#DOINGOURPART

Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship wants to hear from our entrepreneurship community about the ways you or your startup are combating COVID-19. Whether it’s through charitable action, prototyping medical devices, collaborating with other startups, or other impactful ways, tell us your story. Please fill out the questionnaire and we’ll share your stories with the Penn community on social media using the hashtag #doingourpart.
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 Integral Molecular 

FOUNDER: (Ben Doranz GR’98, WG’01)

BIO: Integral Molecular is a research-driven biotechnology company creating innovative technologies and therapeutic antibodies for under-exploited membrane protein targets, including GPCRs, ion channels, transporters, and viral envelopes.

COVID-19 Involvement:  Integral is one of two local companies leading the charge to discover a vaccine for COVID-19.

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CocoaPress & Fulphil & Instahub

FOUNDERS: Evan Weinstien (ENG’19) & Tiffany Yau (C’18, SPP’19) & Michael Wong (W’18)

BIO: Cocoa Press is building a 3D printer that prints chocolate.

BIO: Fulphil’s work revolves around our singular mission: to empower youth through social entrepreneurship which positively impacts resilient communities in order to have economic growth.

BIO: InstaHub focuses on the two major problems with lighting: its overuse and lack of accessible automation. By bridging the gap between environmentally-minded individuals and high-quality technology, we can create a greener future and save you money.

COVID-19 Involvement: The combined team of UPenn engineers, alums, and social entrepreneurs have halted their business operations in order to mass produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for nurses and doctors serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 Crisis. Currently, they’re assembling 100 face shields per day, with a 3D-printing farm mass producing face shields, 24/7.

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ConnectED Mobile 

FOUNDERS: Andie Kaplan (WG’20) & Colby Cox (C’20)

BIO: ConnectED Mobile works with the nation’s largest 4G LTE mobile provider to offer family plan pricing directly to individuals. We primarily serve international students, who arrive in the US without families with whom to access a family plan, nor the social security numbers and US credit history required for postpaid plans. Plans start at $22.99/month and include unlimited 3G data in the US and 2G data abroad. Since launching in 2019, ConnectED Mobile now serves students at over 20+ leading universities.

COVID-19 Involvement: ConnectED Mobile is committed to helping all international students who are being negatively impacted by COVID-19, not just our current customers.

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Allbirds 

FOUNDERS: Joey Zwillinger (WG’10) & Tim Brown

BIO: Allbirds is a New Zealand-American footwear company that uses a direct-to-consumer approach and is aimed at designing environment friendly footwear. Allbirds’ first shoe was the Wool Runner, which is made from New Zealand superfine merino wool.

COVID-19 Involvement: The San Francisco-based sustainable footwear company is supporting healthcare workers in the United States by offering free shoes.

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Neuroflow 

FOUNDERS: Chris Molaro (WG’17) & Adam Pardes (PHD’19)

BIO: NeuroFlow promotes behavioral health access and engagement in all care settings to improve outcomes, overall wellness, and cost of care. Our suite of tools enables remote monitoring and behavioral health integration across the continuum of care, including psychology, primary care, and pain management settings.

COVID-19 Involvement: The Philly-based company released their Coronavirus Risk Assessment and Anxiety Screener, helping to efficiently route high-risk individuals to location specific testing resources while also providing evidence-based tools and information to support the mental wellness of everyone during this difficult time.

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Clove

FOUNDERS: JOE AMMON (WG’19), JORDYN AMOROSO (C’12), PAULA BELATTI

BIO: Clove creates stylish footwear for medical professionals that combine the best of current sneaker technology with the technical requirements of traditional nursing shoes.

COVID-19 Involvement: From Instagram (@goclove): This is what the frontlines of healthcare looks like. Thank you @jeffersonhealth for letting us coordinate with the COVID task force team leader @jeffsall in surprising his team of nurses with Cloves as they got ready for their shift. Last night, we took stock of all inventory in our office around the corner so we could gift them right before they started testing patients this morning at 8. Cloves are easy to wipe down (with the same disinfectant wipes they use on the job), which is so important now more than ever. Our goal was to keep these healthcare pros protected (and comfortable) for their long shifts ahead. ⁣

This is just the first step. Watch our stories to see how the morning unfolded.👆🏽💙

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Omaze

FOUNDERS: MATTHEW POHLSON (WG’11)

BIO: Omaze exists to empower nonprofits to do their world-changing work, offering dream-come-true experiences online that anyone has the chance to win.

COVID-19 Involvement: OMAZE HAS RAISED OVER $130M FOR CAUSES AROUND THE WORLD.
And now, in this uncharted time, they’re providing a hub for supporting causes that are positioned to have a major impact on some of the most important COVID relief efforts. Omaze is working with the globally recognized Charities Aid Foundation America (CAFA), which validates and facilitates giving to charities around the world.

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THE PORT GLOBAL

FOUNDERS: LUCY XU (ENG’13)

BIO: The Port is a marketing consulting and business advisory firm, working with Greek and U.S. businesses to build marketing and business strategies that reach global audiences. For large or growing companies in the U.S. and Greece, The Port provides marketing and business services to drive growth.

COVID-19 Involvement: To support their communities across the Atlantic (from Greece to the U.S.) The Port has made the following resources available: – virtual office hours to help founders & teams connect with us for free support; – a partnership with Greece’s Fellowship19 initiative supporting tech startups locally and globally; – a pro-bono project partnering with Greek travel startup Grekaddict in a live series that brings the beauty & the inspiration of Greece into homes across the world; and – an upcoming webinar series featuring a startup & SMB lawyer to help founders as they gear up for the road ahead (with free tickets, optional donation, and 100% of all proceeds donated evenly between COVID-19-focused non-profits in Greece and the U.S.

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VESTIBULAR FIRST 

FOUNDERS: PATRICK ESMONDE (GEN’13)

BIO: Their mission is to create simple, effective, affordable, and empowering vestibular technologies. The goal: to improve the accuracy of research, assessment, treatment, and training of vestibular care as provided by healthcare professionals and educators within inpatient, outpatient, and academic settings across the world.

COVID-19 Involvement:

  • Designed custom ventilator adapter for snorkeling mask to connect to standard ventilator filter so that once patients are off a ventilator, they can continue to be protected from additional illness as well as prevent the spread.
  • Modified an NIH-verified face shield model to better use available supplies and have built a complete step-by-step guide with a full list of materials (click here)
  • Setup a page to allow organizations to request face shields and any additional components (click here)
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UPENN COVID-19 COLLABORATION

FOUNDERS: VARVARA KOUNTOUZI (GED’12)

BIO: Part of a interdisciplinary collaborative effort led by Penn Health-Tech to develop medical face shields effort.

COVID-19 Involvement:

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MYNURSE.AI

FOUNDERS: WAYNE PAN (WG’07)

BIO: mynurse.ai is an AI-powered nurse coach that helps clinics support Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions between clinic visits. We do this by analyzing the behaviors and actions of the most effective nurses–is it their clinical knowledge, sensitivity to a patient’s lifestyle challenges, prompt follow-up, how they present the information–whatever it is, and build it as an electronic “smart co-pilot” to assist nurses in recommending the most effective next step triggered by real-time data collected through our IoT platform measuring patient’s vitals on an ongoing basis.

COVID-19 Involvement: mynurse.ai has offered to any physician and their office staff, free use of our HIPAA-compliant telemedicine platform in order to assist physicians in managing their patients with chronic diseases remotely, so as to support social distancing measures during the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. And since CMS has temporarily lifted restrictions on the use of telemedicine, physicians that are able to conduct telehealth visits, can now charge for the visit without any geographical limitation.

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FRUTERO ICE CREAM 

FOUNDERS: MIKE WEBER (WG’20) & VEDANT SABOO (WG’20)

BIO: Frutero is a premium quality, tropical fruit ice cream company with flavors including Mango, Guava, Passion Fruit Guanabana, and Coconut. Frutero is made from 100% real fruits grown in Colombia and Thailand, and the best dairy from Pennsylvania.

COVID-19 Involvement: “Over the last few days, the team at Frutero has donated ice cream to several hospitals around Philly. However, we recognize that there are so many more people working on the front lines that could use our support (and tasty ice cream). Yesterday, we launched a program through fruteroicecream.com to donate two ice creams for each Frutero that customers buy through our online store. Deliveries to both customers and hospitals will be made this weekend.”

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COTOPAXI

FOUNDERS: DAVIS SMITH (WG’11, G’11) & STEPHAN JACOB (WG’11, G’11)

BIO: Cotopaxi (kōtōpä´ksē) is an active stratovolcano in the Ecuadorian region of the Andes. The volcano is an important part of the local culture and is held sacred by nearby Andean indigenous communities. Founder Davis Smith  grew up in Latin America and lived for several years in Ecuador. When he wasn’t in school, Davis was exploring and camping in Cotopaxi National Park. Fast forward to 2010, he started several successful e-commerce businesses, two of which took him to Brazil, where he lived from 2010 to 2013. For his next venture, he decided to merge his love of travel with a poverty-fighting business model. Each customer’s purchase would give to those living in the world’s poorest regions. He named the company Cotopaxi to represent the spirit of adventure, optimism, and determination that he’d experienced during his time in Ecuador.

COVID-19 Involvement:  “A Mask for Every Utahn,” with funding provided by the federal CARES Act, the state was able to buy two million face masks from the Utah Manufacturers Association and Cotopaxi, a Utah-based outdoor retailer. The masks, which will all be made in Utah, are keeping 200 Utahns employed as well, according to a news release.