AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Kansas City Startup Watch List 2018
In February Hidden Abilities was named as a top Kansas City company to watch in 2018. (Link)
1 Million Cups Kansas City
In February 2018 Jamee presented Hidden Abilities to a packed crowd at 1 Million Cups KC, a program that offers entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs who give valuable feedback to help the presenters improve their company.
After winning best student company pitch at KU's Startup Showcase in the fall of 2017, Jamee was invited to pitch at Pipeline's The Innovators and attend the Innovator of the Year Gala in February 2018.
Jamee and Payden earned Hidden Abilities a $20,000 grant from the KC Digital Sandbox which they used to fund the development and filing of their first non-provisional utility patent.
In early fall Hidden Abilities was selected as a top 20 finalist in the 2018 Launch KC grant competition out of more than 400 U.S. and international applicants, and had the opportunity to present in front of a panel of judges for a $100,000 grand prize.
Sprint Mentor Network
In the summer of 2017 Hidden Abilities was chosen to participate in the Sprint Mentor Network and worked with an experienced mentor to help build their startup.
In October of 2016 we ran a successful Indiegogo campaign to fund the final development costs of the Read 'n Style pen. Thanks to all of our supports we were able to reach our $40,000 funding goal in just over 7 days and went on to raise more than $64,000 over the month of October. As of the time of this writing (01-02-2017), we've raised $76,781 through Indiegogo.
On April 23, 2016 we successfully tested a working prototype of the Read 'n Style pen using a Raspberry Pi development board.
In September of 2015 we filed our first provisional patent application
WOZNIAK AWARD FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
On behalf of Hidden Abilities, Payden accepted the Wozniak Award for Entrepreneurship scholarship in November of 2015 from Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers.
THE CATALYST BUSINESS INCUBATOR
In February of 2015, Hidden Abilities became one of the first companies in the newly created business incubator at the University of Kansas.
MARK L. MORRIS NEW VENTURE DEVELOPMENT COMPETITION
Jamee and Payden placed in the top 4 out of 65+ entries for their work on Hidden Abilities, LLC