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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

Waypoint is an award-winning company launched out of MIT and Harvard. We are building a platform that allows businesses to easily create, edit, and deploy augmented reality applications without needing AR developers or expertise. From enabling biotech labs to develop AR-powered SOPs to improve quality and compliance to enabling manufacturers to quickly create and distribute AR-enabled service manuals and product documentation, we are making powerful AR capabilities accessible to all industries.

2017 Boston Finalist

State of Place is a predictive analytics software that quantifies what people love about places - based on over 290 urban design features collected for every block - and why it makes economic sense to make them better. We help cities and developers make the case for great places by literally calculating the ROI of making places more walkable and livable - so they can quell naysayers, get approvals, and secure funding, faster and affordably than hiring consultants.

2017 Boston Finalist

Developed from personal experience in the hospital, Resilience engages patients in a therapeutic design process to create custom socks and take their mind out of the hospital. For each pair sold, half of net proceeds is donated back to the patient to help pay for their care or a cause of the patient's choice. Beyond the tangible product, we're motivated by the idea that people have a unique opportunity for growth when at their most vulnerable.

2017 Boston Finalist

Drug-resistant infections have become a public health crisis. We are at the precipice of the post-antibiotic era, where routine surgeries and standard in-patient care present unacceptable risk. Octagon has developed a novel approach to antibiotic discovery, which utilizes bacterial metabolism as a therapeutic target. Our lead development candidates, which show no effect in standard industry screens, have been shown safe and highly effective in animal models. This is a critical medical need.

2017 Boston Finalist

Nutrimedy hopes to make a difference by matching moms-to-be with personalized, expert Registered Dietitians to help them navigate nutrition during their pregnancy. Through virtual sessions from the comfort of their home or workplace, specific programs aimed to complement a mom’s knowledge, and tools to track and stay the course, Nutrimedy makes nutrition understandable, individualized and convenient to ensure a healthy baby and healthy mom.

2017 Boston Finalist

John’s Crazy Socks is a father-son venture inspired by co-founder John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome. We're spreading happiness through socks.

We have built our business on 4 pillars:

1. Demonstrating what's possible.
2. Giving Back: We donate 5% of earnings to the Special Olympics.
3. Socks You Can Love: Over 1,200 awesome socks
4. Gratitude: Service that is fast, personal and caring.

Our innovation? the indivisibility of social impact and retail achievement.

2017 Boston Finalist

The widespread irreproducibility in biomedical science is making scientific ‘experts’ obsolete. Hive leverages an innovative model to extract information from the scientific literature on a large-scale while providing confidence metrics that directly assess reproducibility of scientific findings. Hive offers business development executives, venture capitalists, and researchers the extraordinary ability to develop their expertise on any topic in biomedicine within a short period of time.

2017 Boston Finalist

Intercity buses usually only run between the main transportation hubs of major cities, which makes bus travel inconvenient for traveling anywhere outside the city center. However, with the recent explosion of ride-sharing services, buses no longer need to stop near public transit hubs in order to be accessible. Axle offers long-distance travelers an effortless alternative to driving by aggregating demand through our door-to-door travel booking application, then hiring buses to fill supply gaps.

2017 Boston Finalist

The current method of larvicide application to combat mosquito-borne illnesses in water tanks common in South America involves labor intensive distributions that are not efficient against the mosquito. LAD (Larvicide Automatic Dispenser) is an automatic device that safely delivers the optimal concentration of larvicide with minimal human intervention. Using mechanical automation, LAD saves government labor costs and maintains a safe concentration of larvicide in water storage tanks.

2017 Boston Finalist

After graduating from Cornell, I found myself in a domestic abuse situation. When I tried to relocate to a shelter in Boston, my best friend Jazz, a black lab, was turned away and we both wound up on the streets. Thankfully, I found fostering through a group at Pine Street and were reunited on the other side. Up to 65% of domestic violence survivors ( 1 Million US) remain trapped for fear of leaving their pets. The mission of PetsEmpower.org is to keep furry families together through a crisis.

2017 Boston Finalist

Autonomous Healthcare’s mission is to reduce hospital length of stay by continuous analysis of bedside monitoring data, and ultimately, introducing automation to address detected adverse events. Our goal is to revolutionize the critical care and peri-operative care industries in the same way that the autopilot revolutionized the airline industry. The technology involves clinical decision support system for real-time analysis of medical waveform data from ventilators and hemodynamic monitors.

2017 Boston Finalist

Vox Pop Labs is a social enterprise operated by a team of social and statistical scientists that leverages advances in artificial intelligence to inform and give voice to citizens. Its signature initiative, Vote Compass, is a wildly popular, award-winning application that has been used by millions of people worldwide. Vote Compass has consistently proven to be a unique catalyst for democratic participation, with independent studies having demonstrated its positive effect on voter turnout.

2017 Boston Finalist

Each year 450,000 preterm infants are born in the U.S. Of these, 109,000 are born before 34 weeks. The health of these infants' gut is central to their growth and brain development. There is no standard to measure the health of a preterm infant's gut. NICUtrition makes it easy to quantify gut health, optimize treatments and personalize nutrition. We have two modules: Guidance, a dashboard to track growth and automate feeding protocols and MAGI a proprietary algorithm that measures gut health.

2017 Boston Finalist

Lanugo is a multimedia entertainment company for the underserved Latino preschool market. Through animated videos, digital apps, publishing, and live shows we connect children to the Latino culture and promote the Spanish language. Because although Latino children represent 26% of children 5 and under, only 1% of entertainment properties are culturally relevant to them & we truly believe that kids need to know where they come from in order to be confident about where they are going.

2017 Boston Finalist

Household shopping creates 60% of global emissions and 94% of U.S. drinking water contain microplastics. 40% of Americans want to shop in a healthier and more responsibly.
The GreenLine is a solution for people to shop online and easily find products based on certifications and values. For everything you buy, our fulfillment system reduces emissions and waste and we track this impact with smart software.
Convenient for you, effective for the planet.

2017 Boston Finalist

In an age of rising antibiotic resistance, treating patients with the right antibiotic quickly can be a matter of life and death. DZD uses novel sample prep, high throughput sequencing and machine intelligence to shorten the time it takes to identify a pathogen and predict its drug resistance profile from days to hours. Using our diagnostic, hospitals will be able to dramatically reduce hospital length of stay, the overuse of antibiotics, and save lives cost-effectively.

2017 Boston Finalist

Epic CleanTec is decentralizing wastewater treatment by installing on-site reuse systems into individual buildings, saving owners/developers money by reducing their pre-development fees and their ongoing wastewater rates. Epic's proprietary system collects and processes all of a building's wastewater, recovering and converting the organic solids into a high quality soil product. The separated water, with the solids removed, can be treated with ancillary technologies and reused in the building.

2017 Boston Finalist

MUVIN Enterprise offers SNOWLITE, fully disposable Organic-Salt-Carpet that dissolves 5 or more inches of snow over 50 sq ft with NO SHOVELING, NO NEED FOR CLEANUP, as it is made of EPA&FDA Approved ALL-WATER-SOLUBLE ingredients. SNOWLITE is designed to melt away approximately 5” of snow at 30°F, 10” at 15°F, 20”at 0°F with the lowest working temperature of -76° Fahrenheit.

Simply, roll out SNOWLITE on the intended areas (e.g. walkway, parking lots), and let your worries dissolve with snow.

2017 Boston Finalist

We take the worry out of giving kids a smartphone despite the dangers, and help parents have conversations before there are consequences.

With over twenty years of experience in cybersecurity, we've created an intelligent app for parents that monitors what kids do on their phones and lets you know only when you should be concerned and why.

A simple and affordable monthly subscription will keep you informed without intruding on your child's privacy, and keep you involved when it matters.

2017 Boston Finalist

Strayos is a computer vision 3D aerial intelligence platform for Mining, Construction and Infrastructure operations to reduce cost, improve productivity and safety by providing highly accurate survey data analytics. Strayos proprietary SaaS platform increases mining and aggregate company ROIs, by automating tasks, directly reducing overhead and enabling enterprises to make actionable decisions from drone data.

2017 Boston Finalist

Existing patient nurse communication technologies provide limited options for patients, staff, and lack data driven capabilities for administrators which are costing healthcare facilities up to $4B through avoidable costs and cuts in reimbursements.

With RistCall devices, patients can be as specific as they want and staff can respond back using staff devices. Administrators can monitor patient staff interaction data for quality improvement projects.

2017 Boston Finalist

Health devices made by frontline hospital staff & patients represent an est. $500mil of undocumented value for hospitals & systems. They are made in shadows of supply closets, bedsides & homes. At MakerHealth we bring prototyping tools to the point of care through a connected network of hospital makerspaces. Our tools allow staff to invent, our software helps hospitals track impact of these frontline innovators & our community gives health makers a platform to share DIY health devices globally.

2017 Boston Finalist

We are building technology that enables two people, anywhere in the world, to send money to each other instantly and at very low costs. Utilizing digital currency, we are able to provide users with a platform to send cheaper cross-border remittances than any option currently available, and due to the way our software is designed, we're able to do so with much less regulatory overhead than traditional remittance / peer to peer payment services.

2017 Boston Finalist

Adian increases the collaboration between corporate researchers and top academics to develop products faster. Our software platform automatically compiles information on over 40,000 faculty members from top research universities, including their financing, research themes, and contact information. We started by establishing collaborations with universities; our products helped start research projects at Harvard, MIT, Boston College, among others. Our mission is increasing research.

2017 Boston Finalist

Cellino’s goal is to enable gene therapy companies and research labs to deliver gene-editing cargo to cells with exceptional performance, which is a major challenge today.

2017 Boston Finalist

Our augmented reality toolkit allows surgeons to precisely overlay 3D anatomical images, like ultrasound and CT scans, “inside” of patients, while tracking and displaying positions of surgical instruments along with surgeons’ blueprints for the procedure.

2017 Boston Finalist

Wunder is a reusable underwear for women with urinary incontinence, an issue impacting quality of life of women of all ages, but especially the 65+ population. Sales of adult incontinence products are forecasted to increase to $2.7 billion by 2020, but current solutions are unreliable and wasteful.

2017 Boston Finalist

WavePost is not only a powerful video collaboration and review tool, but is also leading the charge in 360 video and VR collaboration.  It was built by post production professionals to meet their needs. It's fast, powerful, and saves hours out of your day. Upload videos, share with your clients, receive comments, and publish the final video. Post production has never been so seamless.

2017 Boston Finalist

Upstream measures and monitors irrigation over vast geographic areas with field level precision by combining a range of satellite and meteorological data sources. By quantifying water usage, our technology will promote efficient water markets, empower environmental conservation, and reward farmers who produce more food with less water.

2017 Boston Finalist

We fight against the massified production. Each person is unique and deserves original things!
Thumbs down to the boring, industrialized, untasty stuff. Embrace creation, originality, personality!
Every voice, song, bark... Has its own soundwave graph, which travels travels through space and arrives to our ears.
The drawing of the wave is captured and transformed into a tot-em, forever.
You create your own symbol, you create Tot-em.