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Tech Garden Member Spotlight

The Tech Garden Welcomes Three New Members

Last month The Tech Garden welcomed three new members that now have access to business resources, free events, mentors and funding opportunities. Fotokite, the winner of GENIUS NY 2018, also recently expanded into another 1,000-square-foot space at The Tech Garden. Fotokite technology uses a tethered drone for public safety use. The new members are:

DIEMlife - A platform to create events, launch fundraising campaigns and achieve goals all in one place. The startup calls each one a Quest®. Its mission is to help people understand each other better so that their interactions are more purposeful and impactful.

Empower Equity, Inc. - EMPEQ has built a sales and financing platform that streamlines the slowest and most painful parts of the sales cycle for the HVAC industry. It isn’t your typical SaaS business in that it also incorporates substantial financial brokerage fees into its revenue model.

SoCiti, Inc. - SoCiti is a curated, collaborative, cloud-based engagement management platform compatible with desktop, mobile, iOS and Android. It has a robust and customizable back-end system that gives clients the ability to automate processes and maximize resources. The front end seamlessly connects with the back-end. The front end’s easy-to-use design immerses users into that platform.

SparkCharge Shines on ABC’s Shark Tank

Last month, local electric vehicle startup SparkCharge appeared on Shark Tank. The company is enrolled in NYSERDA’s Clean Tech Center at The Tech Garden. SparkCharge makes portable, ultrafast modular charging stations for electric cars and is set to release a new portable charger called the Roadie, an on-demand mobile charging app called BoostEV later this year.

During Shark Tank, co-founders Joshua Aviv and Christopher Ellis landed a $1 million offer with Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner. In return, Cuban and Greiner will each get a 7% stake (5% + 2% advisory shares) in the company, as well as a seat on the board of directors. The investment will help them with their latest 20 kW Roadie portable DC fast EV charging system as well as a smaller, less expensive until that will be consumer-focused.

New “Uber” for Auto Parts Startup Seeks Local CNY Drivers

Tonquin, an on-demand auto parts delivery startup, recently expanded its local footprint and is looking for local drivers to continue to scale. Tonquin is changing the way auto parts are delivered by providing on-demand pick-up and delivery for auto part stores and dealerships.

The advantage to drivers is that they only work during normal business office and don’t have to worry about people in their cars as they are only transporting auto parts. To learn more about Tonquin or to become a driver visit,