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Team Profile: Lab Candy
Team Name: LabCandy
Fellows: Olivia Pavco-Giaccia (YC '16), May Li Lynch
Industry: Consumer Product
LabCandy helps to get young girls interested in science through fun and fashionable lab gear. Currently, the stereotypical scientist does not look relatable or even interesting to our young girls. We are offering a comprehensive line of creative lab goggles, coats, gloves, and other accessories, because we believe that when we change the way a lab scientist is supposed to look, then we are one step closer to helping young girls picture themselves as scientists.
Olivia Pavco-Giaccia is a rising sophomore at Yale University. In the past, she has worked with ‘girls in STEM’ organizations such as SciGirls, National Girls Collaborative Project, Society of Women Engineers, JASON Argonauts, National Geographic, and more. The idea for LabCandy came to her while she was blogging about her research at a neurobiology lab at Stanford.
May Li Wall Lynch is a rising sophomore at Savannah College of Art and Design and is majoring in industrial design. She engineered her first creation at three years old (a waterproof sandcastle,) and has been working on one project or another ever since. She is especially excited to design cool lab goggles because she is sick of having goggle lines after using the SCAD table saw.
What problems did you see that led you to develop LabCandy?
Currently, the percentage of jobs held by women in STEM fields is only twenty-four percent. We wanted to help change that by encouraging young girls to be interested in science early and be inspired to continue in science throughout their lives.
How is the LabCandy solution different?
Most solutions to the gender gap in STEM offer ways for teachers and mentors to help get girls interested in science. LabCandy puts the power directly into the girls’ hands and allows them to change what they think a scientist should look like.
Do you have any advice to aspiring student entrepreneurs?
If you are thinking of starting your own business, make sure it is something that you really care about. It’s easy to be motivated if you believe that you are working to change the world.