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2016 Diamond Winner
Aerospace + Agriculture + High Tech

Our team is committed to creating actionable intelligence from satellite imagery and other data about the planet. Our technology allows us to quickly go from hypothesis testing to meaningful, global-scale measurements and forecasts aimed at decision makers in finance, insurance, government and agribusiness. Our first product is called Kernel: an in-season yield forecast for US corn that is now in testing with a select group of pilot customers this growing season.

2016 Diamond Winner
Cybersecurity

EYL provides a hardware-based solution to secure computer network systems and replace software options that can be easily hacked. EYL provides unpredictable quantum random numbers by extracting them from a radioisotope in a tiny 5mm chip. The result is extremely fast and effective random numbers that can be deployed for security systems, computer networks and other purposes. EYL technology is being trialled in the public and private sectors.

2016 Diamond Winner
Medical Devices + Medical Devices

Surgeons still staple and suture more than they would like, as current glues don't live up to the task. But with limited success: e.g. leakage occurs in up to 15% of bowel resection procedures. We have developed a polyurethane based surgical glue which is fast acting, strong, flexible and fully biodegradable. This unique combination of features allows for use in unprecedented cases. It can function as a replacement for sutures topically, or as a suture or staple line reinforcement internally.

2015 Diamond Winner
Public Health + Generation

SHRI works alongside communities in rural India to increase access to essential health infrastructure by providing access to toilets, which convert waste into energy in order to run a water filtration system. SHRI sells safe drinking water at a fair price to generate revenue. SHRI encourages behavior change and positive health outcomes through education. Partnerships with local government ensures land and funding allocated for ending open defecation goes to those most in need of these services.

2015 Diamond Winner
Efficiency + Efficiency

For the long-haul trucking market which faces large diesel costs, Hyliion is developing an add-on hybrid system for tractor trailers that will reduce their total fuel consumption by 30%, with an ROI of less than one year. In addition, it will improve the driver’s quality of life as well as reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. We strive to offer a high quality solution that will lead the industry towards a more efficient and safe means of transporting goods.

2015 Diamond Winner
Poverty Alleviation + Retail

In LATAM, lack of affordable access to decent clothing perpetuates social inequality. Poor appearance limits educational, professional, and personal development opportunities. Estrenón, a for-profit social enterprise, disrupts poverty’s cycle of low self-esteem and exclusion by pioneering the reuse clothing movement in LATAM through a replicable model for buying and selling pre-owned clothing. Our retail stores create dignified & empowering experiences for families to begin improving their lives

2015 Diamond Winner
Medical Devices + Diagnostics

Biorasis is in the business of developing a miniaturized, hypodermic-injectable biosensor for reliable continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) with autonomous operation for 3-6 months that requires no user intervention. Our goal is to vastly improve the quality of life of diabetics. Our solution eliminates surgery for sensor implantation and extraction, restores active life style, enables remote care for juveniles and the elderly, enhances compliance, and saves 50-70% in annual healthcare costs.

2014 Diamond Winner
Poverty Alleviation + Efficiency

200 million people across India and Bangladesh suffer from arsenic and fluoride poisoning due to contaminated drinking water. Drinkwell transforms this $2.3B market into economic opportunity by blending novel water filtration with a franchise business model to provide 20L jugs of water daily to customers for a low monthly fee. Compared to reverse osmosis, the current best practice, Drinkwell delivers 60x more water, is 16x more energy efficient, and reduces waste by 7 orders of magnitude.

2014 Diamond Winner
Diagnostics + Healthcare

What if I told you I could save one million lives every year with just refrigerator magnets and a laser pointer? For the 500 million annual infections that go undiagnosed, current malaria diagnostics are slow, expensive, inaccurate, and chemical-based, meaning they require refrigeration and clinical expertise.
But malaria parasites are magnetic. Our reusable, mechanical mechanical device offers a handheld, quantitative diagnosis for 1/10th the cost and 100x the detection level of competitors.

2014 Diamond Winner
Poverty Alleviation

Catie’s Closet, provides, through it’s in-school, discreet resource, essential clothing and basic necessities to homeless students and those living below the poverty line. Students are able to privately access what they need – which helps remove barriers to learning and school attendance. Participating students want to attend school. We are helping kids fit in, feel valued and focus on education. By providing a hand-up over a hand-out, we are leveling the playing field for at-risk students.

2013 Diamond Winner
Enterprise Software

The ViralGains mission is to create authentic relationships between consumers and advertisers through the power of online video. ViralGains delivers Viral Marketing at scale through technology that measures how consumers watch, share, and talk about video content. The ViralGains Viral Marketing Platform is the first of its kind that maximizes views, shares, and conversations in real time for YouTube content.

2013 Diamond Winner
Hardware & Robotics

RailPod robots increase the frequency and quality of day-to-day railroad track inspections. Through cost effective robots and data as a service RailPod ensures the safety of railroad track inspectors while providing much needed big data to the multi-billion dollar track inspection industry. RailPod robots provide railroad track inspectors with repeatable and quantifiable data in real time, allowing railroads to make timely decisions that improve bottom line revenue and safety of passengers.

2013 Diamond Winner
Education

Recognized  by  President  Obama  as  one  of  the  best  new  social  innovations,  MT  strengthens  the  economy  by  educating a  generation  of  American  teens  about  money.  Placing  trained college  mentors  in  urban  high  school  classrooms  to  lead teens through action-focused  pop-­culture  curricula,  MT  makes  personal finance  relevant  to  the  kids  who  need  it  most.  MT will scale to provide every student  the  skills  needed  for economic security and prosperity.

2013 Diamond Winner
Medical Devices

In the US, over half a million patients suffer from chronic kidney failure (CKF). Most are dependent on hemodialysis to filter their blood. Unfortunately, more than 100,000 patients/year die from CKF, a large reason being the failure of the interface between the patient and the hemodialysis machine known as a “vascular access”. At Hemova, we have developed a blood access device that is safer and more reliable than current solutions; helping to keep our patients healthier and prolong their lives.

2013 Diamond Winner
Manufacturing

99Degrees Custom is manufacturing the future of retail. With the rise of me-commerce comes a unique opportunity for US manufacturing. Speed-to-market is key. 99Degrees Custom, based in Lawrence, MA, combines lean manufacturing with innovative technology, automation, and ops systems to manufacture and ship custom apparel within days of an order. We bridge low income workers with family-supporting wage careers in advanced manufacturing through training, living wage employment and next gen benefits

2012 Diamond Winner
General + Design + Manufacturing

Whether delivering a package for FedEx, carrying luggage for the TSA or just lifting in a warehouse, $50 Billion is spent compensating injuries from workers who lift incorrectly. Strong Arm Technologies, Inc. has developed an elegant solution to those expenditures. The Strong Arm Vest takes the forces of a load and disperses them to stronger more stable areas of the lifters torso, in doing so it constrains the user into a proper ergonomic lifting posture. Workers lift safer and with less effort.

2012 Diamond Winner
Social Impact + Internet & Web

RallyPoint gives US military members unprecedented ability to influence their careers by leveraging their own unique military merits and connections. As a military member inevitably transitions to the private sector, we leverage his unique military identity to dramatically improve chances of finding ideal employment. Founders are 2 Harvard B-School military veterans uniquely positioned to lead this venture's success. GEN (Ret) George Casey, 36th Army Chief of Staff, is among Board members.

2012 Diamond Winner
High Tech

LiquiGlide is a revolutionary super-slippery coating platform that allows cosmetic products like shampoo, conditioner, and lotion and thick sauces and condiments like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, jelly, and even honey to slide easily out of their bottles. What may seem like a trivial application is actually a $100+ billion industry worldwide. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. LiquiGlide will be a game changing technology in energy, desalination, transportation, manufacturing, and more.

2012 Diamond Winner
Social Impact

20 million people in developing countries need a wheelchair. Existing products don’t work on the rough terrain and break easily. We designed the Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC) to solve this problem. It uses a lever drivetrain made from bike parts, enabling users to travel 80% faster than a standard wheelchair on tarmac and off-road like no other mobility aid available, while ensuring local repairability. The LFC empowers people with disabilities to access education, employment and independence.

2011 Diamond Winner
High Tech

Tinfoil Security is providing the simplest security solution. With Tinfoil Security, your site is routinely monitored and checked for vulnerabilities using a scanner that's constantly updated. Using the same techniques as malicious hackers, we systematically test all the access points, instantly notifying you when there's a threat and giving you step-by-step instruction

2011 Diamond Winner
Social Impact

Sanergy permanently reduces sanitation-related diseases in Africa's slums by making hygienic sanitation affordable, accessible, and sustainable. Our team of engineers from MIT and University of Nairobi have developed a low-cost high-quality sanitation center. We franchise a dense network of these sanitation centers across the slums to local entrepreneurs who run them as viable businesses. We collect the waste from each center and convert it to electricity and fertilizer that we sell for a profit

2010 Diamond Winner
General

Samanta Shoes creates life changing experiences for women who have trouble finding stylish shoes in their size. The US footwear industry consists of annual retail revenue of $40 billion, however top brands are reluctant to cater to the oversize womens shoe market. Samanta recently signed an agreement with Amazon.com, and has sold them over $600,000 in large size women's shoes in 2010. Samanta is seeking $500,000 to relaunch their retail website, increase inventory levels, and restructure debt.

2010 Diamond Winner
Social Impact

1.1 Billion people do not have access to clean drinking water; 3.5 million die every year as a result. Clean water is difficult to come by; used soda bottles that clutter our planet are not. OsmoPure up cycles this trash into simple and effective water filtration systems that are vital to life in disaster situations and commercially attractive for recreation. We aim to ease the water crisis with a profitable business that will remain strong when efforts running only on good will have dried up.

2010 Diamond Winner
High Tech

Cadio (rhymes with "radio") analyzes GPS data from mobile phones to better understand consumer interests and habits. Using a privacy-aware opt-in model, Cadios algorithms generate brand-relevant inferences about where people go and what they do, creating robust predictions about future behaviors. Cadios addressable market includes consumer research and campaign effectiveness monitoring, worth approximately $1.2 billion/year in the US alone.

2010 Diamond Winner
High Tech

You know that "You must reboot to install new updates" message? Ksplice has developed technology that can install those updates, without rebooting. Rebooting for updates is pervasive and painful: downtime has real financial cost. But not updating is exposing yourself to security risks: 90% of attacks take advantage of vulnerabilities you'd be secure against if you kept up to date. So Ksplice is a lifesaver for IT administrators: just ask our 100+ customers. Rebooting is obsolete!

Platinum Winners
2016 Platinum Winner
Cybersecurity

TapLink has developed and has been granted a patent on a new way to secure passwords and user databases on the internet. Our "blind hashing" solution completely eliminates the possibility of password theft, protecting companies and their customers from costly and disruptive data breaches. Our technology can economically protect any business from the smallest SaaS startups to Amazon and Facebook.

2016 Platinum Winner
Aerospace + Hardware & Robotics

Every few hours, one Library of Congress worth of data is created on orbit by commercial satellite operators. The cost to get this data down to the ground for use is excessive and growing more complex. Analytical Space is creating a network of in-space relays that utilize laser communications to solve this problem, allowing operators to offload more data at costs comparable to cellular data plans, all while using their existing hardware.

Gold Winners
2016 Gold Winner
Consumer Products + General

Parents unable to console crying babies can become anxious and discouraged, which can weaken the parent-baby bond. Witnessing their heartache inspired a maternity nurse to design Tranquilo Mat to soothe babies in seconds by mimicking the womb’s familiar sounds and motions including gentle vibrations, whooshing, and heartbeats. The mat is a portable and versatile solution, usable anywhere, even in parents’ arms. Tranquilo creates happier families and a more peaceful world, one baby at a time.

2016 Gold Winner
Food, Beverages & Restaurants

Whole Heart Provisions is going to make you crave vegetables. We are a fast casual restaurant concept that takes flavors you'll find in the world's best restaurants, and serves them in under two minutes, for under $10. All of our food and packaging are plant based, helping us please the planet, our bodies, and most importantly, our taste buds. Since our launch in October 2015, we've served over 40,000 customers. We plan to become the Chipotle of the flexitarian generation.

2016 Gold Winner
Education + High Tech

IBM called us the Uber for Education.

Jasmine is a mother from a Nigerian slum in our program & she doesn’t have education for her children, but she does have a mobile phone.

So we train & certify Home Educators from Jasmine’s own community to teach her thru SMS text messages. Jasmine then educates her children in her own home.

For educating her children and answering a quiz correctly, Jasmine is rewarded with free minutes and texts to her mobile phone, gamifying the learning process

2016 Gold Winner
Medical Devices

Neither kids nor adults enjoys having current orthodontic braces. You have to wear them 2-3 years and often get stuck with “metal mouth.” Signature Orthodontics addresses this problem by applying patented, next-generation manufacturing technology adapted for use in orthodontic treatment by the industry's leading experts.

2016 Gold Winner
Hardware & Robotics

Sea Machines Robotics is building the technology that will enable the era of autonomous and remote-commanded marine & maritime vessels. Sea Machines systems allow surface craft to operate & navigate safely and efficiently with or without an on board crew. Initial applications ready to take advantage of autonomy are tugboats, launches, survey work boats, and dredging vessels, and as the technology gains wider acceptance we will expand into the over-the-horizon operations such as cargo shipping.

2016 Gold Winner
Financial Technology + High Tech

RateGravity addresses the major issues in the $2.0T US mortgage market. Due to the actions of the highly commissioned mortgage salesperson, consumers are paying tens of thousands of dollars in excess interest on their loans and only 1 of 4 borrowers applies with more than one lender. RateGravity is redefining how consumers finance their home by eliminating the salesperson and providing a solution to compare, choose and close with local lenders, saving tens of thousands of dollars in interest.

2016 Gold Winner
Education + Consumer Products

Joulez will empower tween girls globally with the skills, knowledge, vocabulary and courage needed to create the world-changing innovations and tech jobs of tomorrow. Playthings directly impact career choice – Joulez disrupts the boy-centric STEM toy offering with products proven to resonate with girls and their parents through deep user testing. Our kits let girls build and personalize beautiful crafts while learning valuable STEM skills and exploring fun, engaging online content.

2016 Gold Winner
Efficiency

CoolComposites is a startup that is working to produce a phase change material (PCM) for energy efficient buildings. Competing PCM products are extremely expensive, require substantial modifications to building construction, or both. Our goal is to produce a drop-in additive for building materials based on inorganic PCMs, which are more than 10x cheaper than their existing organic counterparts. This will allow us to offer a 'zero-day' payback period enabled by novel materials synthesis.

2016 Gold Winner
Medical Devices + Medical Devices

BrainRobotics is based in Boston MA and focuses on developing EEG (aka, Electroencephalography, or brainwave) controlled robotic prosthesis, which can be directly controlled using brainwave without using hands on a cost effective basis. This can be a life changer to those who suffered from loss of limb. The project is perceived as a great combination of cutting-edge technology and social responsibility. With BrainRobotic’s technology, you are in control to live a wonderful life.

2016 Gold Winner
Online Commerce & Marketplaces

Independent Beauty Professionals are having problems maintaining their skills in their craft and managing a business at the same time—BeautyLynk solves that problem by creating a full software solution that will manage the entire beauty business operation. BeautyLynk provides independent contractors and salon owners with a software platform that handles on-demand appointment booking, financial transactions, record keeping, and customer sourcing.

2016 Gold Winner
Hardware & Robotics + High Tech

3DFortify is a materials company spun out of Professor Randall Erb’s lab at NEU. Our innovative 3D Magnetic alignment technology controls the orientation of composite reinforcement in three dimensions. This merges superior mechanical properties with the customization of 3D Printing. Current composites are expensive, time intensive, hard to customize, and have limited geometries. Our patented technologies allow for cheaper, faster, and the most complex composite manufacturing to date.

2015 Gold Winner
Healthcare Delivery + Diagnostics

Oral health affects heart disease, Alzheimer’s & diabetes and is the 2nd largest out of pocket healthcare expense: $250 BN! Yet 40% of Americans are not accessing this basic healthcare need. Sadly, this percentage is growing due to rising costs & inconvenience.
Virtudent leverages innovations in portable equipment & telehealth technologies to bring oral healthcare to the workplace for a fraction of the cost.Through Virtudent's pop-up dental clinics, high quality care is made easy & accessible.

2015 Gold Winner
Environment + Energy / Clean Tech

Spoiler Alert creates the first cloud-based marketplace and reporting platform to allow organizations to sell, donate, and recover wasted food. Whether that’s healthy surplus product or valuable organic waste, we enable them to get it to those who can use it – quickly. We've built a more seamless user experience - supported with real-time notifications, easy payment processing, and reporting capabilities. As a package, we empower companies to save money and become better community citizens.

2015 Gold Winner
Aerospace + High Tech

Survey and inspection of our critical infrastructure, such as wind turbines, bridges, oil/gas pipe, and power-line, is slow, expensive, and often extremely dangerous.

XactSense builds fully autonomous, 3D Laser scanning Drones which allow our customer to get more data, at half the cost, and 1/5 the time of existing methods.

Our system is designed to fit the needs of the industry. Custom aircraft, 3-axis stabilized payload, and our own software to create 3D models of any landscape or structure.

2015 Gold Winner
Entertainment & Media

TV rating is the most important number in the $70 billion TV ad market, but there has been no innovation in two decades. TVision Insights leverages state-of-the-art computer vision technology to collect viewers’ demographics, emotional reactions, and viewability/engagement by placing a sensor at the base of a television in a household. This data is extremely valuable to advertisers and media buying agencies who today have no real measurement of their advertisements’ effectiveness.

2015 Gold Winner
Retail

At Six Foods, we make healthy, delicious, and sustainable foods with insects. We use crickets milled into a flour to make high protein tortilla chips (Chirps) that are familiar to Americans. We want to normalize insect foods, starting with snacks to meat. The goal is to substitute animal protein with insect protein, thus converting livestock farming to insect farming. By doing so, we will reduce land & water usage, and greenhouse gas emissions.

2015 Gold Winner
Medical Devices

Instead of reinventing the syringe, our device, LyoKit, couples a standard off-the-shelf syringe with an external pressurized water chamber, resulting in a simple one-step reconstitution process. As a result, the LyoKit differentiates itself from other competitions by being customizable to a full range of biologic products that require reconstitution. We also have the potential to provide a cost advantage of up to 60% to both the customer and pharmacy, while still generating 70% profit margins.

2015 Gold Winner
Public Health + Diagnostics

Globally, 2 billion people are malnourished and anemic. Health impacts range from impaired physical and cognitive development, to infant prematurity, to death– 1 million people annually. Untreated anemia in children can have lifelong impact; 178M are undiagnosed today.
Obz Design is addressing the critical challenge of anemia diagnostics with a revolutionary non-invasive device that will replace blood testing. Our solution is 50 times less expensive, 400 times faster, and safer for patients.

2015 Gold Winner
Internet & Web

Nix86 is a universal order management platform that brings unprecedented scale & efficiency to the food service industry. Each year 990K US restaurants place 1B orders with 17k suppliers by fax, email, and phone calls. Nix86 optimizes order/fulfillment by replacing paper handoffs & data silos with a direct B2B cloud-based connection & central archive. Nix86 aligns restaurants & suppliers, reduces labor costs and food waste, and adds new business intelligence with accessible data.

2015 Gold Winner
Gaming & Consumer

Digital and print displays dominate our lives - yet today’s flat displays only show an impoverished slice of reality. To solve the big problems that have prevented glasses-free 3D from going mainstream, Lumii is developing the first commercial light field engine: the evolution of our research at MIT. We can't wait to bring it into your hands.

At Lumii, we are fundamentally changing the way people build glasses-free 3D digital and print displays, by replacing optics with software intelligence.

2015 Gold Winner
Medical Devices

LaunchPad Medical is developing Tetranite™, a bone adhesive that is gradually replaced by bone. Such a product has significant load-bearing strength and will provide a new tool for the surgeon to anchor metal implants, fill voids, and fix bone fragments back together while keeping procedures simpler, safer, and less expensive. Tetranite™ has a combination of strength, biocompatibility, and low cost to be commercially viable. The dental implant market will be the initial platform application.

2015 Gold Winner
Hardware & Robotics

Today our ability to find new sources of oil to supply our energy needs, prevent illegal drugs from being smuggled into the US on ships, and keep our military safe by freeing foreign waters of dangerous mines all rely on the same thing: risking human lives diving into these unsafe and unknown environments. Hydroswarms solves this problem by using swarms of small, autonomous, underwater robots specifically designed to do this job, saving lives and revolutionizing a multi-billion dollar market.

2015 Gold Winner
Efficiency + Materials

Laundry is about to be reinvented! Current laundry machines use 20 gallons of water and significant amount of detergent to remove just one table spoon of dirty oil compounds, giving a cleaning efficiency of less than 1%. This inefficient process makes an average hotel spend $10K on water and detergent per month! With AquaFresco close-loop laundry technology, 95% of the water and detergent cost can be saved, capturing a market opportunity over $2B/yr.

2014 Gold Winner
General + Energy / Clean Tech

Aquaculture is the fastest growing animal sector and is one of the best sources of protein to accommodate the world’s growing population of 9 billion by 2030. At the same time, the world’s natural fisheries are in decline and fish farming is unsustainable currently. KnipBio's high-yield proprietary fermentation technology offers a more economical, healthier and sustainable alternative than today's approaches.

2014 Gold Winner
High Tech + High Tech

Grapevine is pioneering Advocate Marketing, a powerful new digital marketing platform connecting brands with relevant communities of online influencers to deliver breakthrough advertising ROI.

2014 Gold Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

Annually 47 million people in the US fall victim to a water-borne infection. Current testing methods take 24 hours or more. This waiting time is too long for efficient quality control and to prevent disease outbreaks. Fluid-Screen brings the power of an entire lab into a portable device. Fluid-Screen detects bacteria in water in 30 minutes or less. The patent pending technology is based on a silicon biosensor chip developed at Yale University. We believe that Fluid-Screen will change the world.

2014 Gold Winner
Efficiency + Efficiency + Generation

Power plants have been stuck using the same inefficient condensers for decades. Putting a hydrophobic coating on these condensers would save millions of dollars in fuel and thousands of tons of CO2 every year for each power plant. Until now there hasn’t been a coating that survives long enough while providing good thermal performance. We invented and patented a durable hydrophobic coating at MIT and invented a way to manufacture it at an industrial scale.

2014 Gold Winner
Enterprise Software

The publishing industry can save millions of dollars annually with Dimples. Dimples, Inc. develops software for reducing the cost of printing documents. Our patented technology enables organizations to use their existing fonts while reducing costs by 30 to 40%. Dimples specializes in engineering ink- and toner-conserving software and font overlays for newspapers, magazines, and more. Our target markets include: publishers, government, institutions, and bulk printers.

2014 Gold Winner
Medical Devices + Diagnostics

For many diseases whose treatment involves frequent delivery of injectable drugs (diabetes, Parkinson's, osteoporosis, etc.), using continuous infusion pumps often leads to better outcomes than multiple daily injections, resulting in healthier patients and lower healthcare costs. Existing pumps' limitations, however, inhibit their adoption. Our Evopump - a more comfortable, precise, therapeutically flexible, and lower cost pump - should significantly increase adoption, yielding better outcomes

2014 Gold Winner
Hardware & Robotics + General

Power meters are a training and performance tracking tool for cyclists; think of it as a super Fitbit for cyclists. While they've become essential for elite cyclists, their high price (often well over $1,000) prevents mainstream fitness cyclists from using power data to train smarter and ride faster.

We’re Ashton Instruments and we’ve developed a new sensor technology that lets us build a power meter that’s finally affordable to the entire fitness cycling market.

2014 Gold Winner
Energy / Clean Tech

Anfiro is developing ultra high-permeability membranes for water purification. Our step increase in membrane permeability results in transformative cost reductions by enabling small-scale cost effective systems. The massive footprint reduction translates into large CAPEX savings, while the lower operating pressure results in a decreased energy requirement and associated operating cost. Anfiro's ultra-high permeability membranes are enabling clean and affordable water for a better tomorrow.

2014 Gold Winner
Healthcare Delivery + Diagnostics

3Derm is a cost-effective skin imaging system that allows any user to take clinical-quality 3D images of concerning skin lesions and upload them instantly for review by a dermatologist. We implement our technology within accountable care organizations as a triage system, allowing primary care physicians to use our handheld imager in their clinics and send images via cloud to an in-network dermatologist for review - ensuring those with alarming conditions are seen as soon as possible.

2013 Gold Winner
Generation + High Tech

UPower is developing the only always-on, mobile, emission-free, recyclable nuclear generator for remote and distributed generation where energy costs can exceed 30 cents/kWh, and power is needed 24/7. The reactor is a compact, solid-state, nano reactor that produces 1.5 MWe and can cogenerate process heat for 30 years without refueling. Our unique technology enables us to reduce technical and regulatory risks so we can get to market for 1/10th the cost in half the time as competing technologies.

2013 Gold Winner
Medical Devices

Thompson SCI is commercializing a patented device based treatment for spinal cord injury (SCI). This is a patient population that currently has no clinically effective treatment options and represents a multi-billion dollar market. Our team of biomedical engineers and surgeons are completing the development of a system that integrates into current treatment practices to deliver a targeted therapy that inhibits biological responses that result in permanent neurological loss.

2013 Gold Winner
Social Impact + Manufacturing

Our mission is to create veteran employment opportunities, reduce waste and strengthen civil-military understanding by profitably selling fashionable bags and accessories made from repurposed military materials. Our name originates from the ancient saying, “to turn swords into plough shares,” which means, to take military technologies and materials and apply them to peaceful civilian applications.

2013 Gold Winner
Hardware & Robotics

Silverside Detectors helps governments reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism. Our lithium thermal neutron detection technology matches the performance of standard He-3 radiation detectors, but at 1/10th the price. This inexpensive radiation sensor is low-cost and efficient enough to be a "connected device" for networks of discreet detectors within and around cities, in transportation pathways, and nuclear material storage sites.

2013 Gold Winner
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

Burns and other skin tissue losses are currently treated with partial thickness skin grafts from healthy skin, a painful procedure that generates additional scarring and has to be performed in an OR under anesthesia carrying complications inherent to surgical procedures. KERADERM consists of 4×4in Skin-cell-coated sheets, cultured from a 5mm healthy skin sample of the same patient. It is a painless, non-surgical procedure that heals in a short period of time with a significant decrease in cost

2013 Gold Winner
Social Impact

Cape Commons Brewing Company is a social impact brewery that has a dual mission: to brew great craft beer and to invest in communities without access to clean drinking water. For every batch of beer we brew, we build one clean water project through our on-the-ground partner, Rainwater for Humanity. One Batch. One Project. Beer for Water. We're getting ready to build a brewery in Brooklyn and have the beer kegged, canned and in your hands by Fall 2014. So the adventure begins now, are you coming?

2013 Gold Winner
Materials

Bio-Adhesive Alliance produces an adhesive that is low cost and durable and can be utilized as a substitute to petroleum-based asphalt. It is a green product obtained from a thermochemical process that converts swine manure to liquid asphalt. It has applications is pavement, construction, roofing, sealing, and carpeting. It improves pavement quality due to its enhanced water resistibility and temperature tolerance resulting in significant savings in pavement construction and maintenance.

2013 Gold Winner
Efficiency + Energy / Clean Tech

Fouling - deposition of ash on surfaces of boilers affects coal and biofuel powered power plants. Deposits reduce energy transfer from the combustion fuel to heated water and steam. In a typical base load boiler losses due to fouling top 5%, $25 million annually. Today there is no fouling sensing technology to direct cleaning of the boiler, driving up maintenance costs and inefficiencies. Our technology can directly measure the fouling buildup and create a close loop to optimize cleaning.

2013 Gold Winner
Public Health

It is almost impossible to not know someone affected by breast cancer with 1 in 8 women diagnosed. The "Jacki" is a patent approved essential recovery garment that empowers cancer patients enduring extensive surgery. Its unique design increases mobility and independence, while reducing pain. Distributed by oncology network throughout 81 hospitals at the critical timing of diagnosis. This game-changing patient designed surgeon-endorsed garment is leveling the playing field in this unfair fight.

2013 Gold Winner
Telecommunications & Mobile

3dim changes how you interact with your smart devices. We unleash natural interaction by providing the first accurate 3D gesture sensor for the battery-powered mobile device market. Our patent-pending method dramatically reduces power requirements and eliminates sensitivity to lighting conditions, making reliable gesture control on the go possible for the first time. Sized and priced for phones, tablets, and wearables. Leave your screen for display and interact in 3D. Gesture is the new touch.

2012 Gold Winner
Social Impact + Internet & Web

We got a crash course in recovery when an EF3 tornado scrambled our town. Groups like the Red Cross bring resources into town, but don’t collect donations, don’t organize volunteers, and don’t stay. Untrained community members are tasked with all of the long-term organizing and given no tools. We can launch TownName.Recovers.org in 2hrs, providing searchable databases, social media aggregation and mobile apps, allowing local organizers to efficiently marshal resources.

2012 Gold Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

90% of people 80+ want to live at home, but there can be risks. NTG health service has health sensors and software intelligence to detect abnormal patterns in behavior, allowing for early response. Our service detects serious issues -- even if someone is unconscious, has not fallen, or has not pressed an alarm. We help aging people maintain independent, active lives, and assure their families they are healthy and safe at home. We give aging people freedom, and their loved ones peace of mind.

2012 Gold Winner
Social Impact + Education

NBA Math Hoops harnesses the power and influence that NBA stars possess and unleashes it to inspire students to be excited and happy about learning math. We have formed partnerships with the National Basketball Association and Hasbro Games to create an innovative, fast-paced, competitive board game that teaches and applies important fundamental math skills. Students use real-world NBA and WNBA player data to compete against classmates in timed, simulated basketball games.

2012 Gold Winner
General + Retail

Ministry of Supply, founded by 4 MIT students, aims to change how we think about business clothing. With an Advisory Board comprised of members from Patagonia, Zappos, Gilt and Under Armour, Ministry of Supply was Kickstarter's highest ever Fashion funded startup, raising $429K from 3,000+ customers in 30 countries in about a month. It uses its proprietary NASA technology in business clothing to prevent sweat via temperature regulation, and eliminates ironing.

2012 Gold Winner
Social Impact

49 million Americans are hungry and food insecure (including 660,000 in Massachusetts), yet wasted food accounts for almost forty percent of food produced in the U.S. Food is wasted at every level from production to the retail shelf. Lovin’ Spoonfuls facilitates the rescue and distribution of perishable, prepared and unserved foods that would otherwise be thrown away and wasted. We deliver this food directly to local crisis centers, soup kitchens and other social assistance entities.

2012 Gold Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

Lab Automate has developed and globally patented the A3G technology which can reduce the time to market of Inhalation products by up to 25%. The technology’s feasibility has been independently proven by tests done at Cirrus Pharmaceuticals and by University of Maryland. The technology has a $2.8 billion market which is growing @ 6%/annum. Expects to be profitable in 2nd year with 5th year sales projected @$50MM--is seeking $1.3MM to develop commercial scale equipment.

2012 Gold Winner
High Tech + Enterprise Software

Fragmentation of media consumption has made audiences expensive and difficult to reach with the current methods, especially within the $70B US TV ad market. Building on years of experience with viewership data and ad tech, IntegralReach is offering next generation solutions to TV networks and advertisers. We utilize large, rich data sets and analytics to fuel an activation platform that effectively places ads, promotes content and delivers meaningful, cross-platform reach.

2012 Gold Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

Tooth loss affects nearly the entire adult population and significantly impacts quality of life. Dental implants are often the best treatment; however, it is hard to accurately drill a hole in the jaw to properly place an implant, and mistakes can be costly. We sell 3D image-based drill guides to help surgeons more easily and accurately place implants. Our patented guide solves the design issues of current guides, requires no investment (vs $5-10K), and is half the price of current guides.

2012 Gold Winner
Energy / Clean Tech

Dynamo Micropower is developing a small gas generator (<30 kW) that provides the operational benefits of a gas turbine and the capital costs of traditional diesel gensets. This is achieved by leveraging a novel proprietary architecture that can utilize fuels on site, requires little maintenance and as designed for scale manufacturing. These unique features will allow Dynamo to dominate the market, while the novel architecture enables low cost production and scalable design.

2012 Gold Winner
Social Impact + Education

CoachUp is a service that connects athletes with private coaches. We believe that private coaching is the secret to reaching the next level in sports + life. Pain 1: It's hard for parents to find and compare private coaches. Pain 2: it's hard for private coaches to find and manage clients. Private coaches lack web, marketing, scheduling and billing - some would like to do private coaching on the side to make money but don't know how - CoachUp can help.

2012 Gold Winner
General + Enterprise Software

Institutional investors are plagued by the inability of most trade order management systems to deal effectively with foreign exchange. BuysideFX provides clients all the benefits of modern trading: auto-trading, anonymity, netting, algorithmic trading, etc., in an intuitive "set it and forget it" method that greatly reduces operational and market risk. Brought to you by the people who created eSecLending, and funded by some of the East Coast's top VCs and angels.

2012 Gold Winner
High Tech + Design

Soldiers, fire fighters, and search and rescue workers put their lives on the line every day so that we don’t have to. Life-saving imaging technology exists that could make their jobs safer, yet current applications are too expensive, classified, and impractical for wide-scale use. Bounce Imaging is developing ultra-low-cost, easy-to-use imaging systems to meet the needs of soldiers and first responders, allowing them to explore potentially hazardous spaces without exposing them to harm.

2011 Gold Winner
Energy / Clean Tech

Resolute Marine Energy, Inc.'s goal is to complete development and commercialization by 2012 of a wave-driven seawater desalination system that operates completely off-grid and fills a huge gap in the market for seawater desalination systems. Were seeking a two-tranche investment of $3.4M for additional IP protection and pilot-scale trials with a prospective customer in South Africa. By 2014, we will achieve $12 million of cumulative net income, serve more than 900,000 people.

2011 Gold Winner
High Tech

UberSense is revolutionalizing sports coaching! To win, athletes and teams need to analyze their biomechanics and game tactics. Our popular mobile and cloud platform helps them film their technique using mobile devices, perform analysis using our intelligent and proprietary video analysis tools, and get feedback from their coaches and peers via an online social community. We are the most installed mobile video analysis solution in the market, with over 2.5M videos analyzed till date.

2011 Gold Winner
Energy / Clean Tech

Using our proprietary light-control technology, products like windows, skylights and rearview mirrors can be instantly adjusted to go from clear to dark, with adjustable tint in-between. These devices can even be controlled to transition between clear and mirrored states.
The result is an aesthetically pleasing look that enhances privacy and energy efficiency. SmarterShade products do not require any electricity and may be designed as built-in or after-market products.

2011 Gold Winner
General

Larger-breasted women need a highly supportive, comfortable sports bra, yet current bras are woefully inadequate. Problems include: painful bouncing, restricted breathing, shoulder strap pain, too hot/tight, chafing, and underwire pain.
The Lynx bra provides A++ motion control. It is lightweight, breathable, and has no underwires. An Integrated Stability Matrix supports breasts from the sides, taking weight off shoulders. Dynamic Flex Construction provides breathability and freedom of movement.

2011 Gold Winner
Social Impact

Last year, corporations donated $15B and 5B hours to charities. The problem is that the tools they use are obsolete, boring and complicated. Solution: Invup is a fun and easy-to-use web platform that helps organizations manage their volunteering and donation programs. Game dynamics increase employee motivation, social media improve the brand image of the organization and, finally, simple analytics allow effective monitoring of the programs. Better impact for companies, employees and communities.

2011 Gold Winner
High Tech

For over 2 years, Drync Wine has been the top downloaded mobile app for wine in the world. Drync has received accolades from the New York Times, Mashable, Macworld, and others. Today, Drync manages 600,000 bottles of virtual wine۝ for 300,000 affluent wine enthusiasts and has served over 2 million wine searches.
From this foundation, Drync will dominate the $27b US wine market with a social buying experience for members offering carefully chosen, curated, premium wine deals.

2011 Gold Winner
Social Impact

A common problem artists face is getting their work shown. ArtVenue changes the game by creating a network of new art spaces. We recruit local businesses and connect them with artists, creating an exciting new avenue for showing artwork in the community. Artists and venues find each other and arrange shows through the site, similar to an online dating service. When art lovers at a show see a work they want, they can buy it instantly with their smart phone.

2011 Gold Winner
High Tech

Artaic aims to revolutionize the design and fabrication of the ancient mosaic art form through mass customization.۝ Artaic's patent-pending robotic precision manufacturing and computer aided design systems drive the production of large scale and/or high volume mosaics. Much as custom print technology revolutionized the carpet industry 30 years ago, Artaic now offers exceptional customization, lead-time and financial value to the $76B global tile industry.

2010 Gold Winner
High Tech

Symmetric Computing has developed software that changes the way technical computing will be done forever. We have created a completely new and unique operating system enhancement for Windows, Unix, Linux etc. This enhancement transforms a network connected cluster into a homogeneous compute platform. With our kernel modification, all the processors and memory within a cluster, are controlled under one OS image transforming a commodity based cluster into a true distributed SMP supercomputer.

2010 Gold Winner
High Tech

StorageByMail.com is a unique alternative to traditional self-storage warehouses. It enables customers to ship packages to and from a centralized warehouse using prepaid shipping labels and online inventory management. Customers only pay for they space they use and can access their boxes anytime and anyplace via return delivery. Unlike the self storage industry, which seeks to rent real estate to its customers, StorageByMail.com is a storage services company designed to make storage easy.

2010 Gold Winner
Social Impact

Seeding Labs creates opportunities for scientists in the developing world to conduct world-class research. We work with U.S.-based corporate and academic partners to reduce environmental impact at home and provide affordable and appropriate surplus equipment to talented and ambitious scientists abroad. By transferring equipment from scientists to scientists we connect colleagues to share expertise and pursue new research that benefits the entire global community.

2010 Gold Winner
Social Impact

ScholarPRO is the first ever common application system for private scholarships. After applying for over 350 awards, I wanted to create a system that solved the inefficiencies of the three constituents in the private financial aid space: students, scholarship providers, and colleges. Scholarship providers have a difficult time finding applicants, 70% of students never apply for a scholarship because the process is too complex, and colleges cant keep up with the rising financial need.

2010 Gold Winner
High Tech

Have you ever tried to rent anything? Finding and booking rentals is a pain - no rental stores let you order online, and finding the information you need is time consuming. Rentabilities makes renting easy. Come to our site, research rentals, and get quotes from stores in your area. Then, choose a store and book online - all without picking up the phone.

2010 Gold Winner
General

Building off its founding teams successes in car sharing and collaborative lending, RelayRides is the worlds first p2p carsharing service. Without the high fixed costs of owning and maintaining cars, RelayRides can grow faster on less capital than traditional competitors, while also being able serve less dense areas that others cannot profitably. Car owners can not only make thousands of dollars per year, but renters will be treated to rates significantly lower than competitive services.

2010 Gold Winner
General

With 40 million acres of lawn, Americas biggest crop is grass. Lawn and garden is an $8 billion industry. Health magazine named your lawn the most toxic place in your home! Our patent-pending seed (slow growing, no watering, no chemicals) is transforming lawn care, saving billions of dollars, making us healthier, cutting water waste and protecting our environment. Sold online and through 80 Whole Foods Markets, our seed has garnered dozens of positive reviews and is already in over 4,000 lawns.

2010 Gold Winner
Energy / Clean Tech

OsComp Systems is commercializing a breakthrough IP-protected compression technology that will revolutionize the natural gas (NG) industry. Our cleaner, higher efficiency hybrid rotor compressor technology allows for shut-in gas wells, unviable due to low gas prices, to produce profitably again. The technology has applications in other industries such as industrial air, energy storage, refrigeration, small scale CCS, among others. Experienced engineers and managers in O&G lead the venture.

2010 Gold Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

Energesis is a biotechnology company developing therapeutics for obesity and diabetes by targeting brown fat. Our approach is a highly novel strategy directed at increasing the bodys ability to burn stored fat. All previous attempts to combat obesity have focused on reducing energy intake, as opposed to Energesis' approach of increasing energy expenditure. Our management team brings a strong entrepreneurial record together with world-class scientific, medical, and product development expertise.

2010 Gold Winner
High Tech

Abroad101 is a review website and marketplace for the $40B global study abroad industry. Our mission is to promote intercultural understanding and global citizenship by fostering a safer, better-researched, and most-meaningful study abroad experience for as many students as possible. Abroad101 empowers universities with our market-leading evaluation tool and sells leads connecting students with global experience providers. We are a passionate team of individuals committed to making a difference

2010 Gold Winner
High Tech

Most web video is not transcribed because traditional methods are cost-prohibitive, yet full text is the only solution for video to be searchable, navigable, and accessible for everyone. We combine automatic speech recognition with human editing to deliver high quality transcripts cost-effectively. Unlike traditional transcripts, ours are time synchronized; each word has a time code, enabling search and interactive capabilities leveraged by our embeddable plugins for our 50+ customers.

Sidecar Winners
2016 Sidecar Winner
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

LambdaVision is developing a protein-based retinal implant to restore vision to the tens of millions blinded by age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. There is no cure for these diseases and current treatments only slow their progression, and people are going blind. LambdaVision's flexible, minimally-invasive, subretinal design, is the first to use a photoactive protein to replace the function of the damaged photoreceptor cells to provide high-resolution vision.

2016 Sidecar Winner
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

Some people are thinner than others, and DLS has identified a mutation in humans that causes thinness. The mutation in the target protein causes loss-of-function leading to the wasting of energy in the body and results in thinness. DLS is in the process of creating a small molecule inhibitor to the target protein that will similarly cause an inefficient metabolism and lead to thinness regardless of the cause of obesity. Following nature's example provides a safer path to curing obesity.

2016 Sidecar Winner
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

Angiex is pioneering a new approach to cancer therapy: vascular targeting. Angiex is making an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) therapy against a novel target expressed by tumor endothelial cells and by most tumor cells.

In preclinical studies, Angiex ADCs have shown an ability to regress human xenograft and mouse syngeneic tumors. If toxicity to the normal vasculature can be limited, Angiex's ADC has the potential to provide an effective treatment for all solid tumors.

2014 Sidecar Winner
Internet & Web

Current one-size-fits-all language-learning software relies on predefined content, lacks immediate applicability, and is inefficient as learners spend valuable time studying words that are unnecessary or already known. Lengio solves these problems by offering personalized English courses that allow professionals to select both the field they want to study and terms that they need to learn, increasing learning efficiency and the ability to practice using the new vocabulary in the real world.

2014 Sidecar Winner
Education + Gaming & Consumer

The World Health Organization states that 200 million children worldwide have learning disabilities such as Autism, Dyspraxia, ADHD. Kinems gamifies therapeutic exercises into highly customisable Kinect learning games that allow children to perform engaging activities with hand and body gestures and improve their skills. The games interoperate with a cloud platform that offers learning & kinetic analytics. Kinems is being successfully used by professionals in several countries.

2014 Sidecar Winner
Medical Devices

Droplette is our patent-pending transdermal delivery system for delivery of drugs up to 60% larger than current treatments deep into skin over large surface areas. Our unique device is painless, contact free, portable and generates no disposables. It is designed to deliver antibiotics for serious ulcers and skin infections, reducing risk secondary complications or antibiotic resistance. Future applications include localized delivery of chemotherapeutics for skin cancer and drugs for anti-aging.

2014 Sidecar Winner
High Tech + Efficiency + General

CarKnow produces hardware and software designed to capture and generate vehicle data. The CARduino connects to in-vehicle networks, adds digital sensors, and mirrors a user's car in the Cloud. A high-security API features privacy controls and allows developers to build applications to improve the vehicle use and ownership experience. Developers can build applications using our universal API to improve fuel economy, reduce congestion, and improve the vehicle experience. Smart cars = happy drivers

2014 Sidecar Winner
Education + Internet & Web

Our vision is that every young person can get answers to any question about any career, anyplace, anytime. At CareerVillage.org, students ask career questions that are answered online by working professionals sharing their real experiences and perspectives. Our volunteers cover every career field and all walks of life. We reach students by partnering with schools, who use our lesson plans and trainings to bring CareerVillage into classrooms. We serve 25,000 students now, on our way to 8 million.

2014 Sidecar Winner
Enterprise Software

Target, Boston University, New York Times have all been victims of targeted email phishing attacks. Hackers use names and email addresses of known contacts and brands to get employees to open emails and unwittingly share credentials or get infected.

AstraID's PhishingGuardian service uses our patented Impostor Detection technology to combine big data processing and behavioral analytics to protect users against malicious emails.

PhishingGuardian is live and is actively protecting customers.

2014 Sidecar Winner
Social Impact + Design

ArtLifting is the bridge that connects homeless, disabled, and other disadvantaged artists with paying customers. Many skilled artists participate in art groups at hospitals and shelters to create wonderful pieces, but until ArtLifting, there was no sustainable marketplace where these artists could share their work. We sell our artists' work through two channels: an online marketplace (ArtLifting.com) and partnerships with commercial properties.

We are a social enterprise registered as an L3C.

2013 Sidecar Winner
Social Impact + Medical Devices

30 million people throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America require assistance from an external device. The current fabrication process requires time consuming steps which need to be carried out by a trained professional. Our low cost socket device is made from a remoldable jammable material that can be fit by the patient. With our outreach partners, the Prosthetic Outreach Foundation, The BETH Project seeks to bring affordable personalized healthcare solutions to the global population.

2013 Sidecar Winner
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

Vecoy Nanomedicines develops novel nanomedicines for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and other viral infections, using nano-scale virus traps that mimic human cells that lure and destroy viruses. This disruptive approach will revolutionize anti-viral medicine and can save the lives of millions.
The company has secured angel investments, filed a patent application (PCT), accomplished a technological proof of concept and won 1st place at the FutureMed biotech startup event in California on 2013.

2013 Sidecar Winner
High Tech + Medical Devices

Ras Labs makes synthetic muscle. Lenore Rasmussen, PhD, is CEO of Ras Labs. Her brother is a disabled American veteran. In our current conflicts, 90 % of injured soldiers survive, but at great cost. The percentage of amputees returning home is the highest since the Civil War. Most electroactive polymers bend – ours contract and expand. We own the patents for this transformational technology. The Ras Labs mission is to use synthetic muscle to make prosthetics that work, feel, and appear human.

2013 Sidecar Winner
Efficiency

Raja Systems can cut the cost of generating electricity in remote locations in half. A common solution for generating electricity in a remote location is a hybrid power system including a diesel generator, solar PV, and a battery. For a power system like this with multiple sources of electricity generation, it is important to make smart decisions about when to use each of the generation resources. Our software forecasts solar production and electricity consumption to improve the coordination of

2013 Sidecar Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

Today, stem cells derived from blood are very difficult to harvest. Current harvesting methods end up destroying the stem cells in the process. Quad Technologies has a game changing dissolvable hydrogel technology, QuickGel™, that selectively isolates stem cells from complex solutions while mitigating non-specific binding. QuickGel™ has applications in label-free cell separation, offline-sample prep, and IVD.

2013 Sidecar Winner
Medical Devices + Diagnostics

We offer a non-invasive solution for measuring intracranial pressure (ICP), a critical physiologic parameter that currently requires a neurosurgeon to drill a hole into the patient’s skull. Our device, RapidICP, has a patented method to noninvasively measure ICP using a portable, inexpensive ultrasound device that can be used by a trained technician. Approximately 40% of the severe traumatic brain injury patients in the US do not receive the ICP monitoring they need and RapidICP can change that.

2013 Sidecar Winner
Energy / Clean Tech

EnerLeap is a patented, new lithium ion battery technology. In today's lithium ion batteries, the powder binders break down quickly, stunt performance and jeopardize safety. EnerLeap replaces these inefficient binders with a rigid 2D titanium silicide nanonet. The result is a lighter weight, faster charging, longer lasting and safer battery. We have lab scale prototypes and are currently planning to enter the $12B global lithium ion market through the consumer electronic space.

Silver Winners
2016 Silver Winner
Environment + Energy / Clean Tech

80% of America is locked out of the solar market because they cannot install solar on their roof. Solstice expands the clean energy market by rapidly deploying community-shared solar at low-cost and at scale. We do this by creating a viral solar community--we tap the power of organizations and incentivize local champions to earn extra income by enrolling their friends digitally. With community solar, friends enjoy clean energy at no upfront cost and and save money on their electric bill.

2016 Silver Winner
Diagnostics + Healthcare

QSM Diagnostics has the fastest and lowest-cost diagnostic sensor platform for identifying and monitoring common bacteria in blood, urine, sputum, or wounds. Our technology provides results in 1 minute by detecting electronic signals from unique bacteria-produced molecules with zero sample preparation. It will provide early guidance at the point-of-care to doctors and veterinarians treating infections. The instrument is battery powered and portable. Only 10 microliters of sample fluid is needed.

2016 Silver Winner
Enterprise Software

The top rated door knocking app. Polis was created by canvassers for canvassers. It makes managing door-to-door sales or cause based canvassing easy.

Door-knocking managers spend hours training field sales reps, creating walk lists and entering data into spreadsheets. Polis automates logistics, data management and progress reports so your staff can spend more time in front of people and less time behind spreadsheets.

2016 Silver Winner
Healthcare IT + Education

Neuromotion empowers children to build emotional strength. Developed at Boston Children's Hospital, the company’s proprietary Bioresponsive Therapy confronts the access and quality challenges in mental health by combining the power of wearable technology, video games, and data into a clinically-proven, digital treatment platform for mental health. Neuromotion was founded by a team of scientists and technologists driven to build a new treatment model for mental health.

2016 Silver Winner
Medical Devices + Cybersecurity

Potentially billions worldwide suffer from underserved and treatable visual disorders. Current (so-called) solutions commonly mask the problem (e.g. glasses, contacts) while attempts at treatment are either inaccessible, widely hated, or ineffective after the age of 8. By leveraging mobile VR technologies, perceptual learning and eye training, Luminopia has created an unparalleled, proprietary treatment device that is safe, fun, and fast in order to improve both vision and quality of life.

2016 Silver Winner
Food, Beverages & Restaurants

We make the world's best alcoholic ginger beer. This is cold-pressed ginger, lemon juice & nutmeg. This is dry, fresh & well-balanced ginger beer. Willie Fenichel, a Cape Cod goat farmer, started making this ginger beer as a hobby. 5 years later, the brew was so good that we had to bring it to the world. Craft beer and, most recently, craft cider & ginger's explosive growth shows that the industry is ready for innovation. Let's go.

2016 Silver Winner
Efficiency + Energy / Clean Tech

The primary limiting factor of an electric vehicle’s performance is the power and energy capabilities of its energy storage by directly affecting its range, cost, power, and lifetime. Electra’s hybrid energy storage module is a product of electrical engineering combined with chemistry: our system marries the high energy density of safe battery chemistries with the high power density storage creating an efficient hybrid solution optimized for a vehicle’s performance and application.

2016 Silver Winner
Medical Devices + Healthcare

Imagine getting admitted to a hospital to get treated, but acquiring an additional infection. Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) is a Hospital acquired, fatal infection of the lungs, which happens in patients who are on the ventilator. Every year more than 250,000 patients succumb to VAP in India alone,while in US the reported cases of VAP are more than 120,000. Coeo Labs has developed an intelligent secretion and oral hygiene management system to effectively reduce the risk of acquiring VAP.

2016 Silver Winner
Storage + Energy / Clean Tech

Battery Resourcers is committed to changing the dynamics for processing end of life lithium ion batteries. Currently most lithium ion batteries are landfilled. If they are recycled only the metal value is recovered. Battery Resourcers proprietary process allows one to directly synthesize new cathode materials from spent lithium ion cells. The Battery Resourcers recycling process will be able to deliver low cost cathode materials to the lithium ion battery market enabling green technologies.

2016 Silver Winner
Gaming & Consumer

Mobile entertainment has gone beyond sharing videos and playing Angry Birds; millennials are enhancing their videos with facemasks and playing Pokemon Go in Augmented Reality. AR Spirit is going beyond these simple effects to provide a true interactive 3D AR engine for developers to leverage the AR movement. Whether it be turning the floor into lava, playing ball with a digital pet, or having a parrot land on your shoulder, AR Spirit is powering the future of 3D interactive mobile entertainment

2015 Silver Winner
Design + Design + Retail

danger!awesome is a retail makerspace bringing high-tech tools, fun events, and creative education to the consumer market. Our design staff, 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, CNC and more are available for businesses and individuals needing quick and affordable design, prototyping, fabrication, and manufacturing. We make art, furniture, signs, gifts, and event-swag for customers, while delivering community benefit with free educational events, pro bono services, and scholarship classes.

2015 Silver Winner
Education + High Tech

World Tech Makers is the first on-site and immersive coding bootcamp in Latin America. In 12 weeks, we teach people with or without experience how to program since the beginning, so they can become software developers or technology entrepreneurs. To improve the skills and to help our makers in this journey, we count on an international network of allies and mentors. Our purpose is to to promote life-changing opportunities in order to close the digital gap that exists in the region.

2015 Silver Winner
Retail

People shrink their clothes. It is a universal truth. While we gripe over cotton clothes, we truly cannot stand ruining costly wool garments.

Unshrinkit is the first ever product made to unshrink wool and help users rescue their beloved shrunken wool sweaters and clothing. And it really works - our patent-pending solution has proven in controlled trials to work better than other home remedies. 

We believe Unshrinkit can be a game-changer in the laundry room.

2015 Silver Winner
Internet & Web

In the $15bn market for second-hand sporting goods, SidelineSwap is the first peer-to-peer marketplace built for everyday athletes and fans. Each month thousands of new items ranging from equipment to apparel to footwear are uploaded by our community, making SidelineSwap the best place for buyers to find highly discounted or hard-to-find sporting goods and for sellers to turn their old sporting goods into cash.

2015 Silver Winner
Transportation & Logistics

Our blue-sky transportation solution serves people in low-density cities by providing access to the places they want to go. For the healthcare world that means providing large patient populations with direct and efficient access to clinical services. Easy to use, automated, reliable, and friendly.

RubyRide increases access to facilities, practically eliminates the opportunity for fraud and mis-use, and empowers sponsors to measure effectiveness.

Everyone gets what they need.

2015 Silver Winner
Hardware & Robotics

Pavlok: the first wearable that transforms your habits

Example: go to the gym by 10am.

Step 1: Accountability.

When you commit, you can’t remove Pavlok until you achieve your goal. It makes loud noises, or posts your fail to Facebook. Initially, it's your drill sergeant trainer. One model can even shock you with 1000 painful volts.

Step 2: Reinforcement

Pavlok adds positive reinforcement to make the habit stick, permanently.

Pavlok transforms you into a better you.

2015 Silver Winner
Other - Services + High Tech

The legal marijuana market is expected to be $10 billion by 2018. Orange Photonics is poised to meet the needs of the growers, retailers and regulators with a portable and low-cost marijuana potency analyzer that can measure THC and CBD, key marijuana components. Strains high in THC or CBD can yield double the revenue as less sought after varietals. The flexible technology can be easily reconfigured to serve numerous markets including tobacco, petroleum, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

2015 Silver Winner
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

Cogentis Therapeutics is developing a drug to treat a family of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's Disease, Pick's Disease, and our initial target condition, Frontotemporal Degeneration, also known as Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD).

Our drug can cross into the brain and prevent the process which leads to neural decay, dementia, and cell death. Due to advances in medical technology, we can target a previously inaccessible pathway and disrupt FTD before it begins.

2015 Silver Winner
Enterprise Software

Livestock ranchers lack reliable herd information for better decision making. BovControl is a mobile data-collection, coupled with secure data housed [cloud] that improves efficiency and boost profitability. It is changing the way the world produce beef and milk, with a tool to prove they are not destroying the environment.

2015 Silver Winner
Food, Beverages & Restaurants

The word Ajiri means "to employ" in Swahili. Our goal is to create a sustainable cycle of employment and education in western Kenya. Ajiri's award-winning Kenyan black tea is handpicked on small-scale farms. Our Kenyan AA coffee is freshly roasted. We employ 60 women to hand-make the labels for each tea and coffee box using dried banana tree bark. Each label is unique. 100% of profits are donated to the Ajiri Foundation to pay school fees for orphans. Currently, we sponsor 29 students in school.

2014 Silver Winner
Energy / Clean Tech + Efficiency

AutoAgronom provides a unique solution that empowers farmers to practice sustainable agriculture. Our systems enable growers to increase yields by up to 30% and save up to 50% of water and 70% of fertilizers. Our patented technologies “listen” to plants and react in real-time to their needs, optimizing levels of oxygen, water and nutrients. We offer potential customers who cultivate large areas in green houses or open fields a complete service package with an annual fee based on area size.

2014 Silver Winner
Enterprise Software

Jisto creates an elastic compute cloud out of underutilized enterprise server cycles, and allows enterprises to transparently run more parallelized compute-intensive workloads on their paid-for but unused resources. Jisto operates in on-premises data centers as well as private and public clouds, reducing computing costs by up to 75–90% over acquiring more hardware or cloud resources. Jisto is complementary to, and does not interfere with, most existing systems, virtualized and non-virtualized.

2014 Silver Winner
Healthcare IT

Gecko Health develops products and services to improve respiratory disease management. We offer a unique solution based on mobile reminders, direct inhalers monitoring, data visualizations, challenges, and rewards that motivate patients, engage and inform caregivers. The system connects a small glowing sensor that can easily be attached to existing inhalers to a mobile app and a management dashboard, and allows patients to automatically log real-time information from their inhalers.

2014 Silver Winner
Education + Internet & Web

EdTrips makes field trips easy and drives more visitors to educational destinations by consolidating the booking and payment of trips among multiple locations and services. Over 400 venues in 43 states have joined EdTrips' marketplace to reach more visitors, including 60% of all destinations in Boston. We have created partnerships with 21 venues to exclusively manage the logistics and payments of over 20,000 trips this year.

2013 Silver Winner
Internet & Web

Tripzon™ is the first dynamic packaging platform for planning and booking complex trips. We provide a smart itinerary system for flights, hotels, activities, car, and other travel components. With Tripzon, users create and manage custom trips all in one place and save, eliminating the tedious process of having to visit and transact on multiple websites. Unlike traditional online agencies, our system offers itinerary sharing, multi-destination booking, and multi-component checkout.

2013 Silver Winner
Education + Energy / Clean Tech

As they did with mobile phones, emerging markets can leapfrog inefficient models of higher education. Spire is the first model to enable this jump, combining online content from elite US universities, offline instructional design from the best charter schools, and apprenticeship with top local employers. The result is a world-class education for half the cost of existing options, making the future of higher education available today to thousands of underserved students in emerging markets.

2013 Silver Winner
Enterprise Software

Rifiniti helps F500 firms optimize workspaces & workflow. Most offices worldwide (a >50B sq.ft. market) are 50% empty at all times, due to new work styles, mobile technologies, & changing needs. This costs firms in US >$180B/yr wasted on rent, & more in lost productivity. Our software compiles and exploits neglected company data sources through scenario modeling & predictive analytics to propose continuous improvements to workspaces & workflow while reducing costs 50%.

2013 Silver Winner
Internet & Web

Web service owners are unaware of client-side errors. Front-end errors lead to customers and money loss.
Qbaka is automated front-end problem monitoring and analytics for web services and mobile html5.
We are building easy-to-use tool to track and analyse client-side web service problems at all stages:
from development to production. Including error tracking, perfomance monitoring, analytics of problem
sources and automatec testing.

2013 Silver Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

Every single drug discovered and every advance in modern medicine depends on laboratory mice. MouseHouse is an iPad + web application that allows researchers in the life-sciences to save time and money in managing lab mice. Its unique proprietary optimization software reduces colony size by 15% and it's the first tablet drag/drop based application that tracks experimental data, health and complex breeding schemes. Scientists from labs across the US--Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UCSF, UChi--are users

2013 Silver Winner
Hardware & Robotics

The traditional preparation of fresh tortillas takes a lot of time, it requires know how and experience. flatev provides a new solution starting with a fully automatic machine and corresponding dough-capsules, which enable anyone to make a wide variety of fresh tortillas and other flatbreads in only seconds. Our USPs are authentic freshness, a wide variety of flavors and styles in single portions and quick & hassle free cooking. We focus on the Millennials customer target in the USA.

2013 Silver Winner
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

Leveraging our strengths in high-throughput screening technology we provide the fastest methods for directed studies of in vivo gene function which results in earlier identification of therapeutic targets. In combination with the rapid development time of small model organisms (4 days) our systems enable rapid iterations to shorten drug development times. We generate humanized transgenic models for mechanism of drug action studies preventing costly drug failures in later stages.

2013 Silver Winner
Social Impact + Public Health

Over 400000 women each year are drugged and date raped. Prevention is near impossible as drugs are tasteless and invisible in drinks, thus the only current defense is constant vigilance over one's drink or bringing socially awkward drug tests that are impractical, onerous and ineffective. DrinkSavvy can eliminate the risk of date rape in establishments that use our safe and constantly self-monitoring drinking cup, glass or straw/stirrer that immediately changes color if one’s drink is “roofied”.

2013 Silver Winner
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited lung disease with 30,000 US patients with a life expectancy of 37. There is no treatment for 96% of patients and a high unmet clinical need. Novel inhaled lead drug, Procaftor, shows clinically predictive efficacy in a human CF model. CF is an orphan disease with a lean development model. Our experienced CF drug development team are asking for a $8m to fund a 3 year IND to end of Phase 2a with several investor exits. We anticipate peak US sales of $1.2bn.

2012 Silver Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

WindGap Medical’s patient and clinician surveys show that the EpiPen® is bulky and awkward to carry, especially for children. It has tight temperature storage requirements of 68-77°F and will rapidly degrade outside of that range. Through patent-pending microfluidics and miniaturization, our product is as small as a USB drive, intuitive to use, and extends the storage temperature range out to 32-105°F. The market for our product is $1.05B, growing at 20% YoY.

2012 Silver Winner
Healthcare IT

Ubiqi Health is a mobile personal discovery platform that serves the millions with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and migraine. By analyzing patient-reported and passively collected data, we identify actionable evidence to optimize treatment plans for each individual. By taking the guess-work out of today’s trial-and-error process of health management, we help patients self-manage, enabling providers and payers to strategically reduce costs.

2012 Silver Winner
High Tech + Healthcare

Stress is a silent killer. Where objective data is now critical throughout medicine and daily life, diagnoses and treatments of stress rely exclusively on subjective reports to evaluate symptom severity and trends. Neumitra (noo-MEE-tra) helps monitor and manage acute and chronic stress with wearable and mobile technologies for health, performance, and happiness. We compute recurring reports of personalized health to aggregate analytics from one person to thousands. Together we’ll solve stress.

2012 Silver Winner
High Tech + High Tech

iAgree provides new and innovative online tools to more efficiently and cost effectively manage disputes. Through the iAgree system, parties will be able to more easily initiate and facilitate dispute resolution, collaborate and share information securely with relevant parties, and resolve disputes by identifying and involving the most qualified mediators and arbitrators. Our system allows parties to save time, money and energy while maintaining justice. With iAgree, EVERYBODY WINS!

2012 Silver Winner
General + Environment

Bikesharing has experienced substantial growth over the past few years. It has spread to North America and gained significant traction. However, there is one problem - the lack of helmet availability. Not having helmets available is a safety concern, and it prohibits the growth of bikeshare systems. This is where we step in. We have developed a helmet vending solution that allows for helmets to be easily accessed by users. Our machine dispenses and allows for the return of helmets.

2012 Silver Winner
Diagnostics

Current prostate cancer diagnostics are inadequate - they lack sensitivity and prognostic value. Cellanyx is offering a predictive, sensitive, and cost effective solution to inform physicians at the radical prostatectomy decision point. Cellanyx's technology will improve the diagnostic process, increasing patient quality of life - significantly reducing health care costs.

2012 Silver Winner
Energy / Clean Tech + Generation

Black Island Wind Turbines are the toughest wind turbines on the planet. Reliable for over a decade in Antarctica in 200+mph marine environments, our HRX-series turbines will soon be offered to customers demanding high performance and survivability. As the high-reliability option, our HR3 model is the natural choice for meeting critical loads—and demanding customer requirements.

2012 Silver Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

Cancer is diagnosed today much too late: increasing sensitivity by thousand folds, Akrivis’ Z-TECT technology will allow cancer detection so early that it will be cured faster and with less toxic drugs. Z-TECT can achieve this with blood tests or medical imaging of mm-sized tumors. After selling custom reagents to repeat customers for a year, Akrivis recently signed a worldwide distribution agreement and seeks $250k to hire 2 scientists and accelerate the launch of its first products by Q1 2013

2011 Silver Winner
High Tech

The Tap Lab makes mobile games that allow players to compete with real people, at real places, in real time.

Our first iPhone game, TapCity, went live on the App Store in March 2011. TapCity is a multiplayer city-building game in which you build and defend your own city made up of your favorite real-world places.

We are an alumni company of the 2011 class of TechStars Boston.

2011 Silver Winner
High Tech

Pintley is an online beer community and mobile app for consumers and brewers.

Drinkers join Pintley to get personalized beer recommendations, win prizes, and connect with brewers.

Brewers use Pintley to save over 430% on marketing and market research. Our mobile apps automatically collect valuable consumer preference and demographic data while incentivizing consumers to become loyal brand evangelists.

2011 Silver Winner
Energy / Clean Tech

PK Clean is able to transform the most painful waste (plastic) into the most useful energy (oil). Plastic waste represents an untapped $13 billion annual oil market. PK Clean will slash our metal recycling customers waste fees from $50/ton to $10/ton, saving millions. Simultaneously, we will sell the renewable fuel to refineries. PK Clean has 100% ownership over our IP and already has a 20 ton/day pilot running. Come join us in our mission of converting mountains of trash into barrels of oil.

2011 Silver Winner
High Tech + High Tech

Our first business is based on a patent-pending solution to an important game theory problem in financial markets. Finalta provides a secure, private, off-exchange trading network for global institutional asset managers.

2011 Silver Winner
High Tech

Driveway Software, Boston based company, helps people save money on auto insurance and brings new clients to insurance companies.
Most drivers feel they are paying too much for their auto insurance policy. Insurance companies offer significant discounts aimed at drivers with low annual mileage and good driving habits. Driveway۪s smartphone app and service make it easy for Auto Insurers to deploy discounts and for drivers to save on policy.

2011 Silver Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

BIOARRAY Therapeutics is developing innovative molecular diagnostic tests that help women with breast cancer and their doctors identify more effective treatment sooner by predicting chemotherapy response across multiple cancer subtypes. Our test will help reduce the present "trial and error" approach to chemotherapy treatment decisions, helping patients while reducing overall treatment costs.

2011 Silver Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

ARO Medical is a spinal implant company reducing back pain in patients undergoing their first surgery and reducing the $3 billion associated with failed surgeries. The company۪s patent-pending, minimally-invasive device stabilizes the spine from excessive twisting, a source proven in NIH-sponsored research to be directly linked to back pain. It is used as an adjunct to existing surgery and has support of renowned spinal surgeons. Approvals have been obtained for an initial clinical trial.

2010 Silver Winner
High Tech

Zyrra uses mass-customization technology to solve a widespread problem: It is difficult to find bras that fit. We have a patent-pending fitting system for bras that goes outside the limited "36C" 2-dimensional sizing model. We take 10 measurements (vs the standard 2) and create a unique cutting pattern for each client. A bra is then made to fit those measurements perfectly, delivered by mail within 4 weeks. Each bra comes with a perfect-fit guarantee.

2010 Silver Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

ViThera develops new drugs based on engineered beneficial bacteria. Our lead product VT201 targets IBD, such as Crohn's or Colitis, a significant unmet need, and addresses a $10bn/yr market. VT201 is a food strain bacterium (Lactococcus Lactis, typical component of cheese) engineered to express an anti-inflammatory protein which controls inflammation in the gut-after oral intake of the therapeutic bacteria. We have a uniquely experienced team and strong exclusive IP position.

2010 Silver Winner
High Tech

Targeting the $75B global counterfeit market, Sproxils Mobile Product Authentication" (MPA) provides anti-counterfeiting & market intelligence solutions to companies in emerging markets. Upon purchasing an MPA tagged product, consumers reveal & text a code. MPA replies about the products authenticity. Companies reduce counterfeiting, capture market intelligence data & can also place embedded ads in the replies. Currently operating in Nigeria for pharma, we generated over $300k in rev Q1 2010.

2010 Silver Winner
High Tech

Relay has developed a software platform that will save the pharmaceutical industry hard and soft costs associated with identifying and evaluating scientific innovation. The software draws on sophisticated algorithms to analyze publications, clinical trials, intellectual property, and commercial potential. Relay has several paying customers in the pharma industry and academia, and will generate revenue through software subscriptions, online transactions, and consulting projects.

2010 Silver Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

Biofilms, slimy communities of bacteria, cause biofouling, corrosion, energy inefficiency, diseases and $22B in annual costs. Current treatments are toxic, corrosive and environmentally damaging. We have developed a first-in-class anti-biofilm solution that is green and highly effective against biofilms. Our solution is enabled by expertise in synthetic and systems biology and can be combined with existing antimicrobials to eradicate industrial and environmental biofilms, a $2.2B market.

2010 Silver Winner
High Tech

The JoyTunes group was formed in 2009 with the vision of revolutionizing the way people learn and interact with music. Our unique patent pending technology introduces instrument-activated computer games for fun and education, dramatically shortening the instrument learning process. By combining the traditional world of music with the ever growing world of computer games, music making becomes easier and more accessible than ever before.

2010 Silver Winner
High Tech

Every day users post and share links to distribute ideas, news and entertainment. Embedly changes the game by providing the best technology to transform links into engaging videos, images and media so that the most relevant message is delivered to the most relevant audience. Embedly is the new link; where users can embed media to distribute ideas, and businesses can reclaim their identity through the power of the consumer.

2010 Silver Winner
High Tech

Brass Monkey is at its core a networking library for interconnecting mobile devices and computers over a local WIFI. Brass Monkey's primary use is as a controller, where a mobile device, say an iPhone, uses its built in controls to communicate to a web based experience (Flash/Flex, Unity3D).

2010 Silver Winner
Healthcare / Life Sciences

Aukera Therapeutics is developing a novel protein therapy, to treat ALS (also known as Lou Gehrigs disease), a rare but devastating neurodegenerative disease that is rapidly progressive and invariably fatal, usually within 3-5 years. There is only one FDA approved drug for ALS which extends life only 2-3 months and has no effect on the symptoms of the disease. Replacement therapy with Angiogenin, has shown significant effect on both survival and motor function in ALS mice studies.

2010 Silver Winner
High Tech

Software developers spend over 50% of their time making sense of code. Tools today either require significant training or require programmers to laboriously go through code. Instead, Architexa helps developers to easily understand, document, and discuss design with coworkers. Based on a PhD from MIT, the suite supports an intuitive but powerful approach that allows UML diagramming to be code-centric instead of model-centric by giving users an interactive exploratory visualization platform.

2010 Silver Winner
Energy / Clean Tech

We convert sunlight into heating AND cooling for buildings in a single, integrated solution. Our system integrates proprietary PV/Thermal collectors, solar air-conditioning, and software that proactively minimizes energy costs. The net result is a system that produces 4 times more energy per m2 of surface area than standard PV and we offset the entire heating and cooling load of a building. The ROI on our system is less than 3 years and less than 5 years without government incentives.

Finalist
2012  Winner
High Tech

We help firms grow their revenue by finding new clients & reaching new prospects through online events. We do this by 1)developing content that positions our clients as thought leaders 2)executing marketing campaigns that connect with prospects 3)running flawless webinars that deliver value to attendees and 4)creating conversations that lead to new clients. By applying our own marketing approach to our growth, we have served 23 clients & grown from $0 to $315k in sales in under a year.