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2017  Finalist
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

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, Torigen is focused on commercializing, VetiVax, 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  Finalist
Poverty Alleviation + Agriculture

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  Finalist
Hardware & Robotics

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  Finalist
Online Commerce & Marketplaces

Problem: Many people want to support sustainable products. There is no well-established online marketplace for people to shop with selection & variety for products they need every day.

Solution: A marketplace that makes it easy to find quality sustainable product options. We have a minimum standard products have to meet across Health, Environment & Society and have filters for certifications and/or values ( vegan, plastic-free, upcycled etc.). All products shipped carbon-neutral.

2017  Finalist
Financial Technology

TeleLingo is on a mission to save drivers’ lives by offering attention and risk management to fleet managers, insurers and ride sharing companies. LingoFit is an AI CoPilot using Machine Vision and biosensor data to prevent accidents caused by impaired driving due to distraction, fatigue, stress, drowsiness or medical conditions. LingoFit combines head pose and eye gaze tracking with wearable biosensor technology to provide the driver with real time warnings of potentially dangerous conditions.

2017  Finalist
Healthcare IT + Healthcare

TailorMed is an innovative financial management platform for chronically ill patients. Our mission is to help patients reduce their out-of-pocket costs, and decrease uncompensated care for hospitals.
TailorMed's first application focuses on US Cancer patients.
TailorMed solution provides a personalized projection of a patient's out-of-pocket cost across the entire medical journey and automatically finds cost saving opportunities, based on insurance and treatment optimizations

2017  Finalist
Medical Devices + Diagnostics

Nonhealing leg wounds affect approximately 1 million people in the United States annually. Treatment consists of moist wound care, compression dressing, encouragement of the patient to walk and elevate the wounded leg when sitting. Healing a nonhealing leg wound is a long process taking six months and requiring 25 to 50 dressing changes. We have built a working prototype that records patient activity compliance and alerts wound dressing status at home during the time between dressing changes.

2017  Finalist
Healthcare IT

We remove barriers to mental health care such as stigma, cost, and accessibility for patients while scaling up today's overburdened providers. Patients can text into a moderated support group anonymously from anywhere, at any time. Providers manage this access with AI algorithms that run on patient texts, and automatically track patients, detect complications, and focus provider efforts in real time. Together, this combines the clinical efficacy of therapy with the persistence of peer support.

2017  Finalist
Enterprise Software + Design

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  Finalist
Design + Travel & Tourism

Sleepbox is solving a problem of nations sleep deprivation and lack of privacy in our everyday lives by offering modular rest stations for public spaces. Customers utilize Sleepboxes in office spaces as an all-in-one solution to rest, nap, meditate, call, focus and nursing room, improving productivity, health and happiness. They also are "Sleep vending machines" in airports. Sleepbox has an attractive design, is easy to install, needs only 25 sq.ft. and has cool features to help relax or focus.

2017  Finalist
Generation + Energy / Clean Tech

Skyven's distributed solution for process heat enables developing nations to leapfrog natural gas distribution infrastructure. We reduce cost and improve availability of process heat for commercial and industrial customers (e.g. food processing plants). Our proprietary Intelligent Mirror Array (IMA) technology harvests high-temperature heat from the sun, displacing expensive petroleum fuel in customers’ boilers.

2017  Finalist
Education + Poverty Alleviation

Skillist empowers qualified, often-overlooked job seekers to match with in-demand positions companies struggle to fill. Our platform reinvents today’s antiquated and broken job application process by focusing on skills, not pedigrees. By bridging the communication gap that plagues applicants and employers alike, Skillist improves the quality and efficiency of the hiring process.

2017  Finalist
Consumer Products

There are 7.4 billion unique people in the world, but why are glasses and helmets one-size-fits-all? We are revolutionizing the wearables industry with 3D Fit technology, combining state of the art 3D scanning with 3D printing to automatically measure, design, and produce bespoke products. Building off the successful launch of our first product - Falcon I sport sunglasses, we will continue to deliver safe and comfortable eyewear, masks, helmets and other products to every distinct individual.

2017  Finalist
Education + Education Technology

ScholarJet believes in creating a better future through action and education. We offer companies an innovative way to promote their brand and inspire the next generation of leaders and talent. We do this by creating action-based scholarships, where instead of writing essays, students can run marathons, create art, or even develop apps for their education. By creating action-based scholarships, companies build brand loyalty, create a positive public image, and gain valuable insight.

2017  Finalist
Poverty Alleviation

Roots Studio digitizes art from rural villages and transforms them into high-end and storied products, eliminating the burden of a costly supply chain. In 2 years, we have worked with hundreds of tribal artists across 4 states in India. Through our design hubs, we enable artwork to be uploaded and discovered by retail markets that appreciate culturally authentic designs. Our vision is to build a world in which artists can financially sustain their livelihoods while keeping their roots alive.

2017  Finalist
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

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  Finalist
Healthcare

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. We make Socks with Stories.

2017  Finalist
Enterprise Software

Most companies lose 25% of their customers every year. Utilizing machine learning algorithms built at MIT, Relativity6 uncovers hidden opportunities within company databases. We can predict with above an 80% accuracy rate, which high potential lapsed customers has a propensity to make a re-purchase.

2017  Finalist
Medical Devices

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  Finalist
Consumer Products + Art & Fashion

Props Athletics is focused on creating unique lines of athletic products that are all about FITNESS, FASHION & FUNCTION. PROPS gloves, our signature product, double as a sweatband, allowing you to wipe and wick away sweat while remaining completely odor free. The superior silicone grip prevents sliding on any surface, protects against calluses and minimizes germ transfer without any added bulk. PROPS help you go harder in any workout, without compromising style. It's all about being active!

2017  Finalist
Education + Efficiency

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  Finalist
Hardware & Robotics

Power Assist Solutions is dedicated to reducing fatigue and injury in hospital caregivers by improving patient transport in hospital and healthcare settings. Our design features an affordable and detachable motorized device that can be easily affixed to the sides of wheelchairs, reducing human effort input and improving wheelchair mobility. This works to reduce nursing injury rates, while helping hospitals lower healthcare costs.

2017  Finalist
Cybersecurity

Pixm, funded by Highland Capital, is building computer vision technology to detect zero-day brand new phishing attacks while current tools rely on blacklists, IP reputation to block only already known ones. 91% of breaches are caused by phishing attacks costing $3.2M/yr. We currently have 4 major customers including major Network Security provider and ex-NSA founded cybersecurity startup. Product trials last year flagged thousands of live attacks including one that attacked John Podesta and DNC.

2017  Finalist
Public Health + Fundraising

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  Finalist
Internet of Things

At Perseus, we simplify everyday tasks by creating hardware and software for smart surfaces. We make surfaces such as walls, desks, mirrors, smart. Our flagship product is the Perseus Mirror, a smart, interactive, voice activated mirror that helps users feel confident and empowered through delivery of actionable chunks of information when they need it most. Perseus strives to unlock the potential of the smart home ecosystem for both consumers and retailers.

2017  Finalist
Efficiency + Manufacturing

Peroxygen Systems is a clean chemistry company developing breakthrough technology for on-site hydrogen peroxide production. We are working toward fundamentally disrupting the existing manufacturing and distribution model for hydrogen peroxide. Our electrolyzer can reduce the cost of producing hydrogen peroxide by over 50%, while also completely eliminating the cost and safety issues associated with shipping and handling of high concentration hydrogen peroxide.

2017  Finalist
Diagnostics + Medical Devices

PainQx is a diagnostic/software company that has developed a next generation approach to objectively measure pain in humans. The PainQx platform achieves this by assessing neural activity from a patient’s brain and processing and decoding the data through proprietary algorithms. The output is a scaled pain and neurological side effects biomarker that is directly correlated to a patient’s pain state.

2017  Finalist
Financial Technology

OZÉ is a business insights platform for Africa’s 70M small-and-growing businesses. It collects transaction data at the point-of-sale through mobile phones and then analyzes it to deliver time and location sensitive, data-driven recommendations. We use design-led methodologies to build trust into the platform, working with entrepreneurs from inception to investment-ready, making the African SME sector attractive, accessible and transparent to investors for the first time.

2017  Finalist
Enterprise Software

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  Finalist
Education + High Tech

Operation Code focuses on finding ways to help the military community find new careers in software development. A lot of this is getting adjusted to the culture, so we help our community go to conferences, coding bootcamps, etc. We also work to get veterans back in groups - "squads" - working through Linux+ certifications, FreeCodeCamp, etc. Past and present Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard service members, veterans and military spouses are welcome to apply to our programs.