Three startups with University of Louisville ties recently brought in a combined $1.4 million in funding, according to Greater Louisville Inc., the Louisville chamber of commerce.
Those startups are:
Meta Construction LLC ($350,000). Nick McRae and Max Kommor founded Meta Construction, a construction technology company, as students in the UofL Entrepreneurship MBA program. They recently launched their first product, BlackTop, a software platform that lets asphalt contractors locate dump trucks and get the right number to construction sites. They also previously participated in UofL’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) site program.
Innovative Therapeutix ($250,000). Innovative Therapeutix is collaborating with UofL to develop LullaFeed, a musical baby bottle that helps reinforce infant feeding. The company was founded by Michael Detmer, a UofL adjunct professor of music therapy, and Rebekah Gossom, a Norton Healthcare speech-language pathologist. They worked with the UofL Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) to protect and commercialize the technology, and also participated in the I-Corps site and ExCITE programs at UofL.
Vivorte ($800,000). Vivorte produces a substitute bone graft material invented by UofL associate professor of bioengineering, Dr. Michael Voor. Voor worked with the OTT to protect the intellectual property and come up with a commercialization strategy, resulting in licensing to the UofL start-up company, Vivorte. Vivorte has received FDA clearance to market and sell the material for use in patients.