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KC Company Watch List

KC Company Watch List

KC Watch ListWe love a good New Year’s list and so while other news outlets are shortlisting timely trends and soaring startups, we thought we’d put a little shine on the ideas we have percolating in our own backyard. Keep an eye on these Kansas City companies—startups and established businesses alike. They look to be going places.

“Autism therapy software by ABPathfinder is a therapy management tool to aid therapists in defining and administering therapy programs for patients with autism. Therapists save administrative time, reduce staff training costs and improve the quality and consistency of therapy delivery, helping patients gain skills faster.”

The Briefcase
“Briefcase provides colleges with a tool that exposes students to all jobs relevant to their individual career paths, while maintaining a clean, easy to use platform.”

“Traditionally, working capital finance has been provided by intermediaries with little incentive to create transparency or to make cash readily available for all companies. C2FO creates transparency and eliminates risk by bringing buyers and their suppliers together in a live marketplace without intermediaries to find a real-time rate for cash flow.”

Creelio creates customized content to tell the story of business leaders — CEOs, owners, and executives. Born at Startup Weekend and cultivated through the SparkLabKC accelerator and with new digs in the Kansas City Startup Village, Creelio has advanced its technology for mobile and web.

Dewsly Media
|“Dewsly is a collaborative and interactive educational tool that safely builds an engaged community from a student’s first day of pre-school to their college graduation ceremony.”

DriverDO develops state-of-the-art technologies and tools that elevate mobile logistics.

“EyeVerify Inc. is the creator of EyePrint ID™ – transforming a picture of your eye into a key that protects your digital life. Eyeprint ID is a highly accurate biometric technology for smart devices that delivers a password-free mobile experience with convenient, secure, private authentication. This patented solution uses the existing cameras on mobile devices to image and pattern match the blood vessels in the whites of the eye.”

“Our team of robots are charged up and ready to transform your form-filling and filing nightmares into safe, secure day dreams with the click of a button. We are all about YOU enjoying your life more fully without being buried in paperwork!”

Hilary's Eat Well
The mission of Hilary’s Eat Well is to products that make you feel good, while cultivating a passion for knowing where our food comes from and how it connects us to our world, our communities and ourselves.”

Knoda lets you predict anything, challenge your friends, and talk some trash.”
LeapIt is a search platform that delivers web social, news, images and local results with a single search.”

“LightBridge is a high growth IT startup that is focused on delivering distributed data storage to enterprise level clients. LightBridge developed a technology to distribute data storage across multiple sites providing better and more cost effective data storage to enterprise level storage clients.”

“In 2010, after one too many sparsely attended public meetings, urban planners Nick Bowden and Nathan Preheim had a novel idea: What if people could attend public meetings anytime, anywhere? What if they could provide their input and make their communities better online?”

“To help individuals with Vitamin D deficiencies and related health problems, Novadiol offers a soft-gel pill that delivers the ideal weekly amount of vitamin D, which the company holds exclusive worldwide licensing rights to through 2029. . . .” Brian McTavish, Thinking Bigger Business Media

“OsteoGeneX is developing a first in class bone building small molecule against the validated target Sclerostin.”

“You can’t improve what you don’t measure, which is why we’ve created ShotTracker; the wearable tech that automatically tracks shot attempts, makes and misses.”

Smith Electric
“Smith Electric Vehicles manufactures and markets zero-emission commercial electric vehicles that are designed to be a superior-performing alternative to traditional diesel trucks due to higher efficiency and lower total cost of ownership.”

Spinal Simplicity
“Spinal Simplicity, LLC is a company dedicated to the creation of innovative simple solutions for complex spinal problems.  With a focus on quality, our products are designed to further enhance patient care while providing physicians with a greater array of minimally invasive devices.”

“Tnemec Company, Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of coatings and coating systems for exterior and interior environments.”

How did we come up with this list?

Our list includes Kansas City companies that were funded for two consecutive years and whose investments were publicly reported.

That’s our criteria. We’d love to hear yours. So . . .

Who did we miss?

Know a KC company that didn’t make it on our list? Let us know. Tweet us at @kcsourcelink and/or drop the hashtag #KCWatchList15. We’ll add them to our list and put them on our radar.

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