Meet the Venture Class 1 Winners

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Eagle Eye Intelligence

Scott Adams
Venture Class 1

Protecting Property. Saving Lives.

Eagle Eye Intelligence provides end-to-end, unified intelligence for public safety and security clients. Its platform unifies and manages real-time intelligence, integrating complex operational eco-systems spawned by applications, data, equipment and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Today, the company employs 22 workers, has generated sales of $1.8 million (including contracts with state and county entities), and has raised more than $4.75 million in capital.

CEO Scott Adams says: “FAU Tech Runway was a tremendous help with getting our new venture off the ground offering our public safety customers the best technology available in the market. I can’t thank FAU and its team enough!”

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Ilene Berg

Ilene Greenberg
Venture Class 1

Comfy high heels your feet will love.

Ilene Berg was founded after an exhaustive search to find a pair of fashion-forward high heeled shoes that fit properly and could be worn without causing debilitating pain. This search left Ilene frustrated and empty handed. But she soon learned she wasn't alone.

After countless conversations with family, friends, co-workers and even total strangers in shoe stores, Ilene realized this wasn’t just her problem but a problem encountered by most women who shop for shoes today. While there are “Sexy, Stylish” shoes available in the market and “Comfort” shoes, companies are just not combining those qualities into one product. So women are settling to either be uncomfortable or unstylish.

For women who choose to wear a sexy pair of high-heeled shoes and most women do, they know at some time during their wear, their feet are going to hurt. Yet, they still crave this fashion even though this pain means we may be exacerbating foot injuries either immediately or over years of abuse. Ilene was one of those women. For the longest of time, she continued to cram her foot into stylish shoes, never thinking of the potential consequences. Over the years, she experienced everything from blisters to toe cramping to even more permanent issues. Now it is even more difficult to find a stylish shoe.

Ilene Berg has done just that – they are changing a woman’s perception of what to expect in a stylish shoe by engineering into every pair patented comfort elements that reduce impact and stress to the foot. This invisible innovation inside gives every pair of Ilene Berg's the unheard-of comfort and style that they will instantly feel.

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Modulux Lighting Inc.

John Richard and Bill Cummings
Venture Class 1

Advancing the LED industry.

Modulux has engineered, patented, validated and commercialized a smart modular family of breakthrough LED lighting products. Their uniquely versatile and scaleable products provide best in class features, superior functionality, and unmatched operational and economic benefits.

The company is targeting the high-growth commercial/industrial lighting market as well as lucrative niche applications in the horticulture and qquaculture industries.

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Jan Bednar
Venture Class 1

Stress Less, Grow More.

ShipMonk uses a sophisticated application to help people all over the world buy anything they want (from a shirt to a boat) in the US with any currency, even BitCoin, and receive it at their location.

ShipMonk customers create a free account, receive a US postal address and manage forwarding & all other services from one simple dashboard.

ShipMonk also serves the growing community of Americans, living and working abroad, by giving them access to their mail by confidential document scanning and package forwarding.

Inspired by his win of the 2014 FAU Student Business Plan Competition, CEO Jan Bednar entered the FAU Tech Runway Launch Competition. Forward three years, and Shipmonk has earned $5 million in revenues, creating 35 full-time jobs and up to 60 part-time jobs in the process, and will be moving into a 35,000 square foot facility in March, 2017.

Bednar says: “The incredible growth of ShipMonk absolutely could not have been possible without the dedicated support of FAU Tech Runway’s staff and mentors, plus all of the services provided to us at no cost. Truly an indispensable resource!”

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Andy Hill and Ian Sauer
Venture Class 1

Life is short. Make your mark.

Stand4 is a social good startup that empowers our users to take stands for their favorite causes. Users can donate, volunteer, or performed sponsored stands; for every sponsored stand taken - we make a donation. Simple as that.

Everything that comes as a result of the stand is tracked and captured so that at any moment, one can see all the lives they've touched, problems they've helped solve, and overall impact they've made on the world.