The Irvine Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Program awarded $20,000 in entrepreneur grants to mobile baby-bed maker LulyBoo Inc. and e-commerce software maker Kuberas Inc. Each business received $10,000.
LulyBoo’s Baby Lounge to Go combines a playpen, bassinet and portable crib to give babies a safe, comfortable and familiar place to play and sleep wherever they are. The bed folds to a lightweight backpack to make it easy for parents to carry it. For more information, visit lulyboo.com
“I want to acknowledge the Irvine Chamber and the Entrepreneur Forum for this support,” LulyBoo founder and CEO Pazit Ben-Ezri said. “This is great opportunity for growth and exposure.”
Kuberas’ OrderCup software automates order management and provides precise tracking for e-commerce companies that use more than one channel or carrier. The tool allows small- and medium-sized businesses to offer the level of service and visibility buyers receive from major online retailers, according to its website ordercup.com
“I am really excited that we got this award,” CEO and co-founder Aloke Nath said. “As an entrepreneur, you often find yourself playing a fool’s game, and winning these types of endorsements validates what we’re doing and keeps us going.”
Judges chose the two companies from eight finalists who were chosen by 8,000 votes.
“I am pleased and excited with the amount of talent we have in Irvine and the spirit of its entrepreneurs,” chamber CEO Talia Hart said. “I am also proud that our chamber is focused on economic development with great partners such as Flex Energy.”
Each of the eight finalists was honored with a certificate of recognition from state Assemblyman Don Wagner.