Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition and Conference

Finalists

Venture Path

 

ALCHEMIE SOLUTIONS, INC.

Venture Path Description: Alchemie creates learning technology for higher education, beginning with chemistry. By creating mobile-enabled, game-based learning tools, we are providing an innovative method for students to succeed in some of the toughest courses in college. Alchemie’s active learning through touch brings intuitive engagement to the learning of science.
Founders: Julia Winter (CEO), Carl Rundell (COO), Joe Engalan (CTO)
Website: http://alchem.ie/
60-Second Video Pitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQONgQLFTPQ
Twitter: @LearnAlchemie

AWEAR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC

Venture Path Description: Awear Technologies helps the 10 million students who struggle with attention challenges that hinder learning. Our patented, award-winning neurocognitive training smart eyewear was developed with funding from the NSF and Department of Education. We will make a lasting difference in the lives of young people by giving them greater control of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Founders: Rod Greder (CEO & Founder), Steve Mesmer (COO)
Website: www.aweartechnologies.net
60-Second Video Pitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYn6MebVoLg
Twitter: @aweartech

CARIBU

Venture Path Description: Caribu is an education platform that helps parents, extended family, and mentors read books with children when they’re not in the same location. Caribu is FaceTime meets Kindle, for kids.
Founders: Maxeme Tuchman (CEO), Alvaro Sabido (CTO)
Website: https://caribu.co/
60-Second Video Pitch: https://vimeo.com/210501203
Twitter: @Caribu

COMMONLIT, INC.

Venture Path Description: CommonLit is a nonprofit organization that helps students in grades 5-12 make rapid progress in reading and writing. To date, 1 million students in over 22k schools across the U.S. have benefited from CommonLit's award-winning free online literacy program.
Founder: Michelle Brown (Founder & CEO)
Website: http://www.commonlit.org
60-Second Video Pitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1MtWTGC724&t
Twitter: @CommonLit

DOT LEARN

Venture Path Description: We are building a scalable localized education platform for Africa through an algorithm that reduces the file sizes of Khan Academy-style videos to 1MB/hour without loss of visual quality. This enables video-based education at the data cost of using Whatsapp.
Founders: Sam Bhattacharyya (Co-Founder & CEO), Tunde Alawode (Co-Founder & COO)
Website: www.dotlearn.org
60-Second Video Pitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxzHnOHk4rM&feature=youtu.be
Twitter: @_dotlearn

GRAPHLOCK, INC.

Venture Path Description: GraphLock is an affordable scientific and graphing calculator app with a unique lockdown mode and monitoring platform. This disables phone functionality while allowing the teacher to customize and control the technology that is being used in the classroom. GraphLock’s mission is to make STEM education more accessible to all students by utilizing the technology they have, to not only enhance learning but also reduce distractions in the classroom.
Founders: Mallory Dyer (CEO), Josh Dyer (COO)
Website: http://www.graphlock.com/
60-Second Video Pitch: https://youtu.be/N2LRAuAAATk
Twitter: @graphlock

IMPACTED

Venture Path Description: ImpactEd connects university classrooms with purposeful real world project experiences through collaboration with partners across sectors. The ImpactEd platform enables professors to easily access and assign projects, which are designed to improve student engagement, performance, and workforce readiness.
Founders: Austin Halbert (Founder), Ibrahim Naji (Co-Founder)
Website: www.impactedlearning.com
60-Second Video Pitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2bKJN76J7w

LOVOCO

Venture Path Description: Lovoco innovates speech and translation AI for accessibility, communication, and educational solutions. Stenopoly allows instructors and keynote speakers to present live with bilingual subtitles. Then this SaaS generates transcripts, video captions, abstracts, and analyses for ADA and FCC compliance and production efficiencies. Our presentation tool allows viewers to utilize two senses to understand one concept, allowing viewers to retain more intuitively with neuroscience.
Founders: Calvin Shum (CEO), Nagendra Goel (CTO), Alpita Patel Punjabi (COO), Steve Braich (SVP, MT)
Website: http://lovoco.co
60-Second Video Pitch: https://youtu.be/VuiU_Kvz9jo
Twitter: @LovocoLLC

PORTABLECLOUD

Venture Path Description: PortableCloud enables people around the globe to access the full potential of the Information Age via easy access to the world’s information without the need for constant Internet connectivity.
Founders: Noah Freedman (CEO), Camila Vega (COO), Richard Curtin (VP Sales & Marketing)
Website: www.portablecloud.net
60-Second Video Pitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aKpeirbKKU
Twitter: @Portable_Cloud

SOWN TO GROW

Venture Path Description: Sown To Grow is a student goal-setting and reflection platform that fosters growth mindset and learner agency. Students set goals, track their own progress, and write reflections on the strategies that work best for them (or new ones they want to try). When they do this, incredible things happen to their mindset - they care more, focus on growth, and become better, more confident learners.
Founders: Rupa Gupta (Founder & CEO), Dennis Li (Founder & CTO)
Website: www.sowntogrow.com
60-Second Video Pitch: https://vimeo.com/203237475
Twitter: @sowntogrow

SPEAK MODALITIES, LLC

Venture Path Description: SPEAK MODalities helps individuals with severe autism or developmental disabilities learn to communicate with its evidence-based speech and language learning applications. Our NIH-funded product suite includes a series of tools that progressively grow a learner’s language competency, from basic symbolic communication through speech and language generalization to social interaction. These vital skills help the learner bridge the gap from special education programs to the mainstream classroom, contribute to a dramatic improvement in the learner’s quality of life, and enable a significant reduction in long term care costs.
Founders: Michael Zentner (President & CEO), Oliver Wendt (EVP & Chief Science Officer), Diana Hancock (COO)
Website: http://www.speakmod.com
60-Second Video Pitch: https://youtu.be/ltCKXrAabEo
Twitter: @SPEAKMODalities