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The Lean Lab: Transportant

Ready for School? Kansas City Entrepreneurs Take On Education System

The Lean Lab: Transportant

The Lean Lab prepares entrepreneurs to take on big problems in the education system. Get to know their newest cohort of five entrepreneurial teams at Launch[ED] Day, Thursday, November 16, during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Meet two of those entrepreneurs now, Alan Fairless and John Stylers, and their company: Transportant:  

Imagine your child getting up early and getting ready for school. You laid their clothes out  the night before. They quickly eat breakfast and you give a quick look over their homework. At 7:35 AM, it’s time for them to go to the bus stop, five minutes ahead of its arrival at 7:40 AM. At 7:50 AM, you notice your child still standing at the bus stop waiting. Calling the bus company ends in frustration when they inform you that there’s been an accident and another bus has been dispatched. Arrival time is unknown.  

This scenario is an everyday reality for thousands of Kansas City students across the metro. Transportant, a Kansas City based startup in the 2017 Lean Lab Incubator Fellowship cohort,has a solution. The vision of Transportant is to develop products that will help children get to school in a safe, reliable manner, while giving parents and school districts peace of mind. The software, currently in development, provides “route optimization for school districts and visibility to parents and students”, said John Styers, CEO of Transportant.

The software will provide critical insights into transportation patterns, while providing real-time visibility into bus fleets, allowing school administrators to track the arrivals of their school buses and eventually plan more informed routing patterns.  The software application shares the exact location of the bus and estimated time of arrival.  Unique to Transportant is a wifi and camera enabled hardware device attached to each bus, allowing students internet access and school administrators video visibility into each bus.

Transportant is one of five ventures in the 2017 Lean Lab Fellowship. Come see them pitch, connect with them and celebrate on November 16 at The Lean Lab’s Launch[ED] Day during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Join them for a toast under the chandelier, as The Lean Lab gives away $50,000.00 to accelerate education innovation in celebration! Tickets are $25, but use the code FUTURELAND50 to save 50%! Sign up here.

A closer look at The Lean Lab's Launch[ED] Day

Alongside Transportant, here are the four other presenting companies: 

Diversity Talks Student-led professional development grounded in the cultural competencies of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Explorable Places A platform that makes it easy for teachers to find and book field trips.
Healthy Hip Hop - Learning through music, movement and a message.

ViTAL ViTAL’s software creates multimodal, accessible learning content, increasing inclusion of special education students in general classrooms.

And two VIP speakers:

Dr. Mark T. Bedell is one of the top young educational leaders in the United States. His personal, educational and career experiences make him uniquely suited to serve as superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools in Kansas City, MO. He is a talented, caring teacher and administrator who is doing the hard, systematic work necessary to ensure that every child and every family has an equitable opportunity of making their dreams a reality.

Aaron North is the vice president of education at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he serves as a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team and leads a team of program officers who are funding or researching programs designed to ensure more Kansas City students have access to high-quality education options and opportunities preparing them for life and education after high school.

Check out the entire Global Entrepreneurship Week calendar now

There are more than 150 events going on during Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 13-17, spanning a huge array of topics. Build your agenda and tell your friends—#GEWKC is the place to be! 

The Lean Lab Incubator Fellowship is a 3 module accelerator program spanning from August to November for startup ventures focused on solving real problems within education. The Lean Lab is a Kansas City based community that launches transformational education innovations that have national impact.


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