The University of Notre Dame's 27 Startups From FY2017-18
To qualify as a Notre Dame startup, companies must be licensed as a business, have a business plan and management team, and have completed the IDEA Center’s “de-risking” process, which assesses innovative ideas for their market potential.
|574 Productions||574 Productions recruits top-quality entertainment to college campuses and smaller cities in the Midwest often overlooked by large promoters. It matches artists with markets for maximum audiences and leverages its proprietary promotion methods to maximize ticket sales. The firm was founded in October 2017 by President Nick Nielson, an undergraduate economics and business administration major; Phil McElroy, a 2018 graduate; and Carl Schiro, a 2018 graduate in finance.||Media||Nick Nielson, Phil McElroy and Carl Schiro||Student Startup|
|Atlas 3D provides computer-based optimization of metal 3D printing that heightens efficiency by replacing the trial-and-error approach. The firm was founded in April 2017 by CEO Chad Barden, Vice President of Product Development Hao Peng, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brent Kephart, Board Chairman Gary Neidig, and CTO Joel Neidig. Its Sunta software is based on research by former University of Notre Dame aerospace and mechanical engineering professor David Hoelzle.||Information Technology||Chad Barden, Hao Peng, Brent Kephart, Gary Neidig and Joel Neidig||Notre Dame Faculty/Staff|
Adela supports women’s hygiene and sexual health by destigmatizing menstruation and providing convenient supply so that women avoid the privacy issues of shopping for products, empowering them to avoid disruption of their participation in school and other living activities. The Femtech firm was established in February 2018 by 2018 ESTEEM graduates Eydis Lima, Kunigunda Szentes, and Rania Mohammed.
|Health Care||Eydis Lima, Kunigunda Szentes and Rania Mohammed||Student Startup|
|Amaforge||Amaforge is a software and data analysis company that helps universities improve promotion of collaborative research and acquisition of grant funding with an information-rich software platform that delivers deep understanding of the campus faculty network and its core competencies. The firm builds on that information with AI and big data principles to power its research engine that recommends connections among faculty regarding research and funding opportunities. Amaforge was founded in February 2018 by President Evan Claudeanos, who earned a master’s degree in philosophy in 2012 and a master’s degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics in 2015.||Information Technology||Evan Claudeanos||Student Startup|
|Collegiate Soaps||Collegiate Soaps gives one bar of handmade, university logo-branded soap to local charities, with a focus on organizations that help the homeless, for every bar sold. It was founded in September 2017 by 2018 ESTEEM graduates Natalie May and Brady Riesgraf.||Consumer Staples||Natalie May and Brady Riesgraf||Student Startup|
|DermaDiagnostics||DermaDiagnostics is developing a microneedle medicated intradermal diagnostic patch that detects asymptomatic sexually-transmitted infections and gynecologic cancers for which there is now no immediate diagnosis or diagnosis-treatment option. The firm was founded in February 2013 by CEO Eydis Lima, a 2018 ESTEEM graduate. It participated in the McCloskey Competition and received a $25,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.||Health Care||Eydis Lima||Student Startup|
Ellu Company Ltd. is a private social network, an app and a wearable, that seamlessly combines the best of social media with added security features. It was founded in September 2015 by Yago Foncillas, a 2018 graduate in business administration.
|Information Technology||Yago Foncillas||Student Startup|
|Enlighten Mobility||Enlighten Mobility is a rehabilitation focused medical device company whose first product, The Enlight Walker, reestablishes healthy walking patterns for lower-limb amputees starting the day of their surgery, dramatically decreasing the physiological decline and increasing rehabilitation speed. The forearm, gait-trainer ambulatory device facilitates a kicking motion and enables weight-bearing on the compromised limb while maintaining wound integrity and supporting success. The firm was founded in November 2017 by Marissa Koscielski, a 2017 graduate in mathematics and 2018 ESTEEM graduate. It received $32,000 in grants from The IDEA Center and the McCloskey Competition. It created one full-time job and three full-time jobs by June 2018.||Health Care||Marissa Koscielski||Student Startup|
|Figuro3D||Figuro3D is a 3D digital imaging company whose near-instantaneous scanners integrate cutting-edge sensors with high-resolution camera images to create photorealistic 3D models with a patent-pending software algorithm and proprietary hardware. The scanners have applications in aerospace, construction, machinery, and other industries. The firm was founded in January 2016 by CEO Paul Brenner, associate director of high performance computing in the Center for Research Computing, who is also a 1998 graduate in civil engineering and earned a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering in 2007; Chief Scientist Chris Sweet, associate director of cyberinfrastructure development in the Center for Research Computing; CTO Sandra Gesing, a research assistant professor in computer science and engineering; COO Robert Kuang, who earned an MBA in 2017; and Director of Software Development James Sweet, a graduate of the Center for Research Computing. It leverages research by Chris Sweet and James Sweet. Figure3D received a $50,000 grant from Elevate Ventures.||Industrials||Paul Brenner, Chris Sweet, Sandra Gesing, Robert Kuang and James Sweet||Notre Dame Faculty/Staff|
Gigil provides an accessory device that empowers individuals with autoimmune diseases, including children, to overcome their fear of needles, learn proper techniques, and self-administer their injections. It was founded in November 2017 by Emily Russo, a 2018 ESTEEM graduate, and participated in the McCloskey Competition. The firm created three part-time jobs by June 2018.
|Health Care||Emily Russo||Student Startup|
|GiveBee||GiveBee is a mobile platform that generates local social media buzz by connecting local businesses to community members with above average social media followings in order to offer exclusive experiences to these influencers in exchange for micro-promotions. It was founded in October 2017 by Horacio Lopez and Sam MacGinty, both undergraduate computer science majors, and Eddie Griesedieck, an undergraduate marketing major. The firm received a $2,300 grant from the IDEA Center and participated in the McCloskey Competition. It had $150 in sales and created two full-time and three part-time jobs by June 2018.||Media||Horacio Lopez, Sam MacGinty and Eddie Griesedieck||Student Startup|
Impowerus helps immigrant youth by empowering pro bono attorneys to connect with and provide advice to minors through video chat as well as access time-tracking and case management support. It also allows firms to effectively manage, administer, and oversee their cases. The firm was founded in September 2016 by law student Katelyn Ringrose. It received $60,000 in various grants and participated in the McCloskey Competition. Impowerus created six part-time jobs by June 2018.
|Legal||Katelyn Ringrose||Student Startup|
IngenoEye LLC is developing eye drops for the treatment of a tumor-like ocular surface disease known as pterygium. It was founded in September 2016 by President Jim Grady, who earned an MBA in 2015. The firm is based on the research of Mayland Chang and Shahriar Mobashery, professors in chemistry and biochemistry. It created three part-time jobs by June 2018.
|Health Care||Jim Grady||Notre Dame Faculty/Staff|
Navahealth LLC aims to facilitate the longitudinal relationships of low socioeconomic status patients with primary care physicians by enrolling patients in clinics that fit their medical and socio-economic profile, providing transportation to and from primary care physician appointments, and using a patient advocacy system to increase patient adherence to care management. It was founded in October 2017 by 2018 ESTEEM graduates Melissa Connolly, Isabella Martinez, Mikaela Saugstad, and Marissa Koscielski, who also earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics in 2017. Navahealth became inactive in May 2018 because of capital constraints and the lack of a full-time founder in South Bend.
|Health Care||Melissa Connolly, Isabella Martinez, Mikaela Saugstad and Marissa Koscielski||Student Startup|
|Origin Oncology||Origin Oncology has developed a patented MV-IR method for detecting ovarian cancer in Stage I, where patients have a 92% five-year survival rate. It was founded in September 2017 by President Matthew Curtis, a law student. The firm is based on the research of Biological Sciences Professor Crislyn D'Souza-Schorey. It participated in the McCloskey Competition.||Health Care||Matthew Curtis||Notre Dame Faculty/Staff|
|Pareto Life Sciences||
Pareto Life Sciences is the world’s first stem cell marketplace, using a swab kit and a human leukocyte antigen (HLA) database to connect willing donors with patients in need to treat blood-related diseases and cancers. Donors receive up to $10,000 per donation. The firm was founded in February 2018 by CEO Chas Pulido, an undergraduate management consulting major, and COO Matthew Curtis, a law student.
|Health Care||Chas Pulido and Matthew Curtis||Student Startup|
|Resonado||Resonado is a speaker hardware company that specializes in flat magnetic speaker technology. The patented technology, which can reduce size and weight up to 70 percent and manufacturing costs up to 30 percent while increasing design flexibility, has applications in the automobile and consumer electronics industries. It was founded in May 2017 by CEO Brian Youngil Cho, a 2018 graduate in finance and applied mathematics, CFO/COO Peter Moeckel, an undergraduate in applied mathematics and finance; CMO Erikc Perez-Perez, an undergraduate in business marketing; and CTO Christian Femrite, an undergraduate in electrical engineering. The firm received $30,000 in grants from Elevate Ventures and the University of Notre Dame.||Information Technology||Brian Youngil Cho, Peter Moeckel, Erikc Perez-Perez and Christian Femrite||Student Startup|
SecūrSpace is an online marketplace for parking and storing trucks, trailers, and shipping containers to increase capacity and efficiency in a market where trucking loses more than $5 billion a year because of a shortage of parking spaces. It was founded in November 2016 by President Cory Bailey, who earned an MBA in 2018, and CEO Lance Theobald. The firm received $25,000 as The McCloskey Competition's 2018 Grand Prize co-winner.
|Transportation||Cory Bailey and Lance Theobald||Student Startup|
Streetlight Creations (streetlightcreations.com) is a custom music platform that connects customers with songwriters to inspire meaningful, beautiful music through storytelling and collaboration. It also helps artists build their portfolios and fan base. The firm was founded in 2017 by Nicholas Lampson, an IT management and industrial design major, and Ralph Moran, a computer science major. It participated in the McCloskey Competition.
|Media||Nicholas Lampson and Ralph Moran||Student Startup|
Structured Immunity is a drug discovery company dedicated to accelerating and de-risking T cell therapies, an emerging type of cancer treatment with massive potential that is difficult to develop and can cause adverse side-effects. The firm offers proprietary technology and specialized services to biopharmaceutical companies that help them develop safer, more effective cancer therapies with reduced risk of side effects. It is also developing a preclinical pipeline of molecules for cancer therapies. Structured Immunity was founded in 2017 by Scientific Adviser Brian Baker, a professor of structural biology in chemistry and biochemistry; Chief Scientific Officer Timothy Riley, who earned a Ph.D. in chemistry and biochemistry in 2018; and President David Hardwicke, a 2017 ESTEEM graduate. It is based on Baker's and Riley’s research. The firm received $35,000 in grants from Elevate Ventures and the McCloskey Competition.
|Health Care||Brian Baker, Timothy Riley and David Hardwicke||Notre Dame Faculty/Staff|
TeacherCode is a computer science professional development program with a bootcamp for teachers with no previous computer science background. It was founded in January 2018 by CEO Arielle Gannon, a 2018 ESTEEM graduate. The firm participated in the McCloskey Competition.
|Education||Arielle Gannon||Student Startup|
Veripad, Inc. aims to deliver paper analytical devices capable of detecting counterfeit and low-quality medications, primarily in the developing world. It was founded in 2016 by CEO Bishoy Ghobryal and COO Da Wi Shin. The firm is based on the research of Marya Lieberman, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. It created four full-time jobs by June 2018.
|Health Care||Bishoy Ghobryal and Da Wi Shin||Notre Dame Faculty/Staff|
|VitalView||VitalView Technologies is a smart health technology company that aims to give people a greater understanding of their overall health and vitality in the most seamless way possible. It offers a patent-protected heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure monitor for hospital and home use. The firm was founded in April 2018 by President Christopher Cali, a 2015 ESTEEM graduate who earned a degree in science-business in 2014. It is based on the research of Tom Pratt, a research professor in electrical engineering.||Health Care||Christopher Cali||Notre Dame Faculty/Staff|
|WellZeus Medicine||WellZeus Medical aims to identify and develop promising drug candidates for treatment of various human diseases. It was founded in 2016 by President Zhiyaung Zhao. The firm is based on the research of Mayland Chang and Shahriar Mobashery, professors in chemistry and biochemistry. It created one full-time and two part-time jobs by June 2018.||Health Care||Zhiyang Zhao||Notre Dame Faculty/Staff|
|WorkWell||WorkWell is building a social platform that empowers individuals to discover, commit to, and engage with a range of practices shown to boost wellbeing, from mindfulness meditation to prayer to personal reflection. It also enables individuals to scientifically assess their wellbeing, unlock a personal wellbeing profile, and track their growth while engaging in various practices over time. The firm was started in 2017 by Chief Wellbeing Officer Matt Bloom, an associate professor of business management; and CEO Connor Toohill, a 2014 graduate in economics and political science.||Information Technology||Matt Bloom, Connor Toohill||Notre Dame Faculty/Staff|
|Xstudia||Xstudia is a web-based platform that enables college students to sign up for storage space, delivery, and return of their items stored during the summer. It was started in December 2016 by Mitchell Kokko, a management consulting major, and Brock Gallagher.||Information Technology||Mitchell Kokko and Brock Gallagher||Student Startup|
YeSSGenomics is delivering the first-to-market colon cancer diagnostic test that sub-types a patient’s colon cancer in a way that better personalizes a patient's treatment plan. The test, ColotypeR, is expected to improve patient outcomes and health economics while avoiding costly overtreatment. The firm was started in June 2018 by President Christopher Cali, a 2015 ESTEEM graduate who earned a degree in science-business in 2014; Steven Buechler, a professor in applied and computational mathematics and statistics; and Yesim Gokman-Polar. It is based on research by Buechler and Amanda Hummon, an adjunct associate professor in chemistry and biochemistry.
|Health Care||Christopher Cali, Steven Buechler, Yesim Gokmen-Polar and Sunil Badve||Notre Dame Faculty/Staff|
For more information about these startups, please contact Nick Swisher at 574-631-2984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.