By Brita Belli
Earlier this month, the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute hosted some of its mentors, supporters and student startups for a holiday party that included an update from three promising just-launched companies from the most recent Summer Fellowship as well as a mini pitch competition featuring four startups-in-development from the Venture Creation Program.
Showcasing their latest accomplishments were TummyZen, makers of an antacid based on Yale-patented zinc technology; Spylight, designers of a website and app to purchase clothing and goods seen on TV programs in real time; and Dextro, a team that has designed an algorithm to allow computers to recognize and identify images and videos as textual summaries.
For the pitch competition, the top prize ($1,500) went to Play2Prevent, a startup being formed around a high-impact mobile game designed by Yale professor Lynn Fiellin, a specialist in drug abuse, addication and HIV, with business assistance from Olivia Zhao (SOM '15). The engaging game teaches high-risk kids to make better decisions regarding their health and well-being through cause and effect scenarios.
Hasan Ansari (SOM '14) tells the attendees about the benefits of TummyZen.