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.
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.
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.