Three Dutchess County Tech Companies Jump-starting The Start-Up Scene

Startups. They may start small but their impact is enormous!

Growing technology startups have the potential to alter a local economy’s landscape through innovation, job growth, and wealth & talent attraction. Dutchess County understands the importance of supporting its startups. Through programs that remove barriers, facilitate connections, and empower entrepreneurs to reach transformational status, Think Dutchess is proud to welcome three up-and-comers set to become transformational businesses.

A recent article in Digital Journal recently highlighted three of our young entrepreneurs.

 

2019 Innovation Challenge winners Easton LaCheappelle of Unlimited Tomorrow and Dutchess Community College graduates Dana Jones and Jacob Earnst of Accessadoor are utilizing programs promoting innovation to radically disrupt industries. Returning Poughkeepsie graduate Jessica O. Matthews of Uncharted Power is leveraging Dutchess County’s prime location and Poughkeepsie’s growing investment to further research and development. By leveraging these resources, these companies are making advancements in tech, advancing research and development, and forming significant commitments with the local economy that places Dutchess County, NY on the map for startups.

Learn more about these Dutchess County startups jumpstarting the tech scene in the complete Digital Journal article below:

Originally Published on Digital Journal, March 4, 2020 by Tim Sandle

How New York state is becoming the place for tech startups

BY TIM SANDLE     MAR 4, 2020 IN BUSINESS
New startups and an evolving technology-friendly culture are turning Dutchess County, New York into a tech hub. The proximity to New York City, affordability, and new growth creates the a [SIC] fertile space for startups. We looks [SIC] at three examples.
New York state, along the Hudson River, is buzzing with new technology companies, especially in the Duchess County region. As an example of some start-ups that are making a difference with cutting edge developments, Digital Journal has selected three of interest. These range from a company that is creating prosthetic limbs with a 3D printer to one that is seeking to revolutionize the power infrastructure.

 

Uncharted Power

With a focus on changing the energy infrastructure in a cost-effective way, this new startup has quickly gained momentum. as an example, Jessica O’ Matthews, CEO of this growing enterprise, has raised a $7 million Series A funding (according to Forbes). This is the largest ever raised by a black female founder in the U.S.

The company began with energy-storing soccer balls and it has since grown into a having a patented suite of technologies that can harness the power of kinetic energy by collecting, storing, transporting and transferring the energy into useable power. The aim is to revolutionize power infrastructure by integrating a platform void of power lines. This will provide communities around the world with clean, low-cost and reliable energy. At the end of 2019, Uncharted Power announced a six-figure investment into facilities in Poughkeepsie, New York which is set to open in early 2020.

Accessadoor

Marist College student Dana Jones founded the company Accessadoor in order to make all doors accessible, including for people with disabilities. This is by linking the door’s handicap system to an app. Nurtured by Dutchess County’s growing innovation space, 150 doors around Dutchess County will be included in the beta testing and the final product will be brought to market in early 2020.

Unlimited Tomorrow

Easton LaChappelle has been devising a solution, as Industry Week reports, to create an artificial limb device that is up to 95 percent cheaper than typical prosthetics and allows wearers to have a sense of touch to what they are feeling. LaChappelle partnered with both Microsoft and NASA and his company has collectively risen over $1 million through equity crowdfunding.

LaChapelle headquartered his firm in Rhinebeck, New York so that he could tap into the area’s access to an educated workforce and business support programs.

 

Dutchess County Food & Beverage Scene Drives Development

The Poughkeepsie Journal’s recent State of Dining Report: 2020 lauded the explosive growth of the food and beverage scene in Dutchess County. Thanks to a steady flow of talent, increased investment, and forward-thinking communities seeking to offer residents an exceptional quality of life, new businesses are flocking to Dutchess while local favorites are taking the opportunity to expand. Here are just a few to look forward to:

  • Zeus Brewing Company rooftop bar in the city of PoughkeepsieBetween 2014 and 2018, the beverage manufacturing industry grew 125% in Dutchess County, NY. Leveraging this explosive growth, companies like Zeus Brewing Co. are being attracted to growing city centers like Poughkeepsie to combine great food and dining experiences with emerging residential communities and business-friendly benefits leading to success for everyone.

 

 

 

  • Asahi Shuzo Sake manufacturing plant and tasting facility to open in Hyde Park NY, Fall 2020Our agri-business industry powers a robust supply chain of production and support services for food and beverage facilities. Meanwhile, The Culinary Institue of America churns out some of the top culinary arts and business talents in the world to keep the F&B industry moving forward. The combination of these benefits were a key factor in attracting international Sake manufacturer, Asahi Shuzo, to open a distillery and tasting room in Hyde Park, NY. The facility is set to open in 2020.

 

 

  • Eastdale Village attracting new and expanding food and beverage businessesSome local favorites are expanding into new areas and developments. Crafted Kup and Pizzeria Posto will join open additional locations in the $90 million Eastdale Village community. And with more than $1 billion in economic development planned in the City of Poughkeepsie alone and more than 800 residential housing units planned or in the pipeline, existing F&B businesses have plenty of opportunities to grow their footprint. Read more about the recently announced Eastdale expansions HERE.

 

 

Want to learn more about how to join these successful food and beverage companies? Contact:

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These Dutchess County Destinations Drive Economic Development

Dutchess County- Visit. Play. Start. Stay.

According to a recent Forbes article, the Hudson Valley is one of the top places to visit in 2020. While Dutchess County residents have long been aware of the many historic, cultural and culinary treasures to savor in the area, it’s important to note the role tourism plays in our economy. Generating more than $600 million in spending, creating jobs, and attracting visitors and other related businesses, tourism is part of our economic engine driving investment.

From historical spots like Locust Grove, Val-Kill and the FDR National Historic Site, to outdoor amenities like Mt. Beacon, Dover Stone Church and everything in between, our one-of-a-kind destinations have spawned successful industry clusters and communities as a result of tourism. Take a look at a few of the top destinations that drive economic development in Dutchess County.

Dia:Beacon

At the forefront of revitalization. Dia:Beacon’s transformation of a long-vacant manufacturing facility re-energized the city of Beacon. As artists came to admire the works at Dia:Beacon, other creatives discovered the benefits of combining proximity and location with an unsurpassed quality of life. Visitors and entrepreneurs like Niche Modern were drawn to Dutchess County to build a booming craft manufacturing industry and revitalize the city of Beacon.

The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park-

An educational institution known to outsiders as the go-to spot for fine dining, famous graduates include the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Cat Cora and Duff Goldman, just to name a few. While outsiders come to visit a culinary destination, we see it as an engine for tourism and talent. This educational facility infuses talent into the local, regional and worldwide food scene that have given Dutchess County restaurants like Mill House Brewery and Charlie Palmer’s Willow at the new Mirbeau Inn and Spa in Rhinebeck. As a key partner in the food and beverage industry the Culinary’s partnership in the Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Summit brings access to educational networking opportunities for local food and beverage producers. Additionally, soon-to-open sake brewery, Asahi Shuzo noted that the CIA was a key factor in locating their new business in Dutchess County.

The Dutchess County Fairgrounds– 

 

While the Dutchess County Fair attracts approximately 500,00 visitors each year, the grounds are more than just the signal of summertime’s end. The second-largest fair in NY supports the agribusiness industry with hundreds of agricultural and horticultural booths, displays and events.  Additionally, it is home to the Sheep & Wool Festival, Food and Wine Festival, and the County Living Fair.  These events offer local farms, craft manufacturers and entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase and grow their businesses.

The Walkway Over the Hudson

The world’s second-longest pedestrian bridge hosts more than 500,000 visitors each year. While the bridge offers amazing views and healthy lifestyle options with its connections to the Dutchess, Hudson Valley and Empire State Rail Trail systems, it also helped draw attention to another city primed for redevelopment– Poughkeepsie. The river views have brought attention to the city’s waterfront and ease of travel to and from major metros. As new residents arrive, new housing developments like The Water Club and One Dutchess are building a luxurious waterfront community.  Additionally, nearby developments like 40 Canon and Queen City Lofts are building new community spaces and attracting additional options that enhance work, life and play like Fit Social and Revel 32.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur living in Dutchess, an existing business looking to expand, or you’ve visited Dutchess County and are thinking of relocating- Think Dutchess is your one-stop-shop for business development. Contact us with any questions: info@thinkdutchess.com.

 

 

 

Premiere Cares Urology Center Adds State-Of-The-Art Healthcare to A Growing Community

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EASTDALE VILLAGE CELEBRATES OPENING OF PREMIER UROLOGY WITH CELEBRATORY

 RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY LAST FRIDAY

The 27,000 sq-ft. Medical Practice Marks the First Business to Open at Eastdale Village

POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK (January 14, 2020) – Local community members and elected officials joined Premier Urology to open its new headquarters location at Eastdale Village on Friday, January 10. The opening marks significant expansion for the urology practice in the Hudson Valley and for Eastdale Village, Poughkeepsie’s dynamic new community with residential, commercial and retail offerings on deck throughout 2020.

Premier Medical Urology Center Ribbon Cutting
Pictured from left are Giovanni Palladino (Kirchhoff Companies), Jon Jay Baisley (Town of Poughkeepsie Supervisor), Sue Serino (New York State Senator), Marcus Molinaro (Dutchess County Executive), Dr. Jason Krumholtz (Managing Partner of Premier Urology), Joseph Kirchhoff (Kirchhoff Companies), John Hettinger (Kirchhoff Companies), Sarah Lee (Think Dutchess Alliance for Business), Dr.Daniel Katz (Premier Medical Group).

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On Friday, January 10, 2020, Eastdale’s first property opened for business- The Premier Medical Group’s Urology Center.  The 27,000 s/f facility will serve as the urology headquarters for the practice. The Urology Center will continue to place healthcare as a fast-developing industry and employment generator in Dutchess County. Adding 64 permanent jobs at opening— and more to come— the patient-centered facility will see 400 patients a day and serve as an industry leader bringing multiple sub-specialties, along with research, all under one roof to provide a seamless experience for patients.

For more information about Premier Medical Group Urology visit: https://www.premiermedicalhv.com/

For more information about Eastdale Village visit: https://www.eastdalevillage.com/

2019 Business Excellence Awards

 

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Think Dutchess Alliance for Business Highlights Leadership and Economic Success in Dutchess County at Annual Awards

 

Six winners awarded highest honors for their contributions toward economic development.

 

November 5, 2019

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. —

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business honored six award-winning businesses and leaders at the annual Business Excellence Awards. Nearly 300 C-Suite executives, top government official and proud business supporters joined to celebrate the achievements of the honorees.

“The Business Excellence Awards celebrate success, and our winners represent what it takes to attain that success,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “In 2019 we saw increased visibility of our county in film and television production, international and national media outlets, through new businesses attracted and business expansions. These winners helped build the foundation of our economy to help make that happen.”

 

                                                 

Special guest speaker, Jeff Havens, entertained and inspired the evening’s guests with a well-researched and comedic keynote speech on leadership aimed at improving and highlighting organizational communication. “I am honored to present this group of honorees with an award that is an example of great leadership,” said keynote humorist and author, Jeff Havens. “These leaders inspire us to reach our fullest potential. Additionally, they represent the mission of Think Dutchess to recognize the importance of the individuals in the business sector that lead to great, engaged communities.”

Award winners included:

          •  Small Business of the Year: Earth, Wind & Fuego for their innovative approach to workforce development and tireless work to deliver a transformational experience for both their employees and the community they serve.
          • Large Business of the Year: S&O Construction Services for a phenomenal job over the past three decades to raise the profile and prestige of the skilled trades and their determination to give back to the community.
          • Nonprofit of the Year: Dutchess SCORE for the dedication and impact of the all-volunteer network that bolsters our small business community.
          • Innovator of the Year: Accessadoor for pioneering technology with the ability to impact more than 3 ½ million people and alter 50 year old technology.
          • The Grand Award/Business of the Year: iPark 84 for the rapid reinvigoration and redevelopment of a once-vacant parcel, creation of a food-hub supporting a target industry for the county and plans for continued growth.
          • Special Recognition Award: Charles R. Daniels III for his contributions to developing and supporting economic development in Dutchess County.

      To see more from the event visit our Facebook Page.

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      About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

      Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is the one-stop-shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. A business-led, nationally recognized economic development corporation, Think Dutchess’ mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkdutchess.com

       

Think Dutchess Celebrates Manufacturing Day

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Dutchess County, NY recognizes strength in region’s manufacturing industry in celebration of Manufacturing Day

The county is leading the way in training manufacturing talent to ensure industry growth

 

DUTCHESS COUNTY, NEW YORK – October 4, 2019 — In celebration of Manufacturing Day on October 4, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business recognizes the county’s history in manufacturing and innovative thinking. More than 7,000 workers are currently in the manufacturing sector in Dutchess, of which 68% are employed in the computer and electronics manufacturing industry, according to NAICS Association. With support from local colleges and apprenticeship programs to help young people find career pathways, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business works with the Council of Industry (COI) to promote advanced manufacturing across the region.

More than 71% of manufacturers cite inability to attract skilled workers as their top challenge, according to HV Mfg Magazine. Due to rising tuition costs, there is also growth in students challenging the structure of traditional education for emerging technical careers, looking specifically for programs that are guaranteed to prepare them for the current labor market. With 135 member firms in the Hudson Valley, Council of Industry works to connect these students with manufacturing employers, helping young people see advanced manufacturing as the future of innovation in America.

A privately funded, not-for-profit, member-based organization made up of manufacturing businesses, Council of Industry’s mission is to promote the success of its member firms and their employees by fostering manufacturing talent and providing education, awareness and support for the industry.

 

“As a premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to collaborate with the Council of Industry to continue to build the advanced manufacturing workforce in Dutchess County and attract new manufacturing business to the area,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess Alliance for Business. “With continued growth from established companies to new startups on the rise, Dutchess County is a growing hub for innovation.”

Programs offered by the Council of Industry such as Go Make It, a manufacturing careers platform, give young people a representation of what a manufacturing career might look like with cutting edge technology and advanced skills as opposed to the outdated notion of laborious production line work. COI also connects members directly with skilled workers as the #1 resource for manufacturing jobs in the area, making it a priority to keep job growth and talent thriving in Dutchess County, NY.

In addition to these programs, the New York State Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP) was created as an employer-led, public-private pilot program for registered apprentices in manufacturing occupations. A 16-month to four-year program, MIAP works with six registered trades: Machinists (CNC); Electro-Mechanical Technicians; Maintenance Mechanics (Automatic Equipment); Quality Assurance Auditors; Toolmakers and Industrial Manufacturing Technicians.

 

In 2018, there were 370 graduates from Dutchess County Community College’s Engineering, Architecture and Computer Technologies programs. With a new southern campus expected to open in fall 2020 this number is expected to rise in the coming years.

 

For more information on the Council of Industry visit https://www.councilofindustry.org/.

 

About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. It’s a business-led, nationally recognized nonprofit organization and economic development corporation, whose mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for the benefit of Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention and expansion, financial counseling and deal structuring, zoning, commercial real estate, innovation and technology, strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkduchess.com.

 

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Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry Gains Strong Momentum in Dutchess County

Dutchess County, NY is a top choice destination for established and emerging F&B manufacturers in New York and beyond. Learn a little about just a few of the companies that contribute to this success.

Brooklyn Food Manufacturer Crepini Relocates in Dutchess County

Earlier this year, specialty food manufacturer, Crepini, announced the relocation and expansion of its production facility to the growing food hub at iPark 84 in East Fishkill.
The new, custom-built 33,000 square foot facility will incorporate state-of-the-art machinery and technology aimed at producing crepes and healthy alternatives to bread and wraps. READ MORE >>

Asahi Shuzo Establishes $28 Million U.S. Sake Brewery

Last year, Japan’s renowned manufacturer of DASSAI premium sake, Asahi Shuzo, announced plans to open its first U.S. sake brewery in Dutchess County.
Set to open in 2020, the brewery will become New York State’s largest sake brewery and produce 332,000 gallons of sake annually. READ MORE >>

3 Reasons Why F&B Manufacturers Thrive in Dutchess County

Dutchess County’s $601.5 million tourism industry and $50 million agribusiness industry help support the growth of dozens of food & beverage manufacturers in the Hudson Valley.
In our new video, explore three more reasons why food & beverage companies are choosing to #ThinkDutchess.

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Think Dutchess Announces Keynote Speaker for the Business Excellence Awards

Please welcome humorist, Jeff Havens, to Dutchess County.

Speaker to deliver keynote filled with laughter and actionable content to build stronger leadership teams.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – August 29, 2019 — Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to announce the keynote speaker for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards. The annual awards recognize businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes and industries that are making a significant economic impact in Dutchess County.

 

Joining the 2019 Business Excellence Awards is comedian and business growth expert, Jeff Havens. Jeff has entertained and educated over 1,000 audiences across North America and Asia combining well-researched business insights with comedy to provide serious solutions in a seriously funny way.

“It’s an honor to welcome Jeff Havens to Dutchess County” says Think Dutchess CEO, Sarah Lee. “Jeff combines a unique and entertaining approach to help us all become more effective leaders. I know he will inspire as much as he will entertain.”

“I’m so excited to be a part of this event and visit Dutchess County!” said keynote speaker Jeff Havens. “I’m honored to be in front of leaders already creating amazing innovations and cultures. I hope to energize even more teams to produce even more breakthrough results.”

Jeff’s expert business growth insight along with his energizing, entertaining, and engaging style creates an environment for real learning and lasting change. His impactful keynote speeches go in-depth on the most pressing challenges in the modern business world. Learn how to improve your leadership, solve generational issues, kickstart innovation, or perfect your customer experience — all while laughing more than ever before. Click on the photo to see more of Jeff in action.

Jeff Havens, Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards Keynote Speaker

This year’s awards celebration will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.   This year’s winners include:

  • Small Business of the Year-Earth, Wind and Fuego
  • Large Business of the Year- S&O Construction Services
  • Innovator of the Year- Accessadoor
  • Nonprofit of the Year- Dutchess SCORE
  • The Grand Award- iPark 84
  • Special Recognition Award- Charles R. Daniels, III

Tickets are on sale now.

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About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, formerly Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. A business-led, nationally recognized economic development corporation, Think Dutchess’ mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkdutchess.com

 

About Jeff Havens

Jeff Havens is not your typical business growth expert. His uncanny ability to provide actionable answers to today’s business challenges in an undeniably entertaining and impactful way has put him in front of over 1,000 eager audiences across North America and Asia. Delivering well-researched and relevant business insight is something a lot of keynote speakers do, but combining that with the entertainment value of a comedy show is not. Engaging, charismatic, and full of energy, Jeff Havens is the only business growth expert who provides serious solutions in a seriously funny way. For more information visit: www.jeffhavens.com.

 

 

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2019 Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalists Announced

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Think Dutchess Announces Four Start-Ups to Compete in Pitch Competition

Four semi-finalists to pitch innovative business concepts to a live audience for a valuable prize package in the second competition hosted by Think Dutchess. 

 

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – March 19, 2019 — Think Dutchess Alliance for Business has announced the  semi-finalists in the 2019 Innovation Challenge. Four pioneering startups will receive mentorship and coaching leading up to a live pitch event where they will compete for a valuable prize package of cash and business services. This year’s competition will be held at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 4:30-7pm.

“The Innovation Challenge supports companies in the process of creating and evaluating new business and social ventures,” says Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “In only its second year, this event has drawn the attention of high-tech businesses across the region with the potential to significantly impact a wide range of industries including advanced manufacturing, technology and social entrepreneurship. We are excited to watch the growth and success of an extremely talented pool of semi-finalists after this competition— but more importantly, to feel their impact both locally and globally.”

The applicants represent the ideals of Think Dutchess to highlight and develop the role of entrepreneurs and small businesses in creating jobs and attracting future business. This year’s semi-finalists are: Unlimited Tomorrow and Earth, Wind and Fuego, Accessador and United Aircraft Technologies. Think Dutchess will share more about the companies as they progress through the coaching and mentoring process on their website and social media channels.

A panel of esteemed judges and a live audience will determine the winner. Tickets are on sale now at https://thinkdutchess.com/innovation-challenge/.

 

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About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

 

A business-led, nationally recognized economic development corporation, Think Dutchess’ mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkdutchess.com

Dutchess County-based Innovator, Unlimited Tomorrow, Launches Crowdfunding Drive to Give Advanced Prostheses to 100 Amputees

Preparing their new facility in Rhinebeck, NY, innovator Easton LaChappelle and the Unlimited Tomorrow team announced their latest drive to change the lives of amputees. The facility will soon house state-of-the-art 3-D printers that will produce high-tech, affordable prostheses for amputees around the world.

Learn more about how you can help this Dutchess County-based trailblazer impact the lives of hundreds, and potentially thousands, around the world in the official Unlimited Tomorrow press release below.

 

 

 

 

 

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Unlimited Tomorrow Launches Crowdfunding Drive to Give Advanced Prostheses to 100 People in Need

Indiegogo Campaign Seeks to Provide 100 Tenacious People with Customized, Next-Generation Prosthetic Devices so They can Grab Life with Both Hands

Tony Robbins, the Earliest Supporter of Unlimited Tomorrow, Deepens Commitment;
Will Help Fund 100 State-of-the-Art Prostheses

RHINEBECK, N.Y.—November 7, 2018—Unlimited Tomorrow, Inc. has kicked off the “100 Tomorrows” crowdfunding campaign with Indiegogo to provide 100 adults and children with amputations or limb differences with advanced customized prosthetic devices.

“Those who are missing limbs have the same great potential as all of us—they just need access to smart, intuitive, and affordable prostheses that empower them to do even more,” said Easton LaChappelle, Founder and CEO of Unlimited Tomorrow. “Our crowdfunding campaign allows everyone to do their part to empower amputees to achieve their ambitions—and literally grab life with both hands.”
Supporters of Unlimited Tomorrow’s “100 Tomorrows” campaign include enterprise technology partners Microsoft, Arrow Electronics and Dassault Systèmes. To contribute to Unlimited Tomorrow’s “100 Tomorrows” crowdfunding campaign, or to learn more, please visit: https://igg.me/at/100tomorrows

At least 30 million people around the world are in need of a prosthetic device, but an advanced prosthesis can cost more than $80,000. As a result, many adults and children with amputations or limb differences are forced to use basic, cumbersome prosthetic devices, such as hooks, which limit what they can do in everyday life. Furthermore, children often require four to five artificial limbs as they grow into adolescence and adulthood, driving the cost for their families up to almost $500,000.

To combat this problem on a global level, and give inspirational people the devices they need to both complete everyday tasks and accomplish everything they set their minds to, Mr. LaChappelle founded Unlimited Tomorrow to manufacture prosthetic devices that are as tenacious as the people who wear them—at less than one-tenth of the cost of traditional devices. Unlimited Tomorrow’s prosthetic devices are 3D-printed, ultralight, and AI-enhanced devices which have individually moving fingers and look like realistic limbs. More information about Unlimited Tomorrow’s high-tech prosthetic devices is available at http://www.unlimitedtomorrow.com.

Supporters of the “100 Tomorrows” crowdfunding campaign include Tony Robbins, world-renowned peak performance strategist, who is helping to fund 50 prosthetic devices. He will match funding from other campaign supporters to provide an additional 50 prostheses for amputees and those with limb differences who are in need. Mr. Robbins first spotted the potential of Mr. LaChappelle’s vision, and made an initial investment to help him establish Unlimited Tomorrow.

“Unlimited Tomorrow has the potential to change the lives of millions of people and can have real global impact,” said Tony Robbins. “We chose to turn to crowdfunding and partnerships rather than venture capital to stay true to this mission, and this is something that everyone can be a part of to make a reality.”

“This is only the beginning for Unlimited Tomorrow. Helping millions begins with helping the first 100,” said Mr. LaChappelle. “We could not have come this far without the support of Tony Robbins and our other partners, and thanks to their help, we are positioned to begin the long journey to provide 30 million individuals with limb differences around the world with advanced and customized prosthetic devices. By combining 3D printing, 3D scanning, machine learning, and crowdfunding, we and our supporters can work together to change millions of lives for the better—step by step.”
Unlimited Tomorrow previously utilized crowdfunding to raise $1.6 million to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in New York and grow its team.

About Unlimited Tomorrow

Unlimited Tomorrow, an advanced manufacturing company, provides amputees with next-generation and affordable artificial limbs. Its world-leading solution is an intuitive scalable platform which creates custom devices from start to finish. By combining 3D scanning, 3D printing, and machine learning, Unlimited Tomorrow is putting artificial limbs affordably within reach of the millions who need them.

For more information, visit www.unlimitedtomorrow.com.

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