The Launch Place, a nonprofit organization in Danville, Virginia, that provides support and funding for startups in the Dan River Region, recently announced it would be adding a new company to its portfolio. TiO, a home automation startup that has expanded to Raleigh from its headquarters in Florida, became The Launch Place’s thirteenth investment.
This $250,000 seed investment is the fund’s first partnership with a startup within the home automation industry, and it provides enough backing for TiO to expand operations in the Dan River Region (one requirement of The Launch Place investment) and bring at least five employees to the new office.
TiO, short for “Turn it On,” creates hardware and software products that allow for wireless control of the home through a single app on a homeowner’s phone or tablet.
The Launch Place President and CEO, Eva Doss, says one reason the organization chose to invest in TiO is because of the CEO’s previous successes in building startup companies.
Sanjay Patel, TiO’s president and CEO, previously served an executive role at manufacturing services company Anuva, leading medical device design and development. He was also the director of marketing for United Therapeutics, a medtech company with products to meet the needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening conditions.
TiO was acquired by Anuva in 2014, which allowed them to relocate development and manufacturing sites from China to Raleigh and Florida.
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