We got our start when we were awarded grants from NC IDEA in December 2013, and from Innovation Fund North Carolina in May 2014. RE-vibe was launched in the marketplace in late 2015.
Our mission is to leverage technology to empower people with additional opportunities in education and work. We do this by providing safe, alternative options to support those struggling with focus, concentration, and on-task behavior. By supporting our customers’ needs for independence, our hope is to instill confidence, improve self-esteem, and ultimately improve the lives of our users using technology.
Our company was founded on the belief that everyone deserves equal access to education and vocational opportunity. Our aim is to “level the playing field”, regardless of one’s background, diagnosis, special needs, or any other potential challenge. Because of this belief, we work to ensure that our products are top quality, research-based, and are making a positive impact in our customers’ lives. We want our customers to feel supported throughout the process of using our products, so we maintain diligent communication to understand their needs and feedback. We pride ourselves on having a people-centric company culture, with strong attention to detail, sound ethics driving our decisions, and an aim towards continuous improvement.
Rich founded FokusLabs to create specialized tools to help kids overcome their difficulties. He has spent the majority of his career working as a school psychologist specializing in autism spectrum disorders, serving on several school district autism evaluation teams. Rich is truly passionate about helping children with various difficulties overcome obstacles to attain success. He has personally evaluated hundreds of children with various developmental needs, and provided consultation and insight for over one thousand cases. He formed FokusLabs in 2013 to share information and create technology to better support children and their families. You can reach him at Rich [at] FokusLabs.com
Dr. Johnson has worked with FokusLabs for sometime now, and was finally brought on-board as CSO in 2017. He brings more than 40 years of experience in education and interventions for students with SR difficulties. Dr. Johnson earned his EdD in Special Education: Program Evaluation & Behavior Disorders and received postdoctoral training in Education Technology. He can be reached at Lew [at] FokusLabs.com
Gwen joined FokusLabs in 2015 to help keep day to day operations running smoothly. As an Industrial Engineer, Gwen brings a very unique set of skills to FokusLabs that include manufacturing design, quality, application and efficiency. She works hard each day to ensure that the RE-vibe™ is brought to market quickly and manufactured on-time, as well as built to our strict standards for health, wellness and safety. Her passion for helping to make a difference for others was welcome addition here at FokusLabs. Drop her a line at Gwen [at] FokusLabs.com
Lara joined FokusLabs in 2016 to help get the word out about RE-vibe. She directs the marketing strategy, which includes managing the website, advertising, social media and pretty much all things related to PR, branding, and communications. She enjoys putting her creative vision into promoting a product that is making a positive impact in the lives of customers. Give her a shout at Lara [at] FokusLabs.com.
Chris joined FokusLabs in 2017 to help lead new innovations through technology. As a seasoned software architect, programmer and entrepreneur, Chris' background in computer science, business and software development will ensure FokusLabs stays at the forefront of cutting-edge wearable technology. Like his teammates, Chris has a passion for helping others through technology, as well as interests in innovation and environmental sustainability.
Leigh Ann joined the team in late 2016, to help FokusLabs meet the growing demand for RE-vibe. Originally from Long Island, she is happy to be getting settled in her new home near FokusLabs headquarters in Wake Forest, NC. When she is not paying close attention to the details of fulfillment, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.
Allen is an electrical engineer with a background in test and measurement. A graduate of NC State University, Allen enjoys learning, movies and the beach. He joined the team in 2016.
Davide joined the team in 2017 to help out in Quality Control. He enjoys reading and learning online. He also takes care of his 5 dogs.
David joined FokusLabs in 2017 to help out with quality control. He enjoys making use of his highly sensitive nature to ensure that the RE-vibes are all vibrating at the proper level. While not at work, he likes to read and do photography.
Jon-Erik graduated from Wake Tech Community College with a degree in office administrations. He joined Team RE-vibe in 2017. He is American, but was born in Japan and spent part of his childhood in Kuwait.
Madeline attended the graduate program at UNC's information science department; before, she studied philosophy and history at the same university, and that background prepared her to think about UX in terms of human values, like those FokusLabs embodies. In her spare time, she creates art and goes to museums. Madeline also loves some good chocolate cheesecake.
We are currently located inside the North Carolina Wireless Research Center in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
3331 Heritage Trade Dr. Suite 101
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Email: Support at FokusLabs.com
FokusLabs is Proud to be the only North Carolina company to have won grants from both the prestigious organizations of NC IDEA and Innovation Fund NC! See below for details...
It's official! NC IDEA announced FokusLabs as one of five winners in the fall cycle of the prestigious NC IDEA Grant. FokusLabs competed against 117 North Carolina-based startup companies to win a no-strings-attached grant of up to $50,000. We are very appreciative of this amazing opportunity!
FokusLabs is also a proud recipient of the Innovation Fund NC Grant! After a fierce application and pitch process, FokusLabs was one of five North Carolina companies to receive a $25,000 Innovation Fund Award Grant.
About NC IDEA
NC IDEA, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, targets promising technology companies that need help bridging the gap between initial product development and venture capital funding. The organization helps young, innovative companies mainly by providing early financing in the form of grants. NC IDEA further supports its grant winning companies by leveraging the organization’ s solid partnerships and strategic alliances to assist companies through research phases, business challenges and growth goals. Learn more at www.ncidea.org.
About Innovation Fund NC
The statewide initiative, Innovation Fund North Carolina, is directed by Catawba Valley Community College engaging a deliberate network of higher education institutions, private and public incubators and accelerators, private investors, and private and public economic development organizations. Due to the six year leadership of only the third president in the college’s history, Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, Catawba Valley Community College was selected as one of only three community colleges nationally to participate in a demonstration project sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, called Innovation Fund America, whereby community colleges provide earliest seed-stage capital to entrepreneurial startup businesses. Catawba Valley Community College is highly entrepreneurial in fulfilling its dual mission of impacting education and economic development, so fostering entrepreneurship is part of its core DNA and campus culture.