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Dave Dworschak of Kamana Explains How to Build a Startup For Acquisition - Startup of the Year Podcast

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On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Dave Dworschak, the Co-founder and CEO of Kamana (, about their recent acquisition by Triage Staffing in 2020.

Kamana is an alumni of the Startup of the Year program and was an Established Ventures portfolio company. More specifically, Kamana is is customer-centric, feedback-driven software for the healthcare staffing industry and it enables the healthcare workforce to manage their credentials and careers from a single place, and staffing agencies to hire and collaborate with the workforce far more efficiently.

We also hear segments from some of our Established Team members. Our Co-CEO, Jen Consalvo, shares some words of advice for startup founders on how to tell their story. We also hear from Rich Maloy, our VP of Engagement with Established and part of Established Ventures, who has some tips for startup founders about how to communicate with investors in a segment called the “VC Minute.”

We’ve also recently been active on the Clubhouse app where we have created our new “Startup Community Club” for our community and we hope that you all will join or follow the “Startup Community Club.” You can find it at

We also invite all of our listeners to get involved with our program by visiting: This is the best way to get notified of the various startup opportunities that we come across while working with various partner organizations and in a number of ecosystems across the country. When you are part of the community you can join our new Startup Slack channel, where you can mix and mingle with our team and other entrepreneurs about various different topics.

For all of you startup founders out there, we want to let you all know that the Startup of the Year 2021 application is open. So if you are a startup looking for exposure and to become part of an amazing community make sure to apply at

We are also working with Powderkeg on their 2021 Unvalley event which will take place on May 19 - 20th. We are still in the planning stage, but you will be able to find more info in the near future at We think it is going to be a really good time with some pretty huge speakers and other activities. More info to come about the event in the future...

We also give a shout out to Finmark (another one of our portfolio companies). Finmark is financial planning software for startups for revenue forecasting, cash projections, and runway. Check out Finmark and sign up for a 30-day free trial at

Lastly, we want to continue to let our startup listeners know that the NASA iTech program is looking for for startups for their various pitch sessions and you can apply by visiting our link at: 

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Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource.

Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year.

The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.

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