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  • Skillet

    Skillet gives busy people a way to access convenient, high-quality, healthy food without the burdens of meal planning and shopping.

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    "We have learned a tremendous amount about the challenges and joys of starting a food business. U-M’s entrepreneurial community has been so inspiring and encouraging as first-time entrepreneurs."

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    Whether they’re in school or working, busy young adults ages 20-30 need convenient, high-quality, healthy food without the burdens of meal planning and shopping. Skillet brings unique recipes and local ingredients right to their daily commutes, taking planning and shopping out of the equation to let customers enjoy preparing and eating delicious food. Skillet creates and sells grab-and-go dinner kits that contain a delicious recipe and all the fresh ingredients needed to cook dinner. Skillet kits are sold in smart self-service kiosks in convenient locations that customers pass by everyday, like workplaces, gyms, schools, and apartment buildings.

    SPH Innovation in Action; Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants, The Startup, and advising; TechArb Student Startup Incubator, Zell Lurie Institute Michigan Business Challenge and advising; Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Clinic


    Team:

    • Margaret Dowling, School of Public Health, MPH 2016, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
    • Abigail Schachter, School of Public Health, MPH 2016, Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer
    • Lily Hamburger, Ross School of Business, MBA 2016, Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer
  • Kulisha

    Kulisha produces low-cost, high-quality, sustainable fish feed made from insects, revolutionizing the aquaculture industry in East Africa.

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    “To me, one of the most rewarding elements of my experience with Kulisha is helping create a product that can have a major impact on society.”

    Kulisha is a sustainable aquafeed company, producing commercial grade fish feed from insects catering to small-scale aquaculture farmers in Kenya. It helps to divert food waste going to landfills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and eliminate trawling. The Kulisha product has the potential to increase the farmers’ yields, helping to increase their profitability while supplying the food insecure in the region with more healthy animal protein. The company aims to provide farmers with a low cost, high quality feed that is beneficial for the environment and farmers. Kulisha recently took home the top prize at the Thought for Food Summit in Zurich, Switzerland.

    Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants and advising; Zell Lurie Institute Dare to Dream Grants and Michigan Business Challenge-Social Impact Track; Center for Social Impact advising; UMSI Entrepreneurship Program advising; TechArb Student Startup Incubator; LSA optiMize Social Innovation Partnership; Alumni Association Wolverine Tank


    Team:

    • Eric Katz, Ross School of Business, BBA 2017
    • Maya Faulstich-Hon, Brown University, Environmental Science
    • Lunalo Cletus, The University of Nairobi, Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management Kenya
    • Arjun Paunranaj, UCLA, Mechanical Engineering
    • Viraj Sikand, Brown University, Environmental Science
  • Leesta

    Leesta aims to show young girls that they are capable of doing amazing things, by showing them other women in history to inspire them.

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    "Our vision for Leesta came from our experiences as Mexican-Americans going through the school system, where we never saw ourselves in the curriculum being taught. We hope Leesta can change that for the students of the future."

    A play on the Spanish word “lista,” which means smart or clever girl, Leesta is an online educational platform that uses interactive storytelling to educate elementary school children about important and impactful women who have contributed to American history. It features the stories of women who have had a national impact and inspired others throughout generations, but who are often not included in the traditional history curriculum. Not everyone has access to higher education, and Leesta believes that presenting a diverse set of stories to young children, can change their perceptions of what a “leader” looks like and inspire them to become one themselves.

    LSA optiMize Social Innovation Partnership; TechArb Student Startup Incubator; Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grant and advising


    Team:

    • Alexa Borromeo, Stamps School of Art and Design, BFA 2016, Social Media Director
    • James Reslier-Wells, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BA 2015, Lead Animator 
    • Beatriz Lozano, Stamps School of Art and Design, BFA 2016, Co-Founder/Programmer and Developer
    • Virginia Lozano, Stamps School of Art and Design, BA 2015, Co-Founder/Illustrator for Dolores Huerta
  • State & Liberty Clothing Company

    Providing athletes the fit and feel they deserve in a dress shirt.

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    "The small business startup community here is really strong and full of impressive people that we would have never met if we didn't start this ourselves"

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    Lee Moffie (BA 2013), a minor league hockey player and former University of Michigan player, and his business partner Steven Fisher (also a Michigan hockey alum) are on a mission to provide athletes a dress shirt with superior feel and a great fit. After being disappointed and frustrated with all other dress shirts on the market, they launched State & Liberty Clothing Company in January of 2015. By focusing on fit, feel and a professional look, State & Liberty focuses on dress shirts for the athletically built without the costs and inconvenience of custom tailoring.


    Team:

    • Steven Fisher, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 2013, Co-founder
    • Lee Moffie, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 2013, Co-founder
  • MatéBros Energy Brew

    A natural, great tasting and healthy energy boost, crafted to fuel your performance.

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    As an Olympic gymnast, 7 time national champion, and 17 time All American, Sam Mikulak (BA 2015) knows a little something about drive, passion and perseverance. While at Michigan, he teamed up with fellow gymnasts Jordan Gaarenstroom (BA 2014) and Alex Anunciation to apply the skills he honed in sport to design a refreshing one-of-a-kind alternative energy beverage called MatéBros Energy Brew. While still a student, Sam launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised over $44,000 in capital. MatéBros is now available on Amazon and working with a distribution company with access to over 50,000 stores including CVS, Walgreens, and local shops.

    College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship


    Team:

    • Quazi Syque Caesar, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 2013 and School of Kinesiology, 2014
    • Alex Anunciation, Co-founder
    • Jordan Gaarenstroom, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 2014, Co-founder
    • Sam Mikulak, College of Literature Science, and the Arts, 2015, Co-founder
  • Skicks

    SKICKS, sideline sneakers aims to be the top seller of school spirit collegiate sneakers in the country.

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    "I have the opportunity to apply many of these lessons I am learning in my classes with my own businesses, making for an unbelievable learning experience."

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    Art and design major Jordana Schrager started designing sneakers when she was a sophomore in high school. She first doodled on a pair of old white Vans for herself and wore them around town. Her peers took notice, and not long after her venture SNICKS was born. Jordana wants SKICKS to become the top school spirit collegiate sneaker in the country. SKICKS customers include celebrities like Nick Cannon, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, and Pink.

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    Team:

    • Jordana Schrager, Stamps School of Art and Design, BA 2016
  • Sleepy Hollow Industries

    HeatSeat is a game-changing product that will change how you feel about sitting in the cold. It's a battery-powered heated seat cushion that's designed to keep you warm and comfortable all game long.

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    “Parents often skip out or leave early from their kid’s sporting events because of cold-weather. We’re looking to fix that.”

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    Sleepy Hollow Industries developed The HeatSeat, a rechargeable heated stadium cushion that’s designed to keep the user comfortable and warm all game long. Their end customers are primarily parents who frequently attend kids’ sporting events, but their direct customers are high school booster clubs for fundraising initiatives and events. Sleepy Hollow Industries offers booster clubs a great fundraising opportunity by providing a quality, affordable, and “hot” product that can be customized with each school’s logo and colors.

    TechArb Student Startup Incubator; MPowered 1000 Pitches


    Team:

    • Chris Terech, College of Engineering, 2019
    • Kevin Yanos, College of Engineering, BSE and Minor in Entrepreneurship 2017
  • Sparks & Wiry Cries

    Sparks & Wiry Cries is a global platform for art song that explores the dynamic union of music and text through publication, performance, and commission of new works.

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    "This next year will be one of transition as we grow our board, our advisory board, and begin to raise funds. We are also beginning our process of creating new performance opportunities for the bounty of worthy artists."

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    Sparks & Wiry Cries is registered 501(c)3 nonprofit an artist driven platform both online and off that allows both discovery and education about art song. Art song is a singer and a pianist performing the work of great poets set to music by great composers. The global platform explores the dynamic union of music and text through publication, performance, and commission of new works, enlivening the practice and experience of artful storytelling within its diverse community.  The organization commissions new works that are premiered on their live performance series and promoted on the website, which also serves to promote the genre as a whole.

    SMTD EXCELerator; Center for the Education of Women


    Team:

    • Amy Petrongelli, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, DMA 2016, Grant Writer
    • Erika Switzer, Juilliard, DMA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Bard College and Conservatory, Co-Artistic Director
    • Martha Guth, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, DMA 2016, Co-Artistic director
  • Elementary Engineering Partnerships

    EEP is providing increased engineering career awareness and interest for all elementary age students.

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    "The largest lesson to us has been the power of passion, which, for us, stems from education and human-centered engineering."

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    EEP aims to provide early exposure to engineering through interactive human-centered design experiences with sustained mentorship from undergraduate engineering students. The program is designed to be implemented in elementary classrooms and supplements the Next Generation Science Standards for Engineering Design. Through five modules, students collaborate and communicate with facilitators and peers, gaining a new perspective of engineering in their surrounding world. Over the course of a semester, students learn the engineering design process by designing, prototyping, and presenting a solution to a problem they identify through a needs assessment.


    Team:

    • Anastasia Ostrowski, College of Engineering, BSE and Minor in Entrepreneurship 2016
    • Anya LaRoche, College of Engineering, BSE 2016
  • Woodside Distributors

    Woodside Distributors is a national distributor of home improvement, sports & outdoors, automotive, and other frequently purchased products.

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    "Woodside Distributors is a successful online distributor of home improvement goods that has low overhead and offers aggressively low prices in the dynamic online marketplaces."

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    Woodside specializes in dramatically increasing sales of many items, with diversity ranging from hardware to clothing, adding new vendors and products every month. With sales on Amazon, eBay, Sears, and their website, the company serves thousands of businesses and consumers who most often find it through organic search. With under a dozen current employees, Woodside Distributors continues to consistently add team members with a specialty in e-commerce. Woodside Distributors has generated $4.5 million in revenue to date.

    Center for Entrepreneurship The Startup, Jump Start Grants, and advising; Zell Lurie Institute Dare to Dream Grants and Marcel Gani Internship Program; MPowered MTank


    Team:

    • Jarrell Ku, Ross School of Business, BBA 2019, Business Analyst
    • Shaleen Goel, Ross School of Business, BBA 2019, Business Analyst
    • Ananya Shah, Ross School of Business, BBA 2019, Business Analyst
    • Pierre de Smet, College of Engineering, BSE 2019, Business Analyst
    • Bailey Tuczak, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 2019, Business Analyst
    • Rami Kadouh, Ross School of Business, BBA 2018, Business Analyst
    • Deep Singhvi, College of Engineering, BSE 2018, Business Analyst
    • Danielle Mileto, Ross School of Business, BBA 2018, Business Analyst
    • Mitchell Kasselman, Ross School of Business, BBA 2018, Growth Team Leader
    • Alex Glassman, College of Engineering, BSE 2018, Optimization Team Leader
    • Danny Sheridan, Ross School of Business, BBA 2018, Founder & President
  • Wildfire

    Wildfire’s mission is to replace traditional advertising with great content.

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    "Businesses need to create great content to pull their audience in, but most businesses struggle to create content that is truly engaging. We help businesses create content that their audiences want to see."

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    Wildfire’s customers are small and medium businesses using written content marketing and social media marketing. The venture helps companies create blogs, eBooks, photosharing campaigns, and social media posts to engage their audience and grow their business. Wildfire provides full service content marketing, including strategy, production, distribution, and analytics. The venture has also developed technology that algorithmically predicts what content people want to see in order to create content that helps our clients grow their audiences as fast as possible.

    Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants, The Startup, Treks, and advising; Shift Creator Space


    Team:

    • Alexis Brown, College of Literature Science, and the Arts, 2018, Social Media
    • Roland Gainer, College of Literature Science, and the Arts, 2017, Business Development
    • Maya Crosman, Stamps School of Art and Design, BFA and Program in Entrepreneurship 2016, Graphic Design
    • Emily Richner, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, 2018, Co-founder
    • Eric Aleman, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, BS 2016, Co-founder
  • Trapped Note

    With Triangulum, Trapped Note aims to bring virtual reality gaming mainstream.

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    "The most important thing we have learned is to be constantly searching for opportunities. Many of the causes of our various pivots came not from careful planning but from random events and encounters."

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    Trapped Note is working to build the world’s first open-world virtual reality game, called Triangulum, for mobile platforms. Triangulum uses Google Cardboard to create an immersive virtual environment which the player can navigate without restriction. Mobile virtual reality cuts the price of access down from around $600 to $15; and with this game Trapped Note aims to bring immersive virtual reality to as many people as possible. The team has been testing their product with pediatric patients at Mott Hospital since fall 2015. They are developing a biometric controller that ties muscle movement to manipulating the game, which helps incentivize repetitive motions required for physical therapy.

    Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants, The Startup, and advising; LSA optiMize Social Innovation Partnership; MHacks


    Team:

    • Robert Stefanski, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BA 2017, Creative director
    • Evan Heugel, College of Engineering, BS 2017, Sound designer
    • Tyler Grinn, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BS 2017, Lead developer
    • Duncan Abbot, College of Engineering, BSE 2017, President and CEO
  • Soloist Now

    Soloist Now helps musicians become the masters of their own performances.

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    "We love music, we work hours on it, and we can’t imagine doing anything else. When we get on stage, we don’t want to feel nervous or that we’re not at our best. That’s where Soloist Now comes in."

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    Soloist Now is a free mobile app that creates accompaniments for classical musicians to use while practicing for recitals. In the spring of 2015, co-founder Maxwell Karmazyn first thought of the idea while practicing for his own recital. He’d hired an accompanist to rehearse with him, but little did he know how many rehearsals he’d end up needing (and how much money he’d have to spend in the process). This sparked the idea for Soloist Now. The goal of Soloist Now is to eradicate the performance anxiety nearly all classical musicians experience by providing them with a resource to ensure the very best rehearsal and performance possible.

    SMTD EXCELerator; ArtsEngine Program; Ann Arbor SPARK


    Team:

    • Adam Millstein, School of Music, Theatre, & Dance, BMus 2016
    • Maxwell Karmazyn, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, BMus 2016
  • SnapSuits

    SnapSuits was born out of necessity, by a bunch of Midwest guys forced to rent one too many tuxedos for weddings.

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    "We are so happy we chose SnapSuits. They took great care of us each step of the process."

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    SnapSuits sells affordable yet fashionable customizable suits for only $250, delivered in just two weeks. The company’s made-to-measure garments feature high-quality wool, lining, and hand-made construction. SnapSuits.com allows users to customize every detail, from lapel and pocket style, to personalization features such as colored stitching and monograms. With a 100% fit guarantee, customers get measured at home in under five minutes through a no hassle, data-driven body measurement system. SnapSuits specializes in “suits for groups,” averaging 8 or more suits per order, which represents the $541 million U.S. Men’s Formal Rental Market.

    Zell Lurie Institute advising; Desai Accelerator


    Team:

    • Jake Freeman, Ross School of Business, BBA 2013
    • Nick Kunemen, Ross School of Business and College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BBA/BA 2009, Growth Hacking / Finance
    • Shawn Blanchard, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BS 2005, Advisor/Partner
    • Ryan Leahy, Depaul University BA, 2011, Seattle University, M.Ed, 2013, CEO
    • Drew Leahy, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BGS 2016, CTO
  • SkySpecs

    Infrastructure is aging and requires frequent inspection to ensure it stays operational. These inspections are dangerous, time consuming, and expensive. Robots and drones offer a better way.

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    "We have learned how to be resilient. Through all the ups and downs of a start up, we have always found ways to make it through as a team. We stay customer focused on a core valuable product and stick to our long term vision."

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    SkySpecs is a software company that develops autonomous commercial drones for infrastructure inspection applications. With the single push of a button, a SkySpecs drone will be capable of monitoring and reporting on infrastructure such as wind turbines, cell towers, power transmission towers, or bridges. SkySpecs customers are the owners and operators of these assets that are continuously trying to improve the efficiency of the maintenance on the structures. The company offers a way to conduct more frequent inspection, collect higher quality data, and do it safer than any previous means.

    Center for Entrepreneurship Treks and advising; TechArb Student Incubator; Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Clinic; Wilson Student Team Project Center; Clean Energy Venture Challenge


    Team:

    • Peter Dixon, College of Engineering, MEng 2017, Drone Pilot
    • Shweta Khushu, Rackham Graduate Student, MS 2015, Computer Vision and Machine Learning Engineer
    • Karan Mahajan, Rackham Graduate Student, MS 2016, Autonomous Robotics Engineer
    • Ben Marchionna, College of Engineering, BSE 2011, University of Southern California MSE, System Integration and Test Engineer
    • Isaac Olson, College of Engineering, BSE 2014, MSE 2016, VP of Robotics & System Architecture
    • Jonathan Bendes, College of Engineering, BSE 2013, MSE 2014, VP of Product
    • Sam DeBruin, College of Engineering, BSE 2012, Ph.D. candidate 2018, VP of Research and Founder
    • Danny Ellis, College of Engineering, BSE 2010, MSE 2013, CEO and Founder
    • Tom Brady, College of Engineering, BSE 2011, MSE 2013, CTO and Founder
  • Project MESA

    Project MESA aims to design, manufacture, and distribute of portable gynecological exam tables to mobile clinics.

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    “Why should anyone die a preventable death because of where she lives?”

    Project MESA aims to transform maternal healthcare in rural Nicaragua through the design, manufacture, and distribution of portable gynecological exam tables to mobile clinics. Currently, exams in mobile clinic settings are often unsafe and imprecise, which contributes to Nicaragua’s high cervical cancer mortality. Project MESA’s exam table provides an accurate, sterile, and comfortable environment for exams and cervical cancer screenings. Now building on the fourth prototype, MESA is building relationships with patients and clinicians. They are especially focused on connecting with international nonprofits, which will assist in table distribution and maximize impact.

    Zell Lurie Institute Michigan Business Challenge; Fast Forward Medical Innovation advising; MPowered 1000 Pitches; Center for Social Impact advising


    Team:

    • Project MESA is a multidisciplinary group of 23 students pursuing majors in engineering, public health, and the biological sciences, united by an interest in reducing global health inequities.,
  • Printodontics

    Printodontics uses 3D-Printing software to produce more anatomically accurate artificial teeth.

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    “Better prepared dental students equals a less painful and more beneficial experience at the dentist later on."

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    For over 100 years dental students have practiced their trade on artificial teeth made of Ivorine®. Ivorine teeth lack the hardness differences, internal anatomy, and structural features of human teeth and often leave dental students guessing where critical tooth layers lie. Printodontics aims to change that by providing a more realistic pre-clinical experience for dental students with 3D-Printing software capable of producing more anatomically accurate artificial teeth. Through a combination of creative engineering and advanced software techniques, Printodontics produced a proof-of-concept tooth with a hardness differential and excellent anatomy.

    UM3D Lab; Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program


    Team:

    • Alex Escobar, College of Engineering, BSE 2018, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Student Researcher
    • Joseph deBrune Dennison, DDS, MS, University of Michigan Professor Emeritus, Clinical Research Design and Biostatistics, Research Mentor and Supervisor
    • Peter Yaman, DDS, MS, University of Michigan Clinical Professor, Research Mentor and Supervisor
    • Shawn O’Grady, University of Phoenix, BS 2007, Digital Fabrication Specialist: Co-Project Developer
    • Branden M. Welch, School of Dentistry, DDS 2018, Domain Expert and Project Developer
  • PreDxion Bio

    What if from a single drop of blood physicians could predict which patients are at a high risk of death and use precision medications to reverse their immune dysfunction?

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    “For the first time, MicroKine enables a precision medicine approach in critical care in emergency medicine.”

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    PreDxion Bio is a precision medicine diagnostics company with a product called MicroKine, a patent-pending near-bedside diagnostic device that measures certain proteins (“cytokines”) in the blood of critically-ill patients. MicroKine delivers this information in less than 30 minutes—ten times faster than that of any existing technology on the market—from a single drop of blood, allowing physicians to prescribe drugs specifically tailored to an individual patient’s unique immune response. PreDxion Bio enables precision medicine in the intensive care unit and fundamentally changes the way critical care and emergency medicine physicians manage and care for their sickest patients. PreDxion Bio was the winner of U-M’s Michigan Business Challenge and recently took home the $100,000 TiE Boston Angel Investment Prize at a recent intercollegiate competition.

    Zell Lurie Institute Michigan Business Challenge and Dare to Dream Grants; Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants and The Startup, TechArb Student Startup Incubator; Coulter Translational Research Program; MTRAC Life Sciences; Fast Forward Medical Innovation


    Team:

    • Caroline Landau, Ross School of Business, MBA 2016, Director of Finance and Marketing
    • Timothy Cornell, MD, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and serves as the Director Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program, Director Pediatric Critical Care Translational Research, Director
    • Walker McHugh, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BS 2011, College of Engineering, MSE 2017, Co-Founder
  • OpticMobile

    OpticMobile helps low vision patients use their smartphone for a low-cost alternative to current technology.

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    Low vision patients can slide their smartphone into a low-cost virtual reality headset to magnify objects and enhance edges in their surroundings with OpticMobile. The app, which will be free and is being developed through a collaboration with researchers at the U-M Kellogg Eye Center, uses the camera and processing power of smartphones to do real-time image processing on the phone’s camera feed. Features of the app include: magnification, edge enhancement, color inversion, and image warping (to stretch the scene around regions where there a patient has no visual response). The team is also working to add optical character recognition (OCR) to the mix.


    Team:

    • Kwoon Wong, PhD - Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
    • Matt Jacobs, Rackham Graduate School Ph.D Candidate, Mathematics
    • Olivia Walch, Rackham Graduate School Ph.D candidate, Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics, 2017
  • Oats & Woes

    Oats & Woes delivers hearty and healthy oatmeal creations at various pop-up locations in Ann Arbor.

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    "There is a lack of healthful, convenient, inexpensive breakfast options for University of Michigan students that are made with whole, quality ingredients."

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    Oats & Woes Ann Arbor is a pop-up oatmeal bar that fills the need for healthful, hearty, high-speed breakfast options to fuel the body, mind, and soul of Ann Arbor’s residents. Oats & Woes appeals to health conscious residents of Ann Arbor (both students and community members) who value aesthetically pleasing food and are willing to pay a premium for niche healthy breakfast options. By focusing solely on oatmeal bowls, Oats & Woes reaches a level of quality, taste, and aesthetic arrangement that is unparalleled in Ann Arbor. Oatmeal is healthy, filling, and transportable. Oats & Woes differentiates itself from other breakfast options with an exceptional commitment to quality and aesthetic appeal.

    Zell Lurie Institute Dare to Dream Grants and advising


    Team:

    • Michael Abushacra, Ross School of Business, BBA 2018, Product Testing and Design
    • Joshua Newman, Ross School of Business, BBA 2018, Finances
    • Raj Jotwani, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 2018, Business Planning
    • Kelsey Knickerbocker, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BA 2018, Marketing / Recipe Development
    • Sarah Wood, Ross School of Business, BBA 2018, Founder
  • Neurable

    Neurable is bringing user-friendly brain-computer interfaces to the clinical and gaming world through the development of innovative algorithms and software.

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    “Neurable’s approach opens up a whole new way of using mind control to help vulnerable patient populations demonstrate the full extent of their abilities.”

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    Using non-invasive technology, Neurable aims to bring revolutionary brain-computer interface technology to the masses, while empowering individuals who have severe motor and speech impairments to live free of limitations. Neurable’s intellectual property allows for real-time control with speed similar to more invasive methods, all with a non-invasive quick setup headset and innovative brain signal processing algorithms. Their technology has applications in the healthcare, communication, assistive technology, gaming, and home automation markets. Neurable recently took home top prizes totaling nearly $300,00 at an intercollegiate competition.

    Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants, The Startup, and advising; MPowered 1000 Pitches; TechArb Student Incubator; Coulter Translational Research Program; Zell Lurie Institute Michigan Business Challenge; Alumni Association Wolverine Tank; UMSI Entrepreneurship Program advising; Fast Forward Medical Innovation; Office of Technology Transfer


    Team:

    • James Hamet, College of Engineering, BSE and Program in Entrepreneurship 2016
    • Michael Thompson, Ross School of Business, MBA 2018
    • Ramses Alcaide, Rackham Graduate School, College of Engineering, Ph.D candidate 2016, Neurable CEO, electrical engineer, and neuroscientist
  • Movellus Circuits

    Movellus Circuits is meeting the need for for lower power, small form, and low cost electronics with new design methodology and innovative digital architectures for clock generators.

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    "It’s been an extremely rewarding journey for everyone so far. We have all learned skills that we wouldn’t have gotten a chance to learn had we taken jobs at big companies."

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    The average economy sedan has up to 50 embedded processors, while a BMW 7 series engages more than 100. As the connected car market becomes a reality, this number is expected to grow. Currently, each embedded processor requires a stable clock signal, which is an external component on the printed circuit board. As the number of embedded processors in vehicles increases, the size, weight, power and cost of the chip must be considered in the design of vehicles. Therefore, there’s a need for lower power, small form, and low cost electronics. Movellus Circuits is meeting this need with new design methodology and innovative digital architectures for clock generators. Movellus’ clock generators are up to 90% smaller in size, have as little as 1/10th the power consumption, can be designed in 1/5th the time, and can save up to 20% in manufacturing cost.

    Zell Lurie Institute Michigan Business Challenge and Marcel Gani Internship Program; Center for Entrepreneurship MTRAC Transportation; Ann Arbor SPARK


    Team:

    • Jiannan Huang, College of Engineering, BSE 2016, Design Engineer
    • Yu Huang, College of Engineering, MSE 2016, Design Engineer
    • Razan Zaghmout, College of Engineering and Ross School of Business, M. Entrepreneurship 2015, Operations Manager
    • Jeffrey Fredenburg, College of Engineering, BSE 2008, MSE 2010, Ph.D 2015, Co-founder and VP of Engineering
    • Muhammad Faisal, College of Engineering, MSE 2011, Ph.D 2014, Founder and CEO
  • Mane Crew

    Mane Crew supplies customers with the resources and products to have a great hair day everyday.

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    "Our purpose is to help men (and soon women as well) achieve their style goals, look fantastic, and have a money-saving experience while doing it."

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    Mane Crew is a subscription box of custom men’s hair care products. The company handpicks the perfect shampoo, conditioner, stylers, and other goodies just for you and your style, and then packages it up and ships free to your door every two months. Mane Crew uses an online ‘Hair Profile’ to learn about subscribers’ hair, style goals, and what product bundle is best for them. The company then sources those products from a collection of different suppliers, at discounted rates, shipping and charging bi-monthly.


    Team:

    • Alex Davis, College of Engineering, BSE 2016
    • Michael Curtis, College of Literature Science and the Arts, BS 2016
    • Spencer Peterson, Ross School of Business, BBA 2015
  • Keef Company

    Keef Company features handmade clothing proudly made in the USA with craftsmanship and care.

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    “I started the company in the summer of 2014 when I was 17. I have put my heart and soul into this company and enjoy everyday of it.”

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    Stamps student Keefer Edwards set out to create a clothing brand that would break free from the norm of the current environmentally hazardous practices in the fashion industry. He founded Keef Company, with a combined passion for the environment, design, and manufacturing goods in the USA. All of Keef Company’s products are handmade in Empire, Michigan. By using eco-friendly fabrics and not manufacturing garments overseas, Keef Company’s environmental footprint is incredibly small.

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    Team:

    • Keefer Edwards, Stamps School of Art and Design, BFA 2019
  • Iridesic

    Iridesic makes image manipulation easy with mobile applications.

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    Iridesic is a company that makes mobile apps for math-based image manipulation. The first mobile app for iOS, SketchAnything, generates step-by-step drawing guides for any picture. Using a mathematical tool called Fourier Series, the app simplifies lines in an image into simpler forms, like circles and straight lines. As you go through the steps, the approximations look more and more like the original image, teaching you how draw without tracing. Upcoming releases include Vectorwise, an app that turns raster photos into vectors, and Squigglish, which animates and makes GIFs from written text and drawings.

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    Team:

    • Matt Jacobs, Rackham Graduate School Ph.D Candidate, Mathematics
    • David Renardy, Rackham Graduate School, Ph.D candidate Mathematics 2017
    • Olivia Walch, Rackham Graduate School, Ph.D candidate Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics 2017, Cofounder
  • Industry Star

    IndustryStar offers software to optimize supply chain operations for the tech industry.

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    "Spend time to document your Why, How, and What statement and your supporting processes. We find this approach leads to better products, a well-functioning team and happier customers."

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    IndustryStar is passionate about bringing innovative and disruptive technologies to market that will have a positive impact on the world. The company was founded to address the daily supply chain pains of bringing innovative hardware products to market. IndustryStar’s flexible Supply Chain as a Service offering and patent-pending software expedite, optimize, and lower the risk of supply chain operations for high-growth technology companies.

    Zell Lurie Institute Dare to Dream Grants and advising; TechArb Student Startup Incubator; Center for Entrepreneurship Treks and advising; Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Clinic; Ann Arbor SPARK


    Team:

    • Ken Nelson, University of Michigan - Dearborn, MS 2009, Software Engineer
    • William Crane, Ross School of Business, MBA 2017, Founder and CEO
  • HiveLend

    HiveLend links farmers and beekeepers to streamline the pollination process.

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    "HiveLend is bringing the pollination industry into the 21st century."

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    HiveLend aims to bring the pollination industry into the 21st century by automating the process of linking farmers and beekeepers for crop pollination services. HiveLend’s web-platform enables farmers and beekeepers to be matched for pollination services, saving money, time, and unnecessary worry. Hivelend fosters communication between beekeepers and farmers to promote conscious sustainable agriculture, improve crop yields, reduce travel times, and decrease paperwork by simplifying the process.

    Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants, The Startup, and advising; Zell Lurie Institute Dare to Dream Grants; MPowered 1000 Pitches and MTank; TechArb Student Startup Incubator


    Team:

    • Nicholas Zajciw, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BA 2016, Founder and Director of Business Development
  • Gaudium

    Gaudium aims to be at the forefront of the Japanese gaming trend for Western audiences.

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    "The western mobile game market has a distinct lack of anime-style games, while Japanese game companies tend to be very reserved with localization, so there are few language ports out to other nations. The result is a lack of supply, with growing demand."

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    Gaudium is a game development company focused on creating culturally inspired games for under served audiences. The company’s first game, Armor Blitz, focuses on delivering a free-to-play collectible card game service to mobile devices. This game’s audience is based on the anime fan demographic, a very under exploited market in the West. Fans want to play games with the traditional anime aesthetic, but developers in English speaking nations have not yet ventured into this new space. As the market grows, Gaudium seeks to be at the forefront of anime style games for both English speaking and global audiences.

    Center for Entrepreneurship’s The Startup competition; Zell Lurie Institute Michigan Business Challenge


    Team:

    • Andrew Yang, University of New Mexico, BBA 2011, CEO, Production, 3D Modeling & Animation, 2D Illustrator
    • Ni Yan, School of Information, MS 2014, UI/UX Designer, Graphic Design
    • Amanda Li, Ross School of Business, MAcc 2016, Accountant, 2D Illustrator
    • Kevin Byung Jeon, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 2017 Lead Programmer
    • David Cai, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BS 2016, Programmer, Marketing and Public Relations
  • Funkin’ Seeds

    Funkin' Seeds delivers a unique freshly seasoned, baked pumpkin seed snack throughout Ann Arbor.

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    "Funkin' Seeds seeks to fill a hole in this market by providing baked pumpkin seeds cooked in a secret blend of seasonings that leaves customers wanting more."

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    Funkin’ Seeds is an entrepreneurial venture started by five friends in an entrepreneurial creativity course (UC 270). After finding success during the semester, the team decided to continue the venture, becoming a fully-formed LLC. Funkin’ Seeds delivers a unique freshly seasoned, baked pumpkin seed snack throughout Ann Arbor. Customers will soon be able to purchase the product from various Ann Arbor eateries, including Salads Up and Espresso Royale. Funkin’ Seeds provide a unique snack food product that also contains various nutrients derived from the raw pumpkin seed itself.

    Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants and advising


    Team:

    • Sam Rosenburgh, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BA 2017
    • Ryan Silverstein, School of Kinesiology, BA 2017
    • Leo Barse, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 2017
    • Jared Robins, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 2017
    • Danny Cohen, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BA and Program in Entrepreneurship, 2017
  • fulFILL

    FulFILL aims to reduce waste and promote sustainability through a household product delivery service.

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    “As a country, we desperately need to rethink the way we consume products, and that begins with reusing our resources. Our vision, years from now, is to see a complete shift in how American consumers purchase their products."

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    On average, each American generates 4.4 pounds of daily waste, and a large portion comes from packaging materials like soap containers and shampoo bottles. Recognizing this problem, in 2015 Brittany Szczepanik and Kristin Steiner teamed up to start fulFILL, a social enterprise that delivers household products like shampoos, soaps, and lotions to your door in reusable containers. Their model borrows from the milkman service and adds a modern twist: allowing customers to order their products online, leave their empty containers outside their door, and have them refilled.

    Zell Lurie Institute advising; Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Clinic; Erb Institute


    Team:

    • Brittany Szczepanik, School of Natural Resources and Environment and College of Engineering, MS/MEng 2017
    • Kristin Steiner, Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment Erb Institute, MBA/ MS 2016
  • Fruit Fairies

    Fruit Fairies provides access to healthy fruits and vegetables, delivered right to your door.

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    “Developing Fruit Fairies and being apart of U-M's entrepreneurial community has taught us about what it takes to not only create a business, but also create value in the greater community.”

    Fruit Fairies allows students to subscribe to have healthy food “baskets” delivered to their doorsteps once a week. Students order and customize their baskets through the website, fruitfairies.com, where they can choose from their favorite fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other healthy food options. The Fruit Fairies team assembles the baskets and delivers them to doorsteps all across campus. The company provides students with consistent access to a variety of healthy foods at reasonable prices.

    Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants, The Startup, and advising; TechArb Student Incubator; Alumni Association Wolverine Tank; UMSI Design Clinic


    Team:

    • Eric Jensen, Ross School of Business, BBA 2017, Co-founder and head of business strategy and development
    • Densu Dixon, College of Engineering, BSE 2017, Co-founder and head of management and operations
  • Fresh Corner Café

    Fresh Corner Café is a mission-driven fresh food delivery and catering service working to make Detroit's foodscape fresher, healthier, and even more delicious.

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    "Mission brought me into Detroit, but it’s definitely the community that keeps me here—a group of like-minded people who are passionate about social change. There’s this persistent conversation about how we can improve things for everyone."

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    Fresh Corner Café’s mission is to make sure that every Detroit resident has access to healthy meals. The company offers catering, workplace packages, and access to fresh food throughout the city. Launched in 2011, the organization has served more than 200,000 meals, which cost between $3 and $5. The founder, Noam Kimmelman, also leads Detroit Food Academy, a training program for high school students to start their own food businesses.

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    Team:

    • Dale Brundidge,
    • Ayana Jameson,
    • Nick Waller, Wayne State University
    • Val Waller, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BA 2009
    • Noam Kimelman, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BS 2009, School of Public Health, MPH 2012, Founder
  • Flux Trading

    Flux Trading software aims to provide clients with portfolio returns that consistently outperform the market.

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    "Flux Trading’s financial management is dependent on precise calculations and statistics. Our goal is to provide our clients with portfolio returns that consistently outperform the market."

    The stock market is difficult to model and impossible to consistently predict through human analytics. Flux Trading is a financial software development company focused on creating innovative methods to analyze financial markets. The firm began when the founders recognized an inability to accurately process large amounts of data in a short period of time, making quantitative big-data stock analysis extremely difficult. Flux created a system that comprehensively designs and executes algorithms, eliminating the human error from the analysis and execution of trading. They aim to license this self-executing software to clients so that they may make efficient and statistically profitable trades.

    TechArb Student Startup Incubator; Center for Entrepreneurship advising; MHacks Hackathon; A2 Tech Meetup; Design+Business Conference; MPowered’s IgniteIt Weekend; Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Clinic


    Team:

    • Zifan Li, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BS 2017, Statistical Analyst
    • Shihao Zhang, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BS 2017, Developer
    • Murat Turkeli, College of Engineering, BSE 2017, Infrastructure Development
    • Alex Forsyth, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 2018, Project Manager
    • Dillon Patel, College of Engineering, BSE 2018, Operations and Analytics
  • Flowgram

    Flowgram is a software designed to more efficiently design and collaborate on web application architecture.

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    Flowgram software makes it easy to design, share, and collaborate cloud-based system architectures for web designers. Creating, maintaining, and distributing architecture diagrams is a painful process — the diagrams themselves are static, ad-hoc, and difficult to read. The Flowgram web application incorporates modern UI and collaboration tools that allow in-browser design of interactive architecture diagrams. The interface incorporates design idioms that enable architects to create beautiful, yet informative, solution architecture.

    Zell Lurie Institute Dare to Dream Grants and Michigan Business Challenge


    Team:

    • Antonio Scaramuzzino, Ross School of Business, MBA 2017
    • MacCalvin Romain, Ross School of Business, MBA 2017
    • Aditya Pradhan, Ross School of Business, MBA 2017
    • Elizabeth LaCroix, Ross School of Business, MBA 2017
  • flipsi™ ltd.

    Flipsi bottles flip inside-out for easy cleaning.

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    "Our technology lends itself to many types of bottles, and our goal is to produce reusable bottles that completely take cleaning out of the equation through simple, safe, intuitive design.”

    flipsi™ ltd. was founded in 2013 with the mission of creating superior reusable drinking bottles that meld perfectly with its customers’ lifestyles, while at all times ensuring its bottles are safe, attractive, easy to use, and effortless to clean. To achieve this mission, flipsi designs and sells reusable bottles that flip inside-out for easy cleaning.

    All of flipsi’s bottles are designed with safety and durability as a priority. This means that all components are microwave and dishwasher safe, utilize FDA food grade materials, are BPA, BPS, phthalates, latex, nitrosamine, lead, PVC & PET free and can withstand thousands of flips. In addition, they can handle both frozen and boiling temperatures, and due to the nature of the design, no external venting is required. Their first product, the flipsibaby baby bottle, is due to launch in Q2 2016.

    Zell Lurie Institute Michigan Business Challenge and Dare to Dream Grants; Center for Entrepreneurship advising; Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Clinic; TechArb Student Startup Incubator


    Team:

    • Jeff Plott, College of Engineering, BSE 2012, MSE 2013, Ph.D candidate Mechanical Engineering 2017, CTO
    • Chris Plott, College of Engineering, BSE 2002, MSE 2003, CEO
  • EVer Solutions

    EVer Solutions technology aims to improve the efficiency and safety for batteries in electric vehicles.

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    EVer Solutions is a company committed to improving operating efficiency and reducing battery risks for electric vehicle fleets, through better battery data and analytics. Their cloud-based analytic tool for electric vehicle fleets provides more accurate battery life and  information, as well as evaluations on driver’s impacts on battery performance. With this knowledge, fleet customers can run their electric vehicles more efficiently (5,000-mile more mobility per electric vehicle per year), implement more cost-efficient maintenance strategies, and reduce operating risk.

    Zell Lurie Institute Dare to Dream Grants and Michigan Business Challenge; Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants, The Startup, and Treks; MPowered 1000 Pitches


    Team:

    • Yichen Zhao, College of Engineering, BSE 2015, Developer
    • Zongchang Liu, College of Engineering, BSE 2012, University of Cincinnati Ph.D, Industrial Big Data Scientist
    • Qihan Sun, College of Engineering, BSE 2017, Developer
    • Rui Zhang, College of Engineering, MSE 2017, Developer
    • Ziqi Guo, College of Engineering, BSE 2017, Team Leader & Product Manager
  • Entrain

    Entrain helps users beat jetlag by connecting users to lighting schedules.

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    Entrain is a mobile app that recommends lighting schedules to help travelers get over jet lag faster. When you travel across timezones, getting light at the right times can dramatically reduce how long it takes you to adapt to the new schedule. In particular, the schedules Entrain recommends (computed using a kind of mathematics called optimal control) are able to adjust a math model of the circadian clock to a new time zone in the time it would otherwise take. Plus, if you aren’t able to follow the schedule, you can update your lighting history and the recommendations will dynamically update on the fly. Entrain is free on iOS and Android, has been featured in over 500 media pieces, and has been downloaded over 120,000 times.

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    Team:

    • Sam Oliver, Stamps School of Art and Design, BFA 2015
    • Sam Christensen, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BS 2017
    • Daniel Forger, University of Michigan Professor of Mathematics and Research & Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
    • Olivia Walch, Rackham Graduate School, Ph.D candidate, Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics 2017
  • Elegus Technologies

    Elegus is commercializing lithium-ion battery technology based on Kevlar, the material found in bulletproof vests.

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    "Our technology allows for a thinner separator, increasing the energy density of batteries, or even shrinking the battery, both of which have desirable implications for lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and consumer electronics."

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The membrane allows for more durable batteries that adapt to various environments. By doing so, batteries will short circuit with much less frequency. 

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    Elegus is commercializing lithium-ion battery technology based on Kevlar, the material found in bulletproof vests. The technology enables safer, longer-lasting batteries, which is very important for batteries found in places like electric vehicles and consumer electronics. Through their research at U-M, Elegus has found a way to make very thin films of Kevlar, and these films are used inside lithium-ion batteries to help with safety, among other functions. Most batteries actually have plastic films inside of them, but this incumbent solution doesn’t stack up as well against Elegus’ Kevlar alternative in terms of safety and performance.

    Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants, MTRAC Transportation, NSF I-Corps Program, and advising; Zell Lurie Institute Dare to Dream Grants; Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Clinic


    Team:

    • John Hennessy, College of Engineering and Ross School of Business, M. of Entrepreneurship 2014, CEO and co-founder
    • Dr. Nicholas Kotov, U-M Professor of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Macromolecular Science & Engineering, co-founder
    • Siu on Tung, College of Engineering, Ph.D candidate Macromolecular Science & Engineering 2017, CTO and co-founder
    • Long Qian, College of Engineering and Ross School of Business, M. of Entrepreneurship 2014, CFO and co-founder
  • Digital Face

    Digital Face uses technology to help rebuild the faces of those who have suffered through the experience of losing a part of their face due to cancer or physical trauma.

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    Digital Face is a software that provides patient-specific 3D printed models to hospitals and surgeons for enhanced pre-surgical planning, allowing clinicians to utilize MRI, CT, or even facial scan data to easily create useful physical models and custom medical devices. These models can be used for demonstration to patients or for surgical planning. The company works with healthcare professionals to make a custom medical device by using an online platform where users can easily upload imaging data. Digital Face sends back a design proof and delivers the custom device delivered directly to the clinic.

    Zell Lurie Institute Dare to Dream Grants and Michigan Business Challenge


    Team:

    • Ivan Chicchon, School of Dentistry, MsC 2016
  • Counselling Pakistan

    Couselling Pakistan provides free online college counseling from a global network of students and alumni at the world’s leading institutions providing admissions guidance to students.

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    "Counselling Pakistan helped me clear out many of my reservations such as how universities differed from each other, their application procedures, campus life, and sporting opportunities."

    Currently, students in Pakistan who aspire to attend college are often thwarted by lack of information, application resources, and a system of for-profit counseling that funnels students to specific schools. Counselling Pakistan strives to develop a global network of students and alumni at the world’s leading universities to give free, customized, and well-researched admissions guidance to students all across Pakistan. A team of student counselors assist students from start to finish. Central to Counselling Pakistan is Pakistan’s first online college counseling platform that enables any student in Pakistan to reach out to us, at any time, without any cost. It streamlines the two-way college counseling process by handling student queries more efficiently and maximizing student-consultant interaction by leveraging technology and our personal experiences.

    Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants and advising; MPowered 1000 Pitches


    Team:

    • Taleha Aftab, Institute of Business Administration (Karachi), 2016, VP Business Development
    • Hamza Jawaid, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, 2015, Co-Founder & VP Strategy
    • Abdul Ahad Shabbir, Reutlingen (Germany), Management 2017, Co-Founder & VP Product
    • Saad Jangda, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BA and Minor in Entrepreneurship 2016, Co-Founder & President
  • Confluent Care

    The Confluent Care platform helps vulnerable populations stay out of hospitals and on a healthy path.

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    "Confluent Care believes strong communities and personal relationships are key to helping vulnerable patients stay healthy and out of the hospital."

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    Confluent Care is a mobile app for patient communication, progress tracking, and triaging, to optimize Community Health Workers’ (CHW) workflow. CHWs are recognized as a vital element in patient care coordination. They are particularly important in helping vulnerable populations become healthier and remain out of hospitals. However, CHWs today use outdated tools to do their jobs. By helping CHWs become more efficient, Confluent Care helps the hospitals, insurance companies, and nonprofits that employ them save time and money. 

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    Team:

    • Kai Yu, Stamps School of Art and Design, M.Des 2017
    • Leah Abrams, School of Public Health, MPH 2017
    • Andrew Munfakh, School of Public Health, MHSA 2017
  • Aptapaper

    Aptapaper is a new diagnostic testing device for TB, providing a reliable and more cost effective method for TB diagnosis.

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    "Tuberculosis diagnosis has remained unchanged for decades and is a huge barrier to eradicating it."

    The Michigan Synthetic Biology Team aims to revolutionize the way tuberculosis (TB) is diagnosed in resource scarce regions. They’ve developed a simple paper test strip called Aptapaper which changes color to indicate whether a patient has active or latent TB with just a small sample of saliva. The entire process could be carried out by minimally trained staff in two hours or less without the need for expensive equipment. Current cost estimates are just a few cents per test strip.

    LSA optiMize Social Innovation Partnership; College of Engineering advising; Central Student Government


    Team:

    • Aaron Renberg, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 2018
    • Nick Emery, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BS 2016
    • Jennifer Knister, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BS 2015, College of Engineering, MSE 2016
    • Cristina Castillo, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 2016
  • Cheruvu

    Cheruvu aims to develop a low-cost way to increase crop yield and reduce the use of fertilizers for Indian farmers.

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    "I would never have gotten a chance to learn about a new country and look at the impact of our program otherwise."

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    Cheruvu aims to develop a low-cost way to increase crop yield and reduce the use of fertilizers for Indian farmers. Over the next five years, Cheruvu is working with the State of Telangana’s “Mission Kakatiya” program to assess the ongoing desilting and restoration of 46,000 ponds, the backbone of regions historic irrigation infrastructure. The program is based on a study conducted by the U-M student team showing silt dug up from ponds during the dry season acts as a fertilizer that increases crop yield by nearly 50 percent and reduces greenhouse emissions from less fertilizer use by 50-to-90 percent. Cheruvu is partnering with India’s Telangana government and $1 billion funding from the Green Climate Fund to apply this technology throughout the region.

    Dow Sustainability Program; Planet Blue Advising


    Team:

    • Leon Espira, School of Public Health, M.P.H 2013, Ph.D Epidemiological Science 2015
    • Adithya Dahagama, School of Natural Resources and Environment, and Ford School of Public Policy, MS/MPP 2016
    • John Monnat, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, M.Arch 2015
  • A&D Handmade

    A&D’s purpose is simple: to provide customized aromatherapy skin and body products for everyone to access at an affordable price.

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    No matter what body, gender, or skin type, A&D aims to accommodate all your needs with custom handmade products. A&D’s products are targeted toward all age groups and ranges who looking for high end products, but are price and ingredient sensitive.


    Team:

    • Dominic Verardi, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2018
    • Avantika Tiwari, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BA and Minor in Entrepreneurship 2018
  • Ballot

    Ballot is a mobile platform helping citizens vote on issues that matter to them.

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    Ballot is a mobile platform for citizens to voice their opinions and concerns on proposed legislation bills that interest them. By giving a short description of the bill, users can vote if they agree with it or not through the platform. Then, the data is shared with federal, state and local politicians and representatives in their region. Ballot makes it easier for citizens to stay informed, have a voice, and become better voters in their political system.

    Center for Entrepreneurship’s The Startup competition and advising; MPowered Startup Weekend


    Team:

    • Carson Covell, College of Engineering, BSE 2017, Co-Founder
    • Ritwak Bisas, College of Engineering, BSE 2018, Co-Founder
    • Lawrence Yong, School of Information, BS 2015, Co-Founder
    • Muhammad Mazhari, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BS 2018, Co-Founder
  • AOE Med

    AOE Med is a medical device company focused on solving problems associated with patient transfer.

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    “The first entrepreneurship class I took transformed my belief that I couldn’t start a business, and without that I would never have discovered my passion for innovation and entrepreneurship.”

    2016 Ross MBC_0073

    Every year forty to fifty percent of nurses suffer debilitating back injuries, millions of patients are dropped, fall, or are mishandled during the patient transfer process, and the healthcare industry spends approximately $20 billion on patient transfer. AOE Med is a medical device company focused on solving problems associated with patient transfer. AOE Med has designed a bariatric patient transfer device that removes the risks to nurses, patients, and care facilities. This device mitigates the risk of injury to nurses and patients and thereby reduces costs to care facilities.

    Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants, The Startup, and advising; MPowered 1000 Pitches; Zell Lurie Institute Michigan Business Challenge; TechArb Student Startup Incubator; Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Clinic


    Team:

    • Darren Cheng, College of Engineering, BSE 2017, Engineer
    • Eliyahu Fox, University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, BA 2015, Co-Founder
    • Arianna Carley, College of Engineering, BSE and Minor in Entrepreneurship 2016, CEO & Co-Founder
  • A2B Bikeshare

    A2B Bikeshare is a venture capital backed startup that is enabling bike rental and sharing everywhere.

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    "The key lesson that is confirmed each time something has gone wrong is to be reflective and to learn from the mistake. Every time I’ve been able to do that I’ve ensure I don’t make the same mistake again and instead make a new one that is closer to the goal."

    A2B Bikeshare is a venture capital backed startup that is enabling bike rental and sharing everywhere. A2B Bikeshare’s technology allows a user to rent a bike using the company’s app, lock module, and rack. To rent a bike a user downloads an app, creates an account and clicks on a bike to rent. This technology drastically lowers the cost of hardware making it accessible to any type of community including corporate campuses and parks. A2B has recently expanded to form a partnership with Republic Bike, the leader in the fleet bike space.

    Center for Entrepreneurship advising; Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Clinic; TechArb Student Startup Incubator, Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital


    Team:

    • Ansgar Strother, College of Engineering, BSE 2013, Founder & CEO
  • Nova

    Nova is a smart home robot that provides voice command navigation to everyday home tasks.

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    "Nova will bring your home alive and make everything easier, safer, and more fun."

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    Nova is designed to be a smart home robot. Nova sees the home environment, understands it, and navigates through it, allowing users to turn on the television, the lights, and more simply by asking Nova. Equipped with voice and facial recognition, your wish is Nova’s command. With Nova, never again will you have to fumble in the dark for various switches and remotes — all you need to do is ask. Nova is your butler when you are home and your security chief when you are away, giving you the rest, relaxation, and peace of mind.

    Center for Entrepreneurship Jump Start Grants; TechArb Student Startup Incubator


    Team:

    • Haoxiang Li, Stevens Institute of Technology, School of Engineering and Science Computer Science, PhD 2016
    • Dinghao Zhou, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, MUP 2012
    • Xiyu Duan, Rackham Graduate School Biomedical Engineering, PhD candidate 2016
  • Sage & Grace

    Sage & Grace will shake up the funeral industry so that those with limited resources can better plan for end of life issues.

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    "I believe Sage & Grace has the potential to reduce the stress of funeral planning during an immensely stressful period and, at scale, fundamentally shift how the funeral industry communicates with consumers."

    Sage & Grace is a concierge service for those who are addressing or will need to address end of life issues. The venture has the potential to reduce the stress of funeral planning during an immensely stressful period and, at scale, fundamentally shift how the funeral industry communicates with consumers and raise the standards on how funerals are planned. Sage & Grace was created as a service and information portal for individuals with limited resources who require estate planning, hospice information, funeral planning, and burial options.

    Zell Lurie Institute Michigan Business Challenge, Dare to Dream Grants, and Mayleben Venture Shaping Grant


    Team:

    • Holly Price, Ross School of Business, MBA 2017
  • Are You a Human

    Are You a Human is the curator of The Verified Human Whitelist™, which allows anyone using it to be certain they are addressing a verified human before they serve content, services, or ads.

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    “We want to change Michigan, we want to turn it into a place where people create jobs instead of going to work for someone else.”

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    60% of all traffic on the internet is generated by bots. Not all bots are malicious, but they all cause problems for your site. Are You a Human is the curator of The Verified Human Whitelist™, which allows anyone using it to be certain they are addressing a verified human before they serve content, services, or ads. Instead of searching for bots, which evolve in a matter of days, Are You a Human finds and verifies humans by analyzing natural user behavior across hundreds of thousands of websites. After the company has consistently seen and verified a user as human, they’re added to the Whitelist™, and then re-verified over and over again each day. Are You a Human started at U-M in 2010, and now analyzes natural interaction in any environment, and helps more than a million websites validate their traffic.

    TechArb Student Startup Incubator; Zell Lurie Institute Dare to Dream Grants and Mayleben Venture Shaping and Assessment Grants; Center for Entrepreneurship advising


    Team:

    • Tyler Paxton, Ross School of Business, MBA 2011
    • Reid Tatoris, College of Engineering and Ross School of Business, BSE 2004, MBA 2011
    • David Levitch, Ross School of Business, MBA 2011
    • Stuart VandenBrink, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, BS 2011
  • S•PACK

    S•PACK believes that cleanliness is part of feeling beautiful. After a night out, a day of travel, a hard workout, or a long day at the office, there’s no quick and easy way to freshen up.

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    “I was inspired to create S•PACK based on a common problem I saw many of my peers facing in college and in the city. Women on the go don’t always have the proper toiletries to freshen up. In our fast paced society, we want to feel and look good."

    The creators of S•PACK aims to offer a quick way to freshen up after a long day of travel, work, or a hard workout. The S•PACK package contains a mini-toothbrush, toothpaste, a makeup removing cleanser wipe, a deodorant cloth, and a hair-tie and currently targets women between the ages 18-39. S•PACK is distributed at all 25 locations of Ricky’s NYC, a beauty shop specializing in professional beauty supplies.

    MPowered MTank; Zell Lurie Institute Dare to Dream Grants and advising


    Team:

    • Maddi Winer, School of Kinesiology, BA 2016, Social Media Director
    • Elana Katz, Stamps School of Art and Design, BA and Program in Entrepreneurship 2016, Creative Director
    • Jamie Korn, Ross School of Business, BBA 2016, Financial Director
    • Juliette Reiss, University of Pennsylvania, BA 2016, Co-Founder
    • Mariel Reiss, Ross School of Business, BBA 2016, Co-Founder