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Founder: Trey Closson|Atlanta, Georgia

Amplio builds sustainable supply chains by enabling our customers to optimize their inventory by selling their excess inventory, surplus assets, and decommissioned equipment through our marketplace.

What is the retail value chain problem you are actively or potentially exploring?

Inventory management is the retail value chain target. Amplio was launched in partnership with KOCH Industries and currently targets CPG manufacturers, industrial manufacturers, and electronics manufacturers (i.e., manufacturing parts).

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Founder: Danny Hill|Detroit, Michigan

Glyphx is a no-code data analytics tool democratizes data visualization for mid-market industrial manufacturing companies. With an AI Consultant powered by GPT-4, Glyphx provides big consulting insights to mid-market manufacturers and Operations Management teams at Private Equity firms. The tool offers instant, actionable insights across key areas such as Shipping and Logistics, Sales and Ordering, Inventory and Packaging, Human and Machine Efficiency, and Finance.

What is the retail value chain problem you are actively or potentially exploring?

Legacy manufacturing and supply-chain-heavy organizations are swimming in data but do not have the resources or ability or properly utilize it. More often than not, stakeholders in these organizations who own the data and want to make sense of it have to outsource models to IT teams and consultants. The problem becomes, 'The people building the models aren’t the stakeholders of the critical business decision.'... this causes a MAJOR gap in data exploration for a massive, underserved market.

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Founder: Joel Ponce|Bentonville, Arkansas

Hashku creates consumer demand at the intersection of gaming and the creator economy. We connect brands with the next generation of consumers, Gen Z and Gen Alpha. Most recently, we were the first to take The Hershey Company into Roblox via a Halloween execution.

What is the retail value chain problem you are actively or potentially exploring?

Brands lack solutions that allow them to drive real-world commerce from gaming experiences. We’re developing solutions that unlock gaming as a channel to drive attention, engagement and commerce with next-gen consumers.

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Founders: Daniel Fritsche|Fayetteville, Arkansas and Josh Owen|Bentonville, Arkansas

Indexer is simplifying communication and data access between blockchains and software applications by building a digital asset indexer and analytics tools that bridge platforms. We provide the infrastructure for traders, developers, and organizations to easily interface with and transact on all blockchains.

What is the retail value chain problem you are actively or potentially exploring?

We are looking to help strengthen the ties between retail and consumers by helping brands leverage digital assets for entertainment, loyalty programs, and customer insights. By providing an easy-to-use API layer to create, transfer, trade, and analyze any digital assets across any chain, we aim to empower retail brands to easily create digital assets that their customers can buy or earn through loyalty programs. Once customers own these assets, we can help brands gain deep insights into them.

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Founder: Rishi Mittal|Fayetteville, Arkansas

Mycelium Networks operates in a unique and emerging space, leveraging decentralized physical infrastructure networks (DePINs) and blockchain technology to address challenges in data management and communication. We are transforming Northwest Arkansas into an industry-recognized Testbed for emerging infrastructure technologies and cutting-edge hardware. Our goals center around accelerating the adoption of downstream applications utilizing this new tech paradigm.

What is the retail value chain problem you are actively or potentially exploring?

The retail value chain's increasing dependence on technology for new innovative solutions naturally suffers from lengthy go-to-market cycles due to extensive research and testing requirements. We saw a need for a dedicated testing ground for innovators to shorten their time to market and have an immediate impact on the retail value chain right in the heart of the Silicon Valley of Supply Chain Innovation.

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Founder: Javier Ortiz|Clover, South Carolina

New Forge KnowledgePlace revolutionizes expertise access and sharing in equipment maintenance and Augmented Reality (AR) industries. Our platform integrates AI with a crowdsourced marketplace, connecting those needing specialized knowledge with a global network of verified experts. Leveraging augmented reality, we offer real-time guidance, simplifying complex procedures and reducing business downtime. Our unique approach addresses the AR industry's scalability challenge by streamlining AR work instructions creation, saving time and resources. Ideal for independent experts and enterprises, New Forge is a gateway to enhanced efficiency, knowledge accessibility, and transformed customer support.

What is the retail value chain problem you are actively or potentially exploring?

We solve the lack of equipment knowledge problem and the difficulty of creating, delivering, and executing accurate maintenance, startup, and troubleshooting work instructions. logo
Founder: Joe Disorbo|Las Vegas, Nevada is a SaaS company that empowers creators, solopreneurs, and small online retailers with streamlined shipping solutions, saving you time and money. Ship gives you the freedom to focus on what matters most – growing your business and pursuing your passions.

What is the retail value chain problem you are actively or potentially exploring?

Small, growing online businesses face a massive hurdle in order fulfillment. is developing a gig-economy solution, offering unparalleled scalability without the burden of physical infrastructure.

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Founders: Mark McKenzie|Yarm, England, Jake Youssefzadeh|San Francisco, California, Stefan Opariuc|Iaşi, Romania, and Adam McIntee|Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

Spark streamlines crypto payment workflows for businesses, utilizing modular building blocks from both traditional and crypto payments. This allows businesses to avoid building from scratch and concentrate on orchestrating payments through Spark's provided tools.

What is the retail value chain problem you are actively or potentially exploring?

Crypto payment providers are creating solutions that don't align with retail businesses. Focused solely on volatility and merchant settlement, the industry overlooks the complexity of the entire payment lifecycle. We're developing crypto payment rails that seamlessly integrate with traditional solutions.

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Founders: Jeremy Schneck|New York, New York and Daniel Langer|New York, New York

Trackstar is a universal API for warehouse management systems ('WMS'). Trackstar builds and maintains integrations across WMS, normalizing the data into a single API. Companies connect once with our API to reduce development time, launch new features, and onboard customers more quickly. Trackstar makes it possible for companies to integrate with dozens of WMS in minutes, not months.

What is the retail value chain problem you are actively or potentially exploring?

Companies want to be able to integrate with and extract data from supply chain systems, like WMS. However, there are hundreds of unique WMS, most of which are legacy tools with poorly documented APIs. The sprawl and outdated nature of these systems creates a massive challenge for companies trying to build innovative solutions using WMS data. Without digital infrastructure making the data accessible, innovation is stifled resulting in operational inefficiencies across the supply chain.

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Founders: Andrew Smith|Orlando, Florida, Lizzy Lee|Denver, Colorado, and Adam Davis|Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Vendoor is a web-based communications suite turning real-world visits by vendors, suppliers, and service providers in retail, commercial, and construction into actionable data and communications for both retailers and vendors through API plug-ins (ProCore, SAP, et. al.), blockchain (HyperLedger Fabric), and Vendoor’s own platform via dashboards and messaging. Physical locations display a QR code unique to a specific location; vendors and suppliers use this QR code to check in when they arrive to a location without downloading an app or managing an account, and then collecting all the data needed for stakeholders to monitor and manage third-party visits to specific locations, assess job quality, and extract valuable business insights from the data collected. To support those accessing the data, VendoorGPT allows leaders and project managers to get answers and insight via conversation instead of raw data or spreadsheets.

What is the retail value chain problem you are actively or potentially exploring?

Vendoor solves for challenges in a neglected area of retail work, the third-party visit. By improving communication, access to help, and process requirements, Vendoor reduces up to 50% of the wasted time required for third-party visits across the vendor, vendor manager, project managers, and retail central teams in over half a billion third-party visits to retail annually.