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All Things Bugs, LLC is a manufacturer of high quality protein powder from insects. Insects are a clean, sustainable, high quality source of protein. Ripple has worked with All Things Bugs for several years. Ripple supports All Things Bugs in pursuing funding from both the US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Defense. Ripple’s support of All Things Bugs has led to over $4 million in federal funding. Further, Ripple initially helped All Things Bugs in selling its cricket powder into the food ingredient market. Ripple led All Things Bug’s sales effort resulting in the sale of over 10,000 lbs. of insect powder to companies across the food industry.
Ripple supports Puerto Rico’s SBIR program. Ripple efforts include SBIR workshops, proposal development and one-on-one support. Out of ten teams, Ripple led six to submit proposals. This was more proposals submitted by Puerto Rico than any of its prior years. Recently, Grupo Guayacán, Inc. (GGI) of Puerto Rico has engaged Ripple once more to support Puerto Rico’s efforts to pursue SBIR / STTR funding. Through this partnership with GGI, Ripple will provide SBIR/STTR workshop, office hours, and grant writing assistance to I-Corps Puerto Rico High Potential Teams.
Tatum has lead three teams at the national level as a mentor. NSF I-Corps is a program that requires teams to interview over 100 people about their technology. The program can be critical in helping entrepreneurs understand who might value a technology and how the technology fits into a market.
Ripple was referred to CHLA regarding its work with SBIR / STTR proposals based on its track record of success. CHLA engaged Ripple to help with SBIR / STTR proposal development for its startup companies. Ripple has since worked with several of CHLA’s startup companies.
Through the Georgia SBIR FAST program, Ripple supported the State of Georgia’s effort to increase SBIR participation by companies located in the state. Ripple partners made up two of the three key members of the GA FAST team. The GA FAST program targeted minority-led, and non-Atlanta Metro area companies interested in pursuing SBIR funds. Ripple team members were responsible for educating companies on how to pursue SBIR proposals through Office Hours, Seminars, Workshops, and One-on-One counseling. Other activities included market analysis for applicable companies.
Connecting Health Innovations, LLC (CHI) focused on providing education and materials around reducing inflammation in people’s diets. Inflammation is the number one cause of chronic health conditions leading to almost ½ of a trillion dollars in healthcare cost each year. Ripple teamed with CHI to help put together a Fast Track SBIR proposal for the National Institute of Health (NIH). The proposal resulted in $1.8 million in funding for CHI. Ripple continued to work with CHI during Phase I and II to identify and bridge relationships with commercial partners.
Tyler is a cofounder of Yanhai Power with Yanhai Du. The company was founded while Yanhai Du was a research professor at the University of South Carolina. Yanhai Du eventually moved to Kent State, and Tatum continued to help him grow and run the company. The company was able to obtain both Phase I and II SBIR funding from NASA for a total of $950,000.
MagAssemble, LLC is a company focused on revolutionizing the optics industry through a novel, low cost manufacturing technique that holds the promise to replace photo lithography. Tatum of Ripple not only helped MagAssemble pursue and acquire a Phase I and Phase II SBIR from the National Science Foundation, but also served as interim CEO. As interim CEO, he established initial operations, helped the company reach out to over 300 industry contacts, bridged partnerships with industry leading companies, and eventually helped the company acquire a dedicated CEO.
Georgia State University is interested in furthering the strength of both Georgia Research Alliance and SBIR / STTR proposals for companies spinning out of the university. Accordingly, the university directly supported Ripple as a support contractor to work with its startups. Ripple has developed deep relationships with several Georgia State University companies, helping them pursue dozens of proposals. Technologies included carpet recycling, anti-microbials for biofilms, cancer imaging, retained surgical item detection, and miRNA Sensors.