Nearly 90 teams applied to participate in the 6th annual Summer Launchpad, representing 16 NYU schools and colleges. Ventures came from a diverse array of sectors in SaaS, hardware, healthcare/life sciences, and numerous others. Most notable this year, however, was the overwhelming focus on social innovation in women’s health, education, civic action, diversity initiatives and others.
Come meet the following teams at the NYU Summer Launchpad Venture Showcase!
"Aduri was started to not only introduce more people to mindfulness and meditation, but to help them build a consistent practice. Consistency is the only way to achieve meaningful, lasting benefits from meditation. Once you establish a practice, the possibilities are limitless. We want to make our world happier, healthier and more mindful."
Founders: Jesal Trivedi (Tisch '18), Jahde Eve (Stern ‘11)
"Ballotbox is essentially Eventbrite for politics. We create an all-in-one community/event management platform for political campaigns, activists, and grassroots organizers.
Our mission is to use the internet to connect people in the real world where they can build meaningful communities to influence their societies."
Founders: Sebastian Jimenez (Stern '18), Vanessa Chesnut (CAS '18), Tomasz Bachosz (Abu Dhabi '18)
"Food Period helps women have great periods, naturally. We design functional food products, grounded in ancient practices, that support women's menstrual cycles using a monthly subscription box model."
Founders: Britt Martin (GSAS '18), Jenn Kim
"Our mission is to build the next generation of American civil servants and leaders to create more effective and responsive government. We recruit, train, develop, and connect exceptional recent graduates to key roles in state governments across the nation through a two-year fellowship program. Govern for America helps these talented and service-minded individuals find a pathway into high-impact roles in states and equips them with a toolkit to create a culture of effective government."
Founders: Kyleigh Russ (Wagner '19), Octavia Abell
"HealthHuddle is a mobile- and web-centric digital platform for hospitals. We provide critical patient information from EHRs at the bedside for nurses during handoffs,
unit-wide activity summaries for charge nurses, and long-term workflow analytics for quality managers. We aim to eradicate hospital-acquired conditions by equipping care delivery teams with tools to manage their patients' data."
Founders: Sabina Braverman (Wagner '18), Andrew Dempsey (Tandon '19), Danny Silk (Wagner '18), Sushant Thomas (CAS '19)
"motivote is a peer-to-peer digital platform that harnesses behavioral science to help young voters hold themselves and their friends accountable for voting. In doing so, we seek to create an informed and inspired voting bloc that affects meaningful and lasting change."
Founders: Jessica Riegel (Wagner '18), Emily Graham (Wagner '18), Rachel Konowitz (Wagner '18)
"NextGen is a computer science summer bootcamp tailored to high school and college students. During the summer, students will learn the equivalent of 2-4 courses of university level computer science and place into high level internships after the program that we provide."
Founders: Zach Cohen (Gallatin '20)
"Peblio is an instructional tool and lesson sharing platform for middle and high school
computer science teachers. It leverages a mixed media development environment and social platform to provide engaging, active learning experiences to CS students."
Founders: Esther Hersh (Tisch '17), Mathura Govindarajan (Tisch '17), Regina Vetka (Tisch '17)
“SSVR provides VR training content that simulates the most difficult, yet common, policing encounters to reduce the level of needless violence by improving officer decision-making.”
Founders: Alice Formwalt (Steinhardt ’18), Denver Coulson (Tandon ‘17), Oliver Noteware
“The Diversity Org's mission is to combat social issues by uniting people through education, media content and impacting communities. Our diverse team of millennials host high school events, partner with YouTube to create media content and unite people through impact events.”
Founders: Joshua Pierce (Tisch ’18), Daniel Rodriguez (CAS ’18), Claire Laugeois
“The next-gen urban farm growing sustainable produce for specialty markets lacking year-round local supply. With an integrated algae production system, we grow cost competitive produce consistently throughout the year, regardless of season, providing hyper-local food to NYC.”
Founders: Jonas Guenther (Tandon ’18), Michael Udovich (Tandon ’18), Daniel Bernstein