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Six Innovative Technologies Awarded Grants By Inland SoCal Link iHub

Riverside, CA – The Inland SoCal Link iHub has been awarded grant funding from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO‐Biz) to enhance cybersecurity in businesses in the Inland Empire. Six businesses were selected through a competitive application process to receive an award of $9,750 each.

The funding comes from a grant from the State of California and U.S. Department of Defense to bolster California’s defense supply chain in cybersecurity, innovation and diversification. The funding will help to advance innovative technologies with potential application for the U.S. military or defense industries.

“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,” said Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, Chair of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. “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.”

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 transforms how truck drivers and trucking companies work together to enhance the efficiency, service and quality of life.
  • 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.

“As we’ve seen across all the applicants for this funding, entrepreneurism and innovation are alive and well in Inland Southern California!” said Rosibel Ochoa, Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Partnerships at University of California, Riverside (UCR). “Our ExCite incubator and mentoring programs are open to all aspiring new companies.”

The Inland Southern California region, consisting of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, plays a critical role in the economic prosperity in the state. The Inland SoCal Link iHub is focused on maximizing economic development opportunities within the region. Inland Southern California has grown an emerging economy built around world-class educational institutions such as UCR and California State University, San Bernardino .

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 the State of California 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.

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