gBETA program cohort announced for Kenosha

The first cohort in gener8tor’s gBETA program in Kenosha includes startup companies focused on speech therapy technology, travel agency services, candle making, and financial services, according to a report from WisBusiness.

The free, seven-week program provides business coaching and access to a national network of mentors.

The four companies taking part are:

  • TRT Speech Labs, led by founders Benjamin Taft and Joey Tenuta. This company uses a “bio-inspired” algorithm that was originally designed in research on how birds learn songs. It’s now used to track progress in speech therapy, identifying “unique and unusual sounds that are key to” diagnosing speech deficits.
  • Travel Odyssey, founded by Quinn Murphy. The company is “the first and only” travel agent powered with artificial intelligence. It offers customizable itineraries to help users plan trips and has at least 62 users on its waitlist as prototype development continues.
  • Black Essence Candles, led by founder Shakee’us Graves. This startup produces handmade candles and waxes and has shipped products to customers in 22 states.
  • Harper Tax & Financial Literacy Group, founded by Kenny Harper. This company launched in 2020 and has so far helped local entrepreneurs launch more than 40 new businesses in the Kenosha area.