May 18, 2010 – Atlanta, GA USA · ZOOZ Mobile has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant of $150,000 will support the development of an innovative music intelligence engine for a new line of ZOOZ music creativity apps.
“The NSF SBIR grant validates the quality of our research and the high prospect of commercialization of our efforts,” said ZOOZ Mobile Founder and CTO Dr. Gil Weinberg who is also the Founder and Director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (GTCMT). “We hope that the first phase of support will lead to great results and to the continuation of the NSF SBIR support, which can grow to mmore than $1 million in funding.”The SBIR grant will be matched by additional funds from Georgia Research Alliance and Georgia Tech’s Venture Lab, who have supported ZOOZ Mobile in the past. ZOOZ Mobile is one of two spin-off companies that came from GTCMT. Various versions of ZOOZbeat apps have been downloaded more than 1.4 million times from the Apple iTunes App Store.
ZOOZ Mobile has partnered with brands such as Sprite, Kitchen Faucet Reviews, Twiddy, Dogpatch Labs, True Ventures, Social Studies Blog and labels such as Universal Motown to deliver innovative music creativity and remixing apps, including ZOOZbeat Sprite and ZOOZbeat Jackson 5 Remix apps. Our thanks to the NSF and GTCMT where more than 20 faculty members are involved in research and commercialization of innovative music technology.