CrowdComfort Is Finalist in Business Plan Competition Sponsored by Salem State University’s Enterprise Center
NSIV is pleased to announce that one of its members, CrowdComfort, has been selected as a finalist in Salem State University’s Enterprise Center “2014 Business Plan Competition.” CrowdComfort and two other finalists will have an opportunity to present their business plans before a live panel of judges and compete for first, second, and third place on Wednesday, April 23, from 3 to 6 pm. (the location TBA). First place winner will receive $5,000; second place winner, $3,000; third place winner, $2,000. For details on the 2014 Business Plan competition, go to www.enterprisectr.org. CrowdComfort is a mobile solution for the modern facility manager. It’s easy-to-use smart phone application lets building owners, operators, and occupants share information about building comfort, maintenance, and safety issues. CrowdComfort streamlines three distinct areas of need, and leverages employee feedback (by means of the app) to report real-time conditions of buildings and facilities. Whether reporting about thermal levels, environmental compliance and inspection issues, or facilities maintenance, the CrowdComfort app uses crowd source feedback as a way of collecting the most up-to-the-minute and accurate reports that benefit employees, owners, and building managers alike! Go CrowdComfort!
The issuing of AdvaStim’s Wireless Remote Stimulator patent is an important milestone for AdvaStim. According to CTO Barry Yomtov, “The IP within this patent could be considered a home run because of its potential impact to the implantable neurostimulation device industry.” Don Freeman, NSIV board member and AdvaStim advisor, notes, “There’s a huge difference between “a filing” and “an issued” patent. I’m sure that difference will be recognized. Very well done, Barry.” For more information on AdvaStim, visit www.advastim.com.
When Endicott College was conceptualizing a new science center in 2012, the college made a critical decision to build a facility that would exploit one of the fastest growing sectors in Massachusetts, particularly on the North Shore – the life sciences. To that end, the college built a 2,000 square-foot laboratory that would accommodate between one and three startup companies as a STEM incubator. In September 2013, The Ginger Judge Science Center opened its doors.
NSIV is a proud Bronze Sponsor of the Life Science Nation’s Investor Conference that will be held on March 24, 2014. To register for this event, go to www.resiconference.com. Life Science Nation’s Redefining Early Stage Investments is an all-day event that will feature 16 unique early-stage investor panels that will offer the latest perspective on the state of investments in the industry. The conference offers a full day of partnering for companies looking to connect with service providers and investors.
The World’s First Crowdsourced Thermostat Lets You Adjust The Temperature At Work By Ben Schiller People in a building know when they are hot or cold. This device simply asks them, and then adjusts the temperature accordingly.
NSIV presents an InnoVenutures U program: Ready, Aim, Hire! What Every Startup Needs to Know about HR Benefits & Hiring Practices BeforeYou Make an Offer Thursday, March 13, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Where: 100 Cummings Center, Beverly Conference Room 221 E So you’re at that exhilarating stage in your company where you can NOW hire your first round of employees. But as you would expect, hiring is serious (and legalistic) business.This seminar is designed to help small and growing businesses gain an understanding of employee benefit requirements and best hiring practice strategies.
Congratulations to NSIV graduate 7AC Technologies for raising $1 million in venture financing from 31 investors. Founded in 2009, 7AC develops a highly disruptive membrane-isolated plastic plate technology for use in commercial and industrial liquid desiccant HVAC applications and in air conditioning and cooling. Reportedly, the new technology drastically cuts energy costs for heating and cooling, and radically improves de-humidification performance. For more information, go to www.7AC Technologies.
Entrpreneurs & Investors: You’re invited to a panel discussion featuring two winners from the 2013 Mass Challenge 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. = Breakfast/Networking 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. = Program Massachusetts has entered into a new business revolution. The changing economy and rapid rise in technology has led to an entrepreneur boom in the Bay State. With the growing boom comes a host of questions for new entrepreneurs: Whether to Participate in Accelerator Programs? How to secure investors? What is the best business model? How to protect innovative intellectual property? McLane invites entrepreneurs and investors to a panel discussion featuring three winners from the 2013 Mass Challenge. The winners, Noam Josephy, Co-Founder and Director of AMS-Qi, and Sean Kevlahan, CEO, Quad Technology will share their experiences creating a start-up organization and their experiences in the Mass Challenge, including: •Benefits and lessons learned from the Mass Challenge •Challenges faced in building a start-up •How to gain funding •Selecting the best form of a business organization •Protecting core intellectual property This event has limited space and is open on a first come, first served basis. Location: 300 TradeCenter Suite 7600 (For GPS: 100 Sylvan Road) Woburn, MA 01801 Contact: Phone: 781-904-2700 Email: Click here to start an email Website: www.mclane.com
CROWDCOMFORT ANNOUNCES $273,000 ROUND OF SEED FUNDING CrowdComfort platform crowdsources building maintenance and comfort reporting Beverly, MA – December 4, 2013—CrowdComfort, a sustainable clean energy technology company that helps facilities managers make faster decisions by crowd-sourcing geo-located building maintenance and environmental compliance data in real time, has raised $273,000 seed round led by CrowdComfort’s founding team. Investors include several angel investors and one corporate investment.
Don Seiffert BioFlash Editor- Reprinted from Boston Business Journal, Nov 5, 2013 Cell separation startup to have experiments done on space station A Beverly startup working on an improved way to isolate cells for research is planning to do its next experiment more than 200 miles away – straight up. Quad Technologies LLC, a MassChallenge company founded last year, has received a grant worth about $1 million to study the effects of microgravity on the manufacture of its separation technology on the International Space Station.
Tom Kinneman has proven (again) what he’s made of…100% iron. On Sunday, November 3, Tom won first place at Ironman Florida in his age group of 64 triathletes, finishing in 10:40:27 (impressive stats: 1:12 for the swim; 5:28 on the bike; 3:46 for the run).
What an extraordinary achievement…Quad Technologies has been nominated as one of the top 26 finalists in the MassChallenge 2013. Imagine making the final cut in a global competition in which 128 finalists were selected out of a pool of more than 1,200 candidates. NSIV is so proud to have Quad Technologies as a biotech member.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2013 Contacts: Martha Farmer, Ph.D. President & CEO North Shore InnoVentures 508-527-1832 Click here to start an email Media: Paul Sagan KCSA Strategic Communications 617-852-0495 Click here to start an email North Shore InnoVentures Graduates Two Cleantech Companies and Adds a New Cleantech Startup to Its Incubator Portfolio Beverly business accelerator also receives $70,000 in grants from Mass. Clean Energy Center and City of Beverly BEVERLY, Massachusetts, October 10, 2013. North Shore InnoVentures, (NSIV) one of New England’s leading technology incubators and business accelerators, announced today that two of its portfolio companies in the cleantech sector, Energy Compression and Save Energy Systems, have graduated and entered the marketplace. In addition, cleantech startup Crowd Comfort has joined NSIV, for a total of 19 companies now in the incubator. To date, NSIV has graduated ten startups – six in cleantech and four in life sciences.
NSIV’s COO Tom Kinneman is proof that the grueling training that goes into conditioning for triathlons pays off. On Sunday, September 15, Tom crossed the finish line, placing 9th in the world (in his age group) in the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final in London. The PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final is considered to be the pinnacle of triathlon competitions across the world (www.worldtrilondon.com/event_info). Congratulations, Tom!
NSIV member, Quad Technologies (www.quadtechnologies.net), has been selected as a subcontractor to evaluate the commercial potential of nanocomposite production. This project has been made possible through the National Science Foundation award for the grant, “Continuous, Large-Scale Nanocomposite Production via Micellualar Electrospray.”
We are proud to announce that Founder & CEO of RAN Biotechnologies Roger Nassar has been selected as a Regional Laureate from the YEi’13 competition.
Contacts: Martha Farmer, Ph.D. President & CEO North Shore InnoVentures 508-527-1832 Click here to start an email Media: Paul Sagan KCSA Strategic Communications 617-852-0495 Click here to start an email North Shore InnoVentures Receives $1.65 Million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Award is part of $5 million grant to Colleges and Incubators to fund Lab/Facility and Equipment Upgrades in North Shore region BEVERLY, MA, March 28, 2014. North Shore InnoVentures, (NSIV) one of New England’s leading technology incubators and business accelerators, announced today that it has received a capital grant of $1.65 million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). The grant will allow NSIV to expand its current laboratory facilities over the next three years and purchase advanced analytical instrumentation. This grant is part of a larger $5 million award to the Life Sciences Consortium of the North Shore (LSCNS), consisting of Endicott College, Gordon College,North Shore InnoVentures, North Shore Community College and Salem State University, and will fund major lab/facility and equipment upgrade projects at the member institutions and organizations.
This year’s conference - Fifteen Shades of Green - is about how energy efficiency and sustainability has evolved into an integral part of every industry helping grow the top line and breaking the long held myth that sustainability is a cost center. Exciting Keynotes: Doug Foy, Founder & CEO, Serrafix; Former Super-Secretariat of MA Jigar Shah, CEO, Carbon War Room Wide range of panel topics: Green Chemistry | Sustainable Mobility | Sustainable Energy | Keeping it Clean | Sustainable Building Design | Nature’s Design To register, go to www.babsonenergy.com.
NSIV is pleased to announce that Marc Bazin, founder and president of HepatoChem, Inc., has joined the advisory board of the Life Sciences Consortium of North Shore. In this role, Marc provides an entrepreneurial perspective on the many facets of being a biotech startup.