CMU VC 2023 Winners & Finalists
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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.
University of New Hampshire
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.
Babson College, Wellesley College
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.
University of Pennslyvania, Yale University
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.
University of Pittsburgh
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.
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.
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.
Johns Hopkins University
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.
University of Pittsburgh
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.
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?
Carnegie Mellon University
CMU VC 2022 Winners & Finalists
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best in their entrepreneurial journeys!
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.
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.
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