ABLE PLANET Recognized as Colorado Company to Watch

Able Planet named one of fifty Colorado Companies to Watch, Class of 2013

WHEAT RIDGE, CO (June, 2013)
Able Planet Incorporated announces that it has been recognized as one of the 2013 Colorado Companies to Watch. Colorado Companies to Watch honors companies that develop innovative products and valuable services while creating quality jobs and enriching the community.

Able Planet was founded on state-of-the-art hearing technologies that remove barriers to active lifestyles created by varying levels of hearing abilities. New inventions and the migration of technologies from unrelated industries has led to the development of a wide portfolio of proprietary audio, communications and hearing loss technologies, including technology delivery and positioning systems that enhance sound quality, clarity and speech intelligibility For People With All Levels of Hearing®. These technologies preserve hearing for people with normal hearing and connect people with hearing loss to the world of sound. And, co-development partnerships with world leading technology companies have led to the fusion of intellectual property and the creation of Next Generation devices that enhance the listening experience, enable communications in severe noise environments and help people with hearing loss, even the deaf, to hear. The company was founded to create an Able Planet.

“Able Planet is honored to receive the Colorado Companies to Watch Award for 2013,” said Kevin Semcken, CEO of Able Planet. “This acknowledgement is made possible by the hard work and long hours of a growing number of Able Planet employees who bring innovative ideas, creative approaches and a spirit that will not surrender to today’s economic challenges. Our patented portfolios of audio and communication technologies provide a foundation for success, but people succeed, not products. Together, Colorado and Able Planet will change the world.”

Able Planet manufactures and markets audio and communication products that provide unsurpassed sound quality, clarity and speech intelligibility For People with All Levels of Hearing®. These award-winning products are differentiated by patented technologies that enable the listener to Hear the Difference®. Quality manufacturing and superior performance have made Able Planet a world leader in active noise cancellation headphones and personal sound amplification products. In 2012, Able Planet Incorporated and Bayer MaterialScience began designing next-generation audio, communication and hearing health devices that fuse Able Planet’s award-winning proprietary technologies with Bayer’s ViviTouch® electroactive polymer (EAP) technology. Coming soon, the world will be amazed by LINX® FUSION, a portfolio of multisensory headphones that will set new standards of performance for active noise cancellation, stereo, wireless, cellular/telecom, gaming, and DJ headphones.

“Colorado Companies to Watch is pleased to recognize Able Planet as a 2013 Award Winner. Able Planet’s unique technology, capacity for growth and dedication to consumers with and without disabilities, make this a company worth watching. Companies like Able Planet are the key drivers to Colorado’s innovation”, said Sam Bailey, Program Director, Colorado Companies to Watch.

Colorado Companies to Watch is different from other award programs as it focuses on the entire state, and not specific industries as it provides an opportunity to paint a realistic picture of the true statewide economy. Applicants are evaluated on more than growth as it widens the playing field to companies not often recognized for the critical differences they make in their industries communities, region or state. Each year, the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade works with a judging panel comprised of leaders in public and private sectors spanning business, government, education and associations from across the state. Companies that make the cut must be privately held, based in Colorado, employ six to 99 full-time equivalent employees and have $750,000 to $50 million in sales or a similar range of working capital. And, perhaps most importantly, they must be grappling with growth, not struggling for survival.

About Able Planet
Expert in Audiology and Speech Language Sciences, Able Planet was founded on a hearing technology that enables people with profound hearing loss to distinguish hard to hear sounds, many of whom have reported to be able to hear new sounds for the first time in their lives. Over the past 7 years, the company has become a leader in audio and communication devices through the development of products and technologies that not only address hearing impairments, but are also preferred by experts in consumer audio. Today, Able Planet designs and manufactures products that enhance sound quality, clarity and speech intelligibility for all people. And, while the company continues to focus developments on products that connect people with hearing loss to the world of sound, it is equally as motivated by technologies that help preserve hearing for those with normal hearing. All Able Planet products are based on proprietary Hear the Difference® technologies.

About Colorado Companies to Watch
Colorado Companies to Watch is a unique state-wide awards program that recognizes growing companies that fuel the economic fire of the state. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade launched the program in 2009 in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation and valuable community partners from across Colorado.

CONTACT: Michael Zucconi, Able Planet, mzucconi@ableplanet.com