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Business Incubator Opens New Doors for Auburn University

Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport in Atlanta averages more than 250,000 passengers a day. Hundreds of people at a time are going every direction imaginable. The smells from the 114 food and beverage locations mix with the smell of travelers returning from all parts of the country and many parts of the world, masking the smells of potential threats. Detection technology isn’t able to provide adequate protection in these conditions, but Vapor Wake dogs provide a solution as the most efficient dog detector capability available.

Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine developed the Vapor Wake training technique, the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, or ARTF, licensed the technique, and then partnered with the largest commercial canine training academy in the country, AMK9 Academy in Anniston.

Canine Performance Sciences dog on campus

“That is what we consider one of our big success stories,” said John Weete, executive director at ARTF. “It’s out there potentially saving lives for the public benefit, we will generate some revenue that comes back to the ARTF, which goes back to the university and the inventors and the colleges and departments involved. It’s a perfect story.”

The ARTF is an Auburn University affiliated, not-for-profit corporation. It was formed around 10 years ago to develop the Auburn Research Park, but has since expanded and has brought in private-sector companies that want access to job-seeking students and graduates. The ARTF is also able to work the other way, like with Vapor Wake, and collaborate with faculty on research projects to license intellectual property to be used by the private sector.

In 2011, the ARTF added the Auburn Business Incubator to assist in the development of new companies. Tiger Cage and the AU Start Up Challenge, hosted by the College of Business, are both supported by the ARTF and the Auburn Business Incubator monetarily. The winner also has the opportunity to use space in the incubator to start their business.

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  • Infrared Diagnostics Group
  • Focus Engineering, LLC
  • Auburn University Small Business Development Center
  • McNutt & Company Creative Solutions, LLC
  • Flashpoint Computer Services
  • Lucky Mfg., LLC
  • Carbon-Free Energy, LLC
  • Pinnacle Design Group, Inc.
  • BenTy, LLC
  • Perform, LLC
  • Firewatch America, LLC
  • The Kahai Group, LLC
  • A Simple Business Solutions
  • Roanoke Electronic Controls
  • Bethune and Associates
  • Gilreath Group, LLC
  • C&A Ludwig, LLC
  • Freedman Seating Company
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“We work with students, but we want to work with more of them,” Weete said. “That’s part of the role of the Tiger Cage program. We want this connection, the more students know about us, the more they come in.”