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Don Ryan Center for Innovation in Bluffton graduates 3 companies

Three companies recently graduated from Don Ryan Center for Innovation in Bluffton and have launched businesses in the area.

A ceremony at the Don Ryan Center celebrated mobiPET, Page1 Media and Village Features. Each graduated from the new business accelerator program and are continuing to grow and expand their companies throughout the region.

Created in May 2012 as a collaborative effort between the town of Bluffton and Clemson University Institute for Economic and Community Development and CareCore National, the Don Ryan Center for Innovation provides entrepreneurs with the office space, resources and hands-on consulting support needed to launch a business today.

The three latest graduates:

- mobiPET ( brings real-time mobile networking to the search for a lost pet. Using a patented mobile image recognition technology, mobiPET offers an advanced mobile protection system for any pet. Co-founded in 2012 by Aram Kovach and David Ropes, mobiPET's corporate mission is to reunite as many lost pets with their owners as possible and to donate 15 percent of the company's annual revenues to nonprofit animal rescue and shelter organizations. mobiPET has been in test market in the Bluffton and Hilton Head Island area since October 2013, as well as The Villages community in Florida since June 2015. The company launched nationally on Aug. 26 with an announcement from its two partners, the American Humane Association and The Weather Channel.

- Village Features (, founded by Joshua Hale in 2012, has developed a collection of visualization services to help clients improve their marketing and increase sales. The company specializes in architectural 3-D renderings, 3-D Virtual tours and virtual walkthroughs, and its 3-D virtual reality service, Mirage VR.

- Page 1 Media ( is a full-service video marketing and production company helping businesses nationwide produce high-quality media content, as well as helping to promote growth through video SEO marketing strategy for clients. Founded by Brian Messman, Keanan Nelson and Todd Oomens, Page 1 Media seeks to help clients appear on the first page of Google, Yahoo or other Internet search sites. The company's services also include pre-production of video ideas, producing videos and creating YouTube channels as well as working with webmasters to promote businesses through social media and other sites.

For more information about the Don Ryan Center for Innovation and inquiries about becoming part of the program, visit