Student Startups

  • Acentive  | Mark Pawloski '15, Jeremy Bolian '15 and Nick Troyer '15

    Monetary rewards for academic performance.

    This performance-based online crowdfunding platform enables students to raise money for college tuition and expenses by generating financial pledges from family, friends and community members. Acentive links donations directly to classroom performance, creating tangible rewards for academic efforts. The platform also serves as a support network for students.

  • Dart Displays  | Kenneth Stanley Olson PTMBA

    Dynamic digital signage to improve in-store sales.

    For mass retailers, DART Displays replaces traditional cardboard point-of-purchase displays with dynamic digital signage connected to real-time sales data. These displays and analytics allow real-time ecommerce-style measurement and optimization of in-store sales. This allows brands and retailers to unlock the full power of digital marketing in the brick and mortar store.

  • FlyHomes  | Stephen Lane '16

    Making energy efficiency part of the home-buying process.

    A home’s energy efficiency profile has a significant impact on its market value. FlyHomes is building a software platform that can estimate a home’s closing price, rate the underlying factors – including energy efficiency – that are driving the home’s valuation, and recommend positive return-on-investment improvements that would increase the home's value.

  • Fresh Coast Capital  | Nicole Chavas '15, Laura Brenner Kimes '15 and April Mendez

    Revitalizing urban communities through sustainable land management.

    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.

  • GoAmeego  | Nikhail Singh '15

    Travel planning with friends made simple.

    Ever traveled to a city and left, only to find out afterward that one of your friends was there at the same time? The GoAmeego Web platform (and soon-to-be mobile app) will prevent such lost opportunities by enabling friends to share travel plans and receive automatic notifications when travel plans overlap. The app maintains privacy by never using GPS tracking.

  • The Graide Network  | Blair Pircon '16, Ashima Gupta '16, Qinyuan Liu '16 and Amanda McCarthy '16

    Connecting teachers with the support they need.

    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.

  • GTrans  | Durgendra Singh '16 and Adithya Mohanakrishnan '16

    Increasing the safety of Li-ion batteries.

    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.

  • INjoo Networks  | Ardak Kussainova '15

    The next generation in energy efficiency.

    INjoo Networks, the next generation of energy efficiency software, is based on breakthrough technology that reduces energy consumption and cost. Energy is the biggest cost, after taxes, for commercial buildings, and businesses are constantly looking for ways to reduce energy costs and improve sustainability. INjoo’s mission is to transform ordinary buildings into "smart buildings."

  • Kosmode Biotechnology Co., Ltd.  | Rochelle Hua '15 and Cindy Ye '15

    Extracting essences from Heaven and Earth to create better health.

    Kosmode Biotechnology Co., Ltd., aims to become the leader of China's biotechnology and health food industries. The company focuses on commercializing food science technologies for general consumer use. Its first proposed product is a cranberry-based supplement that would help cure urinary tract infections.

  • Leal  | Camilo Martinez '15 and Florence Andrea Frech Siman '15

    Rewarding customers and achieving retail growth in Latin America.

    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 into valuable and actionable analytics for affiliated merchants.

  • MDAR Technologies, Inc.  | Jesse Chang '16 and Chris Gezon '16

    Accurate 3D scanning for autonomous vehicles.

    Using patent-pending technology and proprietary algorithms, MDAR Technologies, Inc., has developed a new method for 3D scanning that outperforms all existing methods when adverse driving conditions require real-time 3D data. Our technology enables autonomous vehicles to see faster and more accurately in snow, fog, under water and on dusty country roads.

  • Move Health  | Sami Greenberg '15

    Live video sessions with a Licensed Physical Therapist.

    Move Health provides physical therapy over a HIPAA-compliant Web and mobile video platform, connecting patients and licensed physical therapists to enable evaluation and treatment sessions from the comfort of one’s own home. By decreasing cost and improving consumer convenience, Move Health hopes to increase treatment adherence and drive improved patient outcomes.

  • New Hope Ecotech  | Luciana Silva De Oliveira ’15 and Thiago Ascencao Carvalho Pinto '15

    Transforming Brazil's recycling future into an industry of hope.

    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.

  • Opticent Health  | Kieren Patel ’16

    Making personalized medicine a scalable reality.

    By combining advanced imaging with high-resolution nano-fabrication techniques developed here at Northwestern, Opticent Health aims to push the envelope of possibilities for individualized health care delivery. Among our products, we are developing a customizable 3D-printed ophthalmic implant capable of real-time monitoring of diseases such as glaucoma or diabetes.

  • RateYourBurn  | Gillian Casten '16

    Reviewing and ranking fitness instructors. 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. We now plan to leverage our data with a new subscription-based instructor analytics product for use in instructor hiring, recruiting and talent management.

  • sharEd  | Bobby Powers '16, Kate Geremia '16, Nihar Shah '16 and Derrick Wolbert '16

    Improving disparity in early education in developing countries.

    SharEd aims at improving the huge disparity in early education in developing countries by providing access to high-quality, low-cost educational resources and improving early education teacher training to schools in urban slums. sharEd leverages technology to track resources and partners, monitor operational metrics and collect regular feedback from teachers and trainers.

  • SparX Technology  | Ty Findley '15, Kyle Coots '15 and Eric Haddenhorst '15

    Leveraging innovative ignition technology to make detonation systems safer and more effective.

    SparX Technology (SparX) will revolutionize current electrical and non-electrical ignition systems by introducing patented, reusable 100-percent composite plastic ignition technology. SparX Technology 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.

  • Touchtrail  | Gaurav Shenai '15

    Dynamic pricing for games.

    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.

  • UroProx  | Michael Jung '15

    Using surgical proximity sensors to make minimally invasive surgery safer and more precise.

    UroProx is an innovative proximity sensing system to help surgeons more precisely localize the ureter and other vital structures – and avoid injury – 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.

  • Viet Nom Nom  | Noah Bleicher '15

    Fast, Fresh, Vietnamese-inspired cuisine.

    To address the growing demand for fast, healthy meals in today’s ever-accelerating world, Viet Nom Nom uses only fresh ingredients and Vietnamese-inspired recipes to deliver delicious, high-quality cuisine in a fast-casual, assembly line format. Viet Nom Nom currently runs a catering operation out of a commercial kitchen and plans to open its first storefront location in downtown Chicago by fall 2015.

  • Better Together  | Kate Yeskey '15 and Emily Gipple '15

    Enables seniors to age in place.

    Better Together provides a sustainable and scalable way to help female seniors “age in place” – remain in their homes as they age. We do this by fostering woman-to-woman home sharing arrangements between female seniors with underutilized space in their homes and responsible adults who are seeking affordable housing. 

  • ChattingCat | April (Yong Kyung) Kim '14

    Instant English correction service by native-speakers.

    ChattingCat is a platform that connects non-native speakers who want to write better English to native speakers who want to help them. Non-native speakers get instant correction of their written English. ChattingCat changes the way people learn to write foreign language and enables them to confidently write English for professional communication. Watch the ChattingCat video.

  • Chisel | Westin Hatch '14

    Typing, Drawing, Annotating, Seamlessly.

    Chisel is a tablet app that allows users to take notes by typing, drawing, or annotating all from within a structured and intuitive UI. Users in a class, lecture, meeting, or conference setting need the ability to type, draw and annotate on documents while still maintaining structure and speed of note-taking. Chisel's intuitive and simple UI makes this possible.

  • ClinkCloud  | Bruce Klink

    Social trending news.

    ClinkCloud delivers social trending news to users and their friends. Users rank content to determine what is trending, and also customize their own feeds to receive top 10 trending lists most relevant to them. 

  • Co-Hop  | Aaron Hollub '14 and Evan Demchick '14

    A BREW-cubator helping craft brewers succeed.

    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. A high foot traffic taproom and retail storefront motivate on-site sales.

  • Giverosity, Inc. | Taylor Brown '14

    Providing a streamlined way to donate to underprivileged children.

    Giverosity, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Texas non-profit corporation, aims to provide an efficient and enjoyable way to donate gifts to underprivileged children. Giverosity cuts out all 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. 

  • HomeOptima Inc., Brokerage | Ashish Saxena '14

    Home search optimized.

    HomeOptima Inc., Brokerage offers a website that provides homebuyers, home sellers and renters with a variety of insights, allowing them to make the best possible decisions about 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.

  • Innoblative Designs  | Jason Sandler '15 and Tyler Wanke '15

    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. 

  • Leonard and Church | Christopher Chon '14

    Simple. Handcrafted. Born in NYC.

    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. 

  • Madison Gift Club  | Ryan Griffith '14

    Great gifts from a personal shopper.

    Madison Gift Club (MGC) is a site that helps men purchase more thoughtful and unique gifts. We pair each customer with a personal shopper who curates and recommends three gifts based on the recipient's style profile. 

  • Measure  | Jeremy O'Briant '14

    The easiest and fastest way to post open jobs across the Web and find great talent.

    Measure is the fastest way for growing companies to post open positions across the Web. Manage your open positions on Indeed, Monster, Craigslist, GlassDoor and 20-plus other leading job boards in just one place with one account.

  • Page Vault  | Jeffrey Eschbach '14

    The Internet as evidence.

    Page Vault enables lawyers to easily and securely capture Web content for future use as evidence. Its intuitive, cloud-based solution complies with established evidence collection protocols to greatly simplify admission into U.S. courts. 

  • SkillLane  | Ekachat Assavarujikul '14

    Online education for young professionals in Thailand.

    SkillLane is an online school for young professionals in Thailand. Teachers can create online courses by uploading videos and other multimedia files.  On the other hand, students can study online courses by logging into the website. SkillLane aims to enhance the learning environment in Thailand. 

  • Snackerie  | Lorena Arathoon '15

    The most enjoyable way to eat fruit, in the form of a crunchy, flavor-packed chip.

    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. 

  • Tripda  | Eduardo Del Guerra Prota '14

    Making ridesharing greener, cheaper and easier.

    Tripda is a ridesharing community aimed at transforming transportation through carpooling by commecting drivers who have empty seats with passengers going the same direction. Our team solves the “chicken and the egg” problem by an intense, routes-based, on-the-ground activation strategy, with local teams operating at universities and regional events and through partnerships in 13 countries.