Showcase Presenters

LegalEase

16 June 2016
Presenter: Tariq Hafeez - President & Co-Founder

LegalEase Solutions provides law firms and corporate legal departments with customized legal research, compliance and litigation support through its LawStore, an e-commerce site for lawyers through which legal projects are procured, managed and delivered.  LegalEase is based in Ann Arbor, MI and powered by its attorneys located globally.

Alchemie

19 May 2016
Presenter: Julia Winter - Founder

Alchemie builds mobile games for higher education, beginning with a huge pain point: organic chemistry. By layering of multiple learning cues - kinesthetic, audio, and visual - into engaging game-play, students have a new method to make sense of the visual-spatial ideas at the core of understanding chemistry and science.

Update - Year 1:

Since presenting in May 2016, Alchemie has earned over $1M in funding, including a $700K SBIR Phase II grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant is being used to build the Epiphany data platform which ties machine learning technology to interactive learning tools, focused initially on chemistry. Alchemie released its Animator app prior the American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in San Francisco in early April 2017. An article about the app was published in the ACS magazine during the meeting. The team was a finalist in the prestigious MilkenPenn GSE business competition. The Troy-based company now has 8 employees.

Odeum Learning

21 April 2016
Presenter: Ian Natzmer, Founder

Odeum is a tool for teachers to promote Critical Thinking, Active Participation, and increase Engagement through role-playing historic and literary events in 3D Virtual Worlds. Odeum Learning’s platform allows teachers to find, customize, and even create their own educational roleplaying experiences for the lessons they are teaching. Odeum is bringing the Field Trip to the Classroom.

Update - Year 1:

Since Ian Natzmer presented his immersive learning EdTech startup last April, Odeum has continued gaining traction in multiple areas.  Odeum has been piloted at Wyandotte Public Schools, receiving very positive feedback.  Based on this, Odeum continues to work closely with teachers to create additional content on the Odeum platform.  Odeum has also worked with the University of Michigan's Department of Education and Information Technology to improve the user experience.  Odeum has also added a team member to lead sales and marketing.  All of these activities are consistent with feedback from investors to allow Odeum to go back to investors later this year.

Civionics, Inc

17 March 2016
Presenter: Gerry Roston, CEO

Civionics is using the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to help businesses become more profitable by reducing capital asset down-time.

Today's economy is highly reliant on engineered systems ranging from advanced manufacturing to energy production systems. These marvels of engineering are defined by complex designs, demanding operations and high capital costs. Given the criticality of these systems and the high costs associated with failure, ensuring reliable and safe operations is a demanding asset management task. Civionics offers asset managers a comprehensive wireless monitoring solution that reliably tracks the performance and health of advanced engineered systems operating in demanding environments. Civionics proprietary analytics engine automates the interrogation of sensor data to provide asset managers with what they need most: actionable information that empowers asset management decisions.

Civionics beach-head market focus is heavy manufacturing, specifically automotive metal stamping. The failure of a single components within a $20+M transfer stamping line can idle corporate-wide production, costing the manufacturer more than $1M per hour in lost revenue. Civionics has recently deployed its first pilot systems in the plants of two multi-national corporations and both customers asked for the next phase of the project before the pilot phase was even completed.

Update - Year 1:

Since having presented at NEF in 2016, Civionics completed its pilot deployment at Chrysler’s Warren Stamping Plant. The project was deemed successful by Chrysler, which has provided a testimonial stating that the Civionics systems has already prevented two likely downtime incidents, saving them an estimated $500,000. As a result, additional systems are being deployed at Chrysler, and Civionics is actively working to build its customer base and raise a pre-seed round to further accelerate market penetration.

AOE Medical

18 February 2016
Presenter: Arianna Carley, CEO & Founder

Every year 40-50% of nurses suffer debilitating back injuries from lifting and moving patients, patients fall, are dropped, or mishandled during the patient transfer process, and the healthcare industry is paying an estimated $20 Billion annually due to the current issues with the patient transfer process. At AOE Med, we have a better vision for patient transfer. Our patent-pending bariatric patient transfer device (ALPs) removes the risks associated with patient transfer making the process seamless, efficient, and safe.

Update - Year 1:

Arianna Carley successfully took AOE Medical through an early exit.  AOE, though in a different form, is still a business with headquarters now in Miami.

Workit Health

19 November 2015
Presenter: Lisa McLaughlin, CEO

Workit Health provides the first digital health solution that guides high-risk substance users through a 90-day adaptive recovery program.

Testmonial: Our NEF coaching team provided invaluable insights that vastly improved the quality of our pitch deck. The team did extensive reviews of our executive summaries and collateral and provided excellent strategic consulting on the narrative flow of our pitch. They went above and beyond. We can't recommend them highly enough.
Update - Year 1:
Workit Health successfully raised a seed round and now has customers and is demonstrating substantial growth potential. The July seed round raised $1.1Million, led by Montage Ventures (CA) and Lux Capital (NY).  For more, see http://www.workithealth.com/press/.  In November, they presented at Accelerate Michigan as a semi-finalist and was awarded $25,000 as the People's Choice.

Do-TheDoc

15 October 2015
Presenter: Dimitris Papageorgiou, CEO

Do-TheDoc Inc., a targeted digital marketing company, was launched in April 2014.  The service concept is based upon targeted marketing within industry verticals to users of a free digital document delivery service.

Do-TheDoc is currently serving the Dental Industry with HIPAA-compliant document delivery for free and has realized its first revenue from dental product and service vendors.

The Company is in the process of launching their service to the broader Medical Industry.

ContentOro

17 September 2015
Presenter: Bob Chunn, Founder and CEO

ContentOro is a technology company creating the first content marketplace where businesses will have immediate access to the highest quality content they need to fill their online marketing, social media, and web needs. 

Testmonial: New Enterprise Forum and the people I’ve met through it have been instrumental in our early success with customers and raising capital. I am thankful for the team who worked directly with me and for the organization who has remained supportive of ContentOro all along.
Update - Year 1:
Over the past year, ContentOro has changed dramatically! 
 
We’ve hired several key people including a new Chief Operating Officer, Rod Hare, who lives in and operates a ContentOro office in London, two of our interns from last summer and Candace Chapman, our VP of Marketing, who I worked with at Borders.  We’re also working with a slew of new interns this year from Lawrence Tech and Eastern Michigan University’s Center for Digital Engagement.  We have a dynamic, diverse and capable team who work very well together.  
 
Over the past year, we’ve added some of the biggest publishers in the business: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, MacMillan, Weldon Owen and over 20 niche publishers representing everything from the latest technologies to medicine, pets, cooking and just about anything else you could think of.  As we had hoped, book publishers are very willing to work with companies and people they trust, to find new markets and opportunities for the best content in the world.
 
We’ve built a great website with world-class content from books and we’re seeing a significant increase in visitors.  We won the innovation award from the Small Business Development Corporation, Startup of the Year from UM’s Venture Capital Investment Competition, and, of course, Best Business Model from NEF.  We were a semi-finalist at last years Accelerate Michigan and plan to do better than that this year!  
 
Since February of this year, we’re working with many world class customers, like Sur La Table, Pet Supplies Plus, General RV, Ulta Beauty, Citrix, Menards, Cathay Pacific Airline and many more.  The biggest learning we’ve had is the same as many other new companies; get your product out quickly and let your customers tell you how they want it to change.

TransCuro

23 July 2015
Presenter: Lauren Shampo

TransCuro provides an outcome-oriented decision-making tool for the patient referral process, improving the most critical decision points in the patient care process.  In particular, the tool provides referrals based upon the optimal outcome for the patient, process assistance in transition management, AND  improved operability.

Update - Year 1:

Over the last year, Transcuro has made progress by entering into a strategic relationship with iClinCloud, a population management solution.  This will provide the company with a technology platform, access to customers as well as technical and executive management talents.  Through this partnership, Transcuro plans to start its first large-scale pilot program in a major health system.

Mobileteer

18 June 2015
Presenter: David Alexander, CEO & Founder

David Alexander will present his Mobileteer / Redeem platform that gives businesses the opportunity to manage local promotions and increase marketing performance.  Through Mobileteer 'marketing automation', customers get promotions specific to the store they are in, and retail owners/managers get an easy to use redemption process that will please customers and provide the information needed to increase marketing effectiveness.

Testmonial: Can't thank NEF enough for all their help and time spent on my business and success. There are few people around you that have the time let alone the skills to move your business in the right direction.
Update - Year 1:

Mobileteer continues to grow, reaching 200,000 people per month with the addition of six digital billboards and over twice as many WiFi Hotspots.   Receiving additional funding of $20,000 has given Mobileteer room to expand in service and finish production of the Redeem app and pod.

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