HTRLaunchPad 2014: Teams, Lab & more

From our most recent Press Release:


Thirteen software developers to participate in a highly focused software accelerator program that helps them commercialize their innovations, can now use a dedicated software development facility at HTR’s Lennox Technology Enterprise Center

Modeled after the highly successful Lean LaunchPad program developed at Stanford University and funded locally by a grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, the HTR LaunchPad has selected 13 teams for its second season. The 13 selected were from an application pool of 33, an increase over last year’s pool of 29.

The HTR LaunchPad provides support for start-up companies by offering one year of advisory services and access to HTR’s incubation facilities, including an initial 12-week program – an intensive, action-oriented workshop requiring development of working prototypes and first-hand customer interviews to refine and validate ideas for new products and services. HTR LaunchPad is for Rochester-area software and web-based teams and entrepreneurs developing new software applications: internet-based systems, mobile apps, and enterprise software products including those for smart phones, portable web-based devices, more traditional markets and technologies, larger scale enterprise IT, and “cloud” computing.

The 13 teams, their leading founder and their areas of interest are:

• Providentia Healthcare Analytics (Karan Mehrotra) Healthcare decision support system
• Digitronik Development Labs (Stephen Mokey) Industrial automation optimatization
• Kavyar (Justin Kramer) Community for creative professionals
• Coterie (Letitia Elizabeth) Mobile shopping system for boutiques
• CityWhisk (Stacey Lampell ) Custom itineraries for travelers
• eStork (John Loncz) Buying incentive programs for hospitals
• DogWays (Andy Simon) Social platform for dog owners and service providers
• TourBlend (Brian O’Keefe) Location-based tools for tourism professionals
• GlassPay (Guy Paddock) Mobile payment systems
• Clinical Trial Innovations CTiX @iCardiac (Thuan Pham) Digital archive for heart monitor data
• (Adam Grossman) Web-based tools for independent car dealers
• 12 Parsecs Design (Robert Handsfield) Software tools for analysis of human motion
• Quantum Prep, Inc. (Anuradha Tanwar ) Online math SAT/PSAT /ACT test preparation

“Each team has great potential yet all could likely benefit from experienced advisors and additional resources for bringing their concepts to the marketplace,”

says LaunchPad program director Mike Riedlinger, HTR’s Program Manager of Technology Commercialization.

“By using the HTR LaunchPad approach, a start-up team learns what needs to be done to address specific customer needs, rapidly adapt to market requirements and build viable business models to make money from their venture.”

HTR LaunchPad Lab

To foster a community of software developers, and to offer software development and customer discovery resources to participating teams, HTR LaunchPad has created its own LaunchPad Lab, a dedicated suite at HTR’s Lennox Tech Enterprise Center, located at 150 Lucius Gordon Drive (off of Bailey Road) in West Henrietta. The new facility offers a wide range of hardware, including iMacs, iPad Airs, Android tablets, Kindle readers, wire framing tools, self-paced web coding curricula, video editing, and Chromecast and Smart TV. In addition, the Lab boasts a collection of reference materials including interface design for iOS and Android, user interface design, market research and business building.

“With our new LaunchPad Lab, individuals on the participating teams have access to popular mobile devices, computer hardware and the latest in reference materials,”

says LaunchPad director Riedlinger. “We’re grateful to the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation and to Merkle Donohue helping High Tech Rochester equip and furnish this facility.”

More About the HTR LaunchPad Experience

In addition to offering the free 12-session to participants, HTR connects participating teams with regional business vendors, professional advisors, and engineering resources for rapid development and market testing. Investor presentations and demo days will be held in Rochester and New York City in June.

Working closely with the participating teams will be “successful serial entrepreneurs, seed-stage venture capitalists, software engineering and business experts who’ll provide one-on-one mentorship and support,” says Mikael Totterman, an HTR LaunchPad advisory board member. Totterman is a co-founder of VirtualScopics, iCardiac, and

“Thanks to a grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, HTR has developed this new program which we believe will benefit the Rochester community in the way of new and successful businesses and the economic benefits that come with them,”

says HTR President James Senall.

“The mission of the HTR LaunchPad is consistent with HTR’s larger mission of commercializing innovative technology developed in the Rochester area and helping entrepreneurs create successful and profitable ventures.”