Sponsored by Eric Aroesty, C’92
African Community Learning Program
Competing Team: Aminata Sy, LPS’19
African Community Learning Program educates, connects, empowers, and supports people of African background in West Philadelphia.
Competing Team: Rui Jing Jiang, W’18
Adarsh Battu, W’18
Brandon Kao, ENG’18
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world and leads to vision loss that cannot be cured or reversed. By 2020, glaucoma will affect 3.4 million people in the U.S. and 80 million people globally. In open-angle glaucoma patients, excess fluid builds up inside the eye, putting pressure on and permanently damaging the optic nerve — leading to blindness. VisiPlate is a nanoscale drainage implant operating in areas of the eye that competitors cannot enter due to their size. 10,000x thinner than competitors, VisiPlate mitigates risk of post-operative double vision, excessive scar tissue, patient discomfort, tissue erosion, and bleb failure. VisiPlate is a nanoscale defense against blindness from glaucoma.
Chipper Pet Food
Competing Team: Haley Russell, WG’18
Laura Colagrande, GAR’18
Amanda Robison, WG’18
Chipper Pet Food offers a sustainable and nutritious alternative to traditional pet foods. Our products are made from edible insects. In addition to creating an eco-conscious product, we offer pet owners an option that allows them to introduce diversity into their pets’ diets. You don’t eat the same food every day, and your pet shouldn’t either!
Competing Team: Vinayak Kumar, C’13, G’13, M’18, WG’18
Ram Prasad Modalavalasa
Kelly Xu, WG’17
E-Health Now is a digital platform connecting cancer patients in China with leading US oncologists via virtual joint consultation at reduced cost and processing time as existing providers, with the ultimate goal of reducing global health care access issues in high-quality cancer care.
Competing Team: Michael Wong, W’19
Dayo Adewole, ENG’15, GEN’15, GR’21
Matthew Hanna, ENG’18
InstaHub simplifies automation through smart “snap-on” solutions. We have developed a battery-powered device with occupancy sensing capabilities that attaches over existing toggle light switches for instant light automation.
Competing Team: Nikil Ragav, ENG’20, W’20
Amit Gupta, ENG’20, W’20
Yan Li, ENG’21, W’21
Liana Patel, ENG’21, W’21
inventorspaceXYZ: We create an ecosystem for hands-on, high-tech STEAM and Entrepreneurship learning in high schools and middle schools across America. We do this by designing and installing inventorspaces at schools with 3D printers, laser cutters, soldering stations, VR rigs, 4K cameras, etc and by providing a curriculum to teach students how to use the equipment, code, and build their own ideas.
Competing Team: Shanel Fields, WG’19
MD Ally is an emergency telehealth company that allows 911 dispatchers to enable instant access to an ER physician for non-emergency 911 callers. Our team of physicians effectively advises the patient on the most appropriate site of care via an instantaneous telemedicine visit; reducing overutilization of the ER and driving savings for patients, payers, and municipalities.
Competing Team: Thomas W. Samph, GED’18
MyNet is a B2B SaaS company in the higher education space. Our content and software helps college students create personal support networks of mentors and advisors so that they persist in college.
Nimbus Care Hub
Competing Team: Smita Mukherjee, GR’09, WG’18
Carlos Couce C’18
Laura Gao W’18
Rohini Gooptu C’20
Jennifer Mao Jones L’18, WG’18
Sachi Sobti, WG’18
Currently in USA more than 16.1 million family members provided 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD), at an economic value of over $232 billion. Nearly 60 percent of those caregivers rate their emotional stress of caregiving as high and report symptoms of depression. To reduce caregiver burden, Nimbus Care Hub provides accessible, affordable and holistic services to caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD).
Competing Team: Sravya Alla, W’21
Julie Chen, ENG’21, W’21
Peerlift is the first student-led opportunities platform and 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization ever created, reducing the search for high school opportunities from hours to minutes. We profile a proven group of scholarships, summer programs, awards, study abroad programs, college fly-ins, and internships, ensuring they meet our standards and offer financial aid.
Competing Team: Thomas Cavett, G’18, WG’18
POWTI Innovations makes the world’s first fully automated, standalone traumatic injury detection system that activates when you have sustained a traumatic injury and instantly sends your geolocation to rescue personnel. We are a veteran owned and operated company with a passion for saving lives.
Competing Team: David Ongchoco, C’18
Kevin Ho, ENG’18
SkillStackers helps local businesses automate their social media marketing using a combination of our technology platform, analytics tools and a vetted remote workforce. Our solution is a better and cheaper alternative for local businesses who currently either have to do it themselves, hire a full time marketing manager or outsource to an agency.
Competing Team: Philip Williams, C’15, M’20
Naveen Jain, GR’24, M’24
Jun Jeon, M’20
Despite improvements in many areas, LGBTQ+ people continue to face significant healthcare disparities in terms of access and outcomes that are exacerbated by an inability to identify LGBTQ+-competent providers. SpectrumScores empowers LGBTQ+ people to take back control of their health by offering an intuitive ranking and review system for healthcare providers based on their LGBTQ+ competence and friendliness, enabling patients to connect with the healthcare providers best suited to meet their unique needs.
Competing Team: Katherine Sizov, C’19
Reginald Lamaute, C’20
Prima Pisuttisarun, GEN’18
Gauri Srivastava, GEN’19
Sanjula Weerawardhena, W’18
Strella Biotechnology is developing a biosensing platform that predicts fruit ripeness, thus reducing food spoilage and waste in the supply chain. Packers and distributors will be able monitor produce as it ripens in storage, and always locate the readiest produce for their customers.
Competing Team: Shai Kivity WG’19
Jaime Gonzalez Fernandez
UniCoin is a B2B FinTech company that digitalizes the entire loan cycle from originating to trading, allowing banks to trade any kind of loans in a digital manner, thereby reducing costs and increasing revenue thanks to an 85% shorter liquidation cycle, generating billions of dollars to our clients.
Competing Team: Seth Neel, GRW’20
Ross Lubetkin, WG’17
Akash Sadashivapeth, GEN’18
Welligence Energy uses proprietary machine learning algorithms to forecast production and future value in international oil and gas assets. Founded at Penn, we have offices in Houston, Texas and NYC.
Competing Team: Dhruv Vasishtha, WG’18
Andrew Bright, C’18, W’18
Yeva is a care-giving enablement technology platform that leverages the collective knowledge of caregivers–anyone who supports a patient aging, disabled, or with a chronic condition–to extract patterns from their shared experiences, and arm future caregivers with knowledge and preparation for what’s ahead. A community of caregivers are providing and consuming specific, targeted solutions on the challenges that come up while mentally supporting each other.
Competing Team: Gabriel Elsner, WG’18
Eddie Kong, GEN’18
ZEV helps automotive dealerships sell more electric vehicles (EV) by providing resources and education for consumers on new EV technology. Our software-as-a-service platform provides tools and advice to help customers understand EV range, charging, cost of ownership, and tax breaks. We help dealerships provide world-class customer service and increase electric vehicle sales.
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