Four Cool New Business Techs … Brought To You By The White House
(This post originally appeared on Forbes)
Last week, President Obama hosted the White House’s first ever Demo Day. It was a chance for a few handpicked tech-based start-ups to show off their ideas to an elite group of entrepreneurs and public and private leaders from Shark Tank’s Daymond John to Evan Sharp, the co-founder of Pinterest. And it also provided a chance for these companies to get some exposure in the media. For this, I’m happy to oblige.
My interest is in new technologies that help small businesses like mine do things quicker, better and wiser. The good news is that there were plenty of great technologies on display from the interesting entrepreneurs at Demo Day. Unfortunately, most of it was geared towards consumers. However, I did find four cool techs and services that are worth mentioning. Please know that these companies and their technologies will need some time to mature. But still, there’s …
Go Electric Inc., which is working on energy systems that never turn off. Their products use a proprietary technology that integrates renewable energy, advanced batteries and generators to reduce energy costs, assure energy security and enhance grid stability. Its platform acts as an uninterruptable power supply for corporate facilities while at the same time reducing utility costs because it’s balancing its energy from different sources. They also provide the capability for power transfer during grid loss to keep a facility’s vital systems safe and operating and renewable energy and storage integration for peak load sharing and lower utility costs. I predict that many companies will be purchasing technologies like these in the future to make sure the power never goes out and our energy costs stay as low as possible.
Detroit Dirt uses advanced composting techniques to turn significant quantities of food waste generated by companies into compost and garden soil. The non-profit company is doing this now for big and small businesses from General Motors, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Detroit Zoo to coffee shops and local restaurants. According to a recent articleabout the company and its founder, Pashon Murray, Detroit Dirt’s “mission from the start has been to show how corporations can save money and help their surrounding communities by recycling their food waste.” Ultimately, the company plans to fund itself by selling its compost through retailers. Entrepreneurs like Murray will provide businesses like mine the opportunity to put our waste to better use and help us give back to our communities.
Bidr has developed an online application to help non-profits raise money. The application gives charity event organizers the ability to quickly setup and manage silent auctions, text raffling, donations by text, ticketing and the ability to sell products. Commissions range from 5 to 8 percent depending on the size of the event. An application like this takes away the lion’s share of tech challenges your non-profit would have to suffer if you wanted to do this on your own – and most charity organizations hold events one or twice a year.
ExportAbroad is a big data service that finds and matches the right international opportunity for your business. The company, founded by a former Rwandan refugee, has a patented system for tracking markets around the world and alerting its users to any new opportunities. Customers get lead generation advice and guidance from ExportAbroad’s team as well as help for creating the best strategy possible which also includes a cloud based system to help track leads, sales and communications. Many of my clients have the desire to sell their products overseas, yet few know where to start. Using big data technologies, ExportAbroad will be one of the many growing firms that will help American businesses find new customers around the world.