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Canary Sound Design, maker of the CanaryBox, was one of three companies awarded a Launch LNK grant.

The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development has awarded grants to three startup companies.

Canary Sound Design, Sapahn and BasicBlock all received $25,000 LaunchLNK grants, which are designed to help startups grow and thrive in Lincoln.

In addition to the grant money, the companies also receive free services from accounting firm HBE, law firms Cline Williams and Suiter Swantz and services from Eakes Office Plus, as well as connections to mentors and potential corporate partners.

“We are thrilled to help these founders take their companies to the next level, while also continuing to build and support our local startup community,” Christina Oldfather, director of innovation and entrepreneurship with LPED and the LaunchLNK program, said in a news release.

Canary Sound Design, which was founded by doctors in Lincoln and Missoula, Montana, plans to use its grant money to establish its corporate office in Lincoln. The company offers a product called CanaryBox, which links to patient monitoring devices and automatically lowers volume or mutes music if those vitals move outside a preset level.

Sapahn sells sustainably sourced leather goods and textiles made by artisans in Thailand. Founder Brooke Mullen, who is a Lincoln native, has been living in Thailand for 10 years and plans to return to Lincoln.

Lincoln-based BasicBlock is a tech business that gives truck drivers the capability to digitize their workflow and automate part of the billing process through Blockchain technology.

Founder Taylor Monks announced on Facebook on Monday that the company has secured an investment from Jason Calacanis, a tech entrepreneur and angel investor whose investing successes include Uber and Tumblr.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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