Company Profile

0 Jamie Glover, <span class="age">33</span>; Fatimah Hussein, <span class="age">29</span>1 Logan Rae, <span class="age">22</span>; Kimberly Hruda, <span class="age">29</span>2 Ethan Bresnahan, <span class="age">21</span>; Alexandra Dodson, <span class="age">22</span>; Jeff Nowak, <span class="age">23</span>3 Harrison Sheinberg, <span class="age">21</span>; Louis Van Hove, <span class="age">20</span>4 Jake Danehy, <span class="age">23</span>; Caroline Danehy, <span class="age">20</span>5 Brianna Wolin, <span class="age">22</span>; Parisa Soraya, <span class="age">23</span>6 Samuel J. Lukach, <span class="age">22</span>7 Mikayla Sullivan, <span class="age">21</span>; Ella Gehrke, <span class="age">21</span>; Clayton Mooney, <span class="age">29</span>; Elise Kendall, <span class="age">24</span>8 Omeed Shams, <span class="age">27</span>9 Emre Ruhi, <span class="age">30</span>; Dan Tasch, <span class="age">32</span>

ASIYA

Activewear brand leveling the playing field for Muslim women

ASIYA founders Fatimah Hussein, left, and Jamie Glover.
Industry
Retail
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Year Founded
2016
Company Size
1-10 employees
Data as of Publication on Mar 14, 2017
Company Description

The Pitch

ASIYA is an activewear brand striving to level the playing field for Muslim women of all ages. The company aims to help increase the level of confidence, cultural integrity, comfort, and health of female Muslim athletes by creating innovative activewear that is easy to move in, play in, and compete in while honoring and upholding religious and cultural beliefs. Its online store officially launched on February 1, 2017.

Traction

After winning a state-wide startup competition in 2016, ASIYA has been named top woman-led and top minority-led business. From this competition alone, ASIYA received $65,000 in prize money. Through its Kickstarter campaign in the same year, ASIYA successfully brought in more than $38,000 in preorders and donations to sponsor female Muslim athletes. The company's first line of products is ready and was shipped this month.

Note: All data as of 1/31/17

Bacon Boxes

Creators of savory treats made from bacon

Bacon Boxes founders Logan Rae, left, and Kimmie Hruda.
Industry
Food & Beverage
Location
Boca Raton, Florida
Year Founded
2015
Company Size
1-10 employees
Data as of Publication on Mar 14, 2017
Company Description

The Pitch

South Florida college students Kimberly Hruda and Logan Rae realized that they shared a love for cooking and an entrepreneurial spirit. After Rae had created a bouquet made of pieces of bacon that resembled roses, she realized she had stumbled onto a creative new business concept. She joined forces with Hruda, and Bacon Boxes was launched in 2015. One year later, the company relocated to an industrial kitchen in Boca Raton, developing a menu of the creative, savory treats. Bacon Box's signature Bacon Roses are crafted using high-quality ingredients that are free of hormones, steroids, and antibiotics. Boxes ship nationwide and come in an assortment of flavors.

Traction

Nominated by the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University, Bacon Boxes was founded in 2015 and follows a direct sales model. The company is run as an e-commerce-based business with additional channels, subscription boxes, and pairing events. Hruda and Rae made initial investments, and since then the company has bootstrapped. The company is currently seeking investment funding to further its product line and to expand its distribution facility. Bacon Boxes has been featured by such major news and media outlets such as CBS12, Fox News, ABC7, Good Morning America, and Yahoo.

Note: All data as of 1/31/17 

 

 

 

Boost Linguistics

Artificial intelligence provider to help marketing teams engage customers

Boost Linguistics founders Ethan Bresnahan (left), Alexandra Dodson and Jeff Nowak.
Industry
Advertising & Marketing
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Year Founded
2015
Company Size
1-10 employees
Data as of Publication on Mar 14, 2017
Company Description

The Pitch

Boost Linguistics develops artificial intelligence that supports marketing teams by helping them produce content that engages customers. The company's editor analyzes texts for emotion and suggests changes that will raise the overall impact on a customer. Emotionally charged content facilitates a relationship between brand and buyer while educating the buyer about services. Firms using emotionally charged language, on average, have seen an increase in conversion rates by 49.5 percent over their competitors. Instead of spending hours editing content and hoping for the desired effect, Boost Linguistics' technology, backed by artificial intelligence, allows audience engagement by boosting written content.

Traction

Since its founding year in 2015, Boost Linguistics received first place at the Baiada Institute's Business Model Competition and subsequently won third place at the Baiada Institute's Business Plan Competition. The company is one of the 19 presenters at the 2017 SXSW trade show and is also a recipient of the Close School of Entrepreneurship's Entrepreneurship Co-Op. Boost Linguistics' own introduction to content marketing class--Boosted University--has 50 students enrolled.

Note: All data as of 1/31/17

Drone MVP

Connecting those with drone-service needs with qualified pilots

Drone MVP founders Louis van Hove, left, and Harrison Sheinberg.
Industry
Software
Location
Los Angeles, California
Year Founded
2016
Company Size
1-10 employees
Data as of Publication on Mar 14, 2017
Company Description

The Pitch

Drone MVP is a platform that connects people who need drone services with the best pilots in their area. There is no easy way for pilots to showcase their skills or for clients to find quality pilots who can work at any time. The company charges less than existing solutions, prides itself on its amazing quality, and has the ability to edit what it films in a fast turnaround time. So far, Drone MVP has completed projects for real estate and indie film jobs. The company already has a network of the best pilots capable of completing any task. Content seekers can save money and pilots can earn profits. The opportunity for drones is now and the company is confident it will become a main player in the industry.

Traction

Drone MVP has created a large network of quality pilots, cinematographers, editors, and innovators who want to work in the drone industry. The company currently has very little costs as it most utilizes resources provided by the University of Southern California. In its first year, the company's revenue share exceeded 50 percent on almost every transaction. Drone MVP gained traction by completing independent jobs and securing larger deals with Sotheby's John Aaroe Group. An influential board of advisers--including actor Sylvester Stallone of Rogue Marble Productions, Steve Harris of Electric Gaming, and photographer Travis Geske of the Los Angeles Times--helps Drone MVP target industries the company wants to break into. Its content has been featured on Truila, Zillow, and Redfin. The company is currently in talks with indie filmmakers. 

Note: All data as of 1/31/17

Fair Harbor

A beachwear brand selling apparel made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

Fair Harbor founders Carline Danehy, left, and Jake Danehy.
Industry
Retail
Location
Larchmont, New York
Leadership
Jake Danehy
Year Founded
2015
Company Size
1-10 employees
Data as of Publication on Mar 14, 2017
Company Description

The Pitch

Fair Harbor aims to help eliminate ocean pollution with its products. Focusing on mens' swimswear, the company makes each swimtrunk with 11 recycled bottles to ensure that less plastic ends up in the oceans. Inspired by the small town of Fair Harbor on New York's Fire Island, the brother and sister duo translated their love for the ocean into a tangible, environmentally friendly solution.

Traction

Within its first year of launch, Fair Harbor booked $24,000 in sales, with numbers more than quadrupling the following year. The company began with $20,000 in grant money from a Shark Tank-style event at Colgate University in 2015. Its Kickstarter campaign proved to be another success, with approximately $25,000 in preorders, which was 225 percent of the company's initial goal. Fair Harbor projects revenue of $250,000 in 2017, with a new spring line of boardshorts and swimtrunks to debut as well.

Note: All data as of 1/31/17

Inc. Honors
Inc. 5000 Regionals: New York
No. 4 (2021)