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2017  Finalist
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.

2017  Finalist
Therapeutics (Pharma / Biotech)

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  Finalist
Healthcare

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. We make Socks with Stories.

2017  Finalist
Enterprise Software

Most companies lose 25% of their customers every year. Utilizing machine learning algorithms built at MIT, Relativity6 uncovers hidden opportunities within company databases. We can predict with above an 80% accuracy rate, which high potential lapsed customers has a propensity to make a re-purchase.

2017  Finalist
Medical Devices

At the end of retina surgery, a gas bubble is injected into the eye to tamponade (or affix) the retina in place. To keep the gas bubble (which floats) directed against the back of the eye, patients are required to lay face-down for 1 week or more and cannot see through the gas bubble nor fly until it dissipates. We are developing a optically clear, biodegradable polymer that will remove these lifestyle burdens from patients, as well as improve surgical outcomes and reduce reoperation rates.

2017  Finalist
Consumer Products + Art & Fashion

Props Athletics is focused on creating unique lines of athletic products that are all about FITNESS, FASHION & FUNCTION. PROPS gloves, our signature product, double as a sweatband, allowing you to wipe and wick away sweat while remaining completely odor free. The superior silicone grip prevents sliding on any surface, protects against calluses and minimizes germ transfer without any added bulk. PROPS help you go harder in any workout, without compromising style. It's all about being active!

2017  Finalist
Education + Enterprise Software

Project Lever matches professors with their best students. Project Lever website provides 1) matching algorithm; 2) interactive visualizations; 3) data consolidation tools, using the latest advances in statistics and linguistics. Our present customers are Harvard, MIT, Notre Dame, and Columbia, as well as Harvard’s division for open online learning. Our goal is to become the premier mentorship solution for academic and corporate organizations, and open platform to people in developing countries.

2017  Finalist
Education + Efficiency

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  Finalist
Hardware & Robotics

Power Assist Solutions is dedicated to reducing fatigue and injury in hospital caregivers by improving patient transport in hospital and healthcare settings. Our design features an affordable and detachable motorized device that can be easily affixed to the sides of wheelchairs, reducing human effort input and improving wheelchair mobility. This works to reduce nursing injury rates, while helping hospitals lower healthcare costs.

2017  Finalist
Cybersecurity

Pixm, funded by Highland Capital, is building computer vision technology to detect zero-day brand new phishing attacks while current tools rely on blacklists, IP reputation to block only already known ones. 91% of breaches are caused by phishing attacks costing $3.2M/yr. We currently have 4 major customers including major Network Security provider and ex-NSA founded cybersecurity startup. Product trials last year flagged thousands of live attacks including one that attacked John Podesta and DNC.

2017  Finalist
Public Health + Fundraising

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  Finalist
Internet of Things

Perseus is committed to helping users feel confident and empowered through delivery of actionable chunks of information when they need it most. Our flagship product is the Perseus Mirror, a smart, interactive, voice activated mirror that optimizes your day. Perseus strives to unlock the potential of the smart home ecosystem for both consumers and retailers.

2017  Finalist
Efficiency + Manufacturing

Peroxygen Systems is a clean chemistry company developing breakthrough technology for on-site hydrogen peroxide production. We are working toward fundamentally disrupting the existing manufacturing and distribution model for hydrogen peroxide. Our electrolyzer can reduce the cost of producing hydrogen peroxide by over 50%, while also completely eliminating the cost and safety issues associated with shipping and handling of high concentration hydrogen peroxide.

2017  Finalist
Diagnostics + Medical Devices

PainQx is a diagnostic/software company that has developed a next generation approach to objectively measure pain in humans. The PainQx platform achieves this by assessing neural activity from a patient’s brain and processing and decoding the data through proprietary algorithms. The output is a scaled pain and neurological side effects biomarker that is directly correlated to a patient’s pain state.

2017  Finalist
Poverty Alleviation

OZÉ is a business insights platform for Africa’s 70M small-and-growing businesses. It collects transaction data at the point-of-sale through mobile phones and then analyzes it to deliver time and location sensitive, data-driven recommendations. We use design-led methodologies to build trust into the platform, working with entrepreneurs from inception to investment-ready, making the African SME sector attractive, accessible and transparent to investors for the first time.

2017  Finalist
Enterprise Software

Orai uses latest advancements in AI to give users instantaneous actionable insights. In basic terms, our cool team created an even cooler code that analyzes your voice, picks up on filler words like um, tells you if youarespeakingtoofast… or.too.slow and provides you a transcript of what you just said - which highlights your varying tone projection… or lack thereof.

Why? Because what you say matters.

2017  Finalist
Education + High Tech

Operation Code focuses on finding ways to help the military community find new careers in software development. A lot of this is getting adjusted to the culture, so we help our community go to conferences, coding bootcamps, etc. We also work to get veterans back in groups - "squads" - working through Linux+ certifications, FreeCodeCamp, etc. Past and present Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard service members, veterans and military spouses are welcome to apply to our programs.

2017  Finalist
Internet of Things

At Oomf, we’ve built an extensible cloud platform that allows any thing to be located and shared. We partner with manufacturers who integrate their products into our platform. We then distribute their products to locations where sharing makes sense and we find a sponsor who makes the temporary use of that product low- or no-cost to the consumer.

In 2017, we’re focused making our first two product integrations, a laptop and a smartphone charger, shareable in the higher education market.

2017  Finalist
Transportation & Logistics

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  Finalist
Water Treatment & Technology

Off Grid Box is a modular and compact unit that provides renewable energy and treated water in remote areas. We saw that one unit, managed by a local women co-op in a Rwandese village, impacts 1500 people providing Tier 1 electricity and sterilized water with a 20c$/d per family on a Pay-As-You-Go basis (half the current rate).
In less than 2 years, we sold 28 units in 8 Countries to individuals and NGOs.
Add-ons are desalination, wind, and connectivity.

2017  Finalist
Education + Education Technology

OYU is a youth led non-profit organization that strives to increase youth engagement in community centers and youth programs across Boston. There are numerous resources in our community but it is difficult to find updated and current information about the activities at each community center. OCC Youth Unleashed solves this problem by creating a user-friendly mobile application with information from each center, as well as hosting youth engagement opportunities.

2017  Finalist
Financial Technology + High Tech

Nvstr ("Investor") is reimagining stock investing by making intelligent investing a simple, enjoyable, engaging experience for everyone. Our platform helps you answer two of the hardest, yet most fundamental, questions in personal investing: “What should I invest in?” and “How much should I invest?” Find ideas from trusted friends as well as top experts, and let our effortless, data-driven process assist in building your custom, optimized portfolio. In private beta.

2017  Finalist
Healthcare IT

Nutrimedy is a novel telehealth platform that transforms disease prevention and management by matching people with expert, personalized, convenient nutritional counseling. There are 130 million chronically ill Americans suffering from diseases like pre-diabetes/diabetes, hypertension, gastrointestinal disorders that cost $2.5 trillion per year to treat. Nutritional counseling prevents and effectively manages these chronic conditions. The use of registered dietitians leads to improved outcomes.

2017  Finalist
Medical Devices + Healthcare

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

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

2017  Finalist
Medical Devices + Design

Nonspec delivers low-cost, durable prosthetic devices to developing nations. Our goal is to mass produce easily customizable prosthesis that can fit any amputation site. Our initial focus is providing our patent pending core technology to below knee amputees. Our lightweight device allows the same components to be fit to an 8 and an 18 year old and expand as needed to compensate for patient growth, while maintaining comfort. The device can be fit and adjusted with minimal training or equipment.

2017  Finalist
Public Health

nesterly is a digital marketplace that helps older householders with spare bedrooms connect with young people willing to exchange help around the house for cheaper rent. For example, a grad student could rent from empty-nesters for a reduced rate in exchange for cooking dinner once a week. The platform facilitates connections across generations and social networks through beautiful design, intuitive interfaces, and most importantly, our proprietary negotiation and relationship management tools.

2017  Finalist
Medical Devices

Nerves injured by trauma or surgery, including amputation, often cannot be repaired. Nerve fibers attempt to reconnect to their former targets, but instead produce a tangled, swollen, and inflamed neuroma - a source of debilitating pain for 20-30% of the 1.7M existing amputees, and the 185k new cases/year. No standard of care exists to prevent neuroma formation or treat them. We have created NervLok, a patent-pending bioengineered device that is placed onto the cut nerve-end to prevent neuroma.

2017  Finalist
Online Commerce & Marketplaces

The biggest obstacle to successful content marketing isn't a lack of time, talent or budget. It's a lack of original content ideas. So what if the top freelance writers in your industry sent personalized content ideas for free? See where this is going?

nDash.co is a content creation platform that helps marketers generate unique ideas and find freelance writers with specific expertise. Launched in 2016, nDash is already being used by Coldwell Banker, TechTarget, AppNeta and hundreds more.

2017  Finalist
Education Technology

myKidzDay, is a high impact, high growth and disruptive company, with over 25,000 active users and 150 paying daycares in 33 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  Finalist
Gaming & Consumer + High Tech

Mycroft is the open alternative to Siri, Alexa, Assistant, Cortana and Jarvis. Our advantage? We are open. Mycroft inhabits the same segment of the voice assistant market that Android occupies in the mobile OS market or Wordpress occupies in the content management market. Today, companies use Nuance, Alexa or Hound, but these are imperfect(Nuance), don't protect corporate secrets(Alexa) and are proprietary(Hound). There is room for an open alt and Mycroft is the voice assistant for that market.