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Form and Function: The Catania Enterprises Approach

Jan 11, 2021 10:20:21 AM / by Alaina Cordes posted in Company Spotlight

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A feature on Good Morning America is a big deal for any business, but for a small business, it is game-changing. Groundswell member Catania Enterprises teamed up with Amaranth Vase Company to produce a reimagined flower vase so innovative, it was promoted on Good Morning America’s “Deals & Steals” this fall.

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A Preventative Approach: How the Nonprofit Who We Play For Is Using Tech to Reduce Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Student-Athletes

Oct 23, 2020 9:01:21 AM / by Jarin Eisenberg posted in Company Spotlight

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The facts are simple:

  1. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in sports on school campuses.
  2. 1 in 300 youth have an undetected heart condition that puts them at risk for SCA.
  3. A simple test can save a life.
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Mello Multimedia Launches New Website for Club Esteem, Helps Raise Over $100,000

Oct 23, 2020 8:58:17 AM / by Jarin Eisenberg posted in Company Spotlight

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For so many nonprofits this year, best laid plans had to change to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on communities. Club Esteem, a nonprofit organization offering free after-school and summer programs to economically disadvantaged children in grades 1 through 12 who live in the South Melbourne/Palm Bay area, that meant cancelling their annual Rock the Casbah fundraiser, and shifting the way they delivered their services from face-to-face sessions to virtual tutoring and curbside food pickup.

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With a Little Help from Pawan

Aug 24, 2020 3:56:00 PM / by Jarin Eisenberg posted in Company Spotlight

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If you come to Groundswell Startups seeking help with a product, the first person you’ll likely meet is Pawan. A Groundswell Mentor since the organization was founded in 2016, Pawan has been a trusted advisor to our startup community, helping entrepreneurs and founders turn their ideas into prototypes.

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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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