LaunchKC is designed to attract technology entrepreneurs locally, regionally and nationally to apply and compete for 10 $50,000 non-dilutive grants, mentorship, transitional work space and other incentives. LaunchKC selects the top-scoring entrepreneurs and then supports and assists them with coaching, mentoring and funding to develop high-growth, successful businesses in Kansas City.
Enduralock and Mobility Designed are two of 20 finalists, 11 of which are from the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
Enduralock was founded in 2013 by Diana Hess (MBA ’14), Harold Hess and Jonathan Hess. The startup’s initial technology, which was invented to permanently lock a spinal implant to avoid loosening, been validated at 5 million cycles of compression and torque testing and is currently utilized in a medical device with CE and Food and Drug Administration approval. Recently, Enduralock has extended its portfolio of proprietary fastening solutions into the aerospace industry.
Mobility Designed, founded by Max and Lilliana Younger in 2014, has created a new type of crutch that is user friendly and easier on the human body. The M+D Crutch allows people to support themselves on their elbows and forearms, opposed to a traditional crutch where weight is carried on hands, wrists and armpits. Mobility Designed received the first place prize at the 2015 Regnier Venture Creation Challenge.
“We couldn’t be prouder of these two startups,” said Bryan Boots, Entrepreneurship Scholars Program Coordinator. “They are an example of what we hope to see our participants achieve, and we are excited to celebrate in their success.”
The 20 finalists will pitch their business plans to a panel of judges September 16 during the 2016 Techweek Kansas City conference. To be eligible for the grant, startups must agree to relocate or stay in Kansas City for a minimum of two years.