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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

W8X helps athletes get the most out of their workout. Inspired by robotics, we developed a training system that automatically changes resistance to adapt to a user's needs. The system has the size of a shoebox but provides safer and more effective training than traditional equipment. Controlled through an app, the system tracks metrics and provides valuable feedback. We work with leading coaches and professional athletes to reinvent strength training for the gym and for the home.
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2017 Boston Finalist

Today’s submit-and-sell model of traditional publishing keeps poets in the dark and readers at a distance. The system is costly and stressful for serious poets and prioritizes editors’ decisions, not diverse tastes and total talent. Trubadour restores the focus back to writing and places poets and readers in control. Our share-and-connect, mobile platform grows audiences by enabling personal networks built on quality poems—and by applying both human and algorithmic curation for poem discovery.

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

State of Place is a predictive analytics software that quantifies what people love about places - based on over 290 urban design features collected for every block - and why it makes economic sense to make them better. We help cities and developers make the case for great places by literally calculating the ROI of making places more walkable and livable - so they can quell naysayers, get approvals, and secure funding, faster and affordably than hiring consultants.

2017 Boston Finalist

Skillist is building a better job platform for America's skilled workforce. Our platform eliminates lengthy job descriptions and cover letters. Instead, Skillist focuses on the actual skills that candidates have and that companies want, leading to better outcomes for applicants and employers alike.

2017 Boston Finalist

ScholarJet believes in helping students be successful by enabling them to pay for college through action-based scholarships, where instead of writing essays, students can paint, code, dance, volunteer or even build robots for their scholarships.

We work with companies looking to create an impact on the community, increase brand awareness and invest in diverse talent pipelines.

They create a challenge on our platform, students send in their submissions and the winner will be awarded.

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

Developed from personal experience in the hospital, Resilience engages patients in a therapeutic design process to create custom socks and take their mind out of the hospital. For each pair sold, half of net proceeds is donated back to the patient to help pay for their care or a cause of the patient's choice. Beyond the tangible product, we're motivated by the idea that people have a unique opportunity for growth when at their most vulnerable.

2017 Boston Finalist

Drug-resistant infections have become a public health crisis. We are at the precipice of the post-antibiotic era, where routine surgeries and standard in-patient care present unacceptable risk. Octagon has developed a novel approach to antibiotic discovery, which utilizes bacterial metabolism as a therapeutic target. Our lead development candidates, which show no effect in standard industry screens, have been shown safe and highly effective in animal models. This is a critical medical need.

2017 Boston Finalist

Nutrimedy hopes to make a difference by matching moms-to-be with personalized, expert Registered Dietitians to help them navigate nutrition during their pregnancy. Through virtual sessions from the comfort of their home or workplace, specific programs aimed to complement a mom’s knowledge, and tools to track and stay the course, Nutrimedy makes nutrition understandable, individualized and convenient to ensure a healthy baby and healthy mom.

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

The widespread irreproducibility in biomedical science is making scientific ‘experts’ obsolete. Hive leverages an innovative model to extract information from the scientific literature on a large-scale while providing confidence metrics that directly assess reproducibility of scientific findings. Hive offers business development executives, venture capitalists, and researchers the extraordinary ability to develop their expertise on any topic in biomedicine within a short period of time.

2017 Boston Finalist

Giaran is an artificial intelligence powered technical fashion company. We want to provide customers a smarter shopping experience with photo realistic, color precise, personalized virtual makeup try-on wherever they are, in store or on-the-go. Giaran not only provides users with products customized to individual face features but also takes into consideration external lighting and environmental conditions, while also having the capability to simulate various desired lighting scenarios.

2017 Boston Finalist

General Biotechnologies sources and develops promising discoveries from tech transfer offices.

Our flagship program — Nivien Therapeutics — is an oncology platform based on research at Harvard Medical School. We have raised $250,000 from IndieBio and SOSV to advance development.

General Biotechnologies was founded by Harvard classmates Nikita Shah and Nathaniel Brooks Horwitz.

E-mail: nathaniel@generalbiotechnologies.com

2017 Boston Finalist

Food processes require constant cleaning, but today's technology is old and causes bottlenecks, water waste, and a bad impact to our environment. We've developed a technology that simplifies cleaning in the industry to maximize its resources and reduce its impact on the environment. Phoenix is a PATENTED machine installed underneath a flat conveyor belt while the food process is running. It reduces the downtime, saves 95% of water, sanitizes and eliminates disposals. 10 units have been sold.

2017 Boston Finalist

Intercity buses usually only run between the main transportation hubs of major cities, which makes bus travel inconvenient for traveling anywhere outside the city center. However, with the recent explosion of ride-sharing services, buses no longer need to stop near public transit hubs in order to be accessible. Axle offers long-distance travelers an effortless alternative to driving by aggregating demand through our door-to-door travel booking application, then hiring buses to fill supply gaps.

2017 Boston Finalist

The current method of larvicide application to combat mosquito-borne illnesses in water tanks common in South America involves labor intensive distributions that are not efficient against the mosquito. LAD (Larvicide Automatic Dispenser) is an automatic device that safely delivers the optimal concentration of larvicide with minimal human intervention. Using mechanical automation, LAD saves government labor costs and maintains a safe concentration of larvicide in water storage tanks.

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.