Anyone who has hired an outsourced developer to complete a software or engineering project knows how rare it is to see these projects delivered on-time and on-budget. However, a Utah based startup company called gapZEN has developed the solution to any project manager’s biggest headaches.

Founded in March 2013, gapZEN is a vendor management system for outsourced projects designed to close the gap between clients and vendors while complementing existing project management tools.  The company is built on the principles laid out in the book "Project Management for Profit" which was published by the Harvard Business Press.

“gapZEN is built on the best principles for project management,” said Joe Knight co-founder of gapZEN and co-author of ‘Project Management for Profit.’ “However, what really differentiates gapZEN is our use of technology to take these principles and make them easy, intuitive, and effective.”

Due to the fact this high-tech Utah startup is still in product and market validation, gapZEN was able to apply for and receive a $5,000 Go-To-Market (GTM) grant from the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative. The purpose of GTM grants is to accelerate the transformation of innovative ideas and technologies into commercially successful companies, thus creating high paying jobs in Utah. GTM grants focus on helping Utah’s high potential technology companies perform customer and product validation activities before initiating equity fundraising or sales efforts.

“The GTM grant has enabled us to begin to market gapZEN online, something we would have struggled without these funds,” said Knight. “In fact, we were able to leverage these funds to strengthen Utah’s entrepreneurial and startup network by hiring Sprint Marketing, a Utah Valley University (UVU) Business Resource Center (BRC) incubator tenant.”

In order to become eligible for the GTM grant, gapZEN attended the UVU BRC’s “Nail It Then Scale It” program. The program focuses on product and market validation and is a rigorous training program offered by USTAR’s economic development teams at institutions of higher learning.

In fact, gapZEN plans to continue to use the framework laid out in the “Nail It Then Scale It” program as it launches a worldwide beta this week. The beta will allow users to become familiar with gapZEN features and receive feedback from both vendors and customers who will benefit from the improved communication.

“USTAR’s resources and staff have truly enabled gapZEN to take this next step,” said Knight. “We will continue this process to keep experimenting that our solution really solves the customers’ pain and to find a scalable business model.”

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