Featured Portfolio Company
via680 started with its very big idea, redefining your email inbox, in the YBI Inspire Lab. It didn't take long for their leadership team to validate their hypothesis, build a prototype solution and venture out to market — today via680 boasts a growing customer base and rapidly building business momentum. Ving sets the new standard for day-to-day web-based communication, creating a unique connection to customers and colleagues — enabling users to deliver interactive messages with dynamic data capture 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. While many systems we use to communicate with over the web leave us wondering — i.e. send email or voice mail then wait for response, wonder if they've received it, understand it. Ving does the opposite; it is designed to tell you exactly what you need to know about managing your customer, your risk and your team. Ving is Web Messaging 2.0.
Visual Impact Imaging
Visual Impact Imaging established its operations at YBI in 2008, after a year of being an YBI Virtual Portfolio Company. Anne Behner, president of VII, is a graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. With no technical background in information technology, she still recognized the need for an application to meld traditional drafting methodology with the efficiency of technology. VII's EARTHSCAPES software is compatible with Corel, creating the most advanced technological tools, user-friendly interface and allowing landscape designers to transform their ideas into professional results.
M-7 Receives Dept. of Defense Prime Contract Status
We're thrilled to announce that M-7 Technologies has received Prime Contractor Status from the U.S. Department of Defense, a singularly incredible achievement only awarded to a tiny fraction of applicants. The firm's initial contract with the Department involves a first-of-its-kind, multi-sensor, in-process, machine-mounted, laser-based measurement system for unprecedented quality control enhancement.
YBI will House the $69M federally funded lab of National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII)
The Youngstown Business Incubator is pleased to be selected as the site for the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). Additive Manufacturing, also known as rapid prototyping or 3D printing, uses software to produce extremely complex parts by “adding” materials. NAMII is part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, a federal initiative to make the industry more globally competitive and increase exports.
The facility will be housed in YBI's Boardman Street Annex (236 Boardman Street), a 12,000 square foot facility attached to YBI's main building. The renovation project has received funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development through an earmark by Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-17), the City of Youngstown and the Youngstown Foundation. Barbara Ewing, COO of the YBI, said, "We gratefully acknowledge all of the funders for this project. Their support was absolutely crucial to allowing this project to happen here." (Read more…)
YBI Featured in Inside Business
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