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Hagerstown Community College business incubator startup developing app for first responders

The new David W. Fletcher Incubator + Labs is located inside the Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Studies on the campus of Hagerstown Community College. (File photo)

A startup working out of Hagerstown Community College’s business incubator is developing a mobile application called Mindo to help first responders and veterans identify and address work-related post-traumatic stress and gain access to tools, local resources and support, thanks to a $17,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation.

The grant also will help cover a digital internship for students, giving them hands-on experience that will level students in gaining employable skills as application developers and digital marketers. The announcement was made during the Washington County Chamber’s legislative breakfast in Hagerstown.

Dionte Kemp and Jeff Kirby, owners of Mindo, describe the app as a personal comfort zone application offering a streamlined process for users to gain resources in mental health support and guided tools, such as breathing techniques and journaling.

The new David W. Fletcher Incubator + Labs is located inside the Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Studies on the campus of the college. The incubator and labs offer work space, business development and other support to local business owners, entrepreneurs and independent workers and to inspire the next generation of enterprising community leader.