This week, with the largest gathering of angel investors from around the world present, the Angel Capital Association (ACA), recognized at its 2014 Summit two extraordinary examples fueling entrepreneurship and the economy. On March 27, ACA named multi-talented angel investor Jean Hammond the 2014 winner of the Hans Severiens Award and standout startup EyeVerify of Kansas City, KS, the 2014 winner of the Luis Villalobos Award for innovation.
"These two award winners are stellar,” said ACA Executive Director Marianne Hudson. “Jean Hammond has been one of the most active angels in New England for many years and has had a huge impact on startups and the angel community. She shares her time and expertise very unselfishly.
"EyeVerify and CEO Toby Rush truly represent ingenuity and innovation with their ‘Eyeprint Verification’ technology. They have won international claim and are becoming a force with global businesses and their customers,” said Hudson.
EyeVerify won from among three finalists. Other Luis Villalobos finalists include 7AC Technologies of Beverly, M\A., and Localytics of Boston.
- Funded by Mid America Angels, Nebraska Angels, Think Big Ventures and other investors, EyeVerify is reimagining password security with software that uses a mobile phone to photograph blood vessels found in the whites of an individual's eye and uses this image as a security key instead of a password.
"As the world moves more digital we have to have a way to provide a confidence that the people we interact with are who they say they are," said Toby Rush, EyeVerify CEO. "If we don't have that trust, the digital world itself is limited. I could give you my password right now and you could log in, but you're not me. Biometrics are the only thing that guarantee you are me."
- EyeVerify has raised $3.8 million since January 2012 and is close to securing another round of funding with strategic partners.
"Any time you are honored and recognized for a lot of the hard day-to-day work, it's a great feeling and recognition for the team and the progress made," Rush said about winning this award.