Meet the Founders: Cohort 5

Get to know the founders of the four great companies participating in Cohort 5 of the accelerator program.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
efactory (inside the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center)
405 N. Jefferson Avenue, Springfield, MO 65806


AgButler is a gig economy platform that serves as a solution to a rural labor shortage in America. The app provides on-demand jobs giving farmers and ranchers access to a high-quality labor force while boosting rural economies. Similar to “ride sharing” technology, AgButler allows farmers, ranchers and/or agribusinesses to connect with available laborers filtered by location, ratings, work experience and availability, all done within a secure payment structure organized in the app.

AgButler is available for download through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Connect with AgButler & founder Kevin Johansen

MiddleCoast Solutions

MiddleCoast Solutions’ goal is to design, produce and distribute web-based applications for correctional environments, with a specific focus on public safety. Owners Nic and Ali Lamphear, as well as their perpetual employee of the month Dusty Klinger, have over 40 years of experience in software design and development. What really sets this company apart is that all three team members also have backgrounds in law enforcement. This makes MiddleCoast Solutions uniquely positioned to tackle corrections and public safety issues using modern technology.

Get in touch with the MiddleCoast Solutions team and connect with founders Ali Lamphear and Nic Lamphear.

Tipper Mobile

Tipper Mobile aims to liberate content monetization on social media. Many content creators have a large enough following to earn money via Tipper, but not enough to monetize through traditional social media sponsorships and partnerships. Tipper allows users to support their favorite creators. 

Connect with founder Jahbarie Jefferson


Vendux is a matchmaker placing seasoned sales executives from the nation’s largest, pre-vetted community into companies facing growth challenges and having a sales leadership void. We disrupt by offering start-ups, scale-ups, and SMB’s an alternative to the measures traditionally taken to address challenges in sales: executive recruiting, training, consulting. If finding a skilled, experienced sales leader is a top priority, it is the ideal time to contract an interim executive: They are available within a few days, they have extensive experience in building and growing sales teams, and they can be fractional or part-time, and you only pay for what you need.

Connect with founder Henning Schwinum