Tampa startup creates innovative soundproofing curtain

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Monday, March 17, 2014

Residential Acoustics, LLC, has joined the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI), part of USF CONNECT at the University of South Florida (USF).

Founded in 2013 in Tampa, FL, Residential Acoustics designs and manufactures soundproofing curtains that block noise passing through windows and doors.

The company offers two patent-pending, custom-designed products called AcoustiCurtain™ and AcoustiDoor™. Their soundproof curtain technology combines sound absorption and reflection principles to minimize the sound that passes into working or living space, while still providing access to natural light. The company website (http://residential-acoustics.com/) allows visitors to customize each curtain by size, fabric type, color, and pattern.

“The problem started with high-traffic freeway running through my backyard keeping me, and all of my neighbors, up at night,” said Walker Peek, CEO and founder of Residential Acoustics. “We realized there were few alternatives available: double-pane windows for a couple grand or high-priced acoustic specialists with customized solutions. We decided to create a new product that would solve this issue for us and millions out there.”

Residential Acoustics is seeking to become the soundproofing provider of choice for Americans across the country who live in high-traffic, noise-polluted areas.

“At first, we had to turn down a number of international orders, due to shipping costs, but that is something we have resolved, and we are now shipping internationally each month,” said a company representative.

The company manufactures all of its products in Hillsborough County, Fla. It plans to employ several technicians in Tampa to expand its production this year. With the design of the first iteration complete, Residential Acoustics intends to release a new product line within the next several months.

“Working with USF CONNECT has been a great privilege thus far,” said Peek. “In just the first month, we’ve attended seminars for R&D and equity ownership of the company, as well as created some really meaningful relationships with our mentors that offer actionable advice each step of the way. This has allowed us critical sounding boards for new ideas, and the ability to network with leaders in the community.”

“The added visibility that USF CONNECT has provided has immediately paid off in higher revenue and increased traffic.”

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USF CONNECT focuses on the needs of Tampa Bay's technology and bio/life sciences entrepreneurs throughout the business life cycle, providing the facilities, partners and resources for successful business development. USF CONNECT offers access to technologies, workforce programs, technology commercialization, critical research equipment, and incubator facilities, adding value and delivering targeted, high level expertise to its member businesses. The Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI) is one vehicle through which USF CONNECT grows successful companies. TBTI supports technology research as a catalyst for economic development and advocates the creation and development of facilities for high-technology companies and related support functions.

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

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