We're proud to announce GoWild received a HOT Innovation Award from EnterpriseCorp, the entrepreneurial arm of Greater Louisville Inc. Twelve of the Louisville, Ky. region’s most innovative, up and coming companies were honored at The Loft at the Gillispie, presented by Hilliard Lyons and Dean Dorton.
Co-Founder and CEO of GoWild, Brad Luttrell, said he was honored and even a little surprised to receive such recognition.
"Twelve months ago we were still looking for our fourth and final co-founder for development, so to be listed today among such fantastic companies and talent is an honor," Luttrell said.
"I am so proud of the hard work that our team has put in to earn such an award and I'm grateful to EnterpriseCorp for the recognition of their efforts."
— Brad Luttrell, Co-Founder, CEO
GoWild, the app for hunters, anglers and outdoors enthusiasts, launched in early September of this year, and has rocketed to being one of the fastest growing apps in the outdoors industry. Wide Open Spaces called it one of the best outdoors apps the publication had ever seen, and Petersen's Hunting magazine said that GoWild's algorithm was solving for the difficulty and subjectivity in scoring a hunt. Since launch, the app has continuously set user growth records, adding hundreds of new users every day.
The “HOT” and “FAST” companies are chosen by EnterpriseCorp. These companies exemplify high-potential, innovative work being done throughout the region’s entrepreneurial community. Past winners include stand-outs such as ZirMed, Appellis Pharmaceuticals, and MobileServe.
The criteria used in this year’s selection of six HOT Companies include being a technology-based company that is utilizing innovation to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, and incorporating some level of intellectual property with their innovation. Each has already gained customer traction as an indication of early adoption and is currently in or has had successful equity raises. They are all clients of EnterpriseCorp.
"We did not want to take what had been done, color it hunter orange and call it something new," said Luttrell. "That's not enough to build a following. We knew we needed to create something proprietary and unique to our app, and it is so exciting to see that thought leadership rewarded here tonight."
The criteria used in this year’s selection of six FAST Companies include high-growth companies that are increasing their revenues by at least 20 percent annually for three years or more, starting from a revenue base of at least $1 million. This growth pace means that the company has effectively doubled its revenues.
EnterpriseCorp said all 12 companies selected are positioned to continue growing and improve Greater Louisville’s economy.
Team GoWild at the event. From left to right: Lauren Gleim, Chris Gleim, John Hunter, Zack Grimes, Donovan Sears and Brad Luttrell.
2017’s HOT & FAST Companies are:
Advanced Energy Materials – developed catalyst products based on nanowire technology that can be used in oil refineries, alternate fuels, and chemical processing industries. Their mission is to be an innovative leader in delivering these catalyst products to global customers.
GoWild – is a social media app for hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts. As one of the fastest growing apps in the outdoors industry, GoWild curates a large community where outdoors enthusiasts can engage, interact, and learn.
Lucina Health -- helps insurance providers reduce high-cost pregnancies by providing care management software that uses predictive analytics and other data sources to aggregate claims. A companion mobile app collects actionable data and delivers a personalized pregnancy plan to each mother.
Revon Systems– develops digital therapeutics called Smart Symptom Trackers (SSTs) designed to reduce the severity of chronic disease symptoms and unnecessary hospitalizations with early intervention. SSTs are trained by machine learning.
Schedule It – created a new software program designed for insurance adjusters in the field to schedule mass appointments and organize information they need to successfully manage their calendars.
Sum180 – is an online financial wellness service with jargon-free, personalized financial advice delivered as three simple Next Steps. Sum180 includes an online community for engagement tracking, a gamified mobile experience, and affordable access to qualified financial advisers.
Car Keys Express– is embracing new car key technology and turning it into a competitive advantage. By leveraging proprietary technologies, creating revolutionary products and processes, Car Keys Express helps their clients reduce the cost of replacing or duplicating car keys.
EdjAnalytics – is a data science and prescriptive analytics firm. They build custom models and solutions that empower their clients in sports, healthcare, education, markets, and other industries make faster, more accurate, data-driven decisions.
Onovative – developed banking software that is a modern outbound marketing platform which uses the data financial institutions already possess to send automated, multi-channel offers and communications.
Red e App – is a mobile workflow communication and file distribution platform architected specifically for non-desk and hourly workers. They help companies create efficient operations for unconnected workers, specifically centered on Human Resources, Training, Environmental Health & Safety, and Change Management.
SmartBox – helps dentists thrive by delivering more patients through their industry-leading Patient Attraction System.
SuperFanU -- is the ultimate fan loyalty and engagement platform, helping high schools, universities, and pro teams increase attendance, generate revenue, connect, and communicate with their entire fan base.
EnterpriseCorp is the entrepreneurial arm of Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) – the region’s leading economic development organization and the Louisville Regional Office for the Kentucky Innovation Network (KIN). GLI’s EnterpriseCorp is dedicated to building a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and culture for early stage and fast growth companies. For more information, visit www.EnterpriseCorp.com.
About Greater Louisville Inc.
Greater Louisville Inc.—the Metro Chamber of Commerce is where regional business leaders come together to accelerate business competitiveness, economic growth and job creation in the Greater Louisville region. The region’s largest business leadership organization, GLI leads economic and global outreach strategies focused on business attraction; nurtures the entrepreneurial eco-system and fast growth companies; and champions the development of the community’s talent base. As the voice of the business community, GLI advocates for a pro-business environment and facilitates business leadership engagement on issues that impact regional competitiveness. For more information, visit www.GreaterLouisville.com.