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Venture Hive Fort Walton Beach Accelerator Announces Inaugural Class

Veterans logoThe Venture Hive Fort Walton Beach Accelerator for veteran-owned businesses has selected its first accelerator class. The Accelerator welcomes seven businesses developing innovative web, mobile, and technology product solutions in sectors aligned with Fort Walton Beach’s economic future. The program consists of an intensive full-time 12-week structured program to help develop and scale these ventures through access to world-class mentors and training. Venture Hive and The City of Fort Walton Beach have created this unique initiative to help cultivate veteran and military family owned businesses while promoting economic growth in the area.

Venture Hive Fort Walton Beach 2015 Accelerator Class:

BLACK THURSDAY (Beverly Hills, CA): An initiative focused on shining a spotlight on local small businesses by increasing their visual presence and providing residents convenient shopping alternatives. Founding Members:  Jahi Kokayi, U.S. Marine Corps and Nathaniel Reed, U.S. Air Force

COGNITIVE BIG DATA SYSTEMS (Pensacola, FL): A software company that builds sensor-based neural memories of various objects, images, people, and data in the form of computer code. Founding Members: Lloyd Reshard, Formerly of Air Force Research Lab; Dr. Stephen Thaler, and Vercell Vance

DREAMHIGHR (Chicago, IL): A SAAS platform that utilizes optimized matching algorithms and data mining to connect enterprises with ideal candidates. This user-friendly Sourcing software will free talent managers from costly and erroneous third party headhunting services. Founding Members: Corey Hubbard, U.S. Navy and Camille Enriquez

FIELD VINE (Myrtle Beach, SC): Field Vine is a mobile app that helps Property Managers, General Contractors, and Construction Companies keep tabs on projects, collaborate with teams in the field and stay compliant with local code requirements. Founding Members: Ray Antonino, U.S. Army and Mark Lewis

LUXURY AERIAL SHOTS (Ocala, FL): An aerial photography and cinematography solution to capture luxurious assets via a small drone. LAS is an affordable, yet effective marketing tool for a diverse range of clients. Founding Members: Bryan Gonzalez, U.S. Navy and Raymond Anthony

MRQUICKPICK (Louisville, KY): MrQuickPick is a $39 Service that delivers fast and affordable roadside assistance for unlocking cars, jump starts, tire-changes and gas delivery. Founding Members: John Taylor U.S. Navy and Misty Taylor

WIMAGE (Grand Rapids, MI): Wimage believes in the power of creative visualization to foster better communication. The platform that allows users to express their ideas, regardless of disability or creative experiences, enabling them to share visual stories with their social circles. Founding Members: Nic Jansma and Michael Hyacinthe U.S. Navy

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