Monthly Archives: April 2012

IGNITE! Winner Spotlight: EcoTensil

EcoTensil: A Greener, Safer Way To Taste

There were two winners from the March 13 Ignite! Fundraiser event and EcoTensil was one of the startups who pitched to Sierra Ventures. EcoTensil was founded in 2010, gaining immediate traction with the innovative and highly sustainable EcoTaster Mini tasting spoon, which is made from a smooth paperboard like a milk carton, and has already become a leader in the sustainable food packaging industry. EcoSecurity Utensil (ESU), has shared unexpected success in corrections facilities as a safer utensil.

All it takes is a spark to Ignite! a company towards sustained growth and the corrections industry provided that to EcoTensil. Corrections and mental health facilities across the nation were looking for an eating utensil that could not be used to cause harm to self or others. In a coincidental crossing of paths, Folsom State Prison reached out to EcoTensil in need of an eating utensil that was safe and sustainable. Since then they have grown to be in correction facilities in well over half the United States.

Retailers such as Whole Foods, as well as Manufacturers such as Stonyfield, and hundreds of others are using EcoTasters by the millions. Other product advantages, such as an 80% improvement in cube utilization over plastic, while boasting a 50% larger spoon area for a more satisfying tasting experience for customers, are why the companye™s utensils are replacing plastic tasters across the nation.

Beginning as an idea sparked by a car ride with the kids and a hankering for yogurt, only to discover there were no spoons in the car, Peggy Cross, founder and CEO of EcoTensil, has made disposable cutlery greener and safer, with improved functionality. EcoTasters are compostable, recyclable and use less material than any other plastic or biodegradable utensil option.

EcoTensil creates sturdy paperboard EcoTasters, EcoSpoons and SpoonLidz. The company’s EcoTasters have provided grocery stores and food producers a great way to sample their merchandise and help the environment at the same time. EcoSpoon is a larger, longer-lasting version of the EcoTaster, which is great for frozen yogurt shops, colleges etc. SpoonLidz is a convenient packaging lid that folds into a sturdy spoon for single-serve products like yogurt.

The products made by EcoTensil are both sustainable and cost-effective, creating growing sales traction and allowing the start-up to be close to running in the black. EcoTensil is working with angels to raise funds to expand existing product offerings and adding channels to meet market demand, including branded products, our new ice cream taster, Military MREs, along with international sales and licensing.

In the words of Founder Peggy Cross:

We are looking for angel investors with knowledge that could advise us in breaking into new markets and help increase the speed of our growth to take advantage of first to market advantages. It would be great to have an angel or two on the team that could support EcoTensil as a leader in the sustainable packing and food-service industries.

Indeed, the company has been called upon to supply companies abroad looking to go green with their environmentally friendly utensils. While EcoTensil products are just starting to become available internationally, hopes are high to take these cleverly made cutlery to the global market level.

For more information on EcoTensils please visit their website

By Alex Garcia and Alexis A. Ramos

IGNITE! Winner Spotlight: Core Mobile Networks

At Ignite! Fundraiser’s most recent event held on March 13 at Rocket Space in San Francisco, Core Mobile Networks demonstrated their technology for One-Touch Assistant and mobile app, Corey Sales, and stood out as one of two winners of the startup competition. Core Mobile Networks™ CEO Chandra Tekwani, pitched the startup idea to Hummer Winblad Venture Partners last week. The company was founded in 2008, has obtained seed funding from Citrix Startup Accelerator and Hercules Technology Growth Capital and sees 2012 as the year for generating revenue and scaling their app.

Core Mobile Networks™ app, Corey Sales, debuted in 2012, obtaining 300 users within two weeks of its™ launch. Corey Sales provides one-touch access to the most relevant information by integrating Enterprise applications, Cloud based services and various news and social networks. By streamlining the way that we consume information, bringing multiple apps together on one small, user-friendly interface, Corey Sales makes it easier and more efficient to get the information you need, when you need it. The app is designed to act as a one-touch assistant by following your schedule and location, gathering information you input into Microsoft Outlook or Salesforce or Microsoft Dynamics or Oracle applications and extracting data that is most useful to you in real time.

Core Mobile™s One-Touch Assistant Corey allows the user to access and view the information from multiple systems on one screen, changing the way professionals in any industry obtain information. Corey Sales appeals to the needs of sales professionals & executives, bringing together meeting information, attendee profiles and relevant social media pages for actionable results. Core Mobile™s Corey Health, for medical professionals, provides One-Touch Instant access to patients’ medical records and treatment information, transforming the method and speed that medical professionals acquire patient records. Corey Pharma is another app, using the same technology, is currently in trials and targets pharmaceutical sales professionals and medical science liaison professionals.

With Core Mobile Technology being utilized in the sales industry and breaking into the medical field, the technology™s versatility gives the company an edge. Ignite! looks forward to seeing what new developments will come from Core Mobile in the future.

Ignite! Fundraisers will be holding the next fundraising event on May 3 at the Citrix Startup Accelerator in Santa Clara, featuring tech and green companies. We look forward showcasing exciting new technologies from the Valley and beyond. Hope to see you there!

By Alex Garcia and Alexis A. Ramos