jeffhicksFounder: Jeff Hicks

Site:  FernLeaf Interactive

The Lowdown: Builds climate resilience software solutions

Awesomeness: Partnered with NOAA and other federal agencies to spearhead the resilience component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

FernLeaf Interactive designs software for analyzing and visualizing environmental data and how climate affects assets and physical properties. The SaaS products tech company partners with industry leaders to create value-added tools focused on climate-sensitive sectors like agriculture, water resource management, and human health, such as its newly-released ZikaZoneUSA map. As a spinoff of UNC Asheville’s NEMAC, FernLeaf Interactive taps into successful public sector R&D at The Collider to create scalable private sector solutions.

Citizen Times: Asheville Company Creates Online Map That Track Zika in U.S.