The M@S Innovation Fund is a partnership between the City of Westminster’s Office of Economic Development and Solderworks, a makerspace located in Westminster. The M@S Innovation Fund is an opportunity for technology creators and visionaries to apply for membership grants. Our mission is to support the next wave of early stage entrepreneurs and innovators by providing a space where ideas accelerate from thought to thing.
The program welcomed its first four teams in August 2018. This fund granted four startup companies membership access to SolderWorks as well as the resources needed for success in building the businesses and hardware products.More information on the M@S Innovation Fund
Uzio is an agriculture technology company developing the worlds first solar smart electric fence. With Uzio farmers can regulate the safety of their livestock from their phone. Uzio uses real time short detection to let farmers know when and where their fence is down, so they can react faster to problems and make sure their livestock are exactly where they’re supposed to be. By making fencing easier to use and more protective, Uzio is empowering farmers to practice more sustainable livestock management practices.
The project is educational robots for k-12 and higher education. Current STEM technology is proprietary, expensive, and replacement parts are non-existent. The project is focused on creating open source robots that address the fundamental issues.
Hearth is a smart home company creating smart vent devices for use with forced air climate control systems. We are developing hardware which regulates the temperature from room to room in customers’ homes. Using this technology, homes that experience large differences in temperature can be more tightly controlled to even the temperature or set different temperatures in different rooms. Homeowners that use Hearth can also save energy by using their climate control system less by only targeting the rooms that they are using.
Intentful Motion intends to solve two distinct problems in the commuter safety space. We are designing a suite of wearable safety gear that uses micro-controllers to increase rider visibility and improve visual communication with nearby drivers. Piggybacking on the hardware already in place, we also have a longer term goal of developing updated functionality that will broadcast rider path and intentions to ADAS equipped and autonomous vehicles nearby, as well as aggregating data for vehicle safety and urban planning for dense city environments.