Cohort 1 (Jan - April 2014)


Snapcastr helps events entertain their audience, boost their social media presence, and actively showcase their sponsors.  Through our free mobile app, the audience shares pics and comments on a big screen during the event.  The photos are collected into an elegant online gallery for use after the event.  See more at

Tarian Orthotics developed a shoulder brace to lower the risk of dislocations in individuals looking to return to high impact activities post-injury. Unlike current products on the market, the Tarian Stabilizer is made from lightweight, breathable materials, allows for functional arm motion, and offers customized, compressive support directly to the shoulder joint. Upon releasing the Tarian Stabilizer to the market, Tarian Orthotics will work to expand our product line to provide options to treat shoulder injuries associated with stroke, muscular dystrophy, and cerebral palsy. See more at


Dynepic, LLC is developing SensiBots, a wireless engineering toy for kids ages 5-12.  SensiBots are a family of fun, toy robots.  Each SensiBot has a unique personality and special sense (light, temperature, acceleration, proximity, etc.) and communicates with its family of SensiBots via Bluetooth Low Energy.  The sensor data is displayed on the SensiBots’ screen for immediate feedback and in a game-like dashboard on a tablet or phone through the Command Center application allowing kids to interpret their Bots’ surroundings, set cooperative rules between their Bots and even their friends’ Bots, and use them in a virtual world and educational game.  The SensiBot product line will engage young children in exploring the world around them while transparently providing STEM foundational knowledge and skills to foster long-term interest and higher level study in these subject areas.  See more

Taking orders online is easy: getting the order into the restaurant is hard. solves the problem by allowing online order takers to print orders to purpose-built cellular printers placed directly inside the restaurant. We provide a new revenue channel for restaurants and a simplified last-mile delivery partner for online order takers.  See more at

Engineered Marine Coatings

Engineered Marine Coatings began with the sole purpose of developing a technically superior product line to provide a durable, easy-to-apply marine finish system with an unbeatable appearance. Their technical staff has over 50 years combined experience in aerospace, marine, and industrial coatings paired with the expertise and ability to tailor products for specific applications. The company believes that their customers’ needs are of the utmost importance, so they’ve assembled an outstanding team that is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a large percentage of their business comes from repeat customers or referrals.  All of products are proudly made in South Carolina.  See more at


Trilogyz Wireless creates multiple lines of Bluetooth headsets, from wireless ear-buds to full-size headphones for musicians, allowing consumers to stream music wire free from any audio device. Whether you are an athlete, gamer, musician, or person with an everyday “Active Lifestyle”, Trilogyz has a wireless solution for you.  We will change the WAY people listen to audio & disrupt the industry defeating regular wired headsets!  See more at


Bublish is the award-winning social book discovery and commerce platform for writers and readers. We are revolutionizing the way writers share their stories and readers discover new books and authors they’ll love. After our prototype won the prestigious O’Reilly Tools of Change Publishing Startup Competition in 2012, we were invited by the International Digital Publishing Forum to launch the Bublish platform at Book Expo America in New York City. We now help thousands of writers and readers around the world connect and engage. Our vision is to provide a complete, automated and integrated publishing solution – from book creation and conversion to promotion, marketing, sales and brand building. Bublish makes it easier for authors and publishers to reach their readers and convert them to life-long fans. See more at


FieldLinc is an inspection management platform for the field service industry. The software is a combination of native applications and a modern web service, allowing accessibility to mobile and PC users. The software is offered in two versions: Pro and Advanced. The app will allow for photo capture, navigation, and notes. The web service for Pro users provides work order management, route optimization, and photo management. By referencing GPS data from a route, FieldLinc is able to verify a representative’s location and inspection results. This data also allows for automated photo naming and work order attachment. Functionality of the Advanced version includes vendor management, work order management, client management, and a dashboard view of work order statuses. An upcoming Enterprise version will include a set of client APIs that will circumvent the need for multiple logins. FieldLinc streamlines cumbersome workflows within the field service industry. It is designed to reduce data entry time, ensure the accuracy of results, and provide supervision of representatives. See more at

Mentor-Start Up Pairs

Snapcastr: Adam Witty – George McLaughlin – Gene King
EMC: Geoff Schuler – Bobby Collins – Robert New
Dynepic: Christine Osborne – Gray Somerville – Steve Parker
Trilogyz: Dave Brown – Mark Richards – Grady Johnson – Brad Ball
Eatabit: Willis Cantey – Chad Waldorf – Carey Chastain
Fieldlinc: Eric Bowman – Tom Wilson – Adam Bernholz
Tarian: Tom Demuth – Jim Bozrd – Jim Kindley
Bublish: Mitch Smith – Noah Leask – Kevin Eichelberger