Finalists Announced for Startup Yale

April 11, 2017

Finalists have been announced for Yale student entrepreneurship prizes totaling $100,000. The finalists for Yale’s four biggest entrepreneurship prizes will pitch their business ideas to panels of expert judges as part of an event called Startup Yale on April 21 at Evans Hall.  The $25,000 prizes include the Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize from the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY); the Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education and the Aetna Foundation Prize for Health Equity Innovation, both from InnovateHealth Yale (IHY); and the Miller Prize from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI).

These prizes are designed to generate world-changing ideas from Yale students around health, education, environment, equality, sustainability and technology. Centers around campus have been increasing programs and resources in response to growing student interest in launching startups that make a difference.

“We’ve been thrilled by the interest in social entrepreneurship happening across the university,” says Cassandra Walker-Harvey, Associate Director for Social Entrepreneurship at Yale. “Students are coming to us earlier to develop their ideas, take advantage of office hours and educational workshops and have made real progress on their ventures going into Startup Yale.”

Many of the finalists have participated in academic year programs and educational opportunities across the university, including the Venture Creation Program at YEI, workshops on developing social ventures through CBEY and IHY and entrepreneurship classes and clubs at Yale School of Management.

“We are strengthening the network between entrepreneurship centers on campus and making it easier for students to navigate the many available resources,” says Walker-Harvey. “Startup Yale is one way we are streamlining the process—one application for four prizes and all the finalists presenting and winners announced in one exciting day.” 

And the finalists are….

Aetna Foundation Prize for Health Equity Innovation: awarded by InnovateHealth Yale with the support of the Aetna Foundation to the best student-led venture focused on developing a technology solution to address a health disparity challenge.

Finalists:

Alva Health: Alva Health is developing a real-time monitoring device to quantify the neurological symptoms of stroke in real-time. Team: Sandra Saldana-Ortega, PhD SOM ’17; Kevin Sheth, MD, Yale School of Medicine; Hitten Zaveri, PhD, Assistant Professor in Neurology: Ronald Coifman, PhD, Philips Professor of Math and Computer Science

Better Care: The Better Care application will teach physicians about implicit bias, its effects on health care, and social determinants of health in an interactive way in order to raise awareness of biases and increase physicians’ likelihood to contribute to addressing patients’ unmet social needs. Team: Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako, YSM; Nicolas Munoz, YSM, Edward Dcruz SOM’18

MyHealth Ed: Real Talk is a mobile app that uses stories written by real teens to engage middle schoolers more than traditional health messages to help them learn about sexual

health topics. Team: Vichi Jagannathan SOM ’17, Elizabeth Chen, Christina Leos

navigatER: navigatER is a mobile application service that aims to improve the patient and caregiver experience during an emergency room visit. Team: Anusha Raja, YSM ’19, Daniel Shaw YSM ’18, Aishwarya Raja

Miller Prize: an entrepreneurship prize from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute for a student venture with a tech or tech-enabled service startup.

Finalists:

Alva Health: Alva Health is developing a real-time monitoring device to quantify the neurological symptoms of stroke in real-time. Team: Sandra Saldana-Ortega, PhD SOM ’17; Kevin Sheth, MD, Yale School of Medicine; Hitten Zaveri, PhD, Assistant Professor in Neurology: Ronald Coifman, PhD, Philips Professor of Math and Computer Science

Arix Technologies: By integrating robotics with advanced data analytics, Arix is reinventing the way corrosion is detected and analyzed in manufacturing plants with the potential to save billions in cost while providing significant improvements in safety and sustainability. Team: Dianna Liu SOM ’18, Bryan Duerfeldt YC ’17, Petter Wehlin YC ’17, David Weber SOM ’18

Charityvest: Charityvest is an efficient, fintech platform enabling a better giving experience for donors and lower cost fundraising for nonprofits. It is a next-generation funding channel for the charitable sector. Team: Stephen Kump, SOM ’17, Jon Koon

Happy Hour: Happy Hour is an app that lets students order from local restaurants while getting student discounts and rewards. Team: Kevin Tan YC ’17, John Chirikjian YC ’17, Jonathan Cameron

Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize: an award for the best ideas for products, services, projects, or programs that advance a more sustainable way of life from the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.

Finalists:

Alectro LLC: Alectro aims to accelerate the transition to renewable energy by designing and implementing large scale solar projects. Team: Farouq Ghandour YC ’18, Omar Zaki YC ’18, Andrew Suite, Jon Langel

Kitchen Table: Kitchen Table is reinventing cooking for today’s busy lifestyles by making it easier for people to eat healthy meals at home with frozen, plant-based meals. Team: Zoe Lloyd SOM/FES ’17, Nilofer Ahmed SOM ’16

Powerhouse: Powerhouse is an energy technology that lets you reduce your carbon footprint and your utility bill. Team: Katrina Barlow SOM ’17

Turboarcjet: The Turboarcjet is an all electrical jet engine using arcjet technology, a technology used in the propulsion of satellites, designed to replace current generations of engines in commercial planes with a cleaner alternative. Team: Xavier Morin SOM ‘18

Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education: awarded by InnovateHealth Yale to the best student-led venture focused on social innovation in health or education.

Finalists:

BridgeYear: BridgeYear delivers career exploration and support services that expose high school seniors to local, high-growth careers and empower students to develop a purpose for community college enrollment. Team: Victoria Chen SOM ’17, Victoria Doan

MOSAIC: A vocational training curriculum easily adopted in urban areas and refugee camps that gives refugees certification in their trained skill and provides a platform for loan distribution. Team: Arsema Thomas YSPH ’18, Marcus Ihemdi YSPH ’18, Luke Versten YSPH ‘18

Penta: Penta is a social venture that addresses limb disability in Vietnam, offering a transparent and streamlined model to collect used prosthetics in the U.S and working directly with local clinics and hospitals in Vietnam to repurpose the parts for disabled patients. Team: Victor Wang YC ’18, Trang Duong, Moises Escobar YC ’19, Henry Iseman YC ‘18

RxAll, Inc.: RxAll solves the problem of drug counterfeiting by providing a machine learning spectrometer and digital procurement platform to pharmacies enabling them buy and authenticate medicines for their patients. Team: Anna Hwang YC ’19, Wei Liu GSAS ’17, Ankur Kapadia SOM ’17, Amy Kao SOM ’17

CONTACT: Brita Belli, Communications Officer, Yale Innovation & Entrepreneurship, (203)804-1911, brita.belli@yale.edu