A biotechnology enterprise based mostly in Portland is one among six startups chosen for a sport and well being know-how incubator program in Florida.
Justin Hafner, a College of Maine graduate who’s CEO and co-founder of KinoTek, will spend the winter and early spring in Orlando as a part of a six-month accelerator program sponsored by the LEAD Lake Nona Sports activities & Well being Tech Academy.
Hafner mentioned the aggressive utility course of started in February and included 442 startups from 44 nations. KinoTek, which pivoted away from sports applications and toward physical therapy when the pandemic helped present the necessity for telehealth providers, is the one firm from New England chosen for the 2020-21 cohort.
Lake Nona is situated in southeast Orlando and designed as a sensible metropolis with a cluster of life science corporations, autonomous autos and Verizon 5G broadband functionality. The academy offers recommendation, workshops, mentorship, trade connections and capital funding.
“It’s actually cool,” Hafner mentioned. “This place is floor zero for medical innovation. We’d arrange an affiliate workplace down there if the whole lot goes nicely and we construct sturdy sufficient connections.”
KinoTek presently has six workers and is headquartered in Monument Sq..
“We’re actually impressed by KinoTek,” mentioned Christoph Sonnen, CEO and co-founder of LEAD, in a press launch. “We imagine their crew – a fantastic group of vivid former collegiate athletes who’ve skilled the ache factors they’re attempting to resolve – has what it takes to carry their imaginative and prescient to life and develop into leaders within the well being and human motion market. We’re very excited to have them on board.”
Hafner, a varsity swimmer throughout his time in Orono, mentioned he appreciates the consideration of representing the state and area.
“As the primary New England firm ever chosen, we hope to open the door for future promising native startups,” he mentioned, “and exhibit how Maine is a power to be reckoned with within the world startup ecosystem.”