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2017 Boston Diamond Winner

We are transforming the livestock management industry by using technology to remove fencing and labor from farms. Our proprietary hardware and software solution significantly increase the efficiency and productivity of livestock farms. To maximize the value of a livestock farm, farmers need to optimize grass growth as well as animal headcount per acre. For millennia farmers have done this using a combination of fencing and manual labor. We enhance our customers profits and quality of life.

2017 Boston Diamond Winner

At the end of retina surgery, a gas bubble is injected into the eye to tamponade (or affix) the retina in place. To keep the gas bubble (which floats) directed against the back of the eye, patients are required to lay face-down for 1 week or more and cannot see through the gas bubble nor fly until it dissipates. We are developing a optically clear, biodegradable polymer that will remove these lifestyle burdens from patients, as well as improve surgical outcomes and reduce reoperation rates.

2017 Boston Diamond Winner

Off Grid Box is a modular and compact unit that provides renewable energy and treated water in remote areas. We saw that one unit, managed by a local women co-op in a Rwandese village, impacts 1500 people providing Tier 1 electricity and sterilized water with a 20c$/d per family on a Pay-As-You-Go basis (half the current rate).
In less than 2 years, we sold 28 units in 8 Countries to individuals and NGOs.
Add-ons are desalination, wind, and connectivity.

2017 Boston Diamond Winner

For working parents seeking infant childcare, CozyKin is their #1 choice for trusted, personal and developmental care. We match new families based on care needs and location, seamlessly place an incredible CozyKin nanny and nurture the children from both families in one of their homes. Our Montessori development is backed by modern tools, 24/7 customer support and our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Unlike daycares, we provide superior quality of care, shorter commutes and vastly better value.

Gold Winners
2017 Boston Gold Winner

Y2Y is building a network of student run homeless shelters for young adults ages 18-24. Young adults are uniquely vulnerable on the streets due to high rates of LGBTQ identity and experience in foster care. Y2Y provides sanctuary to move guests quickly off the streets, surrounding them with resources to facilitate their pathways out of homelessness. Y2Y provides opportunities for guests and volunteers to become the next generation’s leading advocates for youth-driven solutions to homelessness.

2017 Boston Gold Winner

Nonspec delivers affordable, adjustable prosthetic limb kits to clinics worldwide. We mass produce easily customizable prostheses that can fit any amputation site. Our initial focus is applying our patented core technology to below knee amputees. Our lightweight device allows the same components to be fit to an 8 and an 18 year old and expand as needed to compensate for patient growth, while maintaining comfort. The device can be fit and adjusted with minimal training and equipment.

2017 Boston Gold Winner

We make low cost, networked radiation detectors for federal and local security departments for detecting nuclear materials to better protect our borders and cities from nuclear threats.

This solution requires a small, low power, cheap, and highly sensitive radiation detector.
We have developed a new method using electronic properties of carbon nanomaterials that can dramatically reduce the size of radiation detectors, increase their performances, lower costs, and enhance portability. 

2017 Boston Gold Winner

Athletes of Valor was inspired by our CEO/founder's difficulty re-adjusting to civilian life, and realization that sports provide the support structure and camaraderie that veterans need when returning home. We are changing the trajectory of veteran's academic lives and careers by presenting unknown opportunities in college sports. The platform is free for service members with hopes to increase veterans' retention/engagement on campus and improve employment outcomes.

2017 Boston Gold Winner

There is a crisis in medical imaging. Current MRI contrast agents (GBCAs) contain toxic gadolinium. GBCAs cause brain deposition of gadolinium in all patients, and pose devastating risks to renally impaired patients. Each year over 4 million very sick patients worldwide must be denied crucial diagnostic imaging, and over 30 million patients are put at risk.
Reveal solves this >$1B problem with a biocompatible gadolinium-free contrast agent that is a safe, direct substitute for GBCAs.

2017 Boston Gold Winner

W8X helps athletes get the most out of their workout. Inspired by robotics, we developed a training system that automatically changes resistance to adapt to a user's needs. The system has the size of a shoebox but provides safer and more effective training than traditional equipment. Controlled through an app, the system tracks metrics and provides valuable feedback. We work with leading coaches and professional athletes to reinvent strength training for the gym and for the home.
*fundraising

2017 Boston Gold Winner

We create functional, line management garments for patients with implanted intravenous lines.
Implanted intravenous lines leave patients at risk for many complications such as infection, dislodgement, and skin breakdown. Managing the lines leads to stress, discomfort, and unnecessary costs for patients, caregivers, hospitals and payers.
Our garments decrease line dislodgement, lower per patient costs, and improve safety and quality of life for patients with implanted lines.

2017 Boston Gold Winner

Recent clinical studies proved that consistently introducing food allergens to infants before 6 months old prevents allergies by over 80% (*LEAP, EAT). The trouble is that parents find it scary, inconvenient, and stressful to introduce a range allergens regularly to their infants. We have created a convenient set of organic fruit puree pouches that contain the same amounts of allergens as the breakthrough studies, making it easy and stress-free for parents to prevent allergies.

2017 Boston Gold Winner

Voatz enables citizens to vote in all kinds of elections or voting events via a smartphone. Past attempts at internet based voting have failed or not gone mainstream due to fundamental concerns around security, auditability and voter anonymity. With Voatz, using biometrics for security and the Blockchain for irrefutability, we are able to tackle all these challenges and significantly streamline the process of voting and identity verification.

2017 Boston Gold Winner

According to the Word Health Organization up to 50% of medications worldwide are substandard or counterfeit. Veripad has created an affordable and portable solution that allows for rapid screening of medication quality. A user would simply place the medication in question onto our chemically pre-treated paper then place the paper in some water. The water then mixes the reagents with the medication to create a unique color pattern which our mobile app interprets.

2017 Boston Gold Winner

Miracle Messages helps homeless people record short video messages to their loved ones, and delivers them via social media as a step toward reuniting families. It’s deceptively simple, and it works. To date, our mobile and web apps have reunited 42 people, 14 of whom are now in stable housing. We just received a $200K grant to implement MM at a systems level in SF, and many other cities have reached out after learning about our impact from 350+ articles. Our goal is to reunite 1M people by 2021.

2017 Boston Gold Winner

Adolescent girls globally face many health-related challenges, including inadequate nutrition and anemia, menstruation-related taboos, mental illness, gender-based violence, and teen pregnancy. Adolescence is a critical point of intervention to prevent poor health outcomes later, as these girls are on the cusp of womanhood. Girls Health Champions aims to train adolescent girls in these critical topics and cultivate peer educators who will become health leaders in their schools and communities.

Silver Winners
2017 Boston Silver Winner

47% of all dogs over the age of 10 will die from cancer. With current treatment options expensive and potentially leading to negative side effects, VetiVax is a novel, personalized immunotherapy that uses the animals’ own tumor cells to fight the cancer.

Using a surgically excised portion of tumor tissue, we create a series of treatments that are given back to the animal to help stimulate their immune system to fight cancer, safely and inexpensively.

2017 Boston Silver Winner

Skillist is building a better job platform for America's skilled workforce. Our platform eliminates lengthy job descriptions and cover letters. Instead, Skillist focuses on the actual skills that candidates have and that companies want, leading to better outcomes for applicants and employers alike.

2017 Boston Silver Winner

There are 7.4 billion unique people in the world, but why are wearables like glasses, goggles, helmets one-size-fits-all? Skelmet is providing scalable mass customized wearable products and solutions, with proprietary A.I. Fit Intelligent Design System, combining state of the art 3D scanning with 3D printing to automatically measure, design, and produce bespoke products. With no inventory or footprint, and producing minimum waste, Skelmet is truly manufacturing at the scale of one.

2017 Boston Silver Winner

ReviveMed is a precision-medicine platform that leverages the data from small molecules or metabolites. ReviveMed technology, which was developed at MIT and published in Nature Methods, uniquely overcomes the difficulty of using a large set of metabolomic data, and transform these data into actionable insight. Currently, we selected a few strategic clients from leading pharma/biotech companies to provide them with drug de-risking, biomarker discovery and therapeutic solutions.

2017 Boston Silver Winner

Carriers (e.g., UPS, FedEx, USPS) run overlapping, redundant networks, driving the same streets & making many identical stops each day. This is driven by an outdated, static pricing model that can't price daily network conditions.

OnRout is an optimization platform for parcels. Routing individual parcels to the most efficient carrier for delivery; driving route consolidation, lowering costs for carriers & shippers, & taking trucks off the road.

2017 Boston Silver Winner

The average person spends fifty minutes a day on Facebook, the same amount of a time spent on a typical lunch break. But ironically, 45% of people report eating lunch alone, the highest rate in over fifty years. In this paradoxical state, we are so much more connected and alone at the same time. The solution is to connect with each other, honestly, authentically, face-to-face. We provide a social-networking service that helps users find new platonic relationships, face-to-face.

2017 Boston Silver Winner

Cadence is an enterprise event technology focused on helping businesses gather insights from their employees and customers while at events. Our team has been in enterprise SaaS solutions for over 15 years, specifically event-related technology. Ten months ago we set out to create the most modern, visual, accessible, and insightful event technology in the industry. Ten months later, we believe this to be true. We're looking for partners to help us bring Cadence to people's lives.

2017 Boston Silver Winner

People with physical disabilities have little to no access to mobile devices, and thus, a majority are either unable to independently participate in society or are prevented from utilizing integrated services such as transportation schedules, mobile banking, e-commerce, home automation, etc. Our development of an input device which easily allows users to access computers and mobile devices will not only help people live independently but also facilitate higher levels of education and employment.

2017 Boston Silver Winner

Built on a donation-based business model, our innovative and transformable products provide solutions for the immediate needs of displacement, while also being relevant in today’s consumer outerwear market. Our clothing is designed for on-the-go or high-risk situations; this includes wearable shelters, high-visibility jackets, among many others. ADIFF brings attention back to the original purpose of clothing, while creating aid and awareness for global displacement.

2017 Boston Silver Winner

UrSure Inc. aims to prevent HIV by driving adherence to the drug, PrEP. If taken daily, PrEP is 99% effective at preventing HIV infections in non-infected individuals. Nationwide, PrEP adherence is estimated between 20 and 50%, but UrSure Inc. has driven adherence to over 70% in its HIV prevention clinic in Philadelphia through its urine tests. UrSure’s urine tests are noninvasive and painless, cheaper, more accurate, and have a faster turnaround time than alternative PrEP tests.

Startups
2017 Boston Finalist

We want to keep people out of the hospital by preventing disease using vaccines and immunity enhancing therapeutics. Our patented delivery system is differentiated because it’s non-toxic, economical to make and easy to purify. We are seeking funding to complete a clinical trial for our lead influenza vaccine candidate and to test our technology in other diseases. There are many opportunities to apply our platform technology in infectious diseases, allergy and cancer.

2017 Boston Finalist

Today’s submit-and-sell model of traditional publishing keeps poets in the dark and readers at a distance. The system is costly and stressful for serious poets and prioritizes editors’ decisions, not diverse tastes and total talent. Trubadour restores the focus back to writing and places poets and readers in control. Our share-and-connect, mobile platform grows audiences by enabling personal networks built on quality poems—and by applying both human and algorithmic curation for poem discovery.

2017 Boston Finalist

I am a vascular surgeon and every day I see new patients suffering from, “I have a hole in my leg and it just won’t heal.” Leg wound treatment is prolonged and healing takes many months and tens or even hundreds of healthcare visits for dressing changes. Unfortunately, the appointments for wound dressing changes are often scheduled based on routine rather than objective data. SuraMedical is the only company building a wearable which will remotely monitor the status of these dressings.

2017 Boston Finalist

Biopharmaceutical companies developing T cell therapies can experience two pain points:
Cell therapies can demonstrate off-target toxicity, leading to potentially fatal patient side effects and cell therapies are not achieving optimal efficacy.
These issues are due to the lack of expertise in effective, structure based engineering of T cell therapies. With over 20 years experience and patented technology, Structured Immunity has the ability to address these two pain points.

2017 Boston Finalist

In Sleepbox we are creating a unique hotel technology and brand, that disrupts the hotel industry by unlocking new, unique locations and opportunities. Sleepbox is a compact modular hotel room, that can be installed everywhere, including airports, offices, and hospitals for an hourly or overnight stay. We created a turn-key solution that allows our partners to easily open a hotel anywhere people need it. We make privacy and rest truly accessible for travelers.

2017 Boston Finalist

Reia's first product is a fully redesigned pessary, a non-surgical device used to treat pelvic organ prolapse. Prolapse, a little known yet common condition, has been estimated to affect 50% of women over the age of 55 to varying degrees. While current pessaries are painful or impossible to insert and remove independently, Reia’s design enables today's women to manage their pessaries themselves, with comfort and confidence, so they can get support when they need it.

2017 Boston Finalist

TORI is a dental device that makes dental treatment faster, more comfortable and safer. Tested in 55+ patients, it shows up to a 10X time reduction in treatment times. It is tooth quadrant isolator that at the same time provides moisture control increasing efficiency.

2017 Boston Finalist

We revolutionize modern playground equipment's capacity for education, energy efficiency, and entertainment. Our products harness children's mechanical energy and convert it into electricity in the form of lights and sounds. This real time feedback reflects the amount of energy generated, creating an interactive and engaging atmosphere. We give children a chance to gain an intuitive sense of their relationship with energy, while increasing the playground's ability to entertain.

2017 Boston Finalist

Orai uses latest advancements in AI to give users instantaneous actionable insights. In basic terms, our cool team created an even cooler code that analyzes your voice, picks up on filler words like um, tells you if youarespeakingtoofast… or.too.slow and provides you a transcript of what you just said - which highlights your varying tone projection… or lack thereof.

Why? Because what you say matters.

2017 Boston Finalist

Our mission is to help military community (transitioning servicemembers, veterans, and military spouses) learn software development, enter the tech industry, and code the future! We do this through mentorship, scholarship programs, and community outreach near military bases. Past and present Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard service members, veterans and military spouses are welcome to apply to our programs.

2017 Boston Finalist

At NU-RISE we are improving breast and prostate cancer treatments by providing the first in-vivo and real-time dosimeter suitable for radiation therapy. Currently these treatments are performed without proper validation and monitoring tools. At NU-RISE we want to change this.

We developed an innovative device - the biggest advantage is the use of a disposable probe so thin that it goes inside the patient body allowing real-time treatment monitoring and real-time treatment correction.

2017 Boston Finalist

A biomedical technology company innovating implantable devices to…
…enhance bladder-control
…stop “nerve-pain” for amputees
…enhance the body’s own systems to repair nerve damage.

2017 Boston Finalist

myKidzDay, is a high impact, high growth and disruptive company, with over 30,000 active users and 160 paying daycares in 35 states. myKidzday is a mobile app to help daycare providers enhance parent communication & meet state regs for record keeping. It attracts millennial parents, boosts profits while reducing staff time & printing cost. Parents love secure real time updates, pictures, reminders to stay “Informed Included & Reassured”. Potential market is 832K centers serving 17 million kids

2017 Boston Finalist

We are a sports technology company that has developed a software platform called, MentalRep to revolutionize how football teams practice. With our software, we help football teams win and improve player safety by making the game it virtual. Unlike standard film, MentalRep allows a team to not only watch but actually practice their plays anywhere on a mobile device or desktop. It also gives the athlete real-time coaching feedback like a coach in your pocket.

2017 Boston Finalist

IntuiTap is eliminating the guesswork, frustration, and pain from the nearly 13M spinal punctures performed in the US each year. Their handheld device integrates real-time imaging with needle guidance to overcome the challenges of these traditionally blind procedures and help physicians access the spinal canal in less time and with fewer attempts.

2017 Boston Finalist

General Biotechnologies sources and develops promising discoveries from tech transfer offices.

Our flagship program — Nivien Therapeutics — is an oncology platform based on research at Harvard Medical School. We have raised $250,000 from IndieBio and SOSV to advance development.

General Biotechnologies was founded by Harvard classmates Nikita Shah and Nathaniel Brooks Horwitz.

E-mail: nathaniel@generalbiotechnologies.com

2017 Boston Finalist

For disadvantaged undergrads* trying to secure an internship/job, Frank is an instant messenger coach offering personalized, step-by-step guidance on how to navigate the job search. Unlike career offices or coaches that are not available on-demand or forums that are incomplete/confusing, Frank offers personalized, no-judgment support in real-time, anytime

*Typically first-gen/low-income students, women entering male-dominant fields, and students at schools with under-resourced career offices

2017 Boston Finalist

ETIQUETTE the online store for renting designer wedding dresses giving brides access to thousands of options for them to try on in the privacy of their home saving up to 80% by paying a fixed rental price.

With our algorithm, we create a perfect match of the boutique, the dress and dry cleaning for each bride. But that’s not all. To guarantee that they have the best and ideal experience, we provide them a beautiful box with props and essentials to share with friends and family.

2017 Boston Finalist

BackTracker offers a solution to the increasing problem of mislabeled or substituted seafood. It is a third party application that links government fishery landing records with seafood products giving buyers absolute confidence in the source of seafood they buy. The BackTracker technology is currently being operationalized on a big scale, in conjunction with the State of Massachusetts, largest groundfish dealer in New England, a large seafood processor and distributor and Wegmans supermarket.

2017 Boston Finalist

Alkemy Environmental has developed a patented technology process that recycles industrial waste streams into structural-grade lightweight concrete aggregate. We have completed the commercial pilot testing of our technology and our recycled aggregate has passed all environmental and building materials standards.

2017 Boston Finalist

Adhark is an image performance software company that quantifies design to elevate brand performance. The Adhark Platform uses patented artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to understand the visual preferences of consumer audiences, guide creative decision-making, and deliver brand success through enhanced imagery.

2017 Boston Finalist

Life Science sales is really, really hard.

Sales people who consistently meet quota maintain dozens of relationships and qualify/monitor hundreds of potential customers. This is why only 53% of life science salespeople actually hit quota and 79% of execs think improving productivity of existing staff is critical to achieving revenue goals.

Acenna uses machine learning to make it easy for Life Science salespeople to have more meaningful conversations with the right customers, at scale.

2017 Boston Finalist

Food processes require constant cleaning, but today's technology is old and causes bottlenecks, water waste, and a bad impact to our environment. We've developed a technology that simplifies cleaning in the industry to maximize its resources and reduce its impact on the environment. Phoenix is a PATENTED machine installed underneath a flat conveyor belt while the food process is running. It reduces the downtime, saves 95% of water, sanitizes and eliminates disposals. 10 units have been sold.

2017 Boston Finalist

For the last 2 years, we have been developing a virtual reality IFE system and content platform focused on the airline industry. We strongly believe that virtual reality will play a crucial role in the future of inflight entertainment. However, generic VR content will not be suitable for a safe and frictionless use on board of aircrafts. For this reason, we are developing together with Airbus the standards of how VR can be safely consumed in a cabin, thereby solving the content bottleneck.

2017 Boston Finalist

Giaran is an artificial intelligence powered technical fashion company. We want to provide customers a smarter shopping experience with photo realistic, color precise, personalized virtual makeup try-on wherever they are, in store or on-the-go. Giaran not only provides users with products customized to individual face features but also takes into consideration external lighting and environmental conditions, while also having the capability to simulate various desired lighting scenarios.

2017 Boston Finalist

Finnest is a mobile based education platform that a allows parents to teach their kids good money habits. Finnest combines a FDIC insured debit card account with top in class parental controls and behavior affecting components to effectively teach kids between 8-18 earning, saving, spending and investing money.

2017 Boston Finalist

Many refugees in the current crisis are highly skilled, having completed high school and some college before the crisis. However, due to legal restrictions, they can’t work and are likely to seek income in dangerous illegal markets or possibly re-enter the conflict. WorkAround provides transitional employment to high-risk youth by connecting them with online microtasking opportunities that don’t require a work visa and offer payment alternatives to traditional banking that many lack access to.

2017 Boston Finalist

Striga, a parasitic weed, is the greatest pest threat in African food security - rampant in 18 countries and reducing farmer's staple crop yields by 20-100%. Because 85% of smallholder farmers are women, Striga is a gender-based food security issue. FoxyT14, an innovative biocontrol technology, uses 3 strains of host-specific fungus to kill Striga. Grown on toothpicks, FoxyT14 strains are inexpensively delivered to farmers to make a highly effective on-farm inoculum (50% yield increase).

2017 Boston Finalist

ScholarJet believes in helping students be successful by enabling them to pay for college through action-based scholarships, where instead of writing essays, students can paint, code, dance, volunteer or even build robots for their scholarships.

We work with companies looking to create an impact on the community, increase brand awareness and invest in diverse talent pipelines.

They create a challenge on our platform, students send in their submissions and the winner will be awarded.

2017 Boston Finalist

Lithio Storage is working on fabricating the next generation of flexible, self-healing, longer lasting batteries containing our laboratory-optimized gel electrolyte. Our gel-based battery is safer, cost-effective, scaleable, and can last up to 2 or 3 times as long as current batteries. The Lithio battery aims to meet the demands of energy storage for current and future technologies, which includes renewable energy systems and wearable electronics.