Industry: Information Technology
Funding Received: Acceleration Grant and Product Development Grant
Founder and CEO of Koios
Koios is a novel marketing technology that is helping libraries show up in search results. The company helps communities find the best content for free from their local library – and it’s more than just books. Google “learn Spanish,” for example, and Koios reveals your local library’s Spanish audiobooks, conversation classes and online courses. Through the use of Koios’ technology, library resources will appear on Google, Amazon and Wikipedia, so people never miss an opportunity to borrow instead of buy.
The company began when the founder, Trey Gordner, pitched the library software idea at Startup Weekend in Columbia in 2014. Within 54 hours, a prototype was developed and the team won the competition. In addition, to that accolade, the company entered the FiredUP Accelerator Program and won USC’s entrepreneurial competition, The Proving Ground.
In 2016, Koios became an SC Launch Client Company. The following year, it received a PDF Grant and Acceleration Grant, which were used to further product development and begin pilot projects with major metropolitan libraries across the country.
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