fulcrum Platform. Fulcrum is the world’s first complete project management suite to give clients the power to seamlessly integrate multiple suppliers, increase productivity and reduce costs.

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Green Coast Enterprises is a community resilience company. They build stronger, better-connected, healthier, and wealthier communities in the US Gulf Coast. While much of their work focuses on real estate development services, they are not a development company in the traditional sense. They saw the 2005 hurricane season as a clarion call for innovation in the building industry, and innovate around creating better buildings and a better development process.

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ID Scan is a leader in identification scanning technology, offering quality cost-effective solutions for all ID scanning needs. They are proud to officially represent major manufacturers of the most advanced ID scanning systems for Windows, iOS and Android: E-seek, IPC, IDTech, KoamTac and others.

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Kickboard is a web-based software that enables teachers to use data to improve student performance. Kickboard’s intuitive interface gives teachers and administrators the ability to collect and analyze academic and behavioral performance efficiently and in real time so that they can make appropriate and timely interventions.

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mSchool brings state of the art math classes to students. They provide the most effective technology, software, and training available to community centers where kids already hang out after school. Rather than half-hearted homework help, students get two hours of superior learning personalized to their exact needs. It works, and students love it.

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StaffInsight believes that accountable care calls for a delicate balance between cost control and Quality of Care. StaffInsight puts advanced workforce management tools within reach of small to medium sized hospitals so they can comply with healthcare reform while maintaining staff morale.

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TurboSquid is the largest library of 3D products for sale in the world, a clearinghouse for digital artists to make money selling their content, a place to find premium plug-ins for 3D software applications, a forum for 3D professionals to exchange ideas, and a production tool to help digital artists more rapidly find, preview and acquire essential content.

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Voodoo Ventures matches talented partners with great ideas to build businesses. By providing resources and expertise, they work with people to make ideas into reality.

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Philadelphia

ApprenNet is an education company. They build platforms on which educators, learners, and experts come together to teach, learn, and share. Their mission is to use technology to help the world learn smarter.

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CloudMine is an enterprise mobility company that provides a cloud-based mobile middleware platform. Their platform allows companies of all sizes to leverage new and existing data sets to power their mobile rollout strategies.

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Cognis IT is a full-service IT firm. They work with clients to develop customized approaches to support and maintain an IT infrastructure. Cognis IT is capable of providing their clients with a full range of IT support options, from onsite technical support to hosting a client’s entire infrastructure in a secure cloud environment, and from supporting and increasing the efficiency of a client’s internal IT staff to managing all facets of an organization’s technology.

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Curalate is a first-of-its-kind marketing platform for the visual web. As Pinterest and other visual-based platforms are grabbing a huge portion of online engagement, Curalate allows users to measure and track their presence within the visual web.

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Graphene Frontiers is working towards roll-to-roll production and transfer of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) graphene films. Their material will be used as a transparent conductor and encapsulating ultra-high barrier film for thin, flexible electronics, including organic light emitting diode (OLED) and organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices.

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Grassroots Unwired combines some of the most forward thinking minds in the world of grassroots campaigns with some of the most talented technologists to transform an old school campaign tactic into a 21st century campaign tool.

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LeadiD allows Lead Sellers to prove that they’re selling quality leads as well as gaining real-time buyer dispositions, and Lead Buyers to make the best decisions about the leads they buy.

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NextFab Studio is a membership-based, high-tech workshop and prototyping center — it’s Philadelphia’s “gym for innovators.”

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RJMetrics is a fast-growing, innovative database analytics and business intelligence software company. They sell their hosted software to startups and growth-stage e-commerce, social media, and software-as-a-service businesses.

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SideCar is moving transportation in a big, sustainable, community-driven direction — one ride at a time. Whether you’re ready to fill your car’s empty seats with new friends or need to get across town in a hurry, SideCar connects you with just the person to help you out.

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SnipSnap allows anyone to convert a printed coupon into a digital, mobile format, which they can easily search and retrieve on their smartphone. All a user needs to do is snap a picture of the offer (be it from an FSI, direct-mail piece, newspaper, or otherwise) and the app works its magic to scan all of the printed text and images. Once scanned, a user can not only redeem, but also get expiration-date notifications and in-store reminders.

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Providence

121 Nexus brought the concept of Personal Media™ to market. The company’s debut product, 121 Campaign™, was deployed with political campaigns in 2012 to create personalized voter experiences centered on issues relevant to each individual voter, using an app that drives up calls to action from voters using field-deployed unique links. 121 Campaign’s customers included Obama for America, where the product played a pivotal role in securing the state of Ohio and winning the 2012 Presidential election. The validation and success of the technology in political campaigns attracted new investors to fund a deployment of the same technology to solve recall and counterfeiting problems in biomedical track & trace under the PharTrack™ and IFUTrack™ brands.

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Andera is the leader in online customer acquisition solutions for financial institutions. Its suite of products and services includes online account opening, consumer marketing, fraud prevention and an in-house software development kit.

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Betaspring is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator program for technology and design entrepreneurs who are ready to launch a company and change the world.

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Focal Upright Furniture is the maker of the revolutionary new Locus Workstation, an award-winning (ErgoExpo 2012) ergonomic and adjustable desk that eliminates back pain by splitting the difference between sitting and standing.

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Knowyo helps you remember the names and faces of people you know – and people you want to know.

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JumpOffCampus offers the best apartment search tool specifically for students! They’re partnered with over 30 institutions around the country to give quality, student-friendly listings from landlords, property managers, and realtors.

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MojoTech is an elite team of web developers, web designers, and app developers. They use state-of-the-art technologies such as Node.js and Ruby on Rails to create web and mobile apps their clients – and their clients’ users – love. They have extensive experience designing and developing responsive, location-aware, geospatial, big-data, real-time, and social applications. They practice Agile web development, iterative design, and work in week-long sprints that give their clients complete transparency and flexibility. Their web applications, mobile applications, and digital products solve real-world problems, resonate with users, scale with success, and redefine what’s possible on the web.

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ShapeUp is the leading global provider of clinically-proven, social networking-based employee wellness programs that help people exercise more, eat healthier, and lose weight. Founded in 2006 by two medical doctors, ShapeUp has pioneered an innovative approach to behavior change that leverages the power of social networking, gaming, coaching, and financial rewards to improve the health of large populations and reduce healthcare costs. ShapeUp’s social wellness platform covers two million lives across 90 countries and is used by more than 200 employers and health plans.

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SplitWise is an expense sharing platform that helps people split costs easily and fairly. Their platform helps roommates, friends and family track shared bills easily on the smart phone or on the web. They also provide unique fairness content to help people decide how to split things fairly.

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Swipely gives you cash back on purchases plus loyalty rewards, free! It downloads transactions from your card via our banking technology partner using a secure, read-only connection trusted by more than 5,000 banks and 26 million consumers.

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Teespring is an innovative way to create buzz around events, promotions, and fundraisers by offering a no-risk, no-hassle way to create & sell custom t-shirts online. It allows customers to design a shirt, choose a sales goal and tipping point, and start selling. Once the campaign hits the tipping point, they’ll organize printing/shipping and send you a check for your profits.

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Ximedica is a full service ISO 13485 certified and FDA registered product development firm with an exclusive focus on medical products. With more than 25 years of experience developing medical devices, combination products, and consumer healthcare products, their client base spans the globe and ranges from start-ups to the world’s largest OEMs. Their mission is to create products that meet international regulatory requirements and strategic business goals.

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