Karly Wolfcale, 17, is adopting an entrepreneurial approach to finding a new pet through an innovative app she calls PETinder. The app will also be a platform to sell products or advertising. Karly’s potential for success has already been recognized with a 5th place award out of 50 entries in the statewide DECA competition. The Fortitude Fund grant enables building out the software and content.
Dr. Melanie Watson is the inventor of a handheld biotech hematology device that performs blood cell analyses in real- time when linked to a smartphone. What drives this Trine University professor of biomedical engineering is the potential to significantly decrease hospital-acquired illnesses and increase the ease of blood testing for the chronically ill. With the Fortitude Fund grant, Blaire Biomedical is seeking a provisional patent.
Mitchell Skees, 18, is helping smaller restaurants compete with the large chains through his mobile ordering company 3B Apps, which he began when he was 16. His younger brother Connor heads technical development and programming. Mitchell is excited about plugging into a community of entrepreneurs and mentors. With the Fortitude Fund grant, Mitchell is building out his platform for Web and Android use.
Peyton Schrock, 18, is excited about Fortitude Fund mentors as he capitalizes on the Farm-to-Table trend. Peyton plans to supply farm customers with baby chicks and feed, then return with a mobile processing unit and onsite service to provide butcher fresh chicken, freezer-ready and vacuum sealed. Wise beyond his years, this LaGrange County entrepreneur is eager to help other young entrepreneurs with what he has learned.
Jordan Miller, 19, watched his school nurse struggle to put on medical gloves. That’s how Donn-A-Glove was born. Jordan’s device autonomously mounts a pair of gloves and inflates them for the user to insert hands in a quicker and more sanitary way. This 3rd-place winner of Launch LaGrange is excited to join the Fortitude community as he continues to perfect and commercialize his invention.
Victor Lopez believes it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from as long as you do the right thing. That’s how he is operating Global Medical Industries, a minority-owned, full- service manufacturer of cost-effective and complex medical, aerospace, automotive and defense industry devices. He is using the Fortitude Fund as a down payment on a vision system.
Ben Fair, is into luxury AND people who are hurting. Ben’s company, S.B. Carper, sells all-natural luxury goods and high-end men’s clothing. He gives a portion of all profits to Blue Jacket for the training and job placement of the disadvantaged who want a second chance. Ben is using the Fortitude Fund grant to launch a fragrance line.
Dylan Caldwell, through virtual reality, is turning everyday objects into your personal music studio! Percussion Lab has applications from gaming to music therapy. Dylan is using the Fortitude Fund grant to acquire 3D models to implement as Percussion Lab objects. Dylan is eager to tap into the Fortitude Fund community for greater experience.
Dylan Belcher and his cofounder Justin Davis are perfecting the “Uber for pickup trucks.” Their company, CARTT, began as an on-demand pickup and delivery service for various goods. Seeing the best product market fit, they changed focus to big box stores. With the Fortitude Fund grant, Dylan and Justin will extend online marketing and network of contracted drivers to open a second territory, northern Indianapolis.
Frank Yang set his sights on the world from Huntington County with his Upward Language Company, which is designed to become the premier edutainment social platform for English language learners. With a proprietary distribution channel, the app has gamification, competition, and built-in virality. Frank is using the Fortitude Fund grant to conduct market research, establish regional offices, and register a legal presence in China.