The Yale student venture Fluid-Screen has recently taken two top awards in Yale startup competitions--$25,000 for the Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize from the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale (CBEY) and $10,000 for the Yale Venture Challenge from the Yale Entrepreneurial Society (YES). The startup is also one of four finalists for the Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health—a $25,000 cash prize which will be awarded by the Yale School of Public Health April 26 at the Yale School of Management. Fluid-Screen is led by Yale Ph.D. candidate Monika Weber (’14), Yale MBA candidate Anthony Lynn (’14) and Seyla Azoz, Yale Ph.D. and SOM candidate (’15), who are developing a portable device for quickly and accurately testing for environmental contaminants in water and blood samples. The device is built around patented chip technology developed at Yale and can bring screen-time down from multiple days to 30 minutes.
Fluid-Screen is participating the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s Venture Creation Program, a program for supporting early-stage startups with a small amount of capital, expert mentors and guidance. The technology has been developed with over $4 million in grant funding to date and the team is seeking an additional $400,000 to develop their prototype device.
Two other ventures that have or will be participating in YEI’s Fellowship took home prizes from the Yale Venture Challenge. Spylight, a startup from YEI’s 2013 Fellowship that was founded by Casper Daugaard (YC ’13), took second place ($5,000). The company is developing a website and app that allows consumers to identify and purchase products featured in their favorite shows and they have negotiated a partnership with a major Hollywood studio to pilot the service with three top TV shows, including New Girl and White Collar. SÖL, a startup participating in the 2014 YEI Fellowship, won third place ($1,000). The team—Jeremiah Kreisberg (YC ’14), Jacob Sandry (YC ’15) and Eric Caine (YC ’15)—are developing an organic, non-GMO sports drink that has the proper levels of electrolytes and sugars that athletes need during a workout.
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