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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

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

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

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

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.

2017 Boston Finalist

myKidzDay, is a high impact, high growth and disruptive company, with over 30,000 active users and 160 paying daycares in 35 states. myKidzday is a mobile app to help daycare providers enhance parent communication & meet state regs for record keeping. It attracts millennial parents, boosts profits while reducing staff time & printing cost. Parents love secure real time updates, pictures, reminders to stay “Informed Included & Reassured”. Potential market is 832K centers serving 17 million kids

2017 Boston Finalist

We are a sports technology company that has developed a software platform called, MentalRep to revolutionize how football teams practice. With our software, we help football teams win and improve player safety by making the game it virtual. Unlike standard film, MentalRep allows a team to not only watch but actually practice their plays anywhere on a mobile device or desktop. It also gives the athlete real-time coaching feedback like a coach in your pocket.

2017 Boston Finalist

We make low cost, networked radiation detectors for federal and local security departments for detecting nuclear materials to better protect our borders and cities from nuclear threats.

This solution requires a small, low power, cheap, and highly sensitive radiation detector.
We have developed a new method using electronic properties of carbon nanomaterials that can dramatically reduce the size of radiation detectors, increase their performances, lower costs, and enhance portability. 

2017 Boston Finalist

Built on a donation-based business model, our innovative and transformable products provide solutions for the immediate needs of displacement, while also being relevant in today’s consumer outerwear market. Our clothing is designed for on-the-go or high-risk situations; this includes wearable shelters, high-visibility jackets, among many others. ADIFF brings attention back to the original purpose of clothing, while creating aid and awareness for global displacement.

2017 Boston Finalist

I am a vascular surgeon and every day I see new patients suffering from, “I have a hole in my leg and it just won’t heal.” Leg wound treatment is prolonged and healing takes many months and tens or even hundreds of healthcare visits for dressing changes. Unfortunately, the appointments for wound dressing changes are often scheduled based on routine rather than objective data. SuraMedical is the only company building a wearable which will remotely monitor the status of these dressings.

2017 Boston Finalist

At NU-RISE we are improving breast and prostate cancer treatments by providing the first in-vivo and real-time dosimeter suitable for radiation therapy. Currently these treatments are performed without proper validation and monitoring tools. At NU-RISE we want to change this.

We developed an innovative device - the biggest advantage is the use of a disposable probe so thin that it goes inside the patient body allowing real-time treatment monitoring and real-time treatment correction.

2017 Boston Finalist

A biomedical technology company innovating implantable devices to…
…enhance bladder-control
…stop “nerve-pain” for amputees
…enhance the body’s own systems to repair nerve damage.

2017 Boston Finalist

IntuiTap is eliminating the guesswork, frustration, and pain from the nearly 13M spinal punctures performed in the US each year. Their handheld device integrates real-time imaging with needle guidance to overcome the challenges of these traditionally blind procedures and help physicians access the spinal canal in less time and with fewer attempts.

2017 Boston Finalist

For disadvantaged undergrads* trying to secure an internship/job, Frank is an instant messenger coach offering personalized, step-by-step guidance on how to navigate the job search. Unlike career offices or coaches that are not available on-demand or forums that are incomplete/confusing, Frank offers personalized, no-judgment support in real-time, anytime

*Typically first-gen/low-income students, women entering male-dominant fields, and students at schools with under-resourced career offices

2017 Boston Finalist

In an age of rising antibiotic resistance, treating patients with the right antibiotic quickly can be a matter of life and death. DZD uses novel sample prep, high throughput sequencing and machine intelligence to shorten the time it takes to identify a pathogen and predict its drug resistance profile from days to hours. Using our diagnostic, hospitals will be able to dramatically reduce hospital length of stay, the overuse of antibiotics, and save lives cost-effectively.

2017 Boston Finalist

Life Science sales is really, really hard.

Sales people who consistently meet quota maintain dozens of relationships and qualify/monitor hundreds of potential customers. This is why only 53% of life science salespeople actually hit quota and 79% of execs think improving productivity of existing staff is critical to achieving revenue goals.

Acenna uses machine learning to make it easy for Life Science salespeople to have more meaningful conversations with the right customers, at scale.

2017 Boston Finalist

Epic CleanTec is decentralizing wastewater treatment by installing on-site reuse systems into individual buildings, saving owners/developers money by reducing their pre-development fees and their ongoing wastewater rates. Epic's proprietary system collects and processes all of a building's wastewater, recovering and converting the organic solids into a high quality soil product. The separated water, with the solids removed, can be treated with ancillary technologies and reused in the building.

2017 Boston Finalist

BackTracker offers a solution to the increasing problem of mislabeled or substituted seafood. It is a third party application that links government fishery landing records with seafood products giving buyers absolute confidence in the source of seafood they buy. The BackTracker technology is currently being operationalized on a big scale, in conjunction with the State of Massachusetts, largest groundfish dealer in New England, a large seafood processor and distributor and Wegmans supermarket.