Six innovative technologies awarded grants by Inland SoCal Link iHub
(Press Release) CA. — The Inland SoCal Link iHub is pleased to announce that it has been awarded grant voucher funding from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO‐Biz) to enhance the technical innovation capabilities of businesses within Inland Southern California. The funding is made available by the 2017 State of California $2.9 million California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis and Diversification Effort (CASCADE) grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (DoD/OEA) to bolster California’s defense supply chain cybersecurity resilience, innovation capacity, and diversification strategies, and to support growth and sustainment of California’s Cybersecurity workforce.
Six businesses have been identified through a competitive application process to receive an award of $9,750 each. The funding will help to advance the commercialization of innovative technologies with potential application for the U.S. military, national security or defense industries, or their supply chains.
The Inland Southern California companies chosen for the grant voucher funding include:
Deepbits Technology LLC – Based in Riverside, DeepBits pinpoint the vulnerability, malware and code plagiarism hidden deeply in the software supply chain without the need of source code.
Exquadrum, Inc. – Based in Adelanto, Exquadrum’s vision is to be a producer of innovative technology for government, military and industry customers.
KIGT, Inc. – Based in Ontario, KIGT is an original equipment manufacturer and software development company of electric vehicle smart charging stations.
Phenix Technologies, Inc. – Based in Riverside, Phenix Technologies is a highly-regarded firefighting helmet manufacturer with over 40 years of service.
Relay LLC – Based in Norco, Relay is a technology company that focuses on delivering exceptional service for carriers while also helping to transform how truck drivers and trucking companies work together.
Symplur LLC – Based in Upland, Symplur is a healthcare social media analytics company that promotes deeper understanding of healthcare by strengthening the voices of those who need to be heard with insights from the Healthcare Social Graph.
“This has been a collaborative process to seek out talent and to help further encourage success and growth in our region. What is most important about this funding opportunity is we are able to witness the diversity of talent and ideas that are within Inland Southern California. I’m excited to see where all of these companies go from here,” said Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, Curt Hagman.
“We are thrilled to support new innovations in our region that will make a difference in the lives of our country’s military and defense personnel. It is important to support our local talent and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit that will lead to more business and job creation throughout the Inland Empire,” said Kevin Jeffries, Chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors
The iHub program improves the state’s national and global competitiveness by stimulating partnerships, economic development, and job creation around specific research clusters throughout the state. iHubs are operated through a cooperative agreement between GO-Biz and geographically distinct regions within California. Each iHub represents an independent partnership between local government entities, public universities, research institutions, venture capitalist networks, and economic development organizations.
The Inland SoCal Link iHub consisting of the regions of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties plays a critical role in the economic prosperity of the state of California. The Inland SoCal Link iHub is anchored by an innovative partnership and overarching goal to maximize economic development opportunities within the region. Inland Southern California has grown an emerging economy built around world-class educational institutions such as the University of California, Riverside a driving force behind the positive diversification that is occurring in the regional economy and California State University, San Bernardino known for its nationally-recognized programs at its Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship.
Funded in part through a grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment.