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If a company doesn’t fit into one of the categories, it doesn’t mean it’s not the right fit for Rock Ventures. The companies listed below are changing their industries with innovative tactics.


Cellerant Therapeutics is a privately-held, clinical-stage biotechnology company with a portfolio of novel innate and adaptive immunotherapies for oncology and blood-related disorders, including cell-based and antibody therapeutics. Cellerant's lead product, CLT-008, is a myeloid progenitor cell therapy currently in Phase 2 clinical development in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The Company also has a Cancer Stem Cell (CSC) antibody discovery program focused on therapies for AML, multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome.

Connect America was established in 2004 and is the fastest growing personal emergency response company in the nation. Headquartered near Philadelphia, in the last eight years Connect America has built the third largest PERS business in the country. Connect America provides customers with reliable and affordable life-saving personal emergency response monitoring. For more information visit www.connectamerica.com.


Foodjunky is an online food ordering platform, focused on making group ordering easier by allowing users to choose from restaurants, delivery options, cuisine type and more.

Gas Station TV (GSTV), a Rockbridge Growth Equity company, is America’s No. 1 video network at the pump, delivering an industry-leading experience to millions of viewers nationwide each month. Exclusive content from ESPN, CNN’s Headline News and Buzz Today, Bloomberg TV, AccuWeather, The List and CNET engages consumers and drives them to action on behalf of advertisers and gas retailers. For more information, please visit www.GSTV.com or engage with us on Twitter @GasStationTV, Facebook.com/GasStationTV or LinkedIn.com/company/Gas-Station-TV.

Genius is a massive online knowledge project that allows users to provide annotations and interpretation of song lyrics, news stories, primary source documents, poetry, and other forms of texts. The annotations are powered by a worldwide community as well as famous and notable figures. Some annotations are deeply informative, while others are more playful and inventive; the best annotations include a little bit of everything.

Northcentral University was founded to provide accessible, high-quality online graduate degrees to working professionals. As a regionally accredited online university, NCU serves students worldwide, focusing on doctoral and master’s degree programs in the Schools of Business and Technology Management, Education, Psychology and Marriage and Family Sciences. NCU utilizes a one-to-one teaching model, one student paired with a member of NCU’s 100% doctoral faculty in each course, to create a more personalized education experience for adult students who share a passion for excellence in higher education.


Founded in 1992 by Thad Paschall, Protect America is one of the nation's largest home security companies providing comprehensive home security service in all 50 states. Based in Austin, Texas, Protect America home security systems provide consumers a flexible, affordable and reliable home security solution utilizing GE's state of the art wireless technology. Offering landline, broadband and cellular monitoring, Protect America also features options with interactive access that allow users to control their alarm systems remotely via the Internet and smart phone applications. Protect America also provides interactive security cameras, GPS vehicle tracking and a money saving, cellular takeover option that creates a more secure connection to our monitoring center. Protect America was named a Consumers Digest Best Buy for home security from 2008-2012. Also, TopConsumerReviews.com has awarded Protect America the distinction of being the number one home security company in America for the fifth consecutive year!



RapidAdvance Bethesda, Maryland-based RapidAdvance is a leader in the small business finance industry. The company has provided nearly $600 million in working capital to thousands of small business owners across the nation, ranging from traditional retail establishments, brand name chain restaurants, automotive repair, manufacturing, trucking, and professional service providers. RapidAdvance has opened up the market for capital to small businesses through its unique web-enabled system that dramatically improves the typical process a small business experiences with big banks.

Founded by nutritionist Stacy Goldberg, Savorfull is a Detroit-based, nutrition obsessed company that provides healthy, allergen friendly foods and nutrition consulting services to businesses, organizations and sports teams across the country.

The Savorfull team assists their clients in nutritional “matchmaking” to help find the right free-from foods for their needs, while providing nutrition education and wellness services at the same time. Savorfull represents local and national food manufacturers committed to making products free-from anything artificial including colors, dyes and
sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats and anything else not wanted in your body!

Social Proof helps businesses harness the power of a friend’s recommendation. We collect authentic customer stories and turn them into powerful marketing tools. Our end-to-end word-of-mouth marketing platform is used by sales organizations, marketing departments, and creative agencies to drive sales, increase engagement, and build customer trust.

Founded in 2010 by Jay Gierak and Nathan Labenz, Social Proof is based in Detroit, MI and funded by top venture capitalists.


Spirit Shop is the leading eCommerce platform for officially licensed, Kindergarten through High School apparel and merchandise in the US. Spirit Shop sells through over 100,000 online school stores offering hundreds of products with stock and customizable designs. Spirit Shop also powers eCommerce stores for schools, teams, national and state athletic associations as well as local and national retailers and sports media companies including CBS MaxPreps and USA Today HS Sports. Every sale on SpiritShop.com generates royalties back to each school to help fund important school programs.



Ternpro is a cloud based platform and video services company that creates and manages video content for businesses. Ternpro's product is Slope. Slope is a platform for marketing and creative teams to manage and collaborate on media content.

The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland is the only luxury hotel in Cleveland, Ohio and the only city hotel to carry both Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond designations. The 206-room destination enjoys an ideal setting at 1515 West Third Street in the heart of downtown, providing convenient walkable access to Tower City Center, the Quicken Loans Arena and nearly all of the city’s main sports, music, dining, entertainment and cultural venues. The hotel is known for its creative local dining and bar experiences presented in MUSE, and for its exclusive Ritz-Carlton Club Level – a prestigious hotel-within-a-hotel featuring a relaxing Club Lounge, spectacular lake and river views, and complimentary food and beverage presentations throughout the day and evening. For more information on The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/cleveland.