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.
2ndKitchen is a business-to-business point of service system that allows any business to order wholesale food from nearby restaurants with the intent of reselling the food onsite. Integrated ordering, direct billing, quick delivery and streamlined food handoff are all part of a system designed to serve this need.
Nick Anastasiades ’18 (Zell Fellow)
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)
Through a proprietary technology and expert services, Adaptly enables the world’s largest advertisers to scale campaigns across walled gardens like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Pinterest. Managed service offerings include strategy, planning, media buying, execution, and analysis.
Acquired by Accenture in 2018
Shobhit Chugh '11
Aerospec provides a turnkey asset management platform using drone technology and data analytics to reduce operational cost, optimize plant performance and extend asset life throughout construction, EPC, and O&M project phases. The proprietary analytics platform can analyze gigabytes of metadata and pinpoint issues within minutes compared to days using solutions available today and allow asset owners and operators to monitor their global portfolio from a single control center.
Lance Li '17
Afiri uses cutting-edge technology to provide on-demand credit-worthiness and underwriting to businesses operating in emerging markets.
Patrick Tagny Diesse ’18 (Zell Fellow)
A multi-channel store will make the smartphone purchase process hassle-free, convenient and secure in Pakistan. Allif will accomplish this mission by providing an exceptional retail experience bundled with an easy-to-use online platform that makes the whole process transparent and convenient.
Zain Shahzad ’18 (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
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
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
Cariset designed its Everyday backpack to make a woman look effortlessly put-together, while still fitting everything she needs for her day. Featuring pebbled leather and comfortable straps, plus separate compartments to keep sneakers from touching a laptop, it’s like a gym bag, work tote and designer handbag had a baby – a beautiful, comfortable baby.
Allison Brown ’18 (Zell Fellow)
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
Daybreak is an email-based news platform that helps both universities and companies to better communicate and foster culture within their communities. Daybreak provides hyper-local news and information that connects community members and ensures that they know everything they need to start their day, all before getting out of bed in the morning. We believe that more informed communities are also more engaged ones.
Rachel Xanttopoulos ‘17 (Zell Fellow)
DGN Games is a Social Casino game developer. The company operates 2 product lines: Old Vegas Slots - the first classic social slots brand, which brings its customers a unique Vegas themed old-school gaming experience, and Lucky Time Slots - A thrilling app for slots players who crave a real casino experience on mobile
Damon Gura '11
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)
Fair is an automotive FinTech company that’s revolutionizing car buying by offering unprecedented freedom, flexibility and an end-to-end mobile experience. The company offers an app that lets customers shop, get approved and pay for a car using their phone with just a driver’s license and bank account.
Craig Nehamen '11
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)
Freckle Education's mission is simple: ensure every student gets a world-class education. Every classroom has students at many different levels. Yet, most teachers are only provided with resources that teach one specific level. That’s where Freckle comes in, by providing teachers the resources and data they need to teach all of their students at the level that’s best for them.
Sidharth Kakkar '12
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
Greenprint Partners is an impact investment firm dedicated to revitalizing urban communities through innovative investment solutions. Through a strategy of planting hybrid poplar tree farms, Greenprint Partners 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
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
Halo is the first independent multi-issuer technology platform for structured notes in the United States. Through their proprietary platform, Halo Notes, investors can go beyond traditional structured note calendars by creating and executing virtually any payoff they like, all at a click of a button. With Halo, investors can choose from a menu of over 6,000 ideas, updated all day/every day, or customize their own strategy for low notional minimums and near-instant execution. Halo is making the structured note market much more efficient for investors and issuers alike, and seeks to change how the world invests.
Jason Barsema '14
2012 / India
CultureAlley’s Hello English is an India based online English learning platform. It is a breakthrough interactive, personalized, and contextual English learning application designed specifically for English as a second language learners from India and similar emerging markets. The app offers unique and engaging learning tools that leverage news and entertainment content to help learners build their English vocabulary.
Nishant Patni '12
Hilltop Health's veterinary services platform partners with veterinarians to open clinics in major urban markets, offering pets and their owners modern design and state-of-the-art facilities along with a fully connected experience outside of the clinic through in-home visits and telemedicine services.
Chase Michalek ’18 (Zell Fellow)
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
Honey-Can-Do is a leading provider of storage, organization, garment care and home decor products. As a company, Honey-Can-Do strives to provide functional, high quality and attractive designs while ensuring lasting functionality and their products may be found at quality retailers throughout the world.
Steven Greenspon '09
Part of the Airbnb family, HotelTonight is a hotel-booking service focused on making last-minute trips easy and fun, offering travelers seamless, on-demand booking for boutique and independent hotels. Through features such as Daily Drop, personalized daily hotel deals, HotelTonight uses innovation to enable travelers to plan less and live more, while providing hotels new ways to sell inventory.
Acquired by Airbnb in 2019
Sam Shank ’04 and Jared Simon ’02
Houseparty's group video chat brings empathy to online communication. The company's goal is to get people out from behind curated feeds and get back to having real conversations, face to face, with people they care about.
Acquired by Epic Games in 2019
Sima Sistani '09
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)
Jack Jester makes stylish and comfortable dress/casual socks. Proudly made in the U.S.A. on the most advanced knitting machines and with the finest yarns, Jack Jester socks are softer, fit better, wick away sweat, and last longer. The compan yprides itself on a dedication to fine craftsmanship, high quality yarns, sophisticated designs, and a comfortable, better fit.
Andrew Delaney '12
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
LawGeex is transforming legal operations by helping legal teams automate the review and approval of day-to-day business contracts using AI and a cloud-based platform. Combining LawGeex A.I. technology with a legal team’s expertise allows business to move faster, reduces the legal bottleneck, and helps focus legal teams' time on more strategic tasks.
Noory Bechor '13
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)
LifeWeb is an online social memory platform that genuinely focuses on life. The company crowdsources memories and stories, providing a three-dimensional view of a life lived while uncovering the social memories across communities that tie back to a passed loved one.
Ali Briggs '19, Rachele Louis '19, and Lauren Fragoza '19
Dan Belcher '10
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
mSEED Group is a unique and carefully crafted team of specialists in contract manufacturing, research & product development and marketing/branding strategy, providing cross-functional expertise vital to the successful launch and strategic growth of brands in the beauty, cosmetic, and personal care space. Overall, mSeed Group provides strategic growth solutions to aspiring entrepreneurs and established businesses in the beauty and personal care industry.
Erica Douglas '15
Naked Labs is a Silicon Valley-based company focused on 3D scanning, computer vision, and human-centered design. The company behind the world’s first 3D body scanner for the home, Naked Labs believes that people deserve objective knowledge about their unique bodies and envisions a world custom tailored to the individual — from fitness and nutrition, to clothing and ergonomics, to health and medicine — it all starts with the 3D body model.
Ed Sclater '14
NanoGraf Technologies 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. NanoGraf Technologies aims to change the status quo of the industry by developing high performance anodes for Li-ion batteries.
Samir Mayekar ’13
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, Florence Frech '15
NuCurrent is a leading developer of high-efficiency wireless power solutions including magnetics and full-system integration. NuCurrent’s patented technology, proprietary tools and design techniques mitigate typical high frequency effects, offering higher efficiency, smaller sizes, higher durability, and lower total cost for wireless power system implementation.
Anita Suresh '09
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)
ParkJockey is the leader in Parking Virtualization Technology and Services for Private Landlords, Stadiums, Venues, Real Estate Investment Firms/Trusts, Property/Asset Managers, Event Management Companies, Retail Malls and Cities/Municipalities. ParkJockey’s primary focus is on enhancing real estate clients' net operating income. The company's solutions streamline the parking process for drivers and facilitate immediate improvements in operations, transparency, data capture, cost management, security and revenue maximization.
Umut Tekin '10
Founded in 2015 and based out of Mumbai, Paysense is a team of highly diverse, like minded people solving the fundamental problem of not having simple, convenient, and transparent access to credit in India today. Paysense stands for making all things finance more simple, accessible and transparent. As a company, they specialize in using advanced data sciences to provide credit without the hassle of complex application processes, arduous physical proofs, and long waits.
Sayali Karanjkar '09
Playmation 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
POSIT 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
Powfitter is short-term rental platform for on-trend, quality ski clothing. The company ships on-demand and delivers Alpine bundles or single pieces (jackets, snow pants) to a user's house or hotel on the mountain. Their charter is to provide a convenient and easy approach to help customers look and feel their best on the slopes.
Charles Lansbury '18
PreScouter 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
PriceLabs 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
Pulmatrix is a clinical stage biotechnology company with an inhaled dry powder platform advancing a new generation of inhaled therapeutics. The platform, called iSPERSE (inhaled small particles easily respirable and emitted), represents a new paradigm in inhaled drug delivery based on unique properties: dense, high drug load engineered particles with highly efficient dispersibility and delivery to the airways. The iSPERSE powders can be used with an array of dry powder inhaler technologies and can be formulated with virtually any drug substance.
Jonathan Man '12
2016While current recruiting solutions require costly, labor-intensive manual research efforts, Quali.fit streamlines the process of understanding candidates, clients, and job openings by conducting interactions with each party autonomously. Quali.fit automates 90% of the recruiter's daily activities, harnessing the power of data to efficiently identify high quality matches.
Asaf Paz '19
This digital platform helps private companies across Mexico and the rest of Latin America professionalize themselves and connect with the right types of capital providers, including private equity funds and banks. At the same time, Qualtrium provides these capital investors with an efficient and effective tool for generating quality pipeline.
Alejandro Orvananos Obregon ’18 (Zell Fellow)
The 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
RateYourBurn 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
reBLEND delivers real food for real people via frozen smoothie products that not only taste good, but also do good by sourcing “misshapen” but still delicious organic produce. Customers can fuel their bodies while also radically tackling food waste.
Kathryn Bernell ’18 (Zell Fellow)
Rhaeos was founded in 2018 to address a critical unmet need in the care of patients with hydrocephalus. Arising from a collaboration between materials scientists and neurological surgeons at Northwestern University, Rhaeos has developed a noninvasive thermal sensor for use in the monitoring of ventricular shunt function. In this manner, the company hopes to eradicate the uncertainty faced by patients, families and healthcare providers alike.
Amit Ayer '18
RIVS 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
SA Ignite helps healthcare providers achieve top performance scores and financial incentives in MIPS with our IgniteMIPS software and deep domain, technical and data expertise. They apply powerful analytics to complex regulatory programs, and surface meaningful improvement opportunities that are truly actionable. With these insights, customers can institute a management system that engages all stakeholders in achieving performance objectives in value-based care programs.
Tom Lee '09
Shaadi Destinations is a destination wedding agency that partners with Indian couples seeking incredible experiences for family and friends in Mexico or the Caribbean. Shaadi Destinations is a perfect fit for modern South Asian couples searching for a trusted guide to their destination wedding journeys.
Milan Raj ’18 (Zell Fellow)
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
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
Personalized medicine therapy options can drive better outcomes, and Slyngshot Health seeks to make these options more accessible through a first-of-its-kind digital network. The company is building a secure, nation-wide digital network connecting providers and patients with best-in-class compounding pharmacies to improve patient outcomes.
Badal Shah '12
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
Surgical 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
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
With a vast selection of inventory and a personalized, intuitive user interface, TripActions makes booking business travel for companies fast and easy. When changes or delays come up, users get 24/7 proactive support to ensure they never have to fend for themselves. With TripActions, companies enjoy complete travel program visibility and seamless integrations with their HR and expense systems.
Ariel Cohen '08
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
Vi is the world's first AI personal trainer that coaches and motivates users through bio-sensing Harmon/Kardon engineered headphones, alongside the Vi Trainer smartphone app. Vi tracks and measures multiple elements of users' workoust to provide accurate real-time feedback and coaching to help them achieve real results (i.e. weight loss, running/cycling improvements, and more).
Omri Yoffe '11
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 meals 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
VMock aims to empower students and professionals along the various phases of their career journey leveraging the power of artificial intelligence. The VMock platform delivers personalized career guidance to job seekers across the world. Over 130 leading business schools and universities' students & alumni and their career centers use our products to accelerate their career goals. Overall, their mission is to be game-changing in the space of career development via intelligent product relating to resume feedback, interview preparation, and overall career preparation.
Kiran Pande '09
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)
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)
Wove envisions a world where brands grow together. To support this vision, Wove is building the world’s largest network for marketing partnerships, where trusted brands reach each other’s loyal customers and make them their own - all while protecting consumer privacy. Wove enables brands to transform their marketing efforts by unlocking the power of other brands' data.
Alexander Wasserman '10
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