Digital Sandbox KC Funds 9 Startups, Accelerating Technology, Health Care Innovations

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Digital Sandbox KC Funds 9 Startups, Accelerating Technology, Health Care Innovations

Digital Sandbox KC has announced it has accepted nine new startups into its program. These diverse startups will receive crucial support, mentorship and up to $20,000 in project funding to accelerate their innovative projects.  

The chosen companies span various industries, from revolutionary aerospace-grade 3D printing technology to AI-driven solutions for golfers to a platform that streamlines tasks for hospitals. 

Notably, this round of startups marks the beginning of a collaboration between Digital Sandbox KC and Digital Health KC, a new initiative focused on supporting and growing the digital health ecosystem in the region. 

We are thrilled to be working with Digital Health KC, a new initiative that shares our commitment to fostering innovation and growth in the digital health sector,” says Jill Meyer, senior director of Technology Venture Studio, which houses Digital Sandbox KC. “This collaboration expands the reach and impact of Digital Sandbox KC, bringing together expertise and resources to support startups at the intersection of technology and health care.” 

Meyer says Digital Sandbox KC is excited to play a pivotal role in advancing all these groundbreaking initiatives and that the team is honored to partner with this group of companies to help them lay the foundation for the future of their startups.

> > > If you’d like to pitch your startup to the Digital Sandbox KC team for a chance at up to $20,000 in early-stage project funding, apply here.

Meet the nine new companies joining the Sandbox. 

As for Me and My Body – Shawnee, Kansas  

As for Me and My Body helps Christians bridge their physical and spiritual health through its book and app, which is an online accountability community. 

“The Digital Sandbox KC funding will allow us to complete MVP 2 of our app, which includes adding gamification, hosting and server upgrades, and overall UI/UX enhancements,” says Candice McField, founder and CEO. “We are beyond grateful for this opportunity because it will allow us to not only scale, but also it will allow us to impact thousands of people across our nation.”

Dexer – Overland Park, Kansas (Digital Health KC) 

Dexer is the “copilot for workers in motion.” For workers like veterinarians, Dexer enables them to slash their time spent on records by up to 50%.

“The mentorship, ecosystem and connections of Digital Sandbox KC will help us commercialize our generative AI product to grow our revenue in 2024,” says Bruce Rasa, co-founder and CEO. 

Ear House Technology – Kansas City, Missouri 

Ear House Technology simplifies audio post-production with one-button technology, catering to musicians, podcasters, filmmakers and content creators. The startup’s innovative solutions streamline complex processes, making audio enhancement easy and accessible.

“Digital Sandbox KC’s funding is pivotal in propelling Ear House Technology to new heights,” says Samuel “Krizz Kaliko” Watson, co-founder and CEO. “It empowers us to enhance our one-button technology, making audio post-production even more efficient. This support accelerates our journey to redefine the audio industry, ensuring accessible and top-notch solutions for our users.”

EzBizPortal – Overland Park, Kansas (Digital Health KC)

EzBizPortal transforms medical equipment operations, akin to what CarFax did for vehicle history. The company’s innovative platform streamlines tasks for hospitals and medical equipment vendors, offering features like automated repair logistics, compliance record management and inventory tracking, all centralized for efficiency and compliance. 

“The support from Digital Sandbox KC will enable us to develop our online records portal, offering medical facilities a unified platform to access and manage compliance records from all vendors seamlessly,” says President Jonathan Gregory.

Leva – Kansas City, Kansas (Digital Health KC) 

Leva is a comprehensive ecosystem that provides expectant and postpartum parents the support they need to thrive and helps employers attract and retain talent by offering this one-of-a-kind benefit. 

“Digital Sandbox KC funding will provide us critical financial means to create a supportive experience for non-birthing parents/partners and caregivers, as well as allow us to integrate with larger HR Information Systems,” says Vanessa Jupe, founder and CEO. “Both of these are key requests from HR partners and prospects. We will also begin work on a community feature which is greatly anticipated by the parents on our platform.”  

Noonan Caddie –  Leawood, Kansas

Noonan Caddie is an innovative startup helping golfers shoot lower scores. With cutting-edge AI, Noonan is a personal caddie that delivers precision club and aim recommendations, transforming golfers’ doubts into decisive, informed shots. 

“We are immensely grateful to Digital Sandbox KC for the generous grant, which marks a pivotal moment in Noonan’s journey,” says Matt Williams, CEO. “This funding will be instrumental in transforming our MVP into a fully fledged commercial product, accelerating our speed to market significantly. With this support, we’re excited to enhance our proprietary AI with voice-activation features, streamlining the pace of play for golfers.” 

Raven Space Systems – Kansas City, Missouri

Raven Space Systems is developing a new technology that enables 3D printing of aerospace-grade materials for the first time ever. Raven is focused on 3D printing heat shields for space and hypersonic flight applications, drastically reducing the cost and increasing the speed at which these unique materials are produced. 

“This grant from Digital Sandbox KC will help us build our industrial-sized 3D printer, helping us transition from a proof-of-concept stage to a full-scale prototype,” says CEO Blake Herren. 

ResiView – Lenexa, Kansas

ResiView is an all-encompassing home management platform designed to simplify and enhance how homeowners track and maintain their property’s maintenance, service history, warranties and important documents. 

“The project funding from Digital Sandbox KC will be instrumental in developing CRM integrations for our service professional partners, propelling ResiView forward,” says CEO Dillon Kehrwald. “The Sandbox’s belief in our vision empowers us to accelerate innovation and bring forward meaningful solutions. We are honored to be a part of this vibrant ecosystem that fosters growth and collaboration.” 

Trially – Kansas City, Missouri (Digital Health KC)

Trially is an AI-powered patient-matching platform that matches eligible patients with clinical trials and customized treatments.

“Digital Sandbox KC funding will support important UI development with our first customer,” says CEO Kyle McAllister.

> > > If you’d like to pitch your startup to the Digital Sandbox KC team for a chance at up to $20,000 in early-stage project funding, apply here.

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