December 2, 2022


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Portland program startup receives $75K strengthen from new accelerator

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The 2019 “Greenlight Maine Collegiate Obstacle” winner is about to commence the upcoming chapter of its startup journey as one of 6 selected individuals in a new sporting activities and overall health tech accelerator program.

KinoTek Inc., a Portland-based mostly developer of a electronic health and fitness system that works by using personal computer-vision technology for overall body-movement assessment, is the only New England member of the program’s inaugural class.

The Direct Lake Nona Sports & Well being Tech Accelerator, as the Orlando, Fla.-based method is officially identified, been given 442 applications from 42 nations just before choosing 6 to choose to the future stage. That includes $75,000 in pre-seed funding awarded to every participant together with an 8% fairness stake.

“For this cohort, we sourced the absolute ideal in this sector — globe-course, hungry business owners with answers that are actually cutting-edge,” stated Christoph Sonnen, co-founder and CEO of Direct, in a news launch. “It is a great blend of sporting activities tech as nicely as wellbeing and very well-staying, two places that gained sizeable great importance in light-weight of the pandemic and have been incorporated in our firm’s DNA even prior to that.

“As we begin our journey in Lake Nona with each other with the the assist of our associates, we expect to see these founders goal large and improve at a pretty accelerated speed.”

The 6-month program begun almost earlier this thirty day period, but as of early 2021 will host the selected startups at its on-internet site enterprise incubator at Lake Nona, Fla.

Justin Hafner, KinoTek’s CEO and co-founder, options to head to Florida in early November and be there via early May possibly. He instructed Mainebiz that the system sets up members for a massive funding round and with mentors and contacts from major companies. 

“I will be able to have world-course mentors specific to my marketplace, men and women who have finished it prior to, and that’s rather priceless for me,” he explained in a Thursday mobile phone job interview.

Hafner said the possibility will come right after KinoTek shifted its concentrate on sector all through the pandemic from expert athletics to so-named motion clinicians, and mentioned the application will help it construct strategic partnerships to get its innovation to the up coming degree.  He also reported the $75,000 raise positions his enterprise for further fundraising at the end of the system.

“I am psyched to see the next evolution of KinoTek as we commence to imagine about developing a national manufacturer,” he extra. He will share extra about KinoTek’s startup journey in a digital chat in December for Startup Maine’s new “Entrepreneurs & Ecocystem Builders Speaker Series.”

KinoTek, which signed a $100,000 strategic offer in March with Microsoft Corp. in March through the really selective Microsoft For Startups accelerator software, employs six persons comprehensive-time, which includes Hafner.

Other members in the Florida accelerator application are from Los Angeles Florida (Lake Nona and Fort Lauderdale) Toronto and New York Metropolis.