Alumni-Founded Health & Safety Technology Company Gets Investment From IU Angel Network: News at IU: Indiana University
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Members of the IU Angel Network invest in Sentinel Occupational Safety, a company that preserves the lives of professionals in high-risk industries such as healthcare, fire departments, law enforcement and manufacturing .
The IU Angel Network connects qualified investors affiliated with Indiana University with start-ups led by members of the IU community. In addition to two biomedical engineering degrees, Sentinel co-founder and CEO Zachary Kiehl holds an MBA from IU Kelley School of Business, where he said he experienced the culture, passion and the talent of the IU community.
“IU is clearly dedicated to ensuring that past, current and future students have the resources to tackle big problems head-on,” he said. “I am delighted to have the IU Ventures team and IU alumni network associated with the trip.”
Sentinel’s SafeGuard Platform uses data collected through multiple environmental and human-worn sensors to track employee health and safety in real time, as well as to predict future risks.
“Sentinel’s mission is to make personal health and safety through new technological solutions,” said Kiehl. “After all, there is nothing more precious than human life.”
Jason Whitney, executive director of IU Angel Network and vice president of venture capital development at IU Ventures, agrees.
“On many sites, the line between living and dying is thin,” he said. “It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to invest and support a company that has proven technology to change this equation. Sentinel’s technology has done that.”
A spin-off of Department of Defense contractor Aptima, Sentinel licenses intellectual property to Aptima to continue providing the SafeGuard solution to organizations such as the US Air Force and the US Navy, even though it s ‘extends to other public and private sectors. The platform is uniquely equipped to align with various regulatory requirements for health, security, cybersecurity, privacy, governance and compliance.
“From overseeing technicians in aircraft fuel cells to maintenance personnel under chemical tanks at the Department of Defense’s largest industrial complex, our roots in the public sector have provided us with an incredible opportunity to ‘reduce risk. “Of our technology as it moves into the private sector,” said Kiehl. “Every human and operating environment is unique, resulting in great diversity in the health and safety risks our customers and their employees face. In order to respond to this diversity, we set out to create SafeGuard with a concern for scalability. “
SafeGuard customization leverages different sensors, devices and analytical approaches to meet multiple industry needs with minimal product modification. The platform is also capable of exporting raw data or integrating with third-party systems.
“SafeGuard can be used to assess trends at the macro level, to generate custom reports or as a contribution to an organization’s regulatory compliance and reporting initiatives,” said Kiehl.
The attention to detail by the Sentinel team in this regard has been one of the things that attracted investment from angel investors to the IU Angel network, Whitney said. “Zach is a wonderful first-time founder with considerable experience in the Department of Defense space,” he said. “Our angel investors are going to be able to support his work with their go-to-market experience in specific verticals to rapidly deploy this technology.”