2021-22 Entrepreneurs Challenge Finalists

TEAM DIRECTORY

Meet our 2021-22 Entrepreneurs Challenge Finalists. These promising teams hail from across NYU’s global campuses and their concepts reflect that diversity. 

Healthcare & Biomedical Venture Competition

OraLiva

Oraliva develops new diagnostic capabilities for early disease detection and is now positioned through strategic partnerships to become uncontested leader in delivery of life saving cytology oncology screening technologies for use at point of care.

SIPPLE

Sipple is building smart sensorized baby bottle collar to ensure optimal feeding of preterm babies and support parents after discharge from NICU.

New Venture Competition

CELER

Celer is a sports technology venture focused on reducing injury and increasing human performance through the use of applied resistance designed to optimize joint biomechanics during exercise.

CRASH COURSE

Crash Course is a cost-effective driving simulator for drivers with Autism Spectrum Disorder to help them find confidence behind the wheel by practicing real life driving situation skills that ASD drivers may find difficult.

POLLEN

Pollen is a personalized accelerator system for solopreneurs. Through a tailored roadmap of tactical sprints and SaaS integrations, Pollen helps solopreneurs start, manage and grow their business. Our vision is to be the modern SBA for the American solopreneur.

TROVBASE

Trovbase is Git and Git.Market but for research. Git increases speed and code quality for developers. Git.Market allows developers to sell code built on Git. TrovBase borrows best practices from software to do the same, creating ‘a simple way to science.’

Technology Venture Competition

BATON

Baton is a blockchain-enabled web platform and collaboration protocol designed for the future of creative digital exchange. 

TECHFUNIC

Techfunic is an Ed-Tech product that facilitates affordable, online small group tutoring. Our data-driven technology creates compatible study groups of 3 children and a suitable tutor based on age & skill banding, topic, time zone/availability and compatibility indicators solving for insufficient STEM support for students in US school systems.

PRIZES

The NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge is made possible by the generous support of the Rennert Family Foundation, Mr. Ira Rennert (MBA ’56), and Mr. Ari Rennert (BS ’01). Teams will compete for the Rennert Family New Venture, Technology Venture, or Healthcare and Biomedical Venture prize. Each prize is awarded as seed funding in the form of a KISS agreement. The total prize amount for each track is $75,000. 

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OraLiva

Concept Summary

OraLiva is a powerful and transformative integrated AI-linked medical micro device platform that allows for early cancer detection at the point of care using single cell cytology analysis of noninvasive patient samples.

Points of Differentiation

  • Starting with one of the most deadly of all cancers, OraLiva and its partners have developed highly accurate diagnostic models for early oral cancer detection using one of the largest cytology databases.
  • These efforts have also led to the development of a numerical index for oral cancer that functions like a thermometer for this malignant disorder.
  • This powerful programmable diagnostic platform is positioned to change the way oral lesions are managed.

Team

John T McDevitt

NYU Dentistry Staff

Glennon Simmons

NYU Dentistry Faculty

Michael McRae

Nick Christodoulides

Contact Us

mcdevitt@nyu.edu

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Sipple

Concept Summary

Smart Precision Feeding Tool for Parents of Premature Infants to resolve difficulties with crucial feeding skills and ensure optimal food intake for growth and development.

Points of Differentiation

  • Post-discharge Care: The first consumer-oriented precision tool for parents, allowing hospital-level feeding assistance after discharge, when they most need it.
  • Individualized for each patient: AI analyzes unique feeding patterns, giving parents more control over tracking their feeding skills.
  • Connected to clinicians: The one-of-a-kind app allows parents to share individual feeding parameters with doctors and feeding experts, making their participation revolutionary easy.

Team

Vitaly Shlimovich

NYU Stern MBA '22

Caroline Martinez

NYU SPS MS '22

Contact Us

shlimovi@gmail.com

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Celer

Concept Summary

MoveCeler is a foot resistance band for athletes that is worn during exercise to reduce risk of injury and enhance athletic performance through optimized foot and ankle biomechanics.

Points of Differentiation

  • Novel: No product on market to functionally promote a mid-foot strike or utilize resistance to influence ankle plantarflexion during exercise.
  • Patented: 4 design/utility patents and proprietary material created specifically for Celer.
  • Universal: Compatible with every athletic shoe and every runner

Team

Sarah Anderson

NYU Stern MBA '23

Contact Us

sa6914@stern.nyu.edu

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Crash Course

Concept Summary

A driving simulator for drivers with Autism Spectrum Disorder that empowers them to be better and more confident drivers through a cost effective and research-backed proprietary platform. 

Points of Differentiation

  • The only driving simulators geared towards ASD drivers designed by ASD experts
  • Reduces anxiety and increases safety during practice by using state of the art virtual reality technology to mimic real-life driving situations
  • Easily and widely accessible via most PC and gaming consoles

Team

Jonathon Lentine

NYU Steinhardt MS '22

Jihye Lee

Contact Us

jcl767@nyu.edu

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Pollen

Concept Summary

Pollen is an online subscription-based platform for small businesses that increases chances of success by providing tailored 1:1 coaching, exercises, and resources. 

Points of Differentiation

  • Unlike alternative solutions, Pollen uses psychology to help aspiring small business entrepreneurs get over the mental hurdles to starting their business.
  • Pollen is more affordable, accessible, and personalized than existing platforms.
  • Most platforms are built to get you up and running quickly, Pollen is designed for long term success.

Team

Hillary Bush

NYU Stern MBA '22

Isabel Sheinman

NYU Stern MBA '21

Contact Us

hillarycbush@gmail.com

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TrovBase

Concept Summary

TrovBase is a platform that re-implements software engineering best practices to scientific research, making high quality data collection and management accessible for researchers through a simple, intuitive interface. This enables researchers to spend more time on ideas, and less time on logistical annoyances. 

Points of Differentiation

  • We have ready to go defaults that let people use industry standard tooling without worrying about complex setup.
  • By enforcing structure on a project’s data, we automate validation and analysis coding to minimize error and time figuring out logistics: we’ve worried about the tedious stuff so you can get insight fast.
  • Our centralized repository implementation enables rich collection metadata that assures future users of a dataset of its quality.

Team

Samantha Jordan

NYU Stern MBA '21

Andrew Hornstra

Nathaniel Bechhofer

Harout Boujakjian

Contact Us

scj10000@stern.nyu.edu

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Techfunic

Concept Summary

Techfunic is an Ed-Tech product that facilitates affordable, live, online tutoring. Our IP curates interactive “co-learning” circles for small groups of children based on age, skill, topic, availability and compatibility indicators using intelligent data profiling. This method ensures a safe, engaging environment for children to succeed academically. 

Points of Differentiation

  • Techfunic facilitates interactive engaging live classes with a younger tutor profile – that increases tutor-student compatibility
  • Small group video classes resulting in higher comprehension and memory retention of concepts
  • We make STEM tutoring affordable by bridging geographies

Team

Ann Andrews

NYU Stern EMBA '23

Contact Us

ann@techfunic.com

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