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Jan 13, 2022, at 7:18 AM
 
Georgia-Pacific’s 1915 Studios Continues Support of Startup Restroom Smart Tech Company Luys Systems
Startup Accelerator Program Recruits for Spring 2022 Cohort
 
NEENAH, WI – Georgia-Pacific’s 1915 Studios will continue its support of Luys (Loo-Ees) Systems, one of five companies that participated in its summer 2021 inaugural 1915 Studios startup accelerator program. Support includes engineering resources, commercialization support for future manufacturing, and help with initial tooling and unit production. 
 
Luys, which is Armenian for “light,” develops and manufactures smart building products. Its principal product is a Rest Room Occupant Indicator – a battery-powered, bathroom sensor for individual stalls or restrooms using an LED light (red or green) to signify if the area is vacant or occupied. In addition to providing this convenient occupancy status for restroom patrons who could be navigating crowded, high-traffic areas, such as stadiums, airports or office buildings, Luys’ patented system also includes sensors for facility managers to capture usage, servicing information and environmental trend data.
 
“1915 Studios equipped us with stronger positioning as a startup through its knowledge sharing from industry experts and engineering support,” said Daniel Castellano, CEO of Luys Systems. “The chance to continue this relationship with additional commercialization support from Georgia-Pacific is critically important as we aim for further traction of our product with new customers.”
 
1915 Studios is a partnership between startup accelerator gener8tor and Georgia-Pacific. The partnership was announced in early 2021 and is a pre-accelerator for early-stage companies. The program provides individualized coaching and access to gener8tor’s national network of mentors, potential customers, corporate partners, and investors. 1915 Studios operates from space in Georgia-Pacific’s Consumer Products Research and Development Center in Neenah, Wisconsin, a facility of more than 250 scientists, engineers and technicians.
 
“Georgia-Pacific’s 1915 Studios is focused on supporting startups that drive transformative innovation and anticipate evolving customer needs,” said Darin Driessen, director of R&D Open Innovation at Georgia-Pacific and managing director of 1915 Studios. “Our goal is to help bring the fresh perspectives and knowledge of these startups to market so together we can create solutions that help improve people’s lives.”
 
The second 1915 Studios cohort is planned for early 2022 and will focus on companies in the food technology space that are primarily centered on meal and food preparation, food storage and food waste prevention. Companies interested in learning more about joining this cohort are encouraged to visithttps://www.gbetastartups.com/1915-studios.
 
Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, cellulose, specialty fibers, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands includeQuilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle® and Vanity Fair®. Its Georgia-Pacific Recycling subsidiary is among the world’s largest traders of paper, metal and plastics. The company operates more than 150 facilities and employs more than 30,000 people directly and creates approximately 89,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: gp.com/about-us. For news, visit: gp.com/news

About Luys Systems
Luys develops and manufactures smart building products, starting with LED lights to indicate public restroom stall occupancy. In addition to providing this occupancy status for restroom patrons, Luys’ patented system also includes sensors for facility managers to capture usage, servicing and environmental data.
 
For more information:
Chris Brennan
Georgia -Pacific
920-438-2242

Monday July 26, 2021

gener8tor and Georgia-Pacific Announce Five Companies Selected for Startup Accelerator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT Monday, July 26 Shakkiah Curtis

gener8tor 224-558-5859 shakkiah@gener8tor.com

Chris Brennan, Georgia -Pacific 920-438-2242 christopher.brennan@gapac.com

gener8tor and Georgia-Pacific Announce Five Companies Selected for Startup Accelerator  NEENAH, WI – Georgia-Pacific and nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor have named the five companies selected for its inaugural 1915 Studios program.

Altitude Medical, Roving Blue, Luys Systems, RingCo and Saneex set themselves apart through a competitive application and interview process to take part in the summer cohort. The startups were recruited from all over the country, including Cleveland, Ohio, Indianapolis, Ind., Miami, Fla., Silicon Valley and Lena, Wi. Each company focuses on hygiene, Internet of Things (IoT) and sensing tech. More information on the companies can be found below.

1915 Studios is a free accelerator for early-stage technology startups following the model of gener8tor’s gBETA program, which operates 20-plus other programs across the country. The gBETA program provides participants with intensive and individualized coaching and access to gener8tor’s national network of mentors, potential customers, corporate partners, and investors.

1915 Studios’ 12-week program is designed to help startups prototype and build their products, gain early customer traction on their product or idea, and establish metrics that make them competitive applicants for full-time accelerators or seed investment.

The companies also have access to and support from Georgia-Pacific’s Neenah Technical Center (NTC), a research and development facility of more than 250 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support staff who, together, offer centuries of papermaking, product development and testing expertise. 1915 Studios is made possible by Georgia-Pacific.

“The innovation and entrepreneurship shown by these great founders is what we were looking for when kicking off the 1915 Studios program” said Darin Driessen, open innovation director, Georgia-Pacific and managing director, 1915 Studios. “With the support from our research and development capabilities and gener8tor, we look forward to seeing how far the startups can advance their businesses.”

The program kicked off June 21 and will culminate on August 31 at the 1915 Studios “Pitch Night,” which will highlight each of the five companies. This event will be an opportunity for the public to listen and learn more about the startups and network with the founders and other community members. For more information and to RSVP, visit gbetastartups.com/1915-studios/pitch-night.

1915 Studios is held twice per year, with five companies accepted per cohort to ensure a high level of individualized attention. Those interested in learning more can reach out to 1915 Studios Director Shakkiah Curtis at shakkiah@gener8tor.com or visit gbetastartups.com/1915-studios.About Georgia-Pacific Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, cellulose, specialty fibers, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle® and Vanity Fair®. Its Georgia-Pacific Recycling subsidiary is among the world’s largest traders of paper, metal and plastics. The company operates more than 150 facilities and employs more than 30,000 people directly and creates approximately 89,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: gp.com/about-us. For news, visit: gp.com/news