August G2M Business Accelerator Awards

August USTAR G2M Business Accelerator Awards
Congratulations to the following companies for receiving awards in August from the USTAR G2M Business Accelerator Phase I and Phase II Pitches.

August Phase I award winners included:

  • MURA Interactive – DubWars: MURA Interactive is a local video game development studio. They currently are focused on bringing the latest in music integrated gaming. The company was a runner up during the Utah Game Wars and was featured during Salt Lake Comic Con. They were also selected as a finalist for the Tokyo Games Sense of Wonder Night event in Japan. The flagship game DubWars features Dubstep music. It is a top down shooter where your weapons fire to the music. For more info visit www.dubwarsgame.com
  • VidAlert: Vidalert is excited to move forward with their innovative idea. Our goal is to use modern technology to improve the overall security of people and do it in an effective way. We are ver excited to be working with the BRC and could not be happier with the support we have received. The feedback, experience and talent here is amazing.
  • CoolHotNot: CoolHotNot is dedicated to solving the problems with online reviews by enabling you to get ranked lists of products based on the real-life experience of people you trust. Their patent-pending technology could let Google provide socially validated search results, or Amazon provide Top 10 Lists of product most-recommended by anyone’s social network. A public prototype based on the lists of consumer electronics experts resulted in over 25,000 unique visitors, with over 50% coming to the site direct (indicating strong word of mouth), and with 42% of those visitors viewing an average of 8 pages and spending almost 6 minutes on the site (indicating excellent engagement). The company will use the G2M grant to create an exclusive community of enthusiasts via a crowd-funding campaign to fund the development of the full freemium site already designed and validated.

August Phase II award winners included:

  • LionHeart Innovations: is a “mobile medical app putting medical care in the hands of the patients.”
  • Mura Interactive – DubWars: DubWars: MURA Interactive is a local video game development studio. They currently are focused on bringing the latest in music integrated gaming. The company was a runner up during the Utah Game Wars and was featured during Salt Lake Comic Con. They were also selected as a finalist for the Tokyo Games Sense of Wonder Night event in Japan. The flagship game DubWars features Dubstep music. It is a top down shooter where your weapons fire to the music. For more info visit www.dubwarsgame.com
  • KPI Fire: KPI Fire is excited to be a part of the UVU Business Resource Center’s Go to Market program. Since partnering with the Business Resource Center KPI Fire has gone from a spark of an idea to a campfire with a handful of customers. With the BRC’s help we plan to fuel that flame and turn KPI Fire into a global business in 2015. KPI Fire is a SaaS model software application that enables companies to establish, communicate and execute their strategic goals.

Everyone did a great job! Each company has the opportunity to pitch twice for funding for each phase. In order to receive funding a company must be in the top 3 at that particular pitching event AND it must receive 7.0 or 70% average approval from the crowd or judges.