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Digital Sandbox KC Welcomes Six More Startups


Six more Kansas City area early-stage companies have jumped into the Sandbox and are receiving support to help them move toward commercialization. Representing the stuff of daily life—food, health, sports, education and employment—the newest Digital Sandbox KC a​re Happy Food Co, TapTeach, Cancer Survivorship Training, EdgeUp Sports, Motavera and PerfectCube.

Happy Food Co delivers a new Eat Well solution for busy professionals and families who want fresh, home-cooked meals but don’t have time.  Happy Food Co offers “meal kits” with ingredients supplied by premium providers and comes with visual instructions. Meals can go from kit to table in under 30 minutes. The meal kits are ordered via website and delivered daily to designated distribution partners that are equipped and monitored by Happy Food Co technology. 

Digital Sandbox KC money will support software development to connect the ordering process with distribution hubs. 

TapTeach is an educational engagement platform designed to connect classrooms to mobile devices leveraging an on-demand experience driven by Bluetooth beacons. The beacons allow teachers to establish zones and deliver specifically-prescribed content to individual students or groups of students.  Educators can choose content from the system or deliver their own lesson plans with minimal IT interaction. 

Support from Digital Sandbox KC allows them to build out important platform elements.

Cancer Survivorship Training is an e-Learning company delivering continuing education courses for health care professionals.  The courses are designed to increase knowledge and cancer survivorship care, thereby improving the lives and well-being of cancer survivors.

Support from Digital Sandbox KC will help the company enhance the platform, enabling curriculum developers the ability to offer and sell on the site, thus improving the offerings to health care providers.  

Edge Up Sports is a platform for people who play fantasy football, aiming to make fantasy football research fun.  It gives participants “double coverage” or an overlay of an NFL player’s behavior and insights from multiple data sources along with traditional fantasy information.  This will give fantasy players the richest insights in the most convenient manner along with a robust user experience. 

Digital Sandbox KC assistance will allow for a richer feature set to be developed and allow Edge Up Sports to move more quickly.  

Motavera is an online platform that enables small to medium-sized businesses to find and hire college students for internships and entry-level employment.  Motavera is a combination of  informative profiles similar to those on LinkedIn and Indeed’s job posting functionality but exclusively for college students.  

Support from Digital Sandbox KC will be used to further design and develop the existing minimum viable product of the platform. 

PerfectCube provides business analytics tools – typically available only to large retailers – for small retail business owners. The tools show important trends, comparisons and predicative information so the business owner can anticipate and make more informed decisions by collecting POS and other relevant information.  It’s almost like a crystal ball for small business owners.

With Digital Sandbox KC funding the company plans to add additional functionality to help small retailers grow and flourish.  

About the Sandbox

Digital Sandbox KC’s mission is to help launch new businesses and assist them with securing add-on funding.  Launched in February 2013, the highly successful proof-of-concept program has worked with more than 300 entrepreneurs and early-stage companies across the metro area. 
Results so far:

  •          52 proof-of-concept funded for area startups
  •          23 new businesses created
  •         181 jobs created
  •         $17.7 million in follow-on funding

How can you play in the Sandbox?

Applications for Digital Sandbox KC are taken on a rolling basis. The Sandbox may cover expenses for project consultants, market research, legal support, equipment and other market validation, prototyping and beta testing needs.

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