GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., August 1, 2013 -- Start Garden, the $15,000,000 seed fund that selects individual ideas each week for investments, announced this week’s round of $5,000 investments from submissions to startgarden.com. These include ScoutFoto, a photo matching system for races and events, and SurgeryEdu, an upgrade to traditional patient materials for doctors.
The announcement comes as the first weekly investment following Start Garden team’s four-week hiatus.
Start Garden Selection
The idea selected this week by the Start Garden team for funding is SurgeryEdu (strt.gd/x00E), an app that will allow medical professionals to walk patients through surgical procedures—a significant upgrade from today’s brochures and verbal instructions. SurgeryEdu”s interactive features would allow personalization to the patients needs, such as drawing/annotating on running animations, voice recording, and saving all user edits in real-time. Clinicians can send the entire clinic visit home to the patient, saving them time.
The $5,000 Start Garden investment will allow SurgeryEdu to begin integration of existing animations into a new user interface, and beta test with physicians at University of Michigan Health System.
“We hope to develop a suite of animations within the app for all surgical specialties, and create a database of education videos to be used by patients directly,” said Tanvi Gangal, creator of SurgeryEdu. “Our goal is to help doctors build stronger relationships with patients and allow them to better serve patients in today’s changing health market.”
The idea selected by the most endorsements from visitors to startgarden.com is ScoutFoto (strt.gd/x4fE), custom photo technology that will allow the images from races, taken by crowds and spectators, to automatically match with the faces and bib numbers of the of runners. The image database will then organize itself so participants can find themselves for download. The $5,000 from Start Garden will allow ScoutFoto to invest in new automation processes and develop a partnership with an online photo printing company.
“Photographers are already using our system and telling us that this is exactly what they need,” said Andrew Wong, founder of ScoutFoto. “ScoutFoto empowers photographers to take even more pictures at more races, as we pick up the most difficult task of reconciling images of each runner with a database of names.”
Each idea receives a $5,000 investment, pending the completion of the investment agreement, which can be found on startgarden.com.
The fund’s management team takes submissions through startgarden.com. Ideas with potential to become businesses can be submitted. Each week the Start Garden team selects an idea and the broader community on the website endorses another idea to receive $5,000. Start Garden can continue to invest up to $500,000 in a single idea. Learn more about submission criteria at startgarden.com/help/criteria.
The next round of $5,000 investments will be announced Thursday, August 8, after the noon deadline. The next Update Night is Thursday, August 22. Learn more about Start Garden events at startgarden.com/events.