Two Utah Valley companies, LionHeart and Skeduna, have received funds from the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative’s Go to Market (G2M) Program, which helps Utah’s high potential technology companies perform customer and product validation activities before initiating equity fundraising or sales efforts.
LionHeart and Skeduna pitched to a crowd of companies at Utah Valley University’s Business Resource Center (BRC) coaching forum. The companies and USTAR representatives voted on the most viable companies and awarded the G2M funding.
Skeduna, currently housed in UVU’s BRC, is developing a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) called CourseKeepers, which is focused on increasing on-time graduation and maximizing student success.
“We believe that if students can visualize a direct path to graduation, have the power to schedule classes that accommodate their personal lives, and understand the financial impact of their choices, they will not only graduate on time but also be more likely to participate with their alma mater,” said Matthew Galley, co-founder of Skeduna. “CourseKeepers is built by in-house tech ninjas using open-source technology.”
While attending UVU, Galley analyzed the different paths to graduation and identified the shortest, least expensive way to earn his degree. Applying what he learned, he graduated in three years and is one semester shy of a second bachelor’s degree. After helping a number of students do the same, Galley decided to create an application to help students everywhere not only graduate on time, but with the best financial impact on their future.
The G2M funding will enable Skeduna to hire additional developers to finish development of its minimal viable product (MVP).
“Our goal is for the MVP to be available for students at our pilot schools this October, continue to raise funding and release our product nationwide to help all schools and students maximize success, and have a blast while we are at it,” said Galley.
LionHeart is developing an application that will help encourage better communication between doctors and patients. LionHeart founder, president and CEO Tammy Bowers started the company to help her son, Landen Lion Bowers, who had 11 surgeries, including a heart transplant by the age of four.
“He has nine doctors at three different hospitals and he depends on life-saving medications every day,” said Bowers. “I fight every day for my son to make sure no mistakes are made and that he receives the best care. To do this, I have to not only be involved, but be the driving force in his healthcare. That is why we created the LionHeart platform.”
LionHeart’s objective is to assist caregivers in managing the complexity of care, reducing mistakes and saving time through its free mobile app and web tools. Premium subscription members can access the added feature of collaborative care which offers the ability to share information, enabling doctors and patients to stay on track and ensure that nothing falls through the cracks.
LionHeart has a feature set that allows caregivers to track vital signs, stay on top of medications, gather and store all medical information and records in a convenient location and better plan and prepare for medical appointments.
The G2M funding has helped LionHeart expand its development.
“Our next step is taking the iOS app from Alpha to Beta where we can run tests with doctors, caregivers, organizations and insurance companies,” said Bowers. “This includes improving the design and UI/UX flow as well as the backend server setup to sustain cloud subscriptions and we anticipate we will reach this stage within three months.”