Digital Sandbox KC adds climate change, election startups

Digital Sandbox KC has selected four new startups for its “proof-of-concept” program, the organization announced Monday.

Each startup joining the program will receive up to $25,000 in funding as well as early-stage guidance.

The program’s new additions are:

  • Dynamhex Technologies, software designed to help combat climate change by enabling users to track and visualize energy consumption data;
  • Relay Trade Solutions, mobile technology for tracking commodity shipments along the supply chain;
  • Selectn’Elect, an online portal focused on voter education and engagement;
  • TheraWe Connect, a platform aimed at improving therapy outcomes for children by connecting parents and therapy centers through video messaging and document sharing.

Digital Sandbox KC Executive Director Jeff Shackelford said the four startups selected were indicative of the the range of industries covered by companies in the program.

“Once again, this quarter’s companies reflect the great diversity of applicants we see in the Sandbox,” Shackelford said in a news release.

The program is based in the UMKC Innovation Center and is partnered with companies and nonprofits such as Sprint and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

To date, Digital Sandbox KC companies have raised over $70 million in follow-on funding and created nearly 700 new jobs in the Kansas City area, Shackelford added.

Last quarter, the program added three technology startups focused on water management, security and personal assistance.

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