Innovators chosen for RCBI accelerator

Oct. 30, 2017

HUNTINGTON -- Entrepreneurs from across the state, including three Marshall University students, were selected for TEN50, the business accelerator at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI).

TEN50’s third class features a diverse group of entrepreneurs who have developed products and services in a variety of areas, including building materials, food products, and consumer services. As participants in TEN50, they will receive assistance that will help their young companies grow and thrive.

The companies and the founders are:

  • All Industrial Drones uses drone technology to increase efficiency, reduce waste and pollution, and save lives in a variety of industrial fields. Founders are Harry McKenzie, Ethan McKenzie, Ian McKenzie, and Brandon Anderson of Summersville.
  • ArtLox Inc. is developing a revolutionary device that will change how art is consumed by the public. The founder is Jon Dunsmoor of Charleston.
  • Greenbrick System is an alternative construction material made from recycled corrugated cardboard. The founder is Thomas Cornett, a Marshall University student from Greenbrier County.
  • Planet Density Foods is creating nutrient-dense food products from locally sourced ingredients for maintaining maximum vitality. The founders are Taylor Krivenki and Tommy Brown of Morgantown.
  • Studyrange is a platform that allows students to connect and study together online. The founder is Janzen McKinney, a Marshall University student.
  • Moth Manufacturing provides product design and small-scale manufacturing from ideation stage to final production. The founder is Hannah Wright of Charleston.
  • Gracious Gear is a clothing and gear company that allows people to share their faith in simple ways. The founder is Steve Platz of Charleston.
  • Designated Delivery provides delivery of local food and/or groceries. The founder is Nathan Redman, a Marshall University student.

RCBI's TEN50 Accelerator drives innovation, entrepreneurship, economic development and ultimately job creation by supporting early-stage, growth-driven startups. Participants spend three months at TEN50, working from office space at RCBI’s statewide facilities, to speed the creation of their new businesses by helping them overcome traditional hurdles faced by startups.

They receive guidance and support from a network of experts and mentors including RCBI’s experienced staff, successful business leaders and faculty from Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business. With the support of the Appalachian Regional Commission and other partners, TEN50 is building a more diverse and stronger economy for West Virginia and the region.

To provide participants with access to financing, business services and technical expertise from around the world, RCBI has partnered with the Global Accelerator Network (GAN), an organization founded in 2010 to link accelerators across the globe.