TechCelerator awards $10K to OurFleet startup

December 11, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Ben Franklin TechCelerator @State College announced that a startup company OurFleet was awarded $10,000 for the business concept presented to a panel of judges Dec. 9. 

Doug Carnahan and his team, Martin Flynn, Curtis Curcio and Bob Macminns, have developed a resource and traffic management mobile application and “control center” software that assists the oil and gas exploration/production industries manage their on-site assets. According to the company, “OurFleet is the only traffic management system that allows complete 'air traffic' like control over resource deliveries with no hardware installation.”

Five other entrepreneurs also made presentations and successfully completed the business startup Boot Camp, which is a 10-week program offered by the TechCelerator:

-- Justin Miller and his partners, Ben Brautigam and Sherwyn Saul, with Ares Drones developed a consumer drone with automated flight control via a mobile app. 

-- Patrick Lenahan and Corey Cochrane with BluesSpin developed a new way of doing magnetic resonance measurements on solid state electronic devices. 

-- Dezhe Jin with deZEN Technologies developed a novel speech recognition system based on systems neuroscience principles.

-- Donghai Wang and Ran Yi with HICO Tech developed a high capacity, high power density Si anode material for Li-ion batteries.

-- Jim DiPerna with Digital Measurement Partners is developing an online platform that will allow mental health professionals to score and interpret measures of child and adolescent functioning.

Those interested in learning more about the TechCelerator can contact Don McCandless at 814-865-2040 or  

Located in the Technology Center at 200 Innovation Blvd. in State College, the TechCelerator @State College is a partnership among several of the area’s economic development providers that offers budding entrepreneurs designated space, loan and investment programs, business support and mentoring services, and entrepreneurial training all housed in one location. For more information, go to   

Last Updated December 15, 2014