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In an announcement Tuesday morning, Buena Vista-based DifferentKind, makers of an innovative technology solution to measure and improve patient outcomes in dental offices, announced that it had been awarded a $250,000 grant funding from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s (COEDIT) Advanced Industries Accelerator grant program.

“We’re incredibly proud to receive this grant. It will help us continue to grow as we seek to help dental professionals, patients, and dental insurers in improving oral health outcomes and experiences,” said DifferentKind CEO and Co-founder, Dr. Matt Allen.

“As a rural digital health company, we’re excited to continue showing that innovation can happen anywhere, especially with the incredible support of a local ecosystem like ours. We know we can be an exceptional creator of opportunity for Chaffee County and a model for our state’s small communities.”

DifferentKind simultaneously announced an additional $155,000 investment from a network of local angel investors in Chaffee County called ArkAngels; a group of investors led by Greater Colorado Venture Fund. The ArkAngels group, organized by the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation, invests in promising local companies to support year-round job creation and a more diversified economy that is less reliant on tourism.

CEO and Co-founder Dr. Matt Allen refers to the health tech startup as technology that “disrupts the dental experience.” DifferentKind helps dental professionals, patients, and insurers improve oral health outcomes and experiences via innovative software solutions and data insights. With its new funding, DifferentKind has announced that will immediately need to fill a local software engineer position.

The Central Mountain Entrepreneurs Early-Stage Capital and Retention grant supports businesses commercializing innovative and disruptive technologies that will be created or manufactured in Colorado. Grants help promote the growth and sustainability of advanced industries across the state by driving innovation and commercialization that move this vital part of the Colorado economy forward.

“Backing great, growing companies like DifferentKind with capital from local investors is central to our efforts to create a thriving year-round economy in Chaffee County,” said Chaffee County EDC executive director, Jake Rishavy. “We congratulate Matt and his team on these two significant new funding sources and commend our local investors for their support. We are eager to continue advocating for the local growth of DifferentKind and other promising startup companies.”

To learn more but DifferentKind go to DifferentKind.com.

Interested local companies seeking similar investment are encouraged to apply to the Central Mountain Ascent Accelerator program by visiting www.drivenbynature.co.