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Going For It: Critical Frequency Design

Aug 1, 2020 12:59:00 PM / by Jarin Eisenberg posted in Company Spotlight

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Johnathen Warren is no stranger to the defense industry, having worked at Harris and Lockheed Martin for over 14 years. When he identified a market need for companies specializing in optical communications, he thought, “If I can win big contracts for the companies I work for, why can’t I do it on a smaller scale for myself?” So he sold his house, took the plunge, and with his wife, Rebecca, founded Critical Frequency Design. 

 

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Hire Llama, The Matchmaker for Startups

Jul 9, 2020 4:12:00 PM / by Jarin Eisenberg posted in Company Spotlight

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You never know whom you might meet at Groundswell Startups, but you can be assured that their background and talent will always surprise and impress you. 
 
Meet   Javier Dutan, Cofounder of   Hire Llama. Javier relocated to Melbourne from New York City this February and made his way to Groundswell Startups, looking to connect to the startup ecosystem on the Space Coast—and we are glad he did!
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Intern + 3D Printer = Problem Solved

Jul 9, 2020 4:08:00 PM / by Jarin Eisenberg posted in Company Spotlight

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Groundswell Member SwiftPaws was partway through their latest production run when they hit a bit of a snag - the remote controller for their signature product, SwiftPaws Home, needed to be redesigned...and quick!
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Meet Jeremy, The Box Maker

Jun 9, 2020 4:01:00 PM / by Jarin Eisenberg posted in Company Spotlight

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Meet Jeremy, the CEO & Founder of Givr Packaging. A graduate from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Jeremy holds a BS in Paper Science—yes, it is a real degree—and over his career has developed hundreds of packaging projects for brands like The Hershey Company, Kellogg's, Godiva, Disney, and more. 
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Meet Quentin, Groundswell Mentor and CEO of Digital Banzai

Jun 9, 2020 3:29:00 PM / by Jarin Eisenberg posted in Company Spotlight

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Groundswell Startups prides itself on being a Give First Community, a culture that looks to collaboration and innovation to bring resources to the founders and startups we support. To do that, you need a pretty awesome mentor network willing to dedicate its time to help others succeed.

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Hey, Blue! Connecting Citizens & Law Enforcement

Apr 29, 2020 2:34:00 PM / by Jarin Eisenberg posted in Company Spotlight

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John Verdi is no stranger to community building. Together with his wife Ayana, they founded the Verdi EcoSchool, an urban farm school dedicated to hands-on learning. His latest effort, Hey, Blue!, takes an interactive approach to creating meaningful connections between police officers and the communities they serve. A retired law enforcement officer and 9/11 first responder, John knows first-hand the life-changing power of community members and police officers coming together in a tense time of need.

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SwiftPaws Raises $500K, Launches Product Expansion

Apr 21, 2020 2:57:00 PM / by Jarin Eisenberg posted in Company Spotlight

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SwiftPaws, a health and wellness lifestyle brand that manufactures and markets pet products, today announced the closing of a $500,000 seed round of funding and issuance of US Patent No. 10,609,904.

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Expansions, Launches, & More

Mar 1, 2020 2:45:00 PM / by Jarin Eisenberg posted in Company Spotlight

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It has been a great month for Groundswell and our companies! Over the past three months, we've seen a lot of growth in our co-working space with new members bringing skills and resources that are essential to fostering a vibrant startup ecosystem. Within our network of coworkers we have videographers, graphic designers, engineering services, business development specialists, website developers, coders, and more - we look forward to showcasing the collaborations among our companies in the upcoming months. 

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Groundswell Ready for Take Off 2020

Jan 1, 2020 4:18:00 PM / by Jarin Eisenberg posted in Groundswell Update

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Groundswell is ready for an exciting 2020 as we celebrate the success and growth of our startup companies. Since 2016, Groundswell companies have raised over 25 million dollars in funding. As an organization, we know that access to capital, especially in the early stages of development, is crucial to a startup's success. Through our incubator program and the dedication of our mentor network, companies are gaining access to the resources they need to be successful right here on the Space Coast. 

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