Kentucky and its neighboring Midwest region have recently come up as a hotbed for the information and software tech industry. Many startups and scaleups have found that the region’s ample access to venture capital resources makes it the perfect place to set down roots and grow a business. Endeavor is proud to work with some of the most impactful Midwest tech companies, many of which have gained national recognition for their innovation. As the tech industry continues to thrive in the area, we’re excited to continue supporting them. Here are a few of their stories.
Red E App
One of Endeavor’s goals is to support high-impact entrepreneurs who have a pay-it-forward mentality, which means that they’re excited and driven to bring jobs and economic growth to their hometowns. When it comes to the tech industry, we’re thrilled to work entrepreneurs like Patrick Goodman (left) and Jonathan Erwin (right) of the enterprise communication software, Red e App. Founded in Louisville, Red e App has revolutionized the way non-desk workers communicate, improving company efficiency and employee connectivity. Red e App has created countless info tech jobs in the area, in addition to building a reliable communication system to replace outdated technology. It’s effectively set the standard for communication protocols across the region.
Rivera Group founder Joey Rivera is a trailblazer in the information security community. Since 2002, Rivera Group has developed solutions for solving IT challenges for Dod and Civilian agencies within the federal government and has created over 120 jobs across 11 states. Rivera Group’s advanced cybersecurity platform, EAGLE6, simplifies threat management within large IT systems, providing better, more reliable management for the largest government agencies and private organizations. Since joining the Endeavor network in 2015, Joey has participated in numerous high-impact events and programs including the 2018 Outliers event in San Francisco and Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program.
When it comes to innovative entrepreneurship, CEO and Founder of LISNR Rodney Williams is someone to look up to. In 2012, Rodney left his position at P&G to embark on a new business venture. He went on to co-found LISNR, a high frequency, inaudible technology that has raised the standard of communication protocols by sending data over audio. The startup has since raised millions of dollars in funding with top investors including CincyTech, TechStars, and Cintrifuse. Today, LISNR is the leading global provider of data-over-audio (DoA) solutions. It was named three times to the CNBC Disruptor 50 list, a compilation of the most innovative companies in the world, alongside Airbnb, Lyft, and more.
Sean O’Leary is the CEO and co-founder of EdjAnalytics, an intuitive software platform that helps clients in the sports, healthcare, and education industries improve their decision-making skills with data visualization. The company has experienced impressive year-over-year growth since joining Endeavor, and has become instrumental to the sport analytics industry through its branch, EdjSports. In 2018, the Louisville-based company announced a successful funding round raised in conjunction with multiple local investors, including Chrysalis Ventures. In O’Leary’s words, “accomplishing 100 percent of the equity round through local investors is a testament to the collaboration for tech development in Louisville and the successes we’ve seen in both EdjAnalytics and EdjSports divisions.”
Tech To Watch
Beyond the Endeavor Entrepreneurs listed above, we also see great promise in the following software companies.
Eric Christopher founded the Saas Management Platform, Zylo, as a solution for companies seeking to improve the way they record, measure, and manage all cloud-based software within a database. Since its founding in 2015, the software management platform has seen incredible year-over-year growth and raised over $100K in funds from top investors over three funding rounds. Zylo is one of the first startups to launch out of High Alpha, and has ties to Silicon Valley giants ExactTarget and Salesforce. It was named one of 20 Rising Stars on Forbes’ Cloud 100 List.
After years of working in the transaction management field, Haley Altman set out to create a solution to improve outdated measures of legal transaction management. Doxly was born. The software is designed to streamline the lengthy legal transaction process, from signing to closing, without compromising data insights or confidentiality. In addition to simplifying processes, Doxly allows legal teams to communicate more efficiently and provide a better overall client experience.
Louisville is home to Autymate, an innovative software that brings together existing systems, databases, files, and connections to help companies achieve maximum operational efficiency. The company was founded by Bryan Perdue, an entrepreneur with years of experience working in the enterprise software industry. His company affords businesses the freedom to automate reports, create elaborate custom dashboards, and build custom views that simplify data. Autymate has already been recognized as a promising business venture, with EnterpriseCorp naming it a HOT & FAST Innovation award winner for 2019. Additionally, Autymate was one of the six companies selected in the Louisville region to participate in the inaugural Endeavor Scale Up program in partnership with EY.
It’s clear that these entrepreneurs’ focus on growth and community impact will continue to earn the Midwest a place on the tech industry map. If you’re a high-impact entrepreneur and want to learn more about the Endeavor network, reach out to us via our application page. We’d love to hear from you!