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CMU VC 2023 Winners & Finalists

Congratulations to our finalists and winners!

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HydroPhos Solutions

1st Place Winner

HydroPhos Solutions is a circular economy social venture that simultaneously addresses eutrophication and phosphorus depletion as a function of its core business model. HydroPhos utilizes phosphorus filtration technology to extract phosphorus from wastewater, subsequently reselling this phosphorus into the fertilizer industry. This reduces eutrophication, recycles the nutrients, and extends the lifespan of our global food supply by combating phosphorus depletion, all while creating a profit that is reinvested into the business's growth to scale the positive impact of operations.


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University of New Hampshire

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Derek Long
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Jason Plant
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Katie Remeis
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Nicole King
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2nd Place Winner

Unsmudgeable is building an environmentally friendly permanent anti-smudge eyewear lens coating. This coating provides eyewear users a consistent clear line of vision leading to increased safety, productivity and convenience in a 1 time application.

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Babson College, Wellesley College

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Sage Widder
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Swarna Shiv
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Aaron Huang
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Equolity Bio

3rd Place Winner

Menopause affects millions of women across the globe, often causing severe symptoms that greatly harm one's health and wellbeing. Equolity Bio is a synthetic biology company aiming to revolutionize menopause treatment using cutting-edge genetic and metabolic engineering technology. We are developing novel strains of bacteria that efficiently synthesize (S)-equol, a potent estrogen-like compound proven to safely and effectively reduce menopause symptoms, for use in precision probiotics and biofactories.

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University of Pennslyvania, Yale University



Elythea is an ML/DL-driven platform that obstetricians in any setting use to predict risk for complications of pregnancy (postpartum hemorrhage, c-section, hypertensive eclampsia) before they ever happen, as early as the 1st trimester!

Brown University

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Rishik Lad
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Reetam Ganguli
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noVRel is developing a neurosurgery-focused attachment for the Microsoft HoloLens 2. The solution will condense 4 pieces of current equipment into one device, simplifying the set-up process and elevating the standard of care of neurosurgery.

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University of Pittsburgh

Dime, Inc.

Dime enables companies to directly penetrate the Gen Z market with our powerful network of ambassadors. We pair this with an AI SaaS solution that matches ambassadors in our database with our clients according to their needs.

Duke University

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Abby Huang
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Marek Drozowski
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Helen Chen
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Lily Annenberg
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Alex Hong
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CJ Nagle
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Alessandro Dalbon
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Asculta Technologies

Asculta Technologies produces plasma acoustic emissions sensors, which are highly sensitive microphones detecting structural damage in infrastructure before material failure. Our patented technology will extend the lifetime of nuclear reactors.

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Princeton University

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Xuan Lin
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Xabier Sardina
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Matthew Banaag
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Yiying Zhang
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OnPoint Ventilation

OnPoint Ventilation has pioneered a novel catheter for one-lung ventilation surgery, designed to eliminate pain points in the procedure and ease physician burdens. The team has thoroughly validated their project and is eager to bring it to market.

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Johns Hopkins University

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Nina Nair
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Arijit Nukala
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Krisha Thakur
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Ria Jha
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Charlie Almoney
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The problem of endoscopes becoming dirty and visualization being blocked mid-surgery due to accumulation of debris causes 25 minutes and $1500 to be wasted each operation, as well as worsened patient outcomes due to disruptions in surgical flow. ScOAPe is looking to solve this issue by creating an attachment that allows for on-demand clearing of the lens, eliminating the need for the surgeon to remove the endoscope, clean it, and reinsert it every time the lens is occluded.

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University of Pittsburgh

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Rohit Mantena
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Kamil Nowicki
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SinkOrganics Composter is an automated device that can convert food waste into organic fertilizer right under the sink, allowing users to enjoy the convenience of traditional garbage disposals while composting the food waste without any hassle.

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University of California, Los Angeles

Clutch Car Management

Clutch can be described as the "Uber for AAA". Roadside assistance industry giants are constantly being ridiculed by customers for their long wait times. Clutch is planning to revolutionize this through the use of gig workers as road side assistance service employees. Gig workers are those who work for Uber, Doordash, Instacart, etc. They are already on the road and therefore can arrive at customers in need in a much faster time. We are already letting 'strangers, drive us around, pick up our food, and pick up our groceries - Why not let them fix your flat tire?

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Carnegie Mellon University

CMU VC 2022 Winners & Finalists

We are so proud of our participants and wish them all the
best in their entrepreneurial journeys!

Paradigm Robotics

1st Place Winner

Paradigm Robotics is paradigm-shifting the field of robotics by developing the next generation of advanced and accessible robotic solutions designed to protect the brave.


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Siddharth Thakur
Founder & CEO
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Krishnan Ram
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Pritivi Rajkumar
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Jatin Kumar
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Shashank Vinay Kumar
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2nd Place Winner

Introducing Bonsai, the ultimate productivity booster for knowledge workers!  With Bonsai's AI-driven technology, finding the right information has never been easier or more efficient. Say goodbye to long response times and hello to instant resolutions and improved customer satisfaction.


BAM! Bottle 

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BAM! Bottle is a portable container that heats liquids on the go. We change beverage temperature through battery power alone to ensure that your drink is always at your perfect temperature. BAM! Bottle-- for those everyday moments where you need a little BAM!


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Kaitlyn Chow
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ToxiSense is using genetic engineering to develop plant-based biosensors for bacterial endotoxin as a more low-cost and sustainable method to test for contamination in medical products and drinking water.

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LEAF is a subscription-based SAAS for solar/electrical engineers that automates solar-array design with an AutoCAD plugin and artificial intelligence.

Meet the Team:
Evan Haug, CEO and Inventor

Cooper Reif, COO and Founder

Kehley Coleman, CMO and Founder
Ben Trabold, Co-CTO and Founder

Jake Prusky, Co-CTO and Founder


American Made Solar Challenge Semi-Finalists

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