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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – They’ve spent 12 weeks trying to turn their dreams into reality – and now, six student-led startup companies will have the chance to show off what they’ve learned and how they’ve grown before an audience of University and community leaders.
Northern Kentucky University’s INKUBATOR, a 12-week business accelerator housed in the Haile/US Bank College of Business’ Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will host its fourth annual Demo Day on Wednesday, Aug. 4.
The companies include:
Change My Tuition: Everyone wants an easier way to save up for a child or grandchild’s college education. Change My Tuition allow users to round purchases up to the next dollar and deposit the difference into a 529 Savings Plan. The company is founded by Organizational Leadership student Kirk Laytart and Business Management student Leighanna Banks.
EventSpider: What is the best way to engage college students in student organizations and university events? EventSpider uses gamification methods and algorithms to improve that process. Founded by Entrepreneurship student Garrett Frey and Media Informatics student Derek Daley, the concept won second place at Idea State U, a statewide business plan competition by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
Inclusive Games: Everyone should be able to enjoy video games, regardless of their physical disabilities. That’s the philosophy behind this video game development studio, created by a disabled student who designs video games using only his feet. Founded by CIT and Media Informatics student AJ Ryan, Media Informatics student James Marshall, and recent NKU graduate Heidi Rink.
Trip Nuggets: What if there was an app that could take the pain out of vacation planning? Trip Nuggets uses local curation and algorithms to create a personalized itinerary to anywhere in the world. Founded by Michelle Bothe, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Business Informatics.
Verdant Applied Sciences: More than 21 million tons of hazardous waste is produced in the U.S. each year, and most of it is burned or buried rather than recycled. But what if someone found a way to make it easier – and cheaper – for companies to recycle chemical waste? Recent Chemistry graduate Matt Miles has developed that technology. Verdant Applied Sciences recently won the American Chemical Society’s national Green Chemistry and Engineering Business Plan Competition.
Yves Law: Millions of Americans struggle with debt, and yet don’t know where to turn for help. Yves Law has developed a website to help users understand their debt, locate debt relief tools, and create documents to help them pursue debt relief and regain financial stability. Founded by Chase College of Law graduate Bob Cassity, Yves law won the Northern Kentucky Business Pitch Competition, sponsored by the Kentucky Innovation Network
Each company will deliver an eight-minute pitch at Demo Day.
The event is Wednesday, Aug. 5 in the George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium at NKU’s Griffin Hall. Networking begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program at 9 a.m. Parking is available in the Kenton Drive garage.
Founded in 2012, the INKUBATOR at NKU is a 12-week business accelerator open to all current students and recent graduates.
In 2014, the program was ranked among the top five college accelerators and incubators in the world in the area of competency development by the UBI (University Business Incubator) Index.
For more information, visit inkubator.nku.edu.