94labs incubator (formerly Spreenkler incubator) showcased the companies graduating from the summer session at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery last week. Founders of fourteen software and Internet companies presented their business ideas. Those as well as the five companies emerging from the second-stage accelerator class, demonstrated their software at booths. Joe Kirgues, Greg Meier, Steve Glynn, Emmanuel Mamalakis and others from 94labs led the event.
In introducing the 94labs incubator to the more than 300 attendees, co-founder Joe Kirgues explained that the four main goals for companies going through the incubator: (1) develop a scalable business model, (2) build a software prototype, (3) identify and talk with potential customers, and (4) create an investor presentation. The idea is that the companies then leverage the capital, partnerships, and customers that they gained while in the program.
Each of the founding teams gave a four-minute pitch with slides, and Steve Glynn emcee’d the program. Despite the stereotypes about young engineers, computer science, and math major graduates, the speakers were dynamic and articulate. Each team wore matching t-shirts with their company logo. Short synopses of each of the businesses follow:
Jungol – online platform to enable organizations to work together, with tools like to-do lists, file sharing and discussion boards, increasing efficiency and collaboration, leading to greater donations.
Door 6 – mobile game platform for making hard core games for mobile devices.
Quasi Electronics – web-based tool and social community for non-professional market to design, build and order circuit boards.
Servique – online platform for finding commercial and residential contractors.
Open Education – math learning software for teachers to create assignments online, where students can show their work, allowing teachers to track their progress.
Socle6 – private social network that allows users to better manage the dissemination of pictures and messages that, through traditional social media, often fall into the hands of recruiters and ex-friends.
Shindig – crowd-powered event booking platform that connects attendees, artists, and venues by allowing people to choose who they want to see perform where and when, by leveraging existing social media networks.
SASR – iPad application called LivePaper for sharing class notes and communicating with professors and other students online, making studying more efficient and social.
ScioMD – web software to produce understandable lab test reports for patients, offered to patients by health care organizations that subscribe to the service.
StyleShuffler – online tool that gives personalized clothing suggestions, building on the customer’s preferences.
72 Web Design – professional campaign sites for small or local races, an alternative to more expensive web design firms.
Searium Studios – challenging multiplayer role-playing video game with unique, customized character and an immersive story targeting avid gamers, to be released on PC and xBox platforms.
PinPoint Software – expiration data management software called Date Check Pro, tracking inventory expiration dates based on product purchases, saving grocers time and keeping expired items off of shelves.
Jawnt – social media related service that offers local hosts to provide authentic tours to travelers.
The 94labs launch event was one of eight events that took place between August 18th and 27th as part of the second annual Forward Technology Festival. The festival brought together up-and-coming and serial entrepreneurs, investors, government representatives, and service providers plugged into the technology community.
A key financial backer of 94labs, Emmanuel Mamalakis, wrapped up the program with remarks that drew applause – that there’s no reason why Wisconsin can’t compete with the coasts in being a breeding ground for ideas, and that changing the culture of Wisconsin requires community, legislative, and family support.