Worker wearables startup Kenzen earns $1M capital injection from Fenaroli-led Overland Park investor

Worker wearables startup Kenzen earns $1M capital injection from Fenaroli-led Overland Park investor

From Startland News

Kansas City-worn Kenzen is rolling into 2021 with new funding and partnerships pushing the wearables startup into overdrive.

Heidi Lehmann, Kenzen

Heidi Lehmann, Kenzen

The company announced a $1 million injection of funding from Overland Park-based Examinetics — a portfolio company of New York-based Freedom 3 Capital — Wednesday.

“The Kenzen solution is gaining momentum. This alliance with Examinetics will broaden the team of safety experts who can work closely with clients to train teams and onboard employees to the technology before work heats up this summer,” explained Heidi Lehmann, co-founder and chief commercial officer of the smart personal protective equipment and Internet of Things company.

The injection brings Kenzen’s total backing to $10 million.

The company currently sits at No. 16 on the Kansas City Top VC-Backed Companies list — generated annually by Startland News’ independently-operated parent organization, Startland.

Beyond capital, Kenzen and Examinetics have agreed to a partnership in which the former will work to create introductions and partnerships for the startup, leveraging its network of existing clients, added Paul Fenaroli, Examinetics president and CEO.

Paul Fenaroli, Examinetics

Paul Fenaroli, Examinetics

“As a leader in the field, we have a responsibility to bring our clients new and emerging solutions that we believe advance their employee health and safety goals,” Fenaroli said. “With over 3,000 clients nationwide, we have the reach and access to health and safety executives in substantially every industrial sector.”

Kenzen headquartered much of its operations base in the metro upon its founding in 2016, setting its sights in part on accessible capital, Lehmann previously told Startland News.

Additionally Wednesday, Kenzen and North Kansas City-built Garney Construction announced a trial, which will put the company’s wearables to the test on 10 build sites nationwide.

The devices track and assess physiological indicators of each worker, including core body temperature, heart rate, and exertion level — potentially saving the lives of workers exposed to extreme weather, acting as a proactive prediction and prevention measure.

Kenzen safety tech

Kenzen safety tech

“We’re committed to continually evaluating new methods of protecting our employee-owners and incorporating the best solutions available,” said Ryan Smith, regional safety manager at Garney. “We’re looking to add more prevention approaches to our systems, which now include education and training, hydration, monitoring atmospheric and ambient heat, and cooling stations.”

While Kenzen works to collect sizable amounts of data, privacy and protection remain a driver for the company, Lehmann added.

“Garney is on the leading edge of bringing technology into the safety equation. Because Garney is owned by its employees, all were involved in the decision and all are interested in advancing their business through increased safety and productivity.”

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EXAMINETICS ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN KENZEN

EXAMINETICS ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN KENZEN

Smart PPE to help clients stay safe and avoid workplace injury

OVERLAND PARK, KS, January 19, 2021 – Examinetics, the nation’s leading provider of workplace safety compliance services, today announced a strategic investment in Kenzen, innovator of a wearable device to reduce workplace injuries by providing continuous temperature monitoring of workers. Examinetics is a portfolio company of Freedom 3 Capital.

Examinetics President and CEO Paul Fenaroli stated: “Examinetics is committed to working with our clients to keep America’s workers safe, healthy and productive. As the nation’s leading provider of occupational health solutions, we see wearable technologies as the next phase of protection for employees.  has developed and tested an elegant solution for real-time employee safety through the detection of heat stresses to the body. This is the first of what we expect will be several investments in the wearable technologies space in the upcoming years.”

In addition to the investment, the companies have entered into a marketing agreement under which Examinetics will introduce Kenzen technologies to its clients. “As a leader in the field, we have a responsibility to bring our clients new and emerging solutions that we believe advance their employee health and safety goals. With over 3,000 clients nationwide, we have the reach and access to health and safety executives in substantially every industrial sector,” said Fenaroli.

Kenzen Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer Heidi Lehmann added: “The Kenzen solution is gaining momentum. This alliance with Examinetics will broaden the team of safety experts who can work closely with clients to train teams and onboard employees to the technology before work heats up this summer.”

As climates get more extreme, heat stresses to workers – which can lead to serious injury – are on the rise. Heat affects the worker’s health and productivity and a company’s safety and financial results. Safety professionals increasingly want real data to predict and prevent heat issues, while protecting workers’ personal health privacy; the Kenzen solution is designed to provide both.

About Examinetics

Examinetics is the nation’s leading provider of occupational health solutions through mobile, onsite, and technology platforms. Our comprehensive suite of occupational health services delivers strategic value to more than 3,000 clients in over 15,000 locations annually. Leading companies partner with Examinetics to achieve regulatory compliance, minimize productivity loss, and acquire vital data required for optimal health outcomes. We call this “Insight x Onsite.”

About Freedom 3 Capital

Freedom 3 Capital (F3C) is a private investment firm, providing capital to non-sponsored middle market companies. Headquartered in New York City, F3C opened its Kansas City office in 2019 to better serve Midwestern-based family and entrepreneur owned businesses needing capital investment for strategic acquisitions, expansion or to refinance existing capital structures. For more information visit www.freedom3.com.

About Kenzen

Founded in 2016, Kenzen is the premier physiological monitoring platform to keep industrial workforces safe from heat, over exertion and illness on the job. For more information about heat stress and how to integrate the system into a safety plan, visit Kenzen.com.

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Garney trials new Kenzen smart device to protect workers from heat stress

Garney trials new Kenzen smart device to protect workers from heat stress

From garney.com

Garney, a firm focused singularly on water and wastewater construction, is interested in keeping its employee-owners as safe as possible on the job. Recently, the company added a new element to its already robust safety programs by testing new wearable technology smart devices.

The devices, worn on the arms of 28 Garney workers at 10 worksites throughout the U.S., are manufactured by Kenzen. They monitor key physiological indicators of each worker, including core body temperature, heart rate, and exertion level. Detecting changes in these factors can lead to proactive prediction and prevention of heat injuries and illnesses, including fatalities.

“We’re committed to continually evaluating new methods of protecting our employee-owners and incorporating the best solutions available,” said Ryan Smith, regional safety manager at Garney who coordinated the proof-of-concept project with the company’s environmental health and safety (EHS) leaders and regional project supervisors. “We’re looking to add more prevention approaches to our systems, which now include education and training, hydration, monitoring atmospheric and ambient heat, and cooling stations.”

Data from the wearable sensors provide alerts to workers by sending vibrations to the device and notifications to their smartphones, and to supervisors via their phones and a web dashboard that provides real-time heat health status of all team members. Alerts escalate from an initial “stop work” message to rest and hydrate, to subsequent alerts for additional measures to avoid emergency situations. Follow-up alerts indicate when a person’s core body temperature has returned to a safe level for resuming work.

Cumulative data can be analyzed by EHS leaders at the company to detect patterns and customize heat stress prevention and treatment strategies at various locations – from the dry heat of Arizona to the extreme heat of the Texas sun, to the hot humidity of Florida, and heat conditions at Colorado altitudes. Garney used the location-specific information to adjust break times and educate employee-owners on steps they can take to protect themselves, such as how to acclimatize to warm working conditions when coming onto a worksite, and best clothing choices.

Although Kenzen collects large amounts of physiological data from each worker, varying levels of information are provided to different viewers to protect workers’ rights, especially with regard to the privacy of their personal health information.

“Garney is on the leading edge of bringing technology into the safety equation,” said Heidi Lehmann, co-founder of Kenzen. “Because Garney is owned by its employees, all were involved in the decision and all are interested in advancing their business through increased safety and productivity.”

About Kenzen

Founded in 2014, Kenzen is the premier physiological monitoring platform to keep workforces safe from heat, fatigue, and overexertion on the job. For more information about heat stress and how to integrate the system into your safety plan, visit Kenzen.com.

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