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2017 Boston Finalist

Y2Y is building a network of student run homeless shelters for young adults ages 18-24. Young adults are uniquely vulnerable on the streets due to high rates of LGBTQ identity and experience in foster care. Y2Y provides sanctuary to move guests quickly off the streets, surrounding them with resources to facilitate their pathways out of homelessness. Y2Y provides opportunities for guests and volunteers to become the next generation’s leading advocates for youth-driven solutions to homelessness.

2017 Boston Finalist

We want to keep people out of the hospital by preventing disease using vaccines and immunity enhancing therapeutics. Our patented delivery system is differentiated because it’s non-toxic, economical to make and easy to purify. We are seeking funding to complete a clinical trial for our lead influenza vaccine candidate and to test our technology in other diseases. There are many opportunities to apply our platform technology in infectious diseases, allergy and cancer.

2017 Boston Finalist

Biopharmaceutical companies developing T cell therapies can experience two pain points:
Cell therapies can demonstrate off-target toxicity, leading to potentially fatal patient side effects and cell therapies are not achieving optimal efficacy.
These issues are due to the lack of expertise in effective, structure based engineering of T cell therapies. With over 20 years experience and patented technology, Structured Immunity has the ability to address these two pain points.

2017 Boston Finalist

In Sleepbox we are creating a unique hotel technology and brand, that disrupts the hotel industry by unlocking new, unique locations and opportunities. Sleepbox is a compact modular hotel room, that can be installed everywhere, including airports, offices, and hospitals for an hourly or overnight stay. We created a turn-key solution that allows our partners to easily open a hotel anywhere people need it. We make privacy and rest truly accessible for travelers.

2017 Boston Finalist

There are 7.4 billion unique people in the world, but why are wearables like glasses, goggles, helmets one-size-fits-all? Skelmet is providing scalable mass customized wearable products and solutions, with proprietary A.I. Fit Intelligent Design System, combining state of the art 3D scanning with 3D printing to automatically measure, design, and produce bespoke products. With no inventory or footprint, and producing minimum waste, Skelmet is truly manufacturing at the scale of one.

2017 Boston Finalist

ReviveMed is a precision-medicine platform that leverages the data from small molecules or metabolites. ReviveMed technology, which was developed at MIT and published in Nature Methods, uniquely overcomes the difficulty of using a large set of metabolomic data, and transform these data into actionable insight. Currently, we selected a few strategic clients from leading pharma/biotech companies to provide them with drug de-risking, biomarker discovery and therapeutic solutions.

2017 Boston Finalist

After graduating from Cornell, I found myself in a domestic abuse situation. When I tried to relocate to a shelter in Boston, my best friend Jazz, a black lab, was turned away and we both wound up on the streets. Thankfully, I found fostering through a group at Pine Street and were reunited on the other side. Up to 65% of domestic violence survivors ( 1 Million US) remain trapped for fear of leaving their pets. The mission of PetsEmpower.org is to keep furry families together through a crisis.

2017 Boston Finalist

Carriers (e.g., UPS, FedEx, USPS) run overlapping, redundant networks, driving the same streets & making many identical stops each day. This is driven by an outdated, static pricing model that can't price daily network conditions.

OnRout is an optimization platform for parcels. Routing individual parcels to the most efficient carrier for delivery; driving route consolidation, lowering costs for carriers & shippers, & taking trucks off the road.

2017 Boston Finalist

The average person spends fifty minutes a day on Facebook, the same amount of a time spent on a typical lunch break. But ironically, 45% of people report eating lunch alone, the highest rate in over fifty years. In this paradoxical state, we are so much more connected and alone at the same time. The solution is to connect with each other, honestly, authentically, face-to-face. We provide a social-networking service that helps users find new platonic relationships, face-to-face.

2017 Boston Finalist

Finnest is a mobile based education platform that a allows parents to teach their kids good money habits. Finnest combines a FDIC insured debit card account with top in class parental controls and behavior affecting components to effectively teach kids between 8-18 earning, saving, spending and investing money.

2017 Boston Finalist

ETIQUETTE the online store for renting designer wedding dresses giving brides access to thousands of options for them to try on in the privacy of their home saving up to 80% by paying a fixed rental price.

With our algorithm, we create a perfect match of the boutique, the dress and dry cleaning for each bride. But that’s not all. To guarantee that they have the best and ideal experience, we provide them a beautiful box with props and essentials to share with friends and family.

2017 Boston Finalist

We create functional, line management garments for patients with implanted intravenous lines.
Implanted intravenous lines leave patients at risk for many complications such as infection, dislodgement, and skin breakdown. Managing the lines leads to stress, discomfort, and unnecessary costs for patients, caregivers, hospitals and payers.
Our garments decrease line dislodgement, lower per patient costs, and improve safety and quality of life for patients with implanted lines.

2017 Boston Finalist

Autonomous Healthcare’s mission is to reduce hospital length of stay by continuous analysis of bedside monitoring data, and ultimately, introducing automation to address detected adverse events. Our goal is to revolutionize the critical care and peri-operative care industries in the same way that the autopilot revolutionized the airline industry. The technology involves clinical decision support system for real-time analysis of medical waveform data from ventilators and hemodynamic monitors.

2017 Boston Finalist

Athletes of Valor was inspired by our CEO/founder's difficulty re-adjusting to civilian life, and realization that sports provide the support structure and camaraderie that veterans need when returning home. We are changing the trajectory of veteran's academic lives and careers by presenting unknown opportunities in college sports. The platform is free for service members with hopes to increase veterans' retention/engagement on campus and improve employment outcomes.

2017 Boston Finalist

Adhark is an image performance software company that quantifies design to elevate brand performance. The Adhark Platform uses patented artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to understand the visual preferences of consumer audiences, guide creative decision-making, and deliver brand success through enhanced imagery.

2017 Boston Finalist

Recent clinical studies proved that consistently introducing food allergens to infants before 6 months old prevents allergies by over 80% (*LEAP, EAT). The trouble is that parents find it scary, inconvenient, and stressful to introduce a range allergens regularly to their infants. We have created a convenient set of organic fruit puree pouches that contain the same amounts of allergens as the breakthrough studies, making it easy and stress-free for parents to prevent allergies.

2017 Boston Finalist

We are building second generation Weightlifting equipment. Our devices are inspired by robotics and produce variable resistance without the use of physical weights. W8X training equipment enables the most important training methodologies (isokenetic/ eccentric/ isometric) in a simple manner, while providing accurate measurement of the athletes performance and development.

2017 Boston Finalist

Vox Pop Labs is a social enterprise operated by a team of social and statistical scientists that leverages advances in artificial intelligence to inform and give voice to citizens. Its signature initiative, Vote Compass, is a wildly popular, award-winning application that has been used by millions of people worldwide. Vote Compass has consistently proven to be a unique catalyst for democratic participation, with independent studies having demonstrated its positive effect on voter turnout.

2017 Boston Finalist

There is a crisis in medical imaging. Current MRI contrast agents (GBCAs) contain toxic gadolinium. GBCAs cause brain deposition of gadolinium in all patients, and pose devastating risks to renally impaired patients. Each year over 4 million very sick patients worldwide must be denied crucial diagnostic imaging, and over 30 million patients are put at risk.
Reveal solves this >$1B problem with a biocompatible gadolinium-free contrast agent that is a safe, direct substitute for GBCAs.

2017 Boston Finalist

We are transforming the livestock management industry by using technology to remove fencing and labor from farms. Our proprietary hardware and software solution significantly increase the efficiency and productivity of livestock farms. To maximize the value of a livestock farm, farmers need to optimize grass growth as well as animal headcount per acre. For millennia farmers have done this using a combination of fencing and manual labor. We enhance our customers profits and quality of life.

2017 Boston Finalist

Reia's first product is a fully redesigned pessary, a non-surgical device used to treat pelvic organ prolapse. Prolapse, a little known yet common condition, has been estimated to affect 50% of women over the age of 55 to varying degrees. While current pessaries are painful or impossible to insert and remove independently, Reia’s design enables today's women to manage their pessaries themselves, with comfort and confidence, so they can get support when they need it.

2017 Boston Finalist

People with physical disabilities have little to no access to mobile devices, and thus, a majority are either unable to independently participate in society or are prevented from utilizing integrated services such as transportation schedules, mobile banking, e-commerce, home automation, etc. Our development of an input device which easily allows users to access computers and mobile devices will not only help people live independently but also facilitate higher levels of education and employment.

2017 Boston Finalist

Each year 450,000 preterm infants are born in the U.S. Of these, 109,000 are born before 34 weeks. The health of these infants' gut is central to their growth and brain development. There is no standard to measure the health of a preterm infant's gut. NICUtrition makes it easy to quantify gut health, optimize treatments and personalize nutrition. We have two modules: Guidance, a dashboard to track growth and automate feeding protocols and MAGI a proprietary algorithm that measures gut health.

2017 Boston Finalist

Alkemy Environmental has developed a patented technology process that recycles industrial waste streams into structural-grade lightweight concrete aggregate. We have completed the commercial pilot testing of our technology and our recycled aggregate has passed all environmental and building materials standards.

2017 Boston Finalist

We revolutionize modern playground equipment's capacity for education, energy efficiency, and entertainment. Our products harness children's mechanical energy and convert it into electricity in the form of lights and sounds. This real time feedback reflects the amount of energy generated, creating an interactive and engaging atmosphere. We give children a chance to gain an intuitive sense of their relationship with energy, while increasing the playground's ability to entertain.

2017 Boston Finalist

Lanugo is a multimedia entertainment company for the underserved Latino preschool market. Through animated videos, digital apps, publishing, and live shows we connect children to the Latino culture and promote the Spanish language. Because although Latino children represent 26% of children 5 and under, only 1% of entertainment properties are culturally relevant to them & we truly believe that kids need to know where they come from in order to be confident about where they are going.

2017 Boston Finalist

Household shopping creates 60% of global emissions and 94% of U.S. drinking water contain microplastics. 40% of Americans want to shop in a healthier and more responsibly.
The GreenLine is a solution for people to shop online and easily find products based on certifications and values. For everything you buy, our fulfillment system reduces emissions and waste and we track this impact with smart software.
Convenient for you, effective for the planet.

2017 Boston Finalist

John’s Crazy Socks is a father-son venture inspired by co-founder John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome. We're spreading happiness through socks.

We have built our business on 4 pillars:

1. Demonstrating what's possible.
2. Giving Back: We donate 5% of earnings to the Special Olympics.
3. Socks You Can Love: Over 1,200 awesome socks
4. Gratitude: Service that is fast, personal and caring.

Our innovation? the indivisibility of social impact and retail achievement.

2017 Boston Finalist

Waypoint is an award-winning company launched out of MIT and Harvard. We are building a platform that allows businesses to easily create, edit, and deploy augmented reality applications without needing AR developers or expertise. From enabling biotech labs to develop AR-powered SOPs to improve quality and compliance to enabling manufacturers to quickly create and distribute AR-enabled service manuals and product documentation, we are making powerful AR capabilities accessible to all industries.

2017 Boston Finalist

47% of all dogs over the age of 10 will die from cancer. With current treatment options expensive and potentially leading to negative side effects, VetiVax is a novel, personalized immunotherapy that uses the animals’ own tumor cells to fight the cancer.

Using a surgically excised portion of tumor tissue, we create a series of treatments that are given back to the animal to help stimulate their immune system to fight cancer, safely and inexpensively.