On Friday, July 10th Technori held an event during the Glappitnova Festival, which united a community of entrepreneurs, creatives, and influencers. Similar to other Technori events, Seth Kravitz kicked off the night and then introduced the keynote speaker, Catherine Hoke of Defy Ventures. Her nonprofit, Defy Ventures, connects top business people with convicted felons by providing leadership development, executive mentoring, financial investment, and startup incubation services for preventing recidivism, maximizing self-sufficiency and transforming broken lives. After two Entrepreneurs-in-Training took the stage to share their stories, five Chicago area startups gave their presentations.
Zero Percent help companies cut food waste by putting good surplus food to the best use. By providing safe, FDA-compliant food handling with convenient doorstep pickup, Zero Percent is able to provide data analysis and reporting features along with tax savings for participating organizations. Their online marketplace is a cloud-based system, serving 265 non provides by taking donations from over 300 donors. Chicago-area donors include Goddess and the Grocer, Hannah’s Bretzel, and Eataly. In addition, they’ve provided roughly 657,000 meals. Raj Karmani, Founder & CEO, holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign.
Purple Binder matches people with community services that keep them healthy by pairing them with health clinics, food pantries, homeless shelters and park district programs. By providing value based care, Purple Binder keeps patients healthy by connecting resources they need, working with partners such as the City of Chicago Department of Public Health, University of Illinois, and Heartland Health Outreach. Purple Binder has two apps, one for use by clinical and professional staff and the other for public accessibility, which can be deployed as a standalone solution or integrated into existing systems. During the presentation, Joseph Flesh, President, mentioned Purple Binder has reduced costs by 60% and recovered 2.2MM in costs in certain organizations.
Rivet Radio is changing the way people listen to news by creating apps the deliver personalized content, producing news for mobile devices, and connecting award-winning journalists and producers with listeners. Based on a robust content management system (CMS), globally sourced content is complied where audio is recreated as data. Using this data, stories are pinpointed to individuals, providing single word content from a single source by focusing on distribution. John MacLeod, CEO, has held executive positions at Navteq, Sony, and Walt Disney and holds an MBA from Stanford University.
Food Trace is a platform for food businesses which simplifies planning, buying, and selling for farms, artisans, food distributors, and wholesale buyers. In traditional models producers often can’t sell their food and as a result, buyers waste time meeting consumer demand. With Food Trace, products or businesses can be located quickly determining source radius, enabling users to map sources and connections. Their system also provides simplified communication, analytics, marketing reporting tools, and social media monitoring. Food Trace provides four plans for customers to manage their good business and also offers a free plan. Andrew Hill, CFO and Co-Founder, delivered the presentation at the event.
Hearken is an audience-driven platform enabling newsrooms to engage the public throughout the reporting process, resulting in relevant and high-performing content. Currently, reporters are changing clicks in an effort to increase advertising revenue for their organizations, which ultimately doesn’t serve the journalism community well. In traditional journalism, public feedback and insight on stories are not received by newsrooms until it’s too late, typically after substantial investments in money and time. Hearken uses process and technology to correct this issue, as a result stories outperform their average stories on page views, time on site, and social shares. In addition, there is a voting mechanism for public submitted questions, enabling engagement. Jennifer Brandel, Co-Founder and CEO, also founded WBEZ’s Curious City. Corey Haines, Co-Founder & CTO, also presented and participated in the Q&A session afterwards.