HyperBorean needed more than Founder and CEO Todd Gentry’s garage to take ideation to execution with a fully functional product. He found the solution at Wichita State University’s GoCreate space and made good on the Opportunity Zone availability.
“As GoCreate marks its second year, that access to tools, technology and advice is critical to Gentry and others. Gentry, from Winfield, is founder and CEO of HyperBorean and has been a member of GoCreate, a Koch Collaborative, using its studios and equipment, for the past nine months to push his product from idea to commercialization in an economical fashion.
“Investors don’t like science projects,” Gentry said.
HyperBorean calls itself a “cleantech” company and its products attempt to use heat (typically waste heat) as an energy source to power air conditioning and refrigeration. Gentry is working on prototypes to cool automobiles and small buildings such as mobile telecom equipment structures.
He reached the point where he needed a prototype to show investors to move past the “science project” phase and show off equipment.
“We’ve come through a really long slog of research and development,” he said. “It’s all been theoretical work to date.”
Gentry and Patrick Hosty, HyperBorean’s business developer, are also working with WSU Ventures. They see Wichita State’s resources and community as offering a series of advantages.
Patrick Hosty , business developer, HyperBorean
“The ability to cross-connect and cross-pollinate within the university’s eco-system is phenomenal,” Hosty said. “We can meet with WSU Ventures and get further development contacts…’”