SCRA has accepted two Midlands firms, Koios and Van Robotics, into the organization’s SC Launch program.
Companies joining SC Launch, part of SCRA’s mission to foster growth of high-tech companies in South Carolina, receive mentoring and other support services and may also be eligible for grant funds or investments.
Koios is a civic technology firm that offers a browser extension helping local libraries to notify users when movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks and other resources become available. It enables library resources to appear on Google, Amazon, and Wikipedia.
Founded by Trey Gordner, a 2013 international business graduate of the University of South Carolina, Koios is an affiliate company of the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator.
Columbia-based Vän Robotics, founded in March, focuses on providing robot-assisted tutoring to K-8 children as a supplemental learning tool. Computational techniques advance the educational outcomes for children with learning, developmental and cognitive difficulties, according to a press release.
In addition to the Midlands firms, SC Launch program also accepted:
Chassante, an affiliate of the Medical University of South Carolina. The firm provides solutions that allow patient advocates and caregivers to track and share health status of patients. The company was approved for a $25,000 Academic Start-up Assistant Program Grant.
SimTunes, which creates and distributes educational material in support of health care simulation. Educational material includes scenarios, simulations and curricula. The company was approved for a $50,000 Small Business Innovation Research matching grant.
Modjoul, a provider of wearable technology that improves the way companies function. Using Modjoul's customizable sensors, companies are able to extract data to determine employee safety, productivity and effectiveness. This new perspective provides insight into injuries and lost productivity.