Lawrence-based Ainstein taking flight with jetpack founder in Red Bull Air Race

By: Elyssa Bezner, Intern   June 12, 2018 When the founder of JetPack Aviation blasts to the sky later this month in Red Bull’s Air Race World Championship, it will be a testament to the innovation and quality at Ainstein, a Kansas radar tech firm, said Bryan C. Boots. “Although our products are widely deployed today in unmanned aviation (drone) applications, this will be the first time that we know of that one of our products will be used in a manned flight,” said Boots, business development manager for the Lawrence-based company. “It represents a big leap for us as a company in that…
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KC-based PatientsVoices pulls $150K in first round of seed capital, additional $75K from MTC

Competing for a spot in a Nashville-based health tech accelerator, PatientsVoices landed its first round of seed capital — with a booster shot from the State of Missouri. A $150,000 innovation grant from Jumpstart Foundry investment group represents a leap forward for PatientsVoices, headquartered in iWerx’s North Kansas City entrepreneurial development center, said founder and CEO Mary Kay O’Connor. “This investment allows us to take our software to the next level so we can serve more healthcare professionals and make a larger impact on the changing face of healthcare in America,” she said, noting the award was part of competition that…
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KU team wins NSA funding to improve security for Internet of Things with ‘big-thinking’ research

LAWRENCE — Every day, more and more people interact with the Internet of Things (IoT) in daily life. The IoT includes the devices and appliances in our homes — such as smart TVs, virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa or learning thermostats like Nest — that connect to the internet. The IoT also includes wearables such as the Apple Watch or Bluetooth chips that keep track of car keys. Our cars themselves, if equipped with sensors and computers, are also part of the IoT. “Traditionally, when you think about the internet, it’s someone on a computer communicating with something out in…
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FCT certified as a B Corporation, meeting strict social and environmental standards

Groundbreaking software company improving the lives of foster children commits to rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Lawrence, KS  – January 2, 2018 – Foster Care Technologies (FCT), provider of the world’s only scientific, data-driven software for improving placements of children in foster homes, today announced that it has officially become a Certified B Corporation. B Corporations must pass an exhaustive assessment that reviews their commitment to improving communities, the natural environment and society through their businesses practices. FCT joins the rapidly growing movement of more than 2,300 Certified B Corporations from 121 industries, across 40…
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Doing Their Research

by David Mitchell Vol. 27 Issue 2 Lisa Stehno-Bittel apparently has a pretty good poker face. During the first year of running Likarda, the biotech startup she co-founded, a new employee eyed the company’s president and offered a blunt assessment of the academic turned entrepreneur. “Leading people is a lot of what goes into a business,” he said. “She had experience leading people and built a successful program—one of the top 10 programs in the country.” Ramachandran said the researchers understood their blind spots and hired legal and financial firms to help. They also had help building a business plan from…
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