With access to resources, tools, mentors, faculty and more, Kellogg entrepreneurs are able to build, incubate, launch, grow and scale their startups while completing their MBA. Learn more about a few of the startups that have been launched or scaled by recent Kellogg School graduates.
ActiWit is a wearable biofeedback program that delivers a personalized behavioral treatment plan for children with Attention Deficit Hypertensive Disorder (ADHD), and provides a research-backed mindfulness program using biofeedback. Actiwit shares the concern of many adults who are on the frontline of ADHD treatment: too much ADHD information is “out there,” and yet too little is known about how to choose effective, customized treatments for children.
Barath Anandakumar `17 (Zell Fellow)
Actualize Therapy has a simple mission: leverage mobile phones to fundamentally change the lives of those living with depression and anxiety, with mobile apps and coach support staff available anytime, anywhere. Exercises are quick, discreet, and offer a boost to meet the timely need of their consumers. Actualize Therapy is a Chicago-based team of psychologists, designers and engineers with backing from world-renowned institutions and experts.
Smit Naik `17 (Zell Fellow)
Ariise is changing the real estate world as an award-winning leader in forward thinking architecture and sustainability strategies, as well as with the Ariise Sustainability Fund, an impact fund designed to deliver large returns to investors developing sustainable buildings and technology.
Ryan J. Kolar ’15
2013 / Peru
BabyCuy is an online retailer of baby products serving Peru. We make it easy for parents to discover and purchase everything that a baby needs from the comfort of their own home. We then deliver those orders right to their doorstep, so moms and dads have more time to focus on the important stuff.
Rachel Snare ’13
Bespoke Post is a lifestyle subscription club for men. We scour the world for fresh and interesting products from the world’s best brands. Each month we create a themed box that introduces our members to a new way of thinking. In previous months, we’ve created aged cocktail kits, gentleman’s shave sets, home coffee kits, and more. We provide product and brand discovery to a demographic that hates to shop, but wants to know the best.
Stephen Szaronos ’11
Best Coast Wines is an American wine company, specializing in the fine wines of California and Washington State. From big, joyful celebrations, to the quotidian pleasure of weeknight dinner, Best Coast Wines strives to create wines that pair well with family, good friends, and great food. Best Coast Wines blends and bottles California and Washington fine wines and markets our wines in the US and globally.
Ford Harrington ’13 and Nick Sainati ’13
Retailers run promotions on food items approaching “best by” dates. For food items that breach the “best by” dates, they are either donated to charity or discarded. BestPrice.com allows consumers to block food items for pick up at a discounted price without buying in huge quantities.
Sankalp Kathuria ’16
Better Weekdays is an all-in-one SaaS career management platform that enables university career centers to provide a holistic career management experience to students and graduates. Better Weekdays enables companies to provide an inbound recruiting experience to relevant passive and active job candidates for effective talent attraction, engagement, hiring and retention.
Chris Motley ’11
Beyond Barriers Therapeutics is developing a novel product to treat inflammation and cell death following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Building upon promising research from the National Institutes of Health, our product uses a unique mechanism to delivery therapeutic drugs to the brain.
Grant Senyei ’16
2013 / Israel
The Bisaleh Revolution - Fresh, healthy, high quality food for the entire family provided through a user-friendly, immediately accessible and widely affordable service organization. Our goal is to help people live healthier and more relaxed lives by offering them a complete food solution that is designed to fit the needs of today’s families. This is the next phase in the development of the food industry: providing reliable and tasty alternatives to the limited healthy and accessible food options available today.
Daphna Belkin ’13
BLUE|1647 is an entrepreneurship and technology innovation center focused on people development (classes, workshops and events around technology), workforce development (youth and adult technology programs to prepare individuals for high-demand jobs), and business acceleration (shared co-working services). BLUE|1647 supports all forms of entrepreneurship from events, filmmakers, artists, engineers and designers. BLUE|1647 has locations in South Chicago, Ill., St. Louis, Mo., Compton, Calif., and Gary, Ind.
Emile Cambry ’08
Buyside Focus is a premier recruiting network working exclusively with hedge funds, asset managers, and private equity firms. Unlike traditional recruiters, Buyside Focus is a network of buy-side professionals with firsthand finance experience and deep reach, and understands clients’ needs to hire long-term talent that fits.
Kelvin Jiang ’13
Hospitals and vendors are forced to spend too much time and money on the management of procedures requiring loaner inventory. Casechek wants to change that. We Having developed automated systems and processes that eliminate the day to day headache caused by loaner tray management, Casechek improves vendor-provider relationships and allow the focus to return to the patient.
Matthew Brandt ’14
An outsourced content marketing agency for hotels that will enable hoteliers to inspire their guests to plan less, do more and travel better. Easily create hotel branded interactive city guides to help your guests make the most out of their visit.
Jordan Hollander ’16 (Zell Fellow, Pritzker Group Venture Fellow)
2011 / India
Claro Energy aims to make water affordable and readily available for farmers and rural communities of India. Claro Energy operates in high power deficit, diesel dependent, agrarian and poor economic regions of India using solar energy for developing mass irrigation solutions to generate power at the point of use. Our solar pumping solutions bring meaningful impact across stakeholders.
Kartik Wahi ’10
The Co-Hop concept was created to address critical pain points faced by new entrants in the expanding craft beer market. Brewing in a Co-Hop cooperative brewery setting removes highly dilutive capital requirements, low margins and other hurdles commonly faced in scaling a craft beer brand.
Aaron Hollub ’14 and Evan Demchick ’14
CopyShoppy is a copywriting contest platform that connects copywriters with clients on a scale larger than ever before. Using CopyShoppy, customers view several copy submissions from dozens of copywriters before making their decision whether to award a particular copywriter with payment, while copywriters gain access to a wide range of clients, grow their portfolio, learn from the styles of other copywriters, and earn an income.
Sarah Khan ’13
2006 / China
CXC Consulting Limited is one of the most prestige digital marketing consulting companies in Hong Kong and Mainland China. CXC Consulting Limites focuss in Omni-channel Marketing, O2O Marketing, WeChat Marketing, Operation and WeChat Shops Business Process Outsourcing, and are partners of Shopify, YouZan and Prestashop.
Patrick Mak ’11
For mass retailers, DART Displays replaces traditional cardboard point-of-purchase displays with dynamic digital singage connected to real-time sales data. These displays and analytics allow real-time ecommerce style measurement and optimization of in-store sales allowing brands and retailers to unlock the full power of digital marketing in the brick and mortar store.
Keneth Stanley Olson EWMBA
Drivemode is focused on making technology safer and easier to use in the car, starting with the smartphone. The Drivemode app transforms your phone into a car’s central computing device. Our “no look” interface allows you to focus on the road ahead, not your phone, while accessing music, navigation, calls, texts and more. The beauty of Drivemode is that it works in any car, eliminating the need for a pricey upgrade, and it is free.
Jeff Standard ’13
Elk Capital Partners is a privately held partnership of seasoned executives, operators, entrepreneurs and investors with a successful track record for operating and growing great businesses. Elk Capital Partners provides a unique and attractive solution for owners to realize a liquidity event and can provide a transition to new, talented, responsible and committed senior management focused on maintaining the legacy and integrity of the organization and continuing the success of the business.
Eric Kristensen ’15
eRetirements has a mission to provide the most user-friendly, personalized retirement location information on the Internet. eRetirements utilizes a proprietary algorithm that allows users to answer questions via a survey and receive recommendations for three ideal retirement locations. Retirees can then double-click within each location to gather additional information.
Jared Scharen ’17 (Zell Fellow)
Fixed provides the easiest way to deal with a ticket. Reimagining advocate services for trivial legal issues. Launched in 17 states with over 100,000 user tickets submitted. Backed by YCombinator, Merus Capital, Slow Ventures and Structure Capital. Acquired by Lawgix.
David Hegarty ’07
FLEx Lighting is a Chicago-based optical technology company that has developed a revolutionary technology for the control and guiding of light in thin films. This technology is currently being implemented as a set of state-of-the-art lighting and illumination products for the consumer electronics industry. These unique, patent-protected technologies and products facilitate, enhance and augment the rising tide of portable and wearable displays.
Mike Casper ’12
FlyHomes is a full-service real estate brokerage designed for home buyers that prefer a self-service online experience. FlyHomes is transforming the real estate brokerage industry by making the process transparent, straight-forward and fun. Buyers can search for their next home, tag favorites, schedule tours and plan offers.
Stephen Lane ’16 (Zell Fellow, Pritzker Group Venture Fellow) and Tushar Garg ’16 (Zell Fellow)
ForClass is a cloud-based fully integrative platform that significantly increases professors’ effectiveness in and out of the classroom. The tool provides professors with better visual and analytical tools that help professors gain insights into the patterns of students responses to pre-class assignment, and to use these data in the classroom in order to facilitate an engaging discussion.
Boaz Shedletsky ’08
FourKites is on a mission to reshape the logistics industry into one that is defined by transparency and efficiency. By providing the most accurate, real-time information, FourKites empowers customers to make proactive business decisions.
Mathew Elenjickal ’14 (Zell Fellow)
Fresh Coast Capital is an impact investment firm dedicated to revitalizing urban communities through innovative investment solutions. Through a strategy of planting hybrid poplar tree farms, Fresh Coast Capital can provide a sustainable land management solution to municipalities, land banks, developers, private industry and landowners across the country.
Nicole Chavas ’15 (Youn Impact Scholar), Laura Brenner Kimes ’15 (Youn Impact Scholar), and April Mendez ’15
FullyScreened is a team of global realtors working for international students who want to find housing abroad. FullyScreened facilitates the global housing process by finding, vetting and negotiating units on behalf of our clients. Read more about FullyScreened in ChicagoInno.
Jonathan Thomas ’16
Giverosity, Inc., is a 501 (c)(3) Texas nonprofit corporation aiming to provide an efficient and enjoyable way to donate gifts to underprivileged children. Giverosity cuts out the hassle of the traditional methods of donations – no shopping, wrapping or delivery – so that people with big hearts but little time can give back during the holiday season.
Taylor Brown ’14
Golchi is the world’s first vacuum insulated bottle that can carry two drinks simultaneously in any combination of hot or cold. With a modular design, Golchi is customizable to four different configurations. Additional storage space lets you conveniently carry other every day essentials. With 15 features, this bottle is the most versatile on the market.
Harsh Garg ’16
GreenSigns is a new and innovative out of home advertising company in Chicago. GreenSigns operates Chicago's first all digital billboard network with locations in the city's top neighborhoods. The GreenSigns goal is not only to lower our impact on the environment, but to also operate as an example to our customers and peers. GreenSigns powers our entire digital network with renewable wind and solar energy.
Christopher Bissonnette ’14
Using technology invented in a Northwestern University chemistry lab, GTrans is developing a thermally responsive separator that will increase the safety of Li-ion batteries. These batteries, which are prone to explosions, are being used increasingly in consumer electronics, electric vehicles and grid storage. The new separator can reduce the explosion risk.
Durgendra Singh ’16 and Adithya Mohanakrishnan ’16
HomeOptima Inc., Brokerage offers a website that provides home buyers, home sellers and renters with a variety of insights, allowing them to make the best possible decisions when purchasing, selling or renting homes in Toronto. Its intuitive approach allows house hunters to select personal preferences and receive instant recommendations of cities, neighborhoods and homes.
Ashish Saxena ’14
HotelTonight is an on-demand mobile hotel booking app. Founded in 2010, HotelTonight is the first hotel booking application that is made for mobile from the ground up. The app offers some of the best pricing for last-minute hotel deals booked up to seven days in advance, making it ideal for business and leisure travelers and locals alike.
Sam Shank ’04 and Jared Simon ’02
HYPR is revolutionizing influencer marketing by providing clients with in depth audience demographics of social influencers. This enables marketers, for the first time to effectively target their desired demographics, while using the ever-powerful voice of influencers, lowering costs and making influencer marketing a science.
Gil Eyal ’11
Making breast cancer treatment faster, safer, more convenient and less expensive, Innoblative has designed an ablation probe that will allow surgeons to perform an intra-operative procedure that destroys residual cancer cells in minutes instead of weeks, does not require dangerous ionizing radiation, and dramatically reduces treatment costs as compared to conventional therapy.
Jason Sandler ’15 (Zell Fellow) and Tyler Wanke ’15 (Zell Fellow)
2015 / India
Kheyti is a social enterprise working to bring income certainty to smallholder farmers in India through its innovative “Greenhouse-in-a-Box” (GIB), an affordable, modular greenhouse bundled with services. The GIB fits in 2 percent of a small farmer’s land, uses 90 percent less water and protects crops from environmental risks, helping farmers earn a steady, dependable income of $100 per month. Along with the greenhouse, Kheyti offers farmers input, financing, advisory and market linkage services to ensure a seamless path out of poverty.
Saumya ’17 (Zell Fellow, Youn Impact Scholar)
KosmodeHealth specializes in providing Sustainable, efficient phytochemical extraction technology and ingredients for functional food, supplements, cosmeceutical and pharmaceuticals development and enables the extraction of novel bioactive that currently cannot be extracted in an economically viable manner. KosmodeHealth supports food & beverage, R&D, biomedical, cosmetics, supplements companies to solve extraction and analytical problems.
Rochelle Hua ’15 and Cindy Ye ‘15
2012 / India
Krishi Star aims to help small farmers out of poverty by enabling farmer owned value chains by giving farmers ownership of a larger part of the food value chain. Currently, most small farmers are trapped in an economic environment in which they are small producers in commodity markets. As a result, they have unstable and low incomes. By giving them greater ownership of the value chain we can greatly stabilize and increase their incomes.
Bryan Lee `12
Leal is a digital platform to help retailers in Latin America identify, engage and reward their most valuable customers. The Leal platform spans across different types of retail outlets, aiming to capture consumer-spending habits and turn them in to valuable and actionable analytics for affiliated merchants..
Camilo Martinez ’15
Leonard & Church partners directly with leading leather and watch manufacturers to deliver high quality products — without the traditional industry middlemen and markups. Since launching on Kickstarter, the brand has served thousands of customers across over 60 different countries.
Chris Chon ’14 (Zell Fellow)
LiOnSafe is a lithium-ion batter separator that can be used by battery manufacturers to prevent thermal runaway, a situation where an increase in temperature changes the conditions in a way that causes a further increase in temperature, often leading to a destructive result. Overheating and exploding due to thermal runaway is a major pain point for LiB users, who must have safe batteries. LiOnSafe is a membrane, modified with a polymer, that can mitigate therman runaway by 100%.
Leo Lucisano ’17
Mapline is the easiest mapping solution on the planet! Businesses around the world use Mapline to plot their Excel spreadsheet locations on a map and perform visual analysis within minutes. Mapline simplifies data to help businesses identify growth opportunities, mitigate market risks, and optimize sales territories.
Brady Anderson ’13
The mission of My Favorite Outfit is to use fashion to empower at-risk girls through self-esteem building, mentoring and skills-based learning to be successful in school, college and beyond. Founded in 2014, MFO has partnerships with 26 elementary, middle and high schools.
Jacqueline Perlman ’17
2015 / Brazil
New Hope Ecotech is a technology solution that leverages the informal recycling flow to create a formal pathway for Brazilian manufacturers to fulfill their government mandate in an economic, transparent and inclusive way. Increasing the urban poor’s income and decreasing manufacturers’ economic costs can transform Brazil’s recycling future into an industry of hope.
Luciana Silva de Oliveira ’15 (Zell Fellow) and Thiago Ascencao Carvaho Pinto ’15 (Youn Impact Scholar)
2013 / Brazil
Nubank is a technology-driven financial services startup funded by Sequoia Capital, Founders Fund, Tiger Global and Kaszek Ventures. With a team of over 350 of the highest-performing engineers, decision scientists, designers and analysts, Nubank works to redefine the standard in financial services in Brazil. .
Cristina Junqueira ’08
NuMat Technologies is a materials technology company committed to enabling fundamental performance shifts in the gas storage and separations industries. Composed of faculty and alumni from Northwestern University, NuMat tailor-designs nanoporous materials – specifically metal organic frameworks – for high-value applications, which critically depend on material performance.
Benjamin Hernandez ’13
2006 / Kenya
One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the financing and training they need to grow their way out of hunger and poverty. Instead of giving handouts, we invest in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We supply complete service bundle of seeds and fertilizer, financing, training, and market facilitation – and we deliver these services within walking distance of the 400,000 rural farmers we serve. We measure our success in our ability to make farmers more prosperous and we always put farmers first.
Andrew Youn ’06 (Youn Impact Scholar)
By combining advanced imaging with high-resolution nano-fabrication techniques developed at Northwestern University, Opticent Health aims to push the envelope of possibilities for individualized health care delivery. Among Opticent Health’s products includes the development of a customizable 3D-printed ophthalmic implant capable of real-time monitoring of diseases such as glaucoma or diabetes.
Kieren Patel ’16 (Zell Fellow)
Page Vault enables lawyers to easily and securely capture web content for future use as evidence. Its intuitive, cloud-based solution complies with established collection protocols to greatly simplify admission into U.S. courts.
Jeffrey Eschbach ’14 (Pritzker Group Venture Fellow)
2014Playmation Studios is a full service development and design company available for hire. Specializing in designing games and simulations that involve deep interactions with language made possible through natural language processing technology, the team is driven by our mission to make games to not only entertain but educate and expand minds.
Jen Helms ’12
2014POP Experience is an experiential entertainment company that produces immersive traveling pop culture exhibitions for museums and temporary exhibition spaces. POP Experience exhibitions are an exciting mix of pop culture, entertainment, education and interactive technology. POP embraces humanity's lifelong aspiration to learn, be current, and experience new and enjoyable forms of family entertainment.
Mitchell Freed ’14
2012POSIT is a digital strategy, analytics and technology services firm that caters specifically to privately held companies. The Team develops customer-centric solutions - most often surrounding complex issues such as E-commerce optimization, implementing emerging technologies, user-based targeting, customization and solving for online and offline channel growth.
Rob Hendricks ’11
2010PreScouter provides corporate innovation leaders with the data and insight on which to base product development and R&D planning decisions. PreScouter partners with a network of Scholars at leading global institutions to connect 200+ corporate clients to commercializable technologies. Clients range from Coca-Cola and BAE Systems to Clorox.
Dinesh Ganesarajah ’11
2014PriceLabs is building the most innovative and easy to use revenue management tool for vacation and short term rental industry. While hotels, airlines, and even e-commerce have used sophisticated tools to price their inventory for years, vacation and short-term rental industry have lacked similar tools. The team has years of experience in revenue management, travel and analytics industry, and are putting all that experience to making sure that you get the best rate possible for every night.
Richie Khandelwal ’14
1998 / IndiaQB Enterprises assists Indian companies with launching and expanding their offerings in North America. QBE has provided innovative solutions to complex business problems resulting in double digit sales growth, bottom-line savings and process improvements at several clients.
Gopal Khaitan ’12
2012The challenge to deliver effective communications has never been greater. Quantified Communications' predictive analytics platform and communications experts ensure you succeed. We use communications measurement technology, a data science platform and expert insights to help organizations and leaders measure, predict, and strengthen their voice across every major communications channel.
Noah Zandan ’12
2011RateYourBurn is an online platform enabling consumers to find and share fitness instructor reviews. Since its launch in 2011, the site has grown to become the largest database of U.S. fitness professional reviews. RateYourBurn plans to leverage our data with a new subscription-based instructor analytics product for use in instructor hiring, recruiting and talent management.
Gillian Casten ’16
2012RIVS Digital Interviews slashes the time to hire while improving quality by bringing a human element to the forefront of hiring. Our innovative digital interviewing platform enhances the recruitment and hiring process by improving the time required to qualify and screen candidates. By creating a customizable online, on-demand interviewing environment using a combination of video and voice tools, RIVS helps companies replace outdated hiring methods that cause recruiter and candidate frustration.
David Weiland ’12
2013 / Acquired by Rise Interactive
SimpleRelevance is the only machine-learning platform that leverages your existing tools and workflow to personalize your digital marketing messages. SimpleRelevance works with financial enterprise, media and retail clients, combining behavioral, demographic and psychographic data with patent-pending technology to create digital marketing messages that are individually personalized down to the time of day the message is sent, the subject line, and product recommendations shown.
Erik Severinghaus ’12
SiNode Systems is a materials venture based out of Northwestern University that is commercializing a novel silicon based anode technology developed by research team led by Professor Harold Kung. SiNode aims to change the status quo of the industry by developing high performance anodes for Li-ion batteries.
Samir Mayekar ’13
2014 / Thailand
SkillLane is an online school for young professionals in Thailand. Teachers can create online courses by uploading videos and other multimedia files. Students can study online courses by logging into the website. SkillLane aims to enhance the learning environment in Thailand.
Ekachat Assavaruhikul ’14
2015 / Guatemala
Snackerie was conceived with the idea of providing the world with an easy and convenient way of eating fruit and living a healthier life. With that in mind, Snackerie created Tasu 100 percent real fruit chips. The delicious, crunchy, flavor-packed snack takes the guilt out of snacking as it is made with 100 percent fruit and no additives or preservatives.
Lorena Arathoon ’15 (Zell Fellow)
SparX Technology (SparX) will revolutionize current electrical and non-electrical ignition systems by introducing patented, reusable 100 percent composite plastic ignition technology. SparX will stop numerous deaths and injuries that occur each year as a result of outdated and unsafe ignition devices used with such components as fireworks and airbag propellants.
Ty Findley ’15, Kyle Coots ’15, and Eric Haddenhorst ’15
StartUpWind is a social network for entrepreneur students and alumni of premier schools that helps entrepreneurs realize their dreams and bring their raw ideas to life by connecting them with like-minded peers, successful alumni, mentors and capital. It enables first time entrepreneurs with a guided social ideation framework that helps them create ideas, get market validation and collaboratively work with their network to transform raw ideas into more refined, funding-ready businesses.
Narendra Patil ’10
SumZero is the world’s largest community of investment professionals working at hedge funds, mutual funds, and private equity funds. With more than 11,000 pre-screened professionals collaborating on a fully-transparent platform, SumZero fosters the sharing of many thousands of proprietary investment reports every year and offers several ancillary services in support of that effort.
Divya Narendra ’12
2016Surgical Innovation Associates is an early-stage medical and surgical device company, rooted in Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the Kellogg School of Management. Medical and business professionals will bring to market a wide range of innovative devices for surgical procedures. An ongoing focus on patients and surgeons drives our research and development in the field of soft tissue repair.
Todd Cruikshank ’17 (Zell Fellow) and Alexei Mlodinow ’17
Location is one of the main reasons retail businesses fail, and picking a retail space is a decision that is most expensive to reverse. National chains leverage on either internal or external teams for data-driven location strategy decisions, but the other 99 percent of retailers and restaurants cannot afford such services, and in many cases depend on gut feelings and on-napkin analyses. Syteful leverages big data analytics to empower businesses with unique data, insights and guidance about retail spaces and the commercial areas around them at an affordable price.
Asaf Segev ’16 (Zell Fellow, Pritzker Group Venture Fellow)
Winner of the 2012 NFC-Forum Innovation award, tag-a-bag’s award winning platform (mobile and cloud) is one of the leading solutions for Product Relationship Management (PRM) utilizing NFC (Near Field Communication) and other mobile and cloud technologies.
Ran Rosin ’12
The Graide Network is an online marketplace that connects teachers with qualified teaching assistants to grade and provide thorough, individualized feedback on student assignments. The Graide Network allows teachers to focus on developing innovative lesson plans and interacting with students, while providing hands-on experience to education majors.
Blair Pircon ’16 (Zell Fellow), Ashima Gupta ’16, Qinyuan Liu ’16 and Amanda McCarthy ’16
Tiltas is an early-stage startup that seeks to match formerly incarcerated men and women with jobs in skilled labor via a web-based platform. Every year roughly 650,000 men and women return home from incarceration and roughly 75 percent recidivate (return to prison) within five years. Tiltas seeks to attack this cycle by providing an ecosystem of opportunity for returning citizens to tap into.
Tiffany Smith ’17 (Zell Fellow)
Tot Squad (formerly CleanBeeBaby) is an eco-friendly cleaning service for baby car seats and strollers, working in partnership with great companies such as Bugaboo, the Honest Company, Nordstrom and Whole Foods, and giving back to the community through groups like Baby Buggy and Children’s Hospital of LA. Operations as of 2013 include Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and New York City.
Jennifer Beall Saxton ’10
Touchtrail helps game studios and app developers maximize user engagement and customer lifetime value by providing advanced predictive and prescriptive data analytics. Our mission is to help game developers increase the number of players who convert to paying customers, and optimize those who pay already.
Gaurav Shenai ’15 (Zell Fellow, Pritzker Group Venture Fellow)
Tripda is a ridesharing community aimed at transforming transportation through carpooling by connecting drivers with empty seats with passengers seeking rides in the same direction. Tripda solves the “chicken and egg” problem via an intense, routes-based, on-the-ground activation strategy, with local teams operating at universities and regional events, as well as through partnerships in 13 different countries.
Eduardo Del Guerra Prota ’14
UroProx is an innovative proximity sensing system to help surgeons more precisely localize the ureter and other vital structures – and avoid energy – during surgical procedures. Akin to an automobile’s backup sensor, UroProx uses magnetic proximity sensors to indicate when a laparoscopic device is approaching a vital structure during surgery
Michael Jung ’15 (Zell Fellow)
VIATechnik is a game changing construction & engineering services firm, transforming the way the construction industry does business by advancing new technology and deploying global engineering talent to help the nation’s largest A/E/C firms adopt virtual design and construction techniques. Founded by Stanford engineering graduates, VIATechnik leverages a highly-educated, experienced, and professional workforce with global experience.
Danielle Dy Buncio ’12
To address the growing demand for fast, healthy means in today’s ever-accelerating world, Veit Nom Nom uses only fresh ingredients and Vietnamese-inspired recipes to deliver a delicious, high-quality cuisine in a fast-casual assembly line format.
Noah Bleicher ’15
Wanderful is the premier membership community for women who travel the world. The power of the Wanderful network is in our ability to bring women travelers together around the world, creating a space where we can help one another travel confidently, safely and passionately.
Beth Santos ’16 (Zell Fellow)
Welltended offers beautiful, carefully curated plants and planters delivered directly to your door. Customers select a stylish planter and gorgeous houseplant, then Flora pairs it with organic potting soil and ship it to you. Flora offers clear instructions prior to purchase, as well as in packaging, on light and watering requirements, too.
Carolyn Snider ’17 (Zell Fellow)
Wise Apple provides fresh customized lunches delivered directly to families’ homes, eliminating the daily stress of making and packing lunch. Our proprietary (and patent-pending) packaging solutions allow kids to mix-and-match each component of our lunches, building their favorite lunch online or at home. The packing is fresh-sealed and allows for broad-scale distribution via ground shipping.
Nathan Cooper ’17 (Zell Fellow) and Rebecca Sholiton ’16 (Zell Fellow)
Women's iLab is a female empowerment platform for women in business that provides opportunities for targeted networking through a unique algorithm that matches women based on interests, backgrounds and career goals. With a network of more than 10,000 women in more than 136 countries, Women’s iLab has built a community of members actively seeking to build their professional careers and to connect with other professional women.
Tang Chang ’16
2000 / United States and Nigeria
Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) is an international non-profit, citizen-sector organization founded in 2000. We partner with low-income communities in the U.S. and with rural communities in developing nations to create rich learning environments for youth and women to identify problems, learn about the causes, and apply appropriate technology as they solve critical problems in their home communities.
Njideka Harry ’12
Zeit9 is a style discovery and commerce platform for men, connecting style-seeking men with talented personal stylists, shoppers, and fashion enthusiasts. Zeit9 moves thebrick-and-mortar interaction online, giving men dependable styling and shopping help, and providing stylists a flexible earning opportunity. Membership is free..
David Frucher ’14
2010 / Nicaragua
Zona Deportiva is a social enterprise that develops sports facilities and sports programs to address the lack of sports infrastructure and sports promotion in Nicaragua. Sixty percent of the population does not have access to sport facilities, and sports participation traditionally is very low among women, children and adolescents. The company has four sports complexes in four cities, 15 arenas, 75 employees, 2.0M+ visits in its first 5 years, more than 400,000 players who have participated in sports programs and inclusion of 240,000 children, adolescents and women in sports. Its 37 corporate business partnerships include such companies as Unilever, Pepsi, Gatorade, Burger King and Pizza Hut.
Eduardo Pellas ’16