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2021 Startup Challenge Finalists

We’re proud to announce the Eight Finalists for the 2020-2021 Venture Lab Startup Challenge. Teams consist of students from The Wharton School, The School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Penn Nursing. The Startup Challenge and Showcase attracts the best and brightest entrepreneurial minds from across the Penn community as they compete for a chance to win $135,000 in cash and prizes.
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3Cor Bio

3Cor Bio has developed a low-cost, rapid, and highly accurate diagnostic platform targeting multiple infectious diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the urgent need for a device that can offer accurate, inexpensive, and rapid diagnosis. Our platform provides a COVID diagnosis within 4 minutes with 97% accuracy for $4.67 per test.

TEAM MEMBER: Ranjan Pati, C21, W21


The online insurance shop-front developed by agents for agents.

TEAM MEMBER: Cyrus Karai, WG21

*Winner of the Perlman Grand Prize*


Felix is a chat-based digital platform that empowers Latinos in the US to send money abroad.

TEAM MEMBERS: Bernardo Garcia, G21, WG21; Manuel Godoy, WG21

*Winner of the Runner Up Award and the AI for Business Award*

Lumify Care

Lumify Care is a nurse-led startup improving patient experience by developing innovative tools and resources needed to support frontline healthcare workers.

TEAM MEMBERS: Anthony Scarpone-Lambert, NU21, GR24; Jennifferre Mancillas

*Winner of the Frederick H. Gloeckner Award for Best Undergraduate Team and the Launch Award*


For expecting families with pregnancy challenges (e.g. conceiving, symptoms, recovery), Nouri provides an Eastern food therapy meets Western nutrition meal plan to help moms feel better at each stage. While meal plans are our first product, we plan to expand on our Eastern therapy philosophy to become the holistic health “one-stop-shop” for life’s most critical stages.

TEAM MEMBERS: Irene Liu, WG22; Jennifer Doro


RinSalt is developing an on-scene decontamination system to combat firefighter cancer

TEAM MEMBERS: Isaac Kalapos, ENG21; Kevin Leeb, ENG21; Cristian Constantin, ENG21, GEN21

*Winner of the Weiss Tech House Audience Choice Award*


Welltrip is a healthcare marketplace that allows travelers to search through accredited and peer-reviewed healthcare services abroad, and book medical appointments at least one-half the U.S. price tag or less.

TEAM MEMBERS: Ike Okonkwo, G22, WG22; Patrick Prommel, G22, WG22


Xoma is the first social impact distilled pulque agave brand to enter the US marketplace. It is the smoother tasting, more sophisticated cousin of mezcal and tequila that’s sustainable and generates social impact.

TEAM MEMBERS: Anthony Morano, G21, WG21; Iacopo Santini, W15, G21, WG21

*Winner of the Innovation Award*


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