We currently have four coworking entrepreneurs located at the Berks LaunchBox.
Verde Mantis, LLC
Verde Mantis, LLC is the premier 3D printer manufacturer in Reading, PA. Years of working alongside 3D printers in manufacturing environments allowed them to understand the hurdles that prevent less technical folks from being able to utilize this ground breaking technology. Leveraging this understanding, Verde Mantis designed and built the Mantis, the worlds easiest to use 3D printer. Their mission is to enable students and professionals to embrace their creativity through manufacturing. With the Mantis, manufacturing is as simple as just pressing print.
Joseph Sinclair, founder, earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering in 2015 and recently became the first graduate of Penn State’s Master of Engineering in Additive Manufacturing and Design. His interest in Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing was sparked while at Penn State Berks where he started Joe’s Rapid Prototyping as a hobby that later became Solid Dynamics, LLC. Sinclair has recently received his first patent and has several patents pending that increase efficiency of the 3D printing process.
The last year and a half has been spent discerning how best to design and build a 3D printer specifically meant to make the 3D printing process more intuitive. From this endeavor emerged the Mantis, the world’s easiest to use 3D printer.
Traduki Technologies’ mission is to provide a convenient means for enhanced communication through translation. The company provides real-time language translation services for health care professionals and businesses that need to communicate specific content to their patients or clients.
Translation services are available via video chat, phone call, text message, and in person. Each translator is considered a partner and can work when they want, where they want. Traduki receives a portion of the fare during the time spent translating, while the rest goes directly to the translator through a digital payment system. By leveraging freelance translators, who must first pass a proficiency test, Traduki is able to reduce the cost of translation services and provide translation for multiple languages through any mobile device.
Trimatis is the result of a research project started by Dr. Marietta Scanlon, assistant teaching professor in engineering at Penn State Berks (now CEO) and Jason Lehrer (Chief Technology Officer), a mechanical engineering student who recently graduated from Penn State Berks. Tito Orjih, an EMET student who completed an internship with an environmental non-profit, joined Dr. Scanlon and Lehrer to bring marketing and promotional skills to the company.
Trimatis is dedicated to addressing plastic waste by creating eco-filament (patent pending) for 3D printers. They raised capital by pitching their technology at the Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference in April 2018 and were finalists at the Inc.U 2018 contest, sponsored by PennTAP (Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program). More recently, Trimatis was a finalist in the “Great Social Enterprise Pitch” competition, hosted by the Lancaster-based nonprofit ASSETS. On September 29, 2018, along with four other finalists, they pitched their business to a panel of judges and live audience and won second place. They received a prize package of cash and pro-bono prizes.
World Brand™ was founded in 2018 by Shanna Henry and Petros Pappalas, both Reading, Pennsylvania natives. Bearing witness to the devastation and impact that plastic pollution is wreaking on the planet, they conceived the idea to create a dye-free, biodegradable paper straw that was not only great for the environment, but a superior upgrade to the current paper straws on the market in terms of both aesthetic and function. Being raised in Reading, PA, Henry and Pappalas share a sense of pride in the history of their hometown and are inspired and devoted in helping to restore Reading’s longstanding foundation of manufacturing.