March Business Winners – Innovated Sports, Flip, Medi-Swarm

Congratulations to the G2M Phase I Award winners for March 2015: 1) Innovated Sports, 2) Flip, and 3) MEDI+SWARM. Funds and training are provided by the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, in partnership with the Utah Valley Business Resource Center (UVU BRC). USTAR assists companies and universities in developing commercial applications for their research. The UVU Business Resources Center has a number of tools, resources and organizations to assist local entrepreneurs and businesses.

Innovated Sports

Introducing Innovated Sports. We change the way university athletic recruiting is done allowing recruits who might have been previously overlooked to gain scholarships and play at the next level. Our innovative approach connects players to recruiters through our new social media platform and links to existing social media platforms. It’s the LinkedIn for amateur sports. Parents and fans can now assist as they can add content for their favorite athlete with our unique and innovative highlight function; but all under the control of the student-athlete.

Innovated Sports is the creation of CEO Ryan Pedersen. His partners are Justin Simonsen, Jake Hawkins, Zach Jenson, and Andrea Simonsen, students at Utah Valley University.

Flip

Flip is the go-to mobile app to buy and sell items locally. Flip differentiates itself from Craigslist and KSL Classifieds by providing a safer and easy-to-use platform. Instead of having users exchange addresses or meet up in a dimly lit parking lot, Flip provides users with “Trading Posts”, which are designated locations (i.e. Starbucks) to meet up and exchange their items. The app is designed with the user in mind, so posting takes less than a minute and searching is easier than ever. Plus, the Flip team is made up of 4 normal guys that like to have fun.

MEDI+SWARM

MEDI+SWARM launching in beta July 2015* MEDI+SWARM uses your health data and health data from people like you, to perform extraordinary capabilities not thought possible until now! First, our smart health network is social; by using personalized data our system is able to link users with others just like them, creating a supporting community like none other. By having a custom community that knows exactly what you are experiencing, MEDI+SWARM will be able to help you know what treatments work best for you and if there are any possible cures. Second, MEDI+SWARM is united; our smart health network is open to everyone. By aggregating information on all diseases, MEDI+SWARM is able to compare similar components of different diseases and check for possible solutions, significantly improving the chances of finding new treatments. MEDI+SWARM is set revolutionize the current healthcare system.

G2M Business Accelerator Phase I pitches are conducted at noon on the 1st Wednesday of each month at the UVU Business Resource Center. The events are open to the public. In order to pitch and receive funding a company must go through the Business Accelerator Phase I Training, which focuses on lean startup, proof of concept testing, and customer and market validation principles.

3D printing and CAD design at UVU RDC

A New 3D Printed Use For Doctor Who's TARDIS   Star Wars Episode 3-D: Printing the Millennium Falcon

Have you already taken advantage of the 3D printers at the UVU Rapid Development Center? We have top quality printers and we charge only to cover our costs. We also charge only $25 for 3D CAD design. To learn more, follow the links below. To get a free quote, click here.

G2M Phase IV – Revenue Accelerator

Now that you’ve validated your idea, developed your business model and begun putting your business model into action, we invite you to attend Phase IV — sales acceleration.

You will be taught by one of the national leaders in sales acceleration training, Griffin Hill. Their Integrity Sales System is the most complete sales methodology available. Their six step sales process brings immediate and sustained results using a clear path to move from one step to the next. Companies like IntegraCore of Salt Lake City increased their new sales by 300% in their first five months of use, using this proven method for increasing sales success.

The Integrity Sales System is based on the principle that high performance is the outcome of systematic adherence to natural law.  This system focuses leaders and employees on consistent actions that govern success.  Adhering to these natural laws and high leverage activities help their client’s experience rapid, substantial and sustainable revenue growth.

This revenue acceleration course is taught in a 12 consecutive week format, for one hour each Monday morning, beginning promptly at 9 AM in our main conference room.

The $3,500 tuition is waved for qualifying students and their staff. To qualify for this free training, one member of your company must have graduated through the previous Phases of the G2M program and commit to attend entire training program. Seating is limited. Preference will be given to recent graduates of Phase lll, with the balance of available seats open to alumni graduates of G2M.

To register, call or email Marin Reynolds at 801-863-2720 or mreynolds@uvu.edu.

February G2M Phase 1 and 2 Winners

February G2M Phase I Winners

Congratulations to the G2M Phase I Award winners for February 2015: 1) Solar Ninja, 2) Inertial Sense, and 3) NOMO. Funds and training are provided by the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, in partnership with the Utah Valley Business Resource Center (UVU BRC). USTAR assists companies and universities in developing commercial applications for their research. The UVU Business Resources Center has a number of tools, resources and organizations to assist local entrepreneurs and businesses.

Solar Ninja is “a mobile platform that helps streamline the solar sales cycle. At Solar Ninja, we have developed the first mobile sales tool for thesolar industry. What used to take hours of time can now be done in minutes with ease. What used to take a week can now be done on the very first visit.” Jeff Burns, Solar Ninja

At Inertial Sense LLC “we have created the μINS-2™, a miniature calibrated GPS aided Inertial Navigation System.  Sensor data from MEMs gyros, accelerometers, magnetometers, barometric pressure, and GPS/GNSS is fused to provide optimal estimation of orientation, velocity, and position.  The μINS-2™ can be attached to any object and provide analytic and tracking data for that object.  Some call our sensor a “GPS on steroids” because it can do things a normal GPS cannot do.  Applications include drones, camera and antenna pointers, personnel tracking, asset tracking, navigation, ground vehicles, robotics, and sports/fitness monitoring.  Our patent-pending design is the size of five stacked dimes making the μINS-2 the smallest, most cost-effective GPS INS on the market today.  Inertial Sense is a privately owned Utah company.  Our CEO graduated from Brigham Young University at Provo, UT.  Our company has a background in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), control theory, embedded systems, and electronic design. Inertial Sense was founded in July of 2013.  We believe that the success and strength of our technology, company, and community lies in faith in the abilities of people and the creation of opportunities for personal growth.” Walt Johnson | CEO / Founder | Inertial Sense, LLC

NOMO™ “is so revolutionary you won’t have to change the water in your fish aquarium for as much as two years with minimal maintenance. This patented technology creates a balanced environment by stimulating aerobic (good) bacteria while suppressing the anaerobic (bad) bacteria. We have made it solar powered by running off the light that already exists in the Aquarium. There are no replacement filters or extra expenses. Put NOMO™ in your tank and leave it.  NOMO™ saves water, energy, time and money. We’ve made having a fish tank simple and fun by removing the pain and hassle of aquarium keeping!” David Simeoli

Phase I pitches are conducted at noon on the 4th Thursday of each month at the UVU BRC. They are open to the public. In order to pitch and receive funding a company must go through our G2M Phase I Training, based on lean startup, proof of concept, and market validation principles. Once companies complete their customer validation and market testing, and turn in the results, they can pitch in front of the crowd of peers – other companies going through the program. They are judged on a scale of 1 to 10 whether they have 1) found a monetizeable pain or a customer or market problem that people are willing to pay for, 2) have a team that can execute in starting and scaling a company, and 3) whether they were intellectually honest in their research.

February G2M Phase II Winners

Congratulations to the G2M Phase II Award winners for February 2015: 1) WildHair Technologies and 2) SpeedStealth. Funds and training are provided by the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, in partnership with the Utah Valley Business Resource Center (UVU BRC). USTAR assists companies and universities turn ideas into products. The UVU Business Resources Center has a number of tools, resources and organizations to assist local businesses.

WildHair “believes that technology should be seen differently.  Technology innovation is happening faster than most solutions can be implemented. We created a SaaS platform that makes repeatable data migration pathways designed around your business processes, we call it BridgeTheGap. Technology has become fast and more intuitive but the cost associated with embracing new technology has left many living with inadequate but affordable solutions. WildHair is determined to create the affordable big data solution for the rest of us. When you control your data, your bottom line improves, deprecating outdated software is viable and implementing the newest technology is a simple import process. Its time for technology that supports your business as a whole.” Shelly Warren, Founder

Inneuvate, LLC, SpeedStealth, DBA, is “a service delivery company which uses proprietary software to accelerate computers, tablets or smartphones’ Internet connections.  We use a combination of licensed software and our own developed Intellectual Property to get data delivered more efficiently, first time every time.  We don’t use tricks like compression, caching or processor management tools, but we add a little math to the data being transmitted to allow us to rebuild lost data on the receiving end.  Our initial target market is business travelers, but anyone with expensive data plans or a poor Internet connection would benefit from our service.  We expect to charge about $5 per month, and people should see anywhere from a 30% to 3,000% speed boost, depending upon the network they are using.  It also has the desirable side benefit of adding an additional layer of security to our client’s data transmissions.  The software is installed on the device, so the performance improvements occur wherever they go.”  Bob Vukich.

Phase I pitches are conducted at noon on the 4th Thursday of each month at the UVU BRC. They are open to the public. In order to pitch and receive funding a company must go through our G2M Phase I Training, based on lean startup, proof of concept, and market validation principles. Once companies complete their customer validation and market testing, and turn in the results, they can pitch in front of the crowd of peers – other companies going through the program. They are judged on a scale of 1 to 10 whether they have 1) found a monetizeable pain or a customer or market problem that people are willing to pay for, 2) have a team that can execute in starting and scaling a company, and 3) whether they were intellectually honest in their research.

To learn more or apply to the USTAR/UVU G2M Business Accelerator, please visit www.uvu.edu/brc/accelerator/ .

January G2M Phase I Winners

Congratulations to the G2M Phase I Award winners for January 2015: 1) SnoreHero, a medical device that comfortably eliminates snoring, providing a restful night’s sleep, 2) DealTik, and 3) WordUp. Funds and training are provided by the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, in partnership with the Utah Valley Business Resource Center (UVU BRC). USTAR assists companies and universities turn ideas into products. The UVU Business Resources Center has a number of tools, resources and organizations to assist local businesses.

SnoreHero is a medical device that comfortably eliminates snoring, providing a restful night’s sleep. It works by keeping the upper airway open during sleep, effectively preventing the vibrations of the uvula and soft pallet that produce the sound known as “snoring.” The device has the added benefit of helping users take in more oxygen as they sleep. This provides more energy throughout the day, as well as decreased risk of serious health problems such as heart disease and stroke. SnoreHero is a simple, effective, affordable alternative to more expensive solutions, such as surgery.

DealTik is a new, innovative mobile application that aids in the success of local businesses. It is a mobile application used to drive traffic to businesses during the slower hours of the day.

WordUp believes that people can transform one another when they discover who each other truly is. We are reinventing language learning by breaking down international barriers and allowing anyone to explore the people of the world. Intermixed with personalized language learning curriculum we provide opportunities for our users to engage in 2-player real-time casual games with native speakers. Before any of the game play, though, we ask you multiple questions to tailor make the perfect language learning path for you to meet your specific goals. After 2.5 years of R&D and 3 prototypes we are nearing our public launch. Go to WordUpGames.com to get in line for access to our closed beta group.

Phase I pitches are conducted at noon on the 4th Thursday of each month at the UVU BRC. They are open to the public. In order to pitch and receive funding a company must go through our G2M Phase I Training, based on lean startup, proof of concept, and market validation principles. Once companies complete their customer validation and market testing, and turn in the results, they can pitch in front of the crowd of peers – other companies going through the program. They are judged on a scale of 1 to 10 whether they have 1) found a monetizeable pain or a customer or market problem that people are willing to pay for, 2) have a team that can execute in starting and scaling a company, and 3) whether they were intellectually honest in their research.

To learn more or apply to the USTAR/UVU G2M Business Accelerator, please visit www.uvu.edu/brc/accelerator/ .

3d Printing and CAD Design

If you can dream it, we can build it

At the UVU Rapid Development Center, UVU students provide 3d printing and CAD design services to local companies, entrepreneurs, professors, and other students. The Rapid Development Center was built as a prototyping lab within the G2M Accelerator lean startup model to assist with prototype validation, market testing, and creating rapid iterations of a new software or physical product at a low cost. You can visit www.UVURapidDev.com to learn more or sign up for 3d Printing or 3d CAD Design assistance.

The lab has four 3d printers, including a Fortus MC 250, a Cubex, a Cube, and a ProJet 1500. The MC 250, Cubex, and Cube all print with ABS or PLA plastic. The MC 250 has a 10x10x12 base. It has an internal heating chamber to prevent 3d prints from warping. It also prints with supports that dissolve in water, so that an object may be printed with internal moveable parts.

The 3d Printing Portion of the Rapid Development Center has already assisted in prototyping a number of new product ideas. Some of the projects include medical equipment, retail products, hardware designs, toys, tools, and more. Some specific projects include a new mouth guard device that assists people who have problems with snoring or sleep apnea, a device that can keep your fish tank clean for up to 2 years, a bathroom nightlight, new ideas for kitchen appliances, new cap and bottle designs, book holders, scent dispensers for the internet of things, vent cover for a gun safe, and many more!

Clients have included university students, professors, entrepreneurs and local businesses, etc. If you have an idea and want to see if it will work, visit our website or stop by to get a free quote for 3d printing and/or 3d CAD Design assistance. We can work with anyone in the community to assist in developing new product ideas.

The Rapid Development Center is a UVU program that is funded by USTAR (the Utah Science, Technology, and Research Initiative). USTAR was set up to assist Utah universities and businesses develop commercial applications for their research.

How to Succeed in Business, Part 1 of 3

Winthrop Jeanfreau

There are myriad books that titillate us with the promise of riches through some unique formula or insight recently discovered by the flavor of the month “expert” on the topic. Some of these experts promise to reveal rediscovered ancient wisdom. Some refer to the latest academic discovery on how to manipulate customers into frenzied purchasing. Others promise wealth through a “system” that, once mastered, will open heaven’s gate to perpetual wealth.

I’ve sat through hundreds of presentations by these “so called” experts, and read widely on the topic of business success. In the end, I’ve come to the defensible conclusion that the only path to success in business is to find the answer to three questions, and then execute on those answer as flawlessly as possible.

The questions are simple to ask, but difficult to answer, and when I say answer, what I’m REALLY meaning is the kind of answer that is of the bedrock variety… the kind you have an emotive response to, that you know is true deep in your bones.

Without the kind of conviction that comes from those sorts of answers, you’ll never develop the resolve necessary to carry through on your intentions and be able to weather the opposition to your resolve that will always manifest itself, and do so at the time you’re least prepared to deal with it.

When you develop that kind of conviction… the kind that only comes from discovering the capital T kind of truth, you become an unstoppable whirling dervish of momentum, capable of moving mountains and withstanding even the most ardent naysayers.

The questions I’ve had to find the answers to for every one of the businesses I’ve started and managed to success are:

  1. What problem am I solving?
  2. How am I solving it uniquely?
  3. What is the value proposition that my potential customers recognize as meaningful and compelling?

As I mentioned, the questions ask easy, but they answer hard.

The answers to these questions are most always elusive, and it’s VERY common for those seeking their answers to pacify themselves with poorly researched conclusions or half-truths. Actually identifying a problem that no one else is addressing is rare. That kind of brilliant insight is what the US Patent Office refers to as a “moment of genius”. The discovery of the shape of the human DNA is that sort of discovery.

Most of our “moments of genius” are of the evolutionary rather than revolutionary type. But they can be just as financially rewarding. The evolutionary type of problem solving occurs when you find creative ways to put existing things together. Like when it became obvious to us ALL that it made WAY more sense to combine the personal digital assistant, mp3 player, web browsing, modestly powerful computer, point and shoot camera and mobile phone into one device. Hence the landslide adoption of the smart phone… something now, that most of us find impossible to live without.

For the sake of time let’s skip the debate about the social impact our smartphones are having on the social fabric of our society, families and personal relationships. That small issue aside, these devices are GENIUS!!! Just like combining a bun with a burger, Oreos with ice-cream or and entertainment system to a car, being attune to the opportunity to innovatively finding a solution to a “problem”, usually by improving something that already exists to address it, is what entrepreneurship is all about.

What matters most here is that the problem is real, that there are lots of people with the problem and that your solution is demonstrably different than those currently developed to address that problem.

There are countless books on the topic of innovation and how to develop the perception necessary to identify an unfilled niche. Some of you were born with that innate ability to see those opportunities. However, most of us can train ourselves to become better at it and, with some properly applied analysis, make sure we don’t drink our own cool-aid, or put on our rose colored glasses.

Seeking the truth about our unique solution to the problem, once discovered, is what we’ll discuss next month. Until then, if you feel you’ve discovered gold in “them thar hills”, feel free to come to the UVU Business Resource Center for a reality check. The opinion is free and may save you meaningful time and money on your journey to discovering the business you were born to succeed at.

 

 

 

 

SBIR-STTR Proposal Workshop – Register Now

Friends of the SSAC,

The SBIR-STTR Assistance Center (SSAC) is pleased to offer two opportunities to learn about and improve your SBIR-STTR proposals.

"Secrets of a Winning SBIR-STTR Proposal" will be held in Kaysville – February 25 and Sandy – March 11.

The 5 hour seminar is offered at no charge with lunch and materials included. The seminar has received high reviews and will guide you through the do’s and don’ts of these critically important grants.

If you have won or are just a beginner, this seminar will provide beneficial insight into the grant writing process.

Please register soon as space is limited.

We look forward to having you join us,
SSAC Team

CLICK HERE to learn how to the SSAC makes you stronger!

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Utah’s SBIR-STTR Assistance Center (SSAC)
Located at and in partnership with Salt Lake Community College
Miller Corporate Partnership Center
9750 South 300 West
Sandy, UT 84070
Phone: 801-957-5249
Email: UtahSBIR-STTRCenter@Utah.gov
Website: www.Innovationutah.com/sbir/
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Is a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Contract Right for You?

GSA Schedule contracts are not right for everyone

Many small businesses come to Procurement Technical Assistance Centers interested in GSA Supply Schedule contracts. But the first question must always be – is a federal supply schedule right for your company? In many cases, the answer is no. Making that determination up front can save a tremendous amount of time, energy, and perhaps money, as some small business owners pay thousands of dollars to private firms to help them “get on a GSA Schedule”, only to be unsuccessful or find it a poor fit.

Your local PTAC Procurement Specialist can help you assess your company relative to GSA purchasing practices in terms of both overall readiness and pricing structure. Together you can determine the appropriate Schedule for you to consider and discuss the many other resources available on the GSA website, including their Readiness Assessment and Pathway to Success, which can all provide critical insight into the appropriateness of pursuing a Schedule contract.

He or she can also teach you how to use GSA’s online sales query tool to see how much of your product or service GSA is buying. It may be that current purchases far exceed your capacity to produce, or it may be that there are hardly any purchases at all. Either situation might argue against pursuing a Schedule contract.

Pricing is another important consideration. GSA wants your very lowest price, lower than that which you grant to your very best customer. The pressure to award to the lowest price possible has only grown in recent years, making GSA contracting more difficult for small firms. (See “The Cost of FSSI and the Prices Paid Portal”). A GSA Schedule contract at a price you can’t sustain could put your company out of business.

Your PTAC Counselor can help you sift through all of this information and these considerations to reach the decision that is right for your business. Then if you determine that a GSA Schedule contract IS right for your company, they can help you take the next steps in applying. Many PTACs offer classes such as “Understanding the GSA Schedule Process,” but all will also work with you one-on-one to answer your questions and help you find the information you need. Once you’ve been awarded a Schedule contract, they can help you develop a marketing strategy to maximize your opportunity for sales.

See also: Pricing Matters – Pricing for GSA Schedule Proposals
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More about Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs)

Ninety-eight PTACs – with over 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of procurement professionals dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace. Funded under the Defense Logistics Agency’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program through cooperative agreements with state and local governments and non-profit organizations, PTACs are the bridge between buyer and supplier, bringing to bear their knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government with better quality and at lower costs.

h/t Based upon a video tip by Carey White, University of Houston PTAC

Dr. Clayton Christensen Presenting at UVU this Month

The UVU Faculty Senate would like to invite you to a presentation and Q&A with Dr. Clayton Christensen. His visit is a continuation of the senate’s engagement of leading scholars regarding the future of higher education and UVU’s role. Dr. Christensen is a faculty member from the Harvard Business School and is largely recognized as one of the world’s leading management theorists. His work has been cited across the globe and his thoughts on the future of higher education have been heralded as some of the most innovative and thought provoking ideas of the last several decades.

Dr. Christensen’s presentation will be on November 20, 2014 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Ragan Theater. We invite everyone on campus to this extraordinary event and hope departments will coordinate schedules to allow as many employees as possible to attend, while still remaining operational. We are fortunate to have such a world class speaker on campus and feel the audience will walk away with new insights for UVU and a renewed enthusiasm for the work we do here. The links below may help you become more familiar with Dr. Christensen’s work. We look forward to seeing you.

http://harvardmagazine.com/2014/07/disruptive-genius
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/business/business-school-disrupted.html?_r=0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDrMAzCHFUU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUGn5ZdrDoU

This is going to be an amazing presentation!  Don’t miss out!  Mark your calendar.