Startups

Diamond Winners
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.

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.

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.

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

Finalists
2016  Entrant
Fundraising + Other - Services

Facebook: I love food. Twitter: I just ate food. Instagram: Here’s a hipster picture of my food. YouTube: This is a video of me eating food. LinkedIn: My skills include eating food faster than anyone you could possibly hire. WESEE: I JUST DONATED TO FEED FOOD TO SEVEN HOMELESS PEOPLE. WeSEE is the first social impact social media site that bridges the gap between Nonprofits and Millennials by providing a platform that gives both sides what they need to help make the world a better place.

2016  Entrant
Poverty Alleviation

Roots Studio digitizes art from rural villages and transforms them into high-end and storied products, eliminating the burden of a costly supply chain. In 2 years, we have worked with hundreds of tribal artists across 4 states in India. Through our design hubs, we enable artwork to be uploaded and discovered by retail markets that appreciate culturally authentic designs. Our vision is to build a world in which artists can financially sustain their livelihoods while keeping their roots alive.

2016  Entrant
Internet & Web + Internet & Web

FwdForce is web portal where ideas, problems, and concepts can be shared, analyzed, funded, and solved by collaborating and competing within a community that shares your energy and vision. We have many tools to engage the community from open feedback to rating systems. Do you need to raise funds for any reason? FwdForce give you the tools to raise funds at any stage. You can run a competition to find best solution. If you need help, use FwdForce to seek out people to collaborate or hire them.

2016  Entrant
Art & Fashion

We are focused on innovating the way we produce, deliver and price fair trade garments. By introducing a market disruptive 50-50 business model, a second generation partnership scheme and a traceability model, we allow our end consumers to be closer to producers and to take a part of each step of the production and delivery process. Our model guarantees what we have defined as second generation fair trade: products and retail that directly benefit the people behind the production line.

2016  Entrant
Other - Services

Fit University is a community of fit and healthy students. Online, we are a college student's go-to media source for all things health and fitness. Offline, we host Fit University collegiate chapters on college campuses across the country. Fit University connects fit and healthy brands with fit and healthy students by fostering organic relationships in the online world and in the physical one.

2016  Entrant
Internet of Things

Tropogarden makes gardening accessible and affordable to the busy professional. We married smartphone connectivity with technological magic to create a counter-top sized, internet-connected smart agriculture system that seamlessly integrates old world gardening with fast-pace city life. Operation is easier than making coffee, and system setup is as easy as unwrap, sync and go. Silence, mold resistance, and efficient use of water and energy make Tropogarden fit in any home or office.

2016  Entrant
Food, Beverages & Restaurants

It is hard to grow greens on your own
We have engineered a way to grow SuperLEAN Organic freshest greens at home-kitchen-office for a healthier YOU
Eat-as-you-GO !!!

SuperLEAN Organic means Sustainability Chemical FREE SoiLESS-WaterLESS System

2016  Entrant
Materials + Aerospace + Manufacturing

Boston Materials develops and manufactures 3PREG™: the first prepreg carbon fiber fabric that is reinforced in multiple directions, including the through thickness direction. 3PREG™ offers unprecedented in-plane & out-of-plane performance in addition to delamination resistance.​ Using a patent-pending manufacturing platform, we engineer bespoke, high-performance composites that are compatible with standardized layup processes, while simultaneously satisfying cost and immediate production needs.

2016  Entrant
Other - Services

Consumer product manufacturers spend millions on generating awareness, consideration and sales of their products, yet have little idea who is actually buying them when they are sold through resellers like Amazon or Best Buy. RacerX's solution greatly simplifies and adds value to the product registration process and enhances the ownership experience by providing a single source for all their product-related info such as owners guides, warranty info, replenishment parts, and customer service.

2016  Entrant
Public Health + Medical Devices

Approximately 14M+ in the US and EU alone are living with speech impairments that segregate them from society. Talkitt is an application that enables those with motor, speech or cognitive disabilities to communicate with caregivers, family members, health care professionals and society as a whole. By giving them back their voice, Voiceitt fosters independence, empowerment and social inclusion.
This video captures how millions of lives can be improved using Talkitt: http://vimeo.com/98136263

2016  Entrant
Retail + Retail + Gaming & Consumer

Srok is an unique marketing platform which increases in-store retail sales and
traffic through a gaming application (Retailtinment).
The platform includes several mini games that can be chosen by marketing departments to motivate users to get into physic sales point (stores) and eventually increase the in-store traffic.
The chosen game will be redirected to our mobile application or by API to the brand's app.

2016  Entrant
Retail & Advertising Technology

We've created a new shopping experience on VR, that allows customers
to interact naturally with products using only their hands, view from every
angle and customize the product in the VR.
To do that we had to overcome a know VR problem called death misperception. While others try to solve it using hardware, we developed a software that creates a prediction of the user’s real intentions and bends
the virtual reality, so his faulty actions and misperceptions won’t hurt the experience.

2016  Entrant
Healthcare + Healthcare

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) reduced 95% of its 25 yearly aviation accidents in only few years.
98'000 people die every year from medical errors in the US.
Aviation and Medicine have a lot in common.
Implementing our aviation-based techniques will drastically decrease number of unnecessary deaths in hospitals.
Successfully working in Israel today.

2016  Entrant
Travel & Tourism

72 million people will be unable to use their plane tickets in 2017 due to unexpected life events like health, job constraints, studies, love, etc.
We have a solution! JettaPlus is online technology based marketplace allows travelers to sell their own non-refundable plane tickets to other travelers who are looking for cheap and attractive flights.
Our mission is to become the leading marketplace for unused plane tickets by matching between buyers and sellers using our unique algorithm.

2016  Entrant
Poverty Alleviation

We’re taking the bias out of hiring. Bias keeps jobs seekers from getting the best jobs and employers from getting the best employees. On a macro level, it makes our society less just and our economy less robust. TwelveJobs is an equitable and efficient job matching platform. We reduce implicit bias on the employer side by masking identifying information. Algorithmic matching controls for job seeker awareness of opportunities and inclination to apply. Both sides get the best possible fit.

2016  Entrant
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

We are developing a drug discovery platform for protein-protein interaction (PPI) inhibitors. This new technology will enable us to identifying highly effective therapeutics for diseases with a high medical need. PPI play a central role in cancer, neurological indications and in many other indications. We want to demonstrate the abilities of the technology platform by identifying MYC inhibitors. Myc overexpression or gene amplification is involved in various cancers. For over a decade major phar

2016  Entrant
Healthcare + Health and Wellness

Every parent wants to give their child the best healthcare possible, but it’s often not that easy. Parents have a lot going on, and many kids have complex healthcare needs. This leaves parents a bit overwhelmed. They want to be superhero caregivers for their kids, but they don't know how, and they don't have extra time to figure it out. That's where Folia steps in. We show parents where to start. From there, we provide tools to support them in their quest to become superhero caregivers.

2016  Entrant
Healthcare IT + Healthcare IT

Extreme Simulations provides innovative, readily accessible, high-fidelity simulation solutions providing training and exercises in emergency incident management and response.
The company's products are created using a solid foundation of knowledge and experience in animatronics, electronics, SFX and military training and are validated by Shiba medical center. The main solution incorporates hyper realistic wearable trauma simulators, blood machines and a C2 solution for emergency exercises.

2016  Entrant
Education Technology

LoreBooks uses VR and AR technology to turn PDF’s and e-books into 3D holographic books, combining the physical presence and form of print books with the convenience and interactivity of e-books. Additional enhancements can be added such as customizing the book size and location within your real-world environment, having 3D content come out of the book, or even surrounding yourself with ambient environments related to the story.

2016  Entrant
Travel & Tourism

The average flight and taxiing time worldwide is four hours. Why not make each and every of these 240 minutes count? Whether you’re in a mood for a business conversation, a casual chat, a romantic encounter or simply silence, FlyWith will find the ideal seat companion for you. Just a few clicks and our match-making software will pinpoint the most appropriate seatmate among hundreds. We're ready to enhance the onboard passenger experience and rekindle the passion for air travel. Are you?

2016  Entrant
Gaming & Consumer + General

I found out that community builders like me who build gaming communities, gaming tools, and gaming sites are everywhere and are a big part of the gaming industry.

However, individuals and enthusiasts will never be able to join an accelerator, private equity, or venture capital to grow their hobby.

We become a $100 million a year business by helping many, many other gaming communities become $100k to $1 million a year businesses, just like Twitch makes $$$$ by helping streamers make $.

2016  Entrant
Internet & Web + Manufacturing

It is Cloud App that imports 3D Designs and generates NC Files. Machinists can share NC Files to others to create component on any CNC machine located anywhere. NC Files are translated to different controller formats on different machines. Milling, Lathe, Wire-EDM, Laser, Waterjet, 3DPrinters are supported. Connects Designers with Machinists. Subscription model eliminates installation/licensing/upgrades. At $75 pupm cost is much less than desktop products. Target Revenue $1M by2018 & $5M by2020

2016  Entrant
Travel & Tourism

Internet, gambling, drinking and smoking addictions? Forget about them. Try exploring and accomplishing challenges at your own pace or competing with others, because these could be the best new addictions for you. They are engaging, fun, interesting, rewarding and at the end you will discover a better you and make a ton of new friends that you have always wanted to have!

Most importantly, we are not selling attractions, we are selling a healthier and happier you to you.

2016  Entrant
Enterprise Software

Simply Coached is democratizing executive coaching with software that identifies personality traits, strength and opportunities for each manager and employee, and then provides adaptive coaching and actionable advice. This approach allows companies to offer high-impact coaching more broadly than ever before, and gives managers at all levels a practical and personalized development tool to improve their skills and their career prospects.

2016  Entrant
Internet & Web + Cybersecurity

We help online businesses mine gold from logs. We enable our customers debug and monitor their infrastructure and find issues before their customers. ZettaLogs is a fault-tolerant and highly scalable cloud based log management and analytics platform. It delivers an efficient tool for analyzing machine generated data, usually stored in unstructured text files, for application specific purposes. It features a powerful rule based correlation engine and a self-learning anomaly detection framework.

2016  Entrant
Travel & Tourism

Gooster is an artificial intelligent powered chatbot, instantly accessible via Facebook Messenger, Skype or Telegram. Therefore there's no need to download an app or create an account.

The chatbot is a tool for spontaneous travellers, that hate planning and reading reviews or recommendations.

Gooster gives personalised recommendations of things to see, do, eat and drink, useful travel tips and helps out with navigation and other information. This can be location-based or general.

2016  Entrant
Marine Technology

Ocean health readings such as temperature, salinity, and pH, are crucial to understanding the world's great environmental challenges (climate change; ocean acidification) and improving some of its largest industries (fishing; weather forecasting; insurance). Blue Water Metrics will build a new generation of public-private partnerships to crowdsource data-gathering with ocean-going vessels such as cruise ships, cargo ships, and fishing ships.

2016  Entrant
Online Commerce & Marketplaces

JoyRyde is a mobile application that incentivizes safe driving via a reward-based system. When the app is in use, JoyRyde tracks how far one travels without using their phone, allowing users to accrue points for each mile driven safely. Users can then spend their points as they please, from discounts on apparel, food, coffee, and travel. We also have a corporate program that allows fleet managers and insurance companies to reward their employees and policy holders with company-specific rewards.

2016  Entrant
Internet & Web

AuCoDe aims to be the Google Alerts of controversies and crisis situations. By automatically analyzing social media and digital news streams using sophisticated machine learning techniques, we provide early detection of controversies and crisis situations. Our cutting-edge technology rapidly detects or predicts crisis situations, so our quantities trading customers can use these insights directly for complex trading strategies and beat their competition to the best trades.

2016  Entrant
Peace & Human Rights

Project 99 is a new kind of leadership development company enabling organizations to recruit and retain diverse talent.

There is an invisible drop-out rate that is costing U.S. companies $8B dollars/year: Diverse professionals are 3x more likely to drop out of the workforce which proves to be challenging for companies looking to have a diverse workforce.

We provide immersive workforce development programs led by and for millennials of color that help companies lower this dropout rate.