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Fisher Innovation Launchpad Results

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The Fisher Innovation Challenge launched in  2016 as a way to catalyze Wyoming technology start-up businesses. The Fisher Challenges are supported by a generous financial gift from Mr. Donne Fisher, which was matched by the University of Wyoming Office of Research and Economic Development. In 2018, the Fisher Innovation Challenge seed fund increased to $125,000 then, in 2019, it was renamed to the Fisher Innovation Launchpad. 

2019 Fisher Innovation Launchpad Winners:


Fisher Innovation Launchpad 2019 Finalists:

(From left to right)

Jon Gardzelewski (GridBuddy), Matthew Poremba (VosoKey), Slade Sheaffer (GridBuddy), Mohammad Mehri (Computherap), Christopher Bruce (Kopia), Vladimir Ulyanov (Next Step Data), Connor Leyshon (Kopia), Hayden Moritz (Cell Sight), Kevin Medders (Kopia), Carlton Wilcox & James Schuchardt (JarrowTech), Marcus Cantu (Fitter), Joseph Murphy (SLD Photonics).


VosoKey - Matt Poremba

Recognizing that many people want their kids to learn music, but at the same time might be unwilling to make a big investment in a piano or other musical instrument, and also recognizing that kids respond to gamification in teaching, VosoKey was conceived. VosoKey is an at-home teacher solution accomplished through virtual reality. A game-like nature would help capture people's interest and users could track their progression through scoring mechanisms. Initial target development would be at piano or keyboard lessons. 


SLD Photonics - Joseph Murphy, Subash Kattel, and William Rice

SLD Photonics have discovered a material/device structure that effectively has a flat response across an extremely wide light frequency region – from UV through Infrared. This perhaps can then be used to eliminate redundancy and improve accuracy in detectors commonly employed by researchers throughout the world. The actual wavelength bandwidth limitation is really due to the inability to expand beyond 390nm to 2200nm spectrum in their own current detection capabilities, so it is likely that the bandwidth is quite a bit larger than described.


JarrowTech - Carlton Wilcox, James Schuchardt

JarrowTech is targeting secure tracking of hemp seed and products in the recently legalized hemp markets in Wyoming and Colorado. Legally, accurate tracking is very important. The team will look outside the states of Wyoming and Colorado for secondary markets after launching. 

Fitter - Marcus Cantu
Fitter is a digital assistant to track workouts, diet, and other factors to enhance the overall fitness experience by both users and trainers. Additionally, the goal is to specifically enhance the trainer-client interaction and feedback cycle between them. 


Fisher Innovation Launchpad 2018 Funded Companies

Brass Genes, CS3, TABI (recently renamed to Fortia), Deep Winter Games, and VisibleFlow.

To read more about the 2018 FIL results and winners, click here.

To read about the 10 finalists of the 2018 FIL, click here.

Picture of Laurie Nichols, Ben Noren, Leann Bentley, and Dave Bohling at the 2018 Fisher Pitch Day Spencer Ollila standing with President Nichols and Dave Bohling at the 2018 FIL pitch day
VisibleFlow collaborators Ben Noren and Leann Bentley are recognized at the 2018 Fisher Innovation Launchpad Pitch Day. Photo by Melissa Riley.
Spencer Ollila, created of Deep Winter Games is recognized at the 2018 Fisher Innovation Launchpad Pitch Day. Photo by Melissa Riley.


Fisher Innovation Challenge 2017 Funded Companies

CRYEX, JB Tech, A&M Ergonomics, IOTherm, Weaver Solutions and Monarch Abilities.

 To read more about the 2018 FIL qualifying companies, click here.

Picture of challenge participants at the 2017 Fisher Innovation Challenge
Photo from the 2017 Fisher Innovation Challenge Pitch Day, showing finalists. Photo by Fred Schmechel.


Fisher Innovation Challenge 2016 Funded Companies

Torre Roasts, Ullr Performance Parts, Resono Pressure Systems, Lev'Sonic, Aktzin Systems, and Pralee Eggs and Hatchery.

For more information about the results of the 2016 Fisher Innovation Launchpad, click here.


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