Business Startup Spotlight Register is a listing of various businesses and their entrepreneurial journey. The register includes business startups from around the globe. It is an evergreen catalogue we are maintaining for those interested in entrepreneurship and startups.
This listing includes an overview of each business, their location, the business member interviewed, as well as a link to the original article with more detailed information. Listings are in alphabetical order, with new additions on a continuing basis.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Interviewed: Alex Bullington, CEO
Overview: If a company had a product decision to make, whether it be a certain color on a pair of Under Armour shoes or a new design of shirt for a clothing brand, consumers can be a part of the strategic decision making process for companies. These businesses could in turn save millions of dollars in market research and poor product delivery just by testing market sentiment before they release something.
Location: San Diego, CA
Co-Founder Interviewed: Jerry Feitelson, PhD
Overview: Agribody Technologies’ patent protected genetically modified/genome edited (GM/GE) plant technology is a field-tested approach to increasing plant yields and tolerance to diseases and abiotic stress in many key crop plants.
Interviewed: Sebastian Sajoux
Overview: Our product, the Arqlite rock, is an artificial stone made from different types of plastic waste and offers great technical properties, such as being three times lighter and ten times better insulation than rocks, at a competitive price. Unlike LECA, Arqlite rock does not need to be hydrated, thus making the process simpler. Arqlite rock has several other uses such as base and sub-base for road paving, drainage layering, and ballast for railroads.
Location: Madison, WI
Interviewed: Daniel G. Guerra, Jr., CEO
Overview: AltusLearn’s online platform provides continuing education courses to individual healthcare professionals and healthcare employers. For professionals, AltusLearn enables them to meet and track professional license requirements or simply improve their professional skills. For employers, AltusLearn protects their workforce’s compliance through education and helps improve the overall skills of the team.
Location: Ramallah, Palestine
Interviewed: Shaher Husein
Overview: Customers would be at work all day, we would often be asked if they could send a package to our store to hold until they finished work. Those customers would usually pick up the packages and buy things from our store at the same time.The idea was originally to create a network of collection points to receive packages for people who were not available to do so.
Location: San Francisco, California
Interviewed: Andrew J. Chapin, CEO
Overview: For the end-user, we are able to offer products that they will not find on most deal sites from top-tier brands like Nike®, Under Armour®, Patagonia®, Columbia®, and others. The reason we are able to do that is because we work with vendors in an unconventional way. Rather than taking a commission or fee, which can range from 20-60% on other sites, we charge by the impression. In the end, we are telling vendors that they can get product in front of 1,000 qualified buyers for $10, which represents a huge cost savings and protects their margins.
Interviewed: Leonardo Marchant, CEO
Overview: BHive focuses on taking the bureaucracy out of the hands of companies and consultants letting them focus on their real problems, the projects. With a solid legal strategy and presence in four countries, BHive can fulfill a company’s need for a flexible and high level talent repository.
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Interviewed: Ravi (Ron) Bhalla, Co-Founder & CEO
Overview: BlackBeltHelp not only offers business process automation, but also an integrated chat, voice, ticketing systems and service desk; we are pivoting to using big data and analytics to provide AI-enabled interactions for queries ranging from financial aid to IT support.
Location: Johnson City, TN
Co-founder Interviewed: David Nelson
Overview: Each brewery needs a way to stand out from the crowd, bring more people through their doors, and connect with their customer base in unique ways. They also need to simplify their operations so they can spend their time doing what they do best: brewing amazing beer! At the same time customers love to share the experiences of craft beer even when they cannot be with their friends. Now they can give more than a gift; they can give the craft beer experience.
Location: Chicago, IL
Co-Founder Interviewed: Cory Davis
Overview: Construction companies need a way to track best practices in the field in real time and ensure that their employees are always being trained. By using predictive analytics, companies can monitor and pivot from issues quickly before the problem starts to affect the project and other strategic partners.
Location: Gurgaon, India
Interviewed: Sayantan Dasgupta, Communications Manager
Overview: Rahul built India’s first SaaS based design platform where you can create everything from social media posts to header images to visiting cards and many other items. Empathizing with Indian enterprises’ need to update their social media pages and engage their audience on every special occasion, the founders made sure that DesignDodo is a fully fledged, ‘desi’ at heart.
Interviewed: Nick Sutton
Overview: Both hobbyists and professionals have times when they are looking for photography equipment to use. Maybe someone cannot afford to spend $2,000 on a piece of equipment or maybe they realize it isn’t worth buying when they will only need that specific item a few times. We offer a wide variety of equipment for rent as well as hands on help to make people feel more comfortable with new equipment.
Location: Seattle, WA
Interviewed: Jimmy Jia, CEO
Overview: We help our clients leverage their critical utility resources for competitive advantage. The utility line-item should include bills, capital, operational, maintenance, facility, external incentives, financing, etc. Yet these costs are managed across an organization, with little clarity, coordination, or decision-making authority. When we implement our budgetary controls, company executives can see how their spending priorities are affecting their utility costs and business outcomes. This automatically motivates them to invest in technologies that reduce costs while improving revenue.
Location: Memphis, TN
Overview: We take a complicated, paper based process that people are not familiar with and guide them through it in a logical and simplified manner (like what turbo tax did for tax preparation). We create the ability to have the attorney and client work more as a team through creating a negotiation strategy based on the client’s preferences and the ability to collaborate online. We also eliminate a tremendous amount of data entry and reduce the potential for manual errors. Our goal is to simplify divorce and optimize outcomes for our clients.
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Interviewed: Sam Guigui
Overview: As an avid fantasy sports user and having received tons of feedback from our users, it is clear that our company currently fills a need for our customers to interact with soccer in a personalized and social manner. We are seeking to build on this need by offering different variations of draft-style games to further engage our current users and build our user base.
Location: Christiansburg, VA
Founder Interviewed: Dakota Gallimore (Founder)
Overview: We fulfill the need of funding for startup projects. To provide a platform that allows anybody to sponsor dreams and innovations of tomorrow. We also seek to fulfill the needs of tackling each process in the startup’s development to produce an ecosystem for funding and idea creation.
Location: San Antonio, TX
Interviewed: Ben Hodge
Overview: For our customers, both artists and venues, the biggest problem is an empty room. We help them solve that problem by collecting exabytes of data which we feed to an Artificial Neural Network to help them book full room shows. EEVET discovers patterns within the music industry and delivers accurate booking recommendations.
Interviewed: Enrique Ramirez (CEO)
Overview: After globalization, companies need to be faster, more productive, more sustainable, etc., to stay competitive. Ennomotive helps those companies turn innovation into tangible results using our online platform to conduct challenges. Ennomotive is a global and cross-industry engineering community.
Location: Ghana, West Africa
Interviewed: Alloysius Attah, CEO and Co-founder
Overview: We strive to connect small-scale farmers to information services, inputs, and resources to transform them into successful entrepreneurs.
Location: Windermere, FL
Overview: Helps retailers better engage their consumers post purchase through enriched digital receipts. Retailers are struggling trying to find ways to drive customers back into their stores or to get their customers to be more loyal. flexReceipts helps by allowing retailers to publish targeted offers, product recommendations, dynamic content and more on their electronic receipts.
Interviewed: Arnab Chakraborty, Co-founder, Chairman & Chief Product Officer
Overview: Flow MedTech has invested in a non-drug alternative solution to create a targeted solution to prevent strokes. We have developed a permanent implantable balloon device that inflates inside and conforms to an individual’s uniquely shaped left atrial appendage, thereby blocking it off, preventing clot formations, and reducing the high risk of stroke.
Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Interviewed: Abraham de la Rosa
Overview: Some people do not have time to go to the car repair shop nor do they enjoy it. A perceived risk exists of scamming by paying extra for something that did not need to be fixed in the first place. We thought of a solution to this by offering car maintenance services at your home with trusted mechanics that can do the job with professionalism and care.
Interviewed: Festus Anane
Overview: We are an organization that drills water wells in villages lacking access to clean water. Many get water from rivers and become infected by diseases such as Guinea Worm Disease and River Blindness. Thousands die each year from drinking contaminated water from ponds or hand-dug wells.
Interviewed: Sunit Sebastian, MD
Overview: We help cancer patients find the right cancer expert and clinical trial through matched peers.
Location: Covington, KY
Interviewed: Dr. Glenn Lawyer
Overview: We help people avoid colds and flu by letting them know when they are active in their community. If you or a loved one does get a cold, we take the stress out by providing them the best possible care.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Interviewed: David Jacoby, Co-founder and President
Overview: Hostfully helps hosts (both individual hosts and vacation rental management companies) be better hosts. Our value proposition is two-fold: We help hosts provide a more professional-looking experience to their guests. We save hosts time and money by decreasing the amount of unnecessary questions they get from guests. We make important information and local recommendations more readily accessible than the traditional, old-fashion method of out-dated and ugly binders.
Interviewed: Ravihans Wetakepotha
Overview: HypeHash is the world’s first hashtag and social trend-centric product monetizing PLATFORM for the hottest trending topics on social media. For the first time, you can see key performance indicators for trending topics and hashtags! Consumers and sellers see what is hot and what is not. This eliminates ambiguity, and creates an interesting viral loop where new products feed the same viral frenzy about the topic.
Location: Delaware, US
Interviewed: Abhilash Pandey
Overview: All online B2C businesses face a myriad of online frauds caused by bot traffic on their websites. More than 50%-75% of overall traffic on a website originates from bots. InfiSecure helps businesses gain insights on this major chunk of traffic. It gives detailed bot metrics on a website, and also provides 24/7 active protection against bad bots created by scrapers, spammers, hackers, and competitors.
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Interviewed: Tim Mielke
Overview: Having worked in the nutritional supplement industry for about a decade plus doing freelance work and my own research, I have seen just how uninformed buyers are when it comes to supplements. We want to put the buying power back in the customer’s hands.
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Interviewed: Kenya Williams
Overview: We seek cars that are dirty on the exterior and interior, such as a car that has been neglected over the years or a car that is being traded-in.
Location: Tampa, Florida
Interviewed: Tom Mulliez
Overview: iTREKKERS removes the barriers to booking guided outdoors adventures by running a clean and transparent website for the booking process, connecting you with a professional vetted Guide, and providing all gear and equipment necessary for the adventure. Easily enjoy fishing, paddle sports, hiking, or camping in Florida with the help of iTREKKERS Guides regardless of your age or experience level.
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Co-founder Interviewed: Nick Jones
Overview: All people have experiences in their life that serve as “life triggers” that are meaningful and serve as moments for reflection. In many of those cases, the meaningful content is collaborative and the entire story is not only personal, but also a shared experience. JRNL strives to empower users with the ability to capture, record and amplify the meaningful content in life for reflection.
Location: Nashville, TN
Co-founder: Michael Amburgey
Overview: An estimated 93% of DJs still use printed songbooks and paper-slips for patrons. This becomes an exhaustive expense for the DJ and venue. The resulting pains are a negative experience for patrons and result in lower dwell times, less repeat patronage, and fewer dollars spent in-venue. We are changing that system.
Location: Dallas, Texas
Co-founder Interviewed: Matt Holland
Overview: We help connect patients with providers daily, while creating better engagement, better outcomes, increased provider revenue, and lowering the clinical burdens so many clinicians face today.
Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Interviewed: Diego Guadarrama
Overview: We want to become the best place to find the news that is happening now and help content creators make money while they cover the news.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Interviewed: Dave Phelan (CMO)
Overview: We are solving a problem for two stakeholders. Businesses are looking to increase sales. They offer discounts to drive traffic, but struggle to effectively market to potential customers. Traditional media is expensive and nearly untraceable. Loople provides businesses with a tool to reach consumers in their area, who are already looking to go out. For users, there is no easy way to find out what is going on at bars and restaurants. You can go to Yelp for reviews, search individual websites on Google, or make a reservation on OpenTable. The missing piece is the real-time information about a bar or restaurant. We are the easiest way to find this information!
Interviewed: Muhire Louis Antoine
Overview: Up to now Africa is the sole continent with a low presence of its merchants online. This not only limits possibilities to buy made in Africa products, but worse, limits the potential growth of African merchants. They are only limited to their neighborhood marketplaces. Mergims is offering simple and free of charge access to an online marketplace.
Location: Valdivia, Chile
Interviewed: Stéphane Gartner
Overview: We designed a solution to solving the problem of exclusion of local producers from the formal market economy and by building a true local economy. Productive and consumptive communities who communicate with the end to match supply and demand perfectly should characterize this economy. This should also send financial transaction benefits to the ones who deserve it.
Interviewed: Marc Degen
Overview: Modum was a master thesis which turned into a startup that aims to simplify the process of fulfilling compliancy requirements for businesses. All while ensuring full data integrity at a lower price than the market delivers today.
Location: Santiago, Chile
Interviewed: Avi Silverberg, CEO
Overview: With MyStrengthBook, athletes use our platform to build workouts. We capture the training variables input from the user to calculate key metrics that assess progression and performance. These metrics are embedded throughout the platform and pushed back to the user in the form of visual data. MyStrengthBook provides critical insight into an athlete’s training program, allowing users to understand what works and what doesn’t, and utilizing the power of data to build more effective workouts.
Location: Toronto, Canada
Interviewed: Justin Hartzman (above)
Overview: There are currently over fifty million small to medium size businesses (SMB) who are on Facebook with hopes of reaching new customers, but only three million of those businesses are using Facebook’s ad platform. This huge gap is because do-it-yourself options and traditional digital agencies are far too expensive and complicated for the SMB owner. Our goal at Needls is to help these small businesses grow by offering a SaaS platform.
Location: Honolulu, HI
Interviewed: J. R. Robinson, CEO, Co-founder
Overview: We produce affordable, client-facing software that helps financial advisors increase client engagement, improve education, and make their client relationships stickier.
Location: Vinon-sur-Verdon, France
Interviewed: Tiphaine Saltini, Co-Founder
Overview: Neuroprofiler is a behavioral finance game. We help Financial Advisors assess the Investor Profile of their clients that are in line with the last European regulations. Following the 2008 financial crisis, regulators have made it compulsory for Financial Advisors to assess the Investor Profile of their clients. This applies for 80% of countries in the world.
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Interviewed: Ethan Reid
Overview: For our customers, we seek to solve the step of discovery. It is easy to order and pay for a product online, but the discovery has never really been improved beyond hunting for a product via menus or item types. If you see a product you like but don’t know the brand or model, it can be difficult to purchase it and often causes shoppers to abandon the effort. Nomad solves this problem by integrating into platforms and enabling users to find products simply by taking a picture or image of what they want.
Location: Riga, Latvia
Interviewed: Janis Kirsteins (CEO)
Overview: This is a smartphone based solution, which brings the same level of protection as a hardware token with the convenience of the phone. People receive a push notification and can authorize or decline the transaction. Most of the modern businesses are also using hardware tokens or smartcards for VPN access or workstation login, which is where Notakey again fits in well. By substituting hardware tokens or smartcards, we have been able to provide less intrusion from their work.
Location: Bristol, VA
Interviewed: John Cowan
Overview: Our app makes it easy for our users, currently college students, to meet new people, connect with the opportunities happening around them, and organize get togethers with their existing contacts in an extremely efficient way.
Interviewed: Humberto Quintanilla Ramos
Overview: We eliminate cash from businesses and/or events, which eliminates major hassles in lines and the cost of potentially losing sales.
Location: Johnson City, Tennessee
Interviewed: Edwin Williams, Co-Founder
Overview: We have two main needs we are trying to fulfill. The main homeowner need is the ease of finding and managing contractors to work on your home. We want to simplify that process so that the homeowner can save time and stress on getting work done around the house..
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Interviewed: Tyrre Burks
Overview: An athletic organization can be held liable for taking action that increases the risk of harm to an athlete, as well as failing to take action to prevent a foreseeable risk of harm. Player’s Health is a risk management solution designed to minimize the athletic organization’s liability exposure.
Location: Tampa, FL.
Interviewed: Steve Lazaridis
Overview: Our goal is to help service providers automate many of the monotonous tasks associated with supporting and deploying VoIP to businesses. The current methods are outdated and service providers spend far too much time on non-value generating tasks.
Location: Madison WI
Interviewed: Nick Mastronardi
Overview: Our SaaS platform connects a multi-sided policy market. We help cities and local governments post and collect verified policy polls of their constituents. We help citizens learn what’s going on, vote, comment, and share with others.
Location: Gurgaon, India
Interviewed: Mandy Sidana
Overview: In the ever competitive and fast paced world, companies need to find people who can perform not by hit and trial, but by sound data analytics. We use predictive people analytics to help them filter candidates that are more likely to perform.
Location: Neshkoro, WI
Interviewed: John Bialk, CEO
Overviewed: When a business is losing money because of noise complaints, Quietyme is their only answer. Apartment property managers lose money from tenant turnover and reduced rent because of a loud environment. Hotels regularly give discounted room rates when a guest complains about the noise the morning after. Their average room rate is reduced as a result of poor online reviews. Hospitals are penalized by Medicare and Medicaid based on patient experience surveys, which include the patient’s opinion of how loud it was around their room.
Location: New Delhi, India
Co-founder Interviewed: Aman Singh
Overview: Today, if an enterprise were to operate multiple drones at the same time, they couldn’t do it. Our Cloud Navigation System (CNS) is made to fly drones in a semi-autonomous mode wherein the pilot does not fly a drone but a server does. The Flight Server maintains a link with all the drones in flight and keeps tracking them using a GSM-GPS combo. This tracking information is available to the pilot in the form of an interactive map, similar to that seen by an air traffic controller inside ATC Tower at airports.
Location: San Francisco, California, U.S.
Interviewed: Rexford R. Hibbs, CEO
Overview: People are always looking for smart places to invest their hard earned money, but the stock market is too volatile with its daily fluctuation. We believe real estate investing is the solution to market instability. The problem is that high net worth investors (accredited investors) are the only ones who are able to participate in this asset class. RealtyReturns now gives everyday people the opportunity to invest in real estate for as little as $1,000.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Interviewed: Alex Lubinsky
Overview: Before Rentberry, the entire rental industry was not transparent. With Rentberry, the problem is solved for good. People can see the demand for each property listed on the platform. And they can offer landlords slightly less or slightly more depending on the situation.
Location: Covington, KY
Interviewed: Robert Clark
Overview: Rescoper helps teams who need better project management. We remove all of the tedious work involved to achieve those results.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Interviewed: Chris Campbell, Founder and CEO
Overview: As an all-in-one solution for managing online reviews and customer feedback, ReviewTrackers helps companies create experiences their customers will love. We help streamline their workflow and automate the collection, reporting, and analysis of their reviews and feedback data. We also make it easy for them to request feedback and generate new reviews. ReviewTrackers rolls all this data into our interactive reporting dashboard, where users can quickly gain insights and identify opportunities for improvement.
Co-founder Interviewed: James Bridgers
Overview: With the government serving as the primary customer, our data provides the information that allows City Departments of Public Works and State Departments of Transportation the information to efficiently maintain safe road infrastructure. Through our automated, comprehensive, and frequent collection, we provide a weekly report, pothole work orders, and the data to justify road infrastructure funding for governments to address the problem. Our data provides the mechanism to satisfy the goal of Departments of Transportation to increase safety for drivers and road construction crews.
Location: Santiago, Chile
Interviewed: Adam Humphrey
Overview: We focus on customers that need to sell one hero product online quickly with a focus on sleek design and boosted conversion. Shopyak is an intuitive store builder making it impossible to build a single page ugly store.
Location: Santiago, Chile
Interviewed: Hua Wang, Co-Founder
Overview: Our main product is an expert medical opinion – a review of diagnosis and treatment from a handpicked oncologist who is likely a chief or chair of a major academic medical department.
Interviewed: Mariano Di Murro – CEO
Overview: Social Arcade takes away any need for programming knowledge, allowing these agencies and in-house creative teams to save thousands in outsourcing and creates engaging, branded content.
Location: Johnson City, TN
Interviewed: Michael Garrabrant, President
Overview: Gas heat pump technology provides a leap in efficiency without sacrificing the comfort gas heating customers are used to. SMTI’s “Thermal Compressor” technology allows the current gas/oil heating equipment manufacturers to offer exciting, new very high efficiency products to their customers, at a much faster pace and with lower risk compared to trying to figure out how to do it themselves from “scratch.”
Interviewed: Romain Biard
Overview: Strime simplifies a lot of this process by allowing the client to write directly on the video. The client saves time, and the video producer can directly see the comments on the video, which is way clearer for him.
Location: Northern Kentucky
Interviewed: Andris Merkulovs
Overview: With just two lines of code, TheMonetizr can turn any mobile application asset into buyable merchandise. It engages the application user in the application accomplishments. We leverage social influence, assuming loyal application users proudly advocate their achievements to their friends.
Location: Deer Lodge, TN
Overview: I started formulating recipes in 2001 (while teaching) after a high school science experiment produced a very effective remedy for poison ivy. A business idea was born. Our products address sweat, dirt, and exposure to the elements, deliver results, and fill the adventure skin care niche.
Interviewed: Calvin Hawkes
Overview: The most important factor when booking travel accommodation today is location. Yet the majority of booking sites fail to provide sufficient information to their users, resulting in decreased conversions and lost traffic. We offer our clients location intelligence products to help their users in the accommodation booking process.
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Interviewed: Gary Ma
Overview: The Virtual Fantasy League is a free-to-play model, which means everyone can enjoy the entire experience of the game for free. It has nothing to do with gambling. Now everyone can be included risk free, including the fastest demographic of fantasy sports players (teens and people under 21).
Location: Neenah, WI
Interviewed: James Oliver, Jr.
Overview: WeMontage customers love the product because the large, unique format gives them more love, happiness and inspiration from their photos than they get from traditional picture frames. Some places nails in walls aren’t allowed, like dorm rooms, assisted living facilities, and some apartments. WeMontage is perfect in those instances. Finally, the cost is substantially less than custom picture frames or popular canvas wraps.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Overview: For our community college partners, we help them solve their need to get jobs for their students. For our employer customers, we help them find in-demand skilled talent. They have extreme difficulty finding and recruiting talent in the skilled trades, and partnering with 1200 community colleges across the country is not an option for budget constrained corporate HR departments, so we make access to talent from all of these schools not only possible, but easily accessible from their own office.
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Interviewed: Byton Simwela, Co-Founder
Overview: Ziweto Enterprise provides farmers with affordable and accessible veterinary solutions. Since 2015 the company has managed to establish four agro-vet shops through bootstrapping, grants and investors and managed to hire six trained veterinarians to manage the shops. We have so far served over 10,000 farmers with affordable veterinary services.