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  • MU online curriculum helps children with autism develop better social skills

    Date: Feb 05, 2018

    Research-backed program will be available to millions of families and educators 
    One in 68 children in the United States has some form of autism spectrum disorder, which impairs a child’s ability to communicate and interact. Because of the social challenges these children face, many efforts are being made to find new ways to help children with autism grow their social skills. iSocial, a classroom curriculum designed by University of Missouri researchers to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) cultivate better social skills, has been licensed by Nascent Stage Development LLC to develop the program into an expansive, online virtual world. Nascent will contract with other online educational companies to make the lessons available to millions of families and educators globally.

    Nascent’s acquisition of the rights to iSocial was managed by MU’s Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations. Whiteboard2Boardroom, a University of Missouri – Kansas City Innovation Center program that works with 23 research institutions, hospitals and corporate partners across Kansas and Missouri, helped connect MU to Nascent.


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  • Whiteboard2Boardroom efforts result in 129 jobs, 35 new startups

    Date: Sep 27, 2017

    Whiteboard2Boardroom has facilitated 35 new startups since its inception, and the companies it works with have created 129 new jobs and raised $26.2 million in follow-on funding. W2B was founded in 2009 by a National Science Foundation Partnership for Innovation Grant to the UMKC Innovation Center to make the right technology connections between research institutions, hospitals, corporations and entrepreneurs.

    “Whiteboard2Boardroom is doing exactly what we had envisioned when we looked for a new way to spur commercialization of innovations in the metro Kansas City area,” said Jim Baxendale, W2B director. “We are able to give entrepreneurs and corporations a very early look at the innovations coming out of area universities, research institutions and hospitals. We help identify homegrown innovations and match them with entrepreneurs who can take them to market.”


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  • BossDNA Taps Resource Network

    Date: Feb 27, 2017

    The concept for BossDNA, like so many entrepreneurial ideas, was born out of a problem. The inventors – Jonathan Davenport, Wondabeka Ashenafi and Austin Wilcox – were all college level athletes working out at an athletic facility in Lee’s Summit, a distance from their homes in midtown.

    “We had to bring all these proteins with us in baggies, and the shaker bottle on top of that, just to get our nutrition in right after workout. We’d all had experiences with bad shakers and not being able to store the supplements. Once day, coming back from a workout, we were like, ‘why don’t we create our own mixer bottle?’

    “That’s where BossDNA started. We came up with a name on the way back.”

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  • Tech Snapshots Showcases Regional Innovations

    Date: Feb 06, 2017
    Whiteboard2Boardroom hosted its first Technology Snapshots event featuring 12 homegrown innovations from eight universities, hospitals and corporations. The event was held Jan. 11 at the Kauffman Foundation for a select, invitation-only audience. 

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