News and History


May 2013
Flip-Pal team participates in OEDIT Trade Mission to Nordic countries 

December 2012
Flip-Pal Cares assists Hurricane Sandy photo project

September 2012
Couragent, Inc., announces sponsorship in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

August 2012
Couragent Set to Raise Growth Capital With Nation’s First Legal Investment Crowdfunding Deal

June 2012
Couragent, Inc. named one of 50 Colorado Companies to Watch

October 2011
EDN (Engineering Design News) "Turning Layoff Lemons into Startup Lemonade "

October 2011
Northern Colorado Business Report "5 Feet from Gold" article  (pdf)
NCBR online

October 2011
Money magazine "Second Act" article

September 2011
"The Art of Living with Marilu Henner” to feature the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner

April 2011
Couragent launches Flip-Pal mobile scanner with Creative Suite - Craft Edition DVD in Celebration of National Scrapbook Day

January 2011
Flip-Pal™ EasyStitch Software Is Now Available For Mac Computers

July 2010 CHA Summer 2010
Overall Best Innovation Award

April 2010
Today scrapbooks, tomorrow the world 
Kristen Tatti  Northern Colorado Business Report  April 9, 2010

January 2010
Featured in the January edition of Colorado Biz magazine.

November 2009
The mobile scanner was awarded the Consumer Product of the Year award from the Colorado Inventor Showcase on November 2, 2009 in recognition of exceptional ingenuity, creative genius, and product development skills. The winners were chosen by a cast of over sixty celebrity judges representing the media, venture capital, high profile business, and academia. Entries were evaluated based on their innovation, novelty, and value to society.


History

Established in January 2010 and based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Couragent, Inc. is a highly innovative, customer-focused product development and Go-to-Market enterprise that delivers patented solutions to common problems with electronic equipment that is simple to use and offers a unique combination of benefits. 

The core team began focused development of the mission, vision, strategy and foundational values in April 2009.  Intellectual property, core market research, and technical feasibility were researched during May to June 2009.  Substantive negotiations with the Supplier were initiated in August 2009.  The first provisional patent was issued in October 2009.  Multi-city customer focus group research were completed in February of 2010.  The prototype mobile scanner was awarded the Consumer Product of the Year at the Colorado Inventors Showcase on November 3, 2009.  An exclusive licensing agreement has been reached for the Supplier's two US patents.  An additional patent has been published by the International Searching Authority of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) with all 52 claims meeting the criteria for patentability. 

The Flip-Pal mobile scanner was introduced at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) trade show on July 24, 2009.  Flip-Pal was awarded the Innovation Product of the Year at that event.  It began shipping in October.  It won the Invention Award from Quid Novi in October 2010. 

Originally Rocky Mountain Ventures Company, the name was changed to Couragent, Inc. in December 2010 at the first annual shareholders meeting. The name represents both Cour•Agent (Agents of heart) and Courage•nt  (the first value - Courage)