Thunder Launchpad selects 11 startups

Published: Friday, March 8, 2019 By: Journal Record Staff Source: The Journal Record

The Thunder Launchpad has selected its third batch of Oklahoma-based technology startups to enter the 12-week accelerator.

The 11 technology startups will go through the accelerator program run by StitchCrew in partnership with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The program, sponsored by MidFirst Bank, was developed to help entrepreneurs elevate their businesses through provided education, community support, access to data, network and mentors.

The 11 startups include:

• Cannbot, a chat service and data collection startup automating user experience for the cannabis industry.

• Emfluencer, a micro influencer marketing platform.

• Green Tree Project, a startup offering eco-friendly alternatives for all the ways individuals and businesses celebrate and decorate.

• Hightower Clinical, a provider of access to clinical trials and no-cost research infrastructure to physicians.

• Literacy Lounge, which highlights black literature through a monthly subscription box to enhance users’ reading experience.

• Moms, which aligns the “forgotten workforce” such as stay-at-home mothers with available employment opportunities.

• Resistance 360, a multi-sport, multi-directional training device that helps users optimize resistance training.

• Ride OKC, a tour service highlighting art, architecture, food and drink in metropolitan areas for tourists through bicycle transportation.

• TeleVet, which enables users to connect with veterinarians via mobile device to help treat and diagnose pets’ health conditions remotely.

• Telos Payment, which allows users to turn purchases into fundraising for nonprofits through payment processing.

• VisuALS, an assistive communication (eye tracking) device that allows people to communicate and stay connected w using only their eyes.

“Launching our third cohort of businesses for the Thunder Launchpad gives us an opportunity to tap into brand-new industries within the technology landscape,” said Brian Byrnes, senior vice president for the Thunder. “Each of these founders will have a tailored and exclusive experience highlighted by one-of-a-kind access to an extensive mentor network as they look to elevate their businesses to the next level.”

The accelerator program provides free space, resources, corporate benefits and an impressive mentor network from in-state and out-of-state business leaders, investors and influencers. The third batch of founders is primarily composed of female, minority and veteran founders. At the end of the 12-week program, the founders will have an opportunity to present their plans to the investment and business community.

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