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Start Up Companies

Start Up Companies

 

Achiva Energy

Majority Owners and Westminster Alumni:
Eric Bergstrom
Tim Lawlor
John Maw
Launched in 2011
Approximate Yearly Revenue: 0 - $25,000
Number of Employees other than Owners: 1
Industry: Health & Fitness
Company Overview: Our mission is provide community, inspiration, and innovation to help our tribe achieve their goals.  We provide community though various free events held throughout the year. We provide inspiration by publishing stories of others that have achieved their goals, and we provide innovation through the products we sell.  All of our products are made from ten or fewer healthy ingredients and are designed to help make a healthy lifestyle easy.
Future Growth Plans: Focus on sales so that we can grow and leverage our infrastructure.
Major Accomplishments: We have the infrastructure in place to develop, manufacture, and package all of our own products at a local facility. In addition, we have systems in place that will allow us to scale in a controlled way.
 

 

BreathAdvisor™

801-598-2848 
Majority Owners:
Jason Knott    
Sebastian Hooker       
Justin Donohoo                      
Westminster Alumni:
Jason Knott (’10)       
Sebastian Hooker (current student)                           
http://www.breathadvisor.com          
Launched in 2012      
Approximate Yearly Revenue: $25,001-$50,000
Number of Employees other than Owners: 1    
Industry: Consumer Products & Services     
Company Overview: Despite the severe consequences of driving under the influence, DUI's still occur far too often. One of the biggest reasons for this is the fact that patrons simply do not know when they are too intoxicated to drive. Everyone processes alcohol differently, and there are no universal standards to predict someone's blood alcohol content. BreathAdvisor™ eliminates the unknown factor and provides an accurate measurement, every time. BreathAdvisor™ has created a cutting-edge touchscreen kiosk housing law enforcement grade fuel cell breathalyzers to provide a blood alcohol content reading accurate to +/- 0.005. The kiosks even have the ability to connect with local transportation companies to provide patrons a fast and easy way to get a ride home.    Our company installs and maintains kiosks at no charge to venue owners. Once the kiosk is installed, any patron can get an accurate, anonymous breathalyzer reading of their current blood alcohol content for a small fee. We also offer interactive advertising services to companies wishing to show their support for responsible drinking.    BreathAdvisor™ strives to reduce DUI related incidents by providing customers with an anonymous, accurate B.A.C. reading and, if necessary, a safe option to get home.           
Future Growth Plans: We have begun production of our first 10 kiosks and plan to implement them around Salt Lake City, Utah in early November 2012. We plan to begin our national expansion phase early next year.           
Major Accomplishments: Finalized the first kiosk in July, 2012. We have been endorsed by a publicly traded company (LifeLoc Technologies, Colorado). We were featured on CityWeekly and various kiosk news sites.

 

Chaos Buffalo Games 
770-296-0666
Majority Owner and Westminster Alumni:
Jacob Kovac ‘12
Launched in 2013
Approximate Yearly Revenue: Pre-revenue
Industry: Software
Company Overview: Chaos Buffalo Games is a video game development studio with a focus on creating cross-platform multitouch games and tools for game development. We believe there is a growing accessibility issue in the market for game development tools resulting from recent trends in hardware and the growth of new operating systems. Most game development tools currently run only on Windows or OSX with plans only to allow their developers to target Android and iOS devices for their finished products. With emerging markets and younger generations prefering tablet and smartphones to the traditional setup, it is imperative to create tools that allow potential artists and developers to take advice of the power of these devices. Our mission is to “give our customers the power to develop and share games for any platform, on any platform.” The custom, open-source technology stack underlying everything we do allows us to quickly and painlessly build software for nearly every combination of hardware, software, and input devices out there. Whether it is a Windows, OSX, Linux, Android, or iOS device using any combination of input types: mouse, keyboard, gamepad, touchscreen, or motion sensors like the Microsoft Kinect. We firmly believe that anyone with a computer should have the power to create and express themselves, regardless of that computer's hardware and OS, and our game engine is the first game engine built from the ground up with development on mobile and desktop platforms in mind.
Future Growth Plans: Chaos Buffalo Games is currently developing the first game to use our inhouse engine, 'You're the Captain of a Spaceship', a game about exploration, interstellar trade, and piracy heavily inspired by the Age of Discovery. The game is currently planned for release 3rd quarter 2014, with a paid beta beginning earlier in the year.
Major Accomplishments: Our game engine, began in April of 2013, currently clocks in at over 12,000 lines of code representing ~3 years worth of development time using the COCOMO model.

 

Clear Intentions
385-212-4019
Majority Owner and Westminster Alumni:
Brittany Evans ‘14
Launched in 2013
Number of Employees other than owners: 4
Approximate Yearly Revenue: $75,001-$100,000
Industry: Manufacturing       
Company Overview: At Clear Intentions, we are focused on providing glass recycling and processing services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We take our work to the next level, partnering directly with communities, educating stakeholders and the public to implement successful glass recycling programs. With such an approach, we guarantee some of the finest glass cullet available on the market today.
Future Growth Plans: Glass recycling is locally driven and must be processed locally to be profitable.  In 5 years, we plan on having 3-5 facilities throughout the nation helping cities to recycle their glass. 
Major Accomplishments: Clear Intentions bought it's first processing line in September, 2013. 
 
 Cranium Café    
801-634-6898
Majority Owners:
Tracy Diven (CEO)
Michael Gorham (CTO)
Greg Diven (COO)
Westminster Alumni:
Tracy Diven (’11)
Launched in 2012
Number of Employees other than Owners: 3
Approximate Yearly Revenue: pre-revenue
Industry: Software & Education      
Company Overview: The Cafe© is an educational technology tool and collaborative learning suite that is used by teachers, tutors, and students. The collaboration suite is an interactive whiteboard with streaming video and audio. The educational software activates the user’s webcam and shared whiteboard for live discussions between students and teachers and/or students to student communication for project and assignment collaborations. Students and teachers access The Cafe© through their school’s Learning Management System (LMS) such as Instructure’s Canvas LMS. Cranium Cafe’s interactive learning whiteboard is more then a learning website, it allows relationship building between teachers and students and peer-to-peer. The Cranium Cafe one-on-one online collaboration tool contributes to increased academic achievements, graduation goals, and academic enrollment.  
Future Growth Plans: Cranium Cafe is already positioned to offer The Cafe communications platform and the Cafe Scheduler for private companies. We will install our software into their client management system (CMS) so they can communicate with customers on a global scale. We have also begun to develop this software into a micro enterprise system which will be a knowledge marketplace. The micro enterprise system will allow individuals their own cafe and profile for their virtual storefront. They can set their hourly rate and share their knowledge and receive payment for their one-one-one knowledge sharing.
Major Accomplishments: This is Tracy Diven's third business. The first is Photoge, a photo simulations company that simulates the end construction of cellular tower. The second company is Photoge Designs that specializes in web site development, branding, and print design. For Michael Gorham, this is also his third tech company. And, this is Greg Diven's fourth company. Also, we have built this software with pure sweat equity. We have not taken any funding and we own the company solely.

 

Envision Progress
801-699-5587
Majority Owners and Westminster Alumni:
Cameron Dansie (’11)
Adam Hasebi (’12)
Laucned in 2012
Approximate Yearly Revenue: Pre-revenue
Industry: Software
Company Overview: Envision Progress provides easy and effective ways to train your new team members and ensures your team is constantly learning, sharing, and progressing. Our collaborative team training software creates structure, improves efficiency, sets clear company expectations, and allows specific on-the-job training and communication.
-Why Envision Progress: -Cloud-based application -Easy to deploy   -Simple pricing with no headaches   -No need for IT specialists
-Benefits: -Provide better new hire training  -Create team efficiencies   -Centralize your team training experience
- Features: -Upload, and play videos -Share training materials and documents -Ask questions. Get answers. -Take assessments and get feedback -Fill your calendars with videos, training, and documents
Future Growth Plans: Planning on January 2013 launch date!

 

Far From Home
978-505-2841
Majority Owners and Westminster Alumni:
Philip Hessler (’15)
Galen Knowles (’15)
Brolin Mawejje (’15)
Instagram: farfromhomemovie
Launched in 2012
Number of Employees other than Owners: 10
Approximate Yearly Revenue: Pre-revenue
Industry: Media & Video Production
Company Overview: Chair 83 Productions was established to create a documentary chronicling the inspirational story of Brolin Mawejje. Coming from humble beginnings in Uganda, Brolin was fortunate enough to find his way to America as a 12 year old. But his initial move to Massachussetts revealed it's own set of adversities. Brolin struggled to find his path in an unfamiliar culture and battled depression, abandonment, and anger. It was not until Brolin found snowboard that the doors of life started to open. Currently a pre-med student at Westminster College, Brolin is well on track to becoming an orthopedic. He also has dreams to become the first Ugandan to snowboard in the Winter Olympics.
Future Growth Plans: As Brolin's story continues to grow so does our project. What started as just an idea has grown into a life changing experience for Brolin and the whole Far From Home team. The past is written but we are in the middle of what could become one of the greatest underdog stories of all time. We will document Brolin's future as it happens, but retrace his journey starting in Uganda to tell his past. As the story unfolds, the project grows bigger and bigger. Brolin's story truly has the power to inspire anyone facing challenges in their own life. The imagery and contrast that this journey contains will reach into the eharts of an audience worldwide and empower anyone to pursue their dreams.
Major Accomplishments: Our biggest milestone thus has far has been the launch party we hosted in the Gore Auditorium on Westminster campus on March 22nd. We pushed the capacity of the auditorium as all seats were filled and people lined the stairs to get a first look at Far From Home. We had a great group of sponsors there including Redbull, Saga, Discrete, JibBrand, and the Utah Film Commission. We could not have asked for a better turnout and this event was a testament to all the progress we made this year.

 

Fusio Solutions
8018973175
Majority Owners and Westminster Alumni:
Dan Smith (’10)
Ryan Schoenrock (’12)
Launched in 2013
Approximate Yearly Revenue: Pre-revenue
Industry: Education
Company Overview: Fusio Solutions uses proprietary self-directed education and one-on-one coaching to help individuals and business leaders rapidly obtain financial and entrepreneurial success.

 

 

Inside & Out Cosmetics
(801) 520-6864
Majority Owners:
Caitlin Jolley, President
Caroline King, VP
Mark Valentine, VP
Westminster Alumni:
Caitlin Jolley (’13)
Launched in 2012
Approximate Yearly Revenue: 0-$25,000
Number of Employees other than Owners: 1 
Industry: Consumer Products & Services
Company Overview: We believe beauty is more than skin deep. That's why we offer a range of USDA certified organic cosmetics in recycled packaging, and donate a portion of every purchase to organizations that serve to empower women. Proving true beauty is on the inside and out.
Future Growth Plans: We currently offer lipsticks and lipglosses through our online retail store. We plan to expand in two ways. First by offering a full line of products including foundation, eye shadow and mascara. Second, we will expand our products availability by selling them through spas, salons, and other makeup retailers.
Major Accomplishments: GreenTitans, 1st place winner, 2011  Opportunity Quest, 1st place winner in two categories, 2012.

 

 

LIYEN Inc.
801-645-5050
Majority Owner and Westminster Alumni:
Chris Ciancone (’12)
Launched in 2012
Approximate Yearly Revenue: Pre-revenue
Industry: Medical
Company Overview: Our mission at LIYEN Inc. is to create empowering 'life devices.' With our first product, the SLYDER, we aim to start a revolution of empowerment for asthmatics by innovating the inhaler, while infusing beautiful aesthetic design and usability. At LIYEN, we view the overlooked, everyday medical devices as 'consumer goods' that should be wanted as much as needed by the end user. We place great emphasis in incorporating this desire driven philosophy into the design of our products. This is why the SLYDER doesn't resemble an inhaler, but has the look and feel of an iPhone. This guiding philosophy in our product development allows us to create devices that users not only depend on to manage their condition, but connect with on an emotional level while providing a sense of confidence and empowerment.
Future Growth Plans: Currently, we are focusing on bringing our novel inhaler device, the SLYDER, to market. We will initially develop our product at the Bio Innovations Gateway while focusing on Utah and the Intermountain West as our primary market. After product validation, we will expand into the national market and seek to establish larger manufacturing here locally. We will also obtain our CE mark, market test, and expand into parts of Europe in the future.   We also have plans of expanding our product portfolio into other respiratory products, and various diabetic devices.
Major Accomplishments: Received top honors at the 2012 Bench 2 Bedside medical device competition at the U of U. Filed provisional patent. Successfully developed proof of concept prototype, and are currently developing a bench prototype for focus group testing.

 

Royal Snowboards
801-232-0845
Majority Owners and Westminster Alumni:
Andrew Follett
Ryan Sollars
Launched in 2012
Number of Employees other than Owners: 1
Approximate Yearly Revenue: 0- $25,000
Industry: Consumer Products & Services
Company Overview: We are committed to providing the best quality custom snowboards to the everyday rider. Build your snowboard the way you want it!. Semi-custom models start at $549, and full-custom start at $749.   Royal Snowboards exists to give riders exactly what they want. Our custom board line can create anything you dream up. We also carry production models created from our in-house prototypes. We use the highest quality materials and individually handcraft every snowboard. All Royal Snowboards are "Made in the USA." Royal Snowboards are designed, built, and tested in the Wasatch backcountry and on the trails & terrain parks of Utah resorts.
Future Growth Plans: Right now we are focusing on growing our internet sales and presence. Early 2013 we will start meeting with local boutique shops to get orders to deliver to stores by fall. We are also working on growing our apparel side of the business. This will help stabilize revenue year round and increase our brand awareness.
Major Accomplishments: Just received our industrial press and have learned how to make our boards locally in Utah! We also source all work within the U.S.A. and we only sell American made apparel.

 

Sugar Doodle Kids

801-891-1352
Majority Owners:
Nick Whatcott
Janessa Whatcott
Gary Whatcott
Westmisnter Alumni:
Nick Whatcott  (‘14)
Launched in 2012
Approximate Yearly Revenue: $25,001-$50,000
Industry: Consumer Products & Services
Company Overview: Sugar Doodle Kids is a children’s sleepwear company, but we aren’t your typical children’s pajama company. Designing and creating our pajamas is a fun, interactive, and hands on approach with children and artists. Our pajamas are designed based on the creations of children and artists that submit their designs to us via our website during our Sugar Doodle Kids themed design competitions. We then post the top designs on our website, which are voted on by our online community through our website, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Once these designs have been voted on we then take the top designs based on category submissions, and put them into manufacturing and sell our pajamas to the world.   We pay our designers, children and artists, a reward for their work and that reward could be anywhere from cash to a college scholarship. Our motivation; for every pair of pajamas that is purchased we give a meal to a hungry child in need. Because No Child Should Ever Go To Bed Hungry, and we believe that every child should Dream In Comfort.
Future Growth Plans: We have just become partners with the Utah Food Bank and participated in our first packaging of their Back Pack program for children. We plan on working with other international hunger groups and adding additional products besides pajamas that deal with putting children to bed.
Major Accomplishments: We won the Impact Award in the TechTitan category at the University of Utah in 2011. We hope to add more accolades as we set to launch November 2012.

 

 

Tofu  Marketing
Major Owner and Westminster Alumni:
Chris Kilbourn (’12)
Launched in 2012
Approximate Yearly Revenue: 0- $25,000
Industry: Advertising & Marketing
Company Overview: Tofu Marketing (Top of the Funnel) is a Utah SEO and internet marketing company.
We help small to medium sized businesses increase their sales from generating quality leads by utilizing:
-Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
-Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising
-Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO)
-Social Media
-Content Creation (blogs, eBooks, webinars, infographics, etc.)
-Branding and more!
Our clients receive a custom plan tailored to their needs and budget. Services can be purchased individually or as complete packages. Master your TOFU with healthy internet marketing!
Hire our experts today at www.TofuMarketing.com
Future Growth Plans: Helping our clients succeed by exceeding their expectations.
Major Accomplishmetns: I used my marketing skills to build my other company, Monolith Management into a company that is expecting to generate $250k in revenue for 2012.

 

Unite Fitness Retreat
801-230-2920
Majority Owner and Westminster Alumni:
Drew Paulos (’12)
Launched in 2012
Number of Employees other than Owner: 5
Approximate Yearly Revenue: $500,001-$1,000,000
Industry: Health & Fitness
Company Overview: Unite Fitness Retreat is a modern live-in weight loss retreat located right here in Salt Lake City, Utah. We provide a uniquely modern and personal approach. You will experience intense exercise, nutritional education, deep relaxation, and life-changing experiences. From the rugged, solitude-seeking explorer, to the spa rejuvenation escapee, we have it! With a team of experienced industry professionals, personal trainers, nutritionists, doctors, chefs, life coaches, health and wellness staff, massage therapists, and more, we have designed a program for effective weight loss and wellness.   We have a wonderful partnership with the Salt Lake City Sheraton, The GYM at City Creek, and the Sanctuary day spa, providing, comfortable, high-end amenities to our participating clients. Life can get busy, stressful, and overwhelming, we invite our customers to come to Unite Retreat to get a “New” outlook on themselves, and achieve the results they deserve.
Future Growth Plans: We see a lot of opportunity for growth and expansion. Our business model was designed to incorporate many avenues for additional products, services, and partnerships.