Specdrums (2017) was founded in 2015 by Steven Dourmashkin to address his own problem as a lifelong drummer – he wished he could bring his drum set with him everywhere. The result is Specdrums, a wearable ring that allows the user to tap colors to trigger sounds. After assembling Jenna and Jack as cofounders and participating in Catalyze CU, the Specdrums team launched a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, bringing in almost $190k in the Fall of 2017. The team competed in, and won, the CU Boulder New Venture Challenge in 2018, and shortly afterwards was acquired by consumer robotics powerhouse Sphero, marking the 2nd acquisition of a Catalyze CU alum startup Companies in Focus inFormµ (2016) was created by the intrepid, hard-working duo of Lang Mei (Leeds, 2017) and Rishabh Berlia (CEAS, 2017). The two international students, from China and India, respectively, joined forces to add Prerna Nayyer (CEAS, 2017), an international student also from India. This team worked tirelessly to address the issue of lost items; those valuables that are accidentally left behind. The Mu tag, their product, connects to a users phone or smart watch and sends a notification when the user is further than a given distance their valuable item. inFormµ staged a successful Kickstarter campaign in spring of 2017 and raised their seed round in December the same year. Stories Everyone at Catalyze has a story… What’s yours? Stateless (2016) was founded by the Electrical and Computer Engineering research team of PhD student Murad Kablan and Assistant Professor Eric Keller. Their revolutionary technology makes even the most sophisticated networks simple to manage. After completing Catalyze CU, they were accepted into Techstars Boulder in Spring 2017. They were awarded an NSF SBIR grant in Summer 2017 and by winter of that same year, they had completed their first round of seed funding at $1.4 million. In February of 2019, Stateless announced a Series A financing round of $11.33 Million, the most by any Catalyze CU alum to date Read All The Stories Meet the Mentors
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that NOS Energy Drink would return as primary sponsor of the team’s No. 18 Toyota Camry and driver Kyle Busch in 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2017. Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Busch still holds the all-time race winning driver’s title, in the history of the XFINITY Series, with 86 wins, 10 of them accomplished with the energy drink partner in 17 races run together in 2016. Busch will drive his first 2017 NOS Energy Drink program race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 4 and in subsequent races depicting the original NOS Energy Drink flavor at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on March 25, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on June 17, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on July 15 and Bristol Motor Speedway on August 18. NASCAR fans will also see a new NOS Rowdy paint scheme represented with Busch in five additional XFINITY Series races this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 11, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on July 7, Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 22, Watkins Glen International on August 5 and Richmond International Raceway on September 8. “We continue to align with fearless and committed athletes, those who represent our company and who ‘live like a champion’ with support for brands like NOS Energy Drink,” said Monster Energy Vice President of Sports Marketing, Mitch Covington. He further stated, “Kyle (Busch) wins for NOS Energy Drink and we have every reason to believe that growing brand will continue to win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series again this year.” Busch and the NOS Energy Drink brand have a longstanding partnership that afforded them much success together. Between 2011 and 2008 (Busch’s first season with Joe Gibbs Racing) the original orange and blue NOS Energy Drink colors were represented across 25 races in the XFINITY Series when Busch earned seven victories and three pole-position wins to further their brand exposure. In 2008 Busch represented the NOS Energy Drink colors with one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry, in which he earned a second-place result. 2016 was the most successful single-season run for NOS Energy Drink, reunited with Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing, when the 31-year-old achieved 10 wins, 14 top-five results, nine pole-qualifying positions and 2,052 laps led, the most of any other series driver. “NOS Energy Drink is a brand that supported me early in my career and we’ve had a lot of success together. We’re ready to continue our winning performances and to show NASCAR fans how to ‘Live NOS’ with this high performance energy drink and the great flavors they offer,” Busch commented, ready for XFINITY season start. In 328 starts over 14 seasons, Busch has proven himself to be the winningest competitor in the history of NASCAR’s XFINITY Series. In addition to 86 career wins, the Las Vegas native has recorded 200 top-five finishes, 57 pole-qualifying wins and 17,818 laps led. In 2010 Busch made series history with a record 13-win race season. Past XFINITY Series Championships for Kyle include a Driver’s Championship in 2009 and Owner’s Championships in 2010 and 2008 — all with Busch’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series team owner Joe Gibbs Racing. After achieving three wins and the XFINITY Series Driver’s Championship in 2016 with Daniel Suarez, crew chief Scott Graves will move to the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry with Kyle Busch in 2017. Joe Gibbs Racing‘s goal will be to again capture an Owner’s Championship in the XFINITY Series and other drivers will be announced to join Busch in the No. 18 team’s effort. Graves remarks, “Owners points continue to be important to our XFINITY Series programs so it’s key for us to keep striving for that team goal. I’m looking forward to having NOS Energy Drink return with Joe Gibbs Racing this year and I’m looking forward to my first Victory Lane with them and with Kyle (Busch).” Joe Gibbs Racing and NOS Energy Drink are two brands at the top of the field in their respective industries. With this partnership, the two continue to position themselves for great success together in 2017.
There’s a lot at stake for West Indian batting duo Kraigg Braithwaite and Shai Hope during the Caribbean side’s upcoming test tour of England. Success will see the Barbadian duo being knighted in the eyes of Caribbean folks or frowned upon if failure is imminent. Both right-handers are the batting flagbearers and will have to employ the sheet-anchor role of their side in the absence of Shimron Hetmyer and Darren Bravo. Braithwaite and Hope are among the most experienced and perhaps the side’s more supremely capable batters in a unit filled with exciting batting prospects, but many of whom are yet to prove themselves on the international scene. The high expectations of Braithwaite and Hope bear merit since the duo has excelled in daunting English conditions before. Three years ago, when West Indies last toured England, the pair was at the center of a remarkable run chase in the second test at the Headingley Cricket Ground and as ESPN’s Andrew Mc Glashan penned it, Hope took the larger portion of the applauds. The narrative read: “Shai Hope the hero in thrilling West Indies win.”