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.
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.
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.
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.
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.