Representing social entrepreneurship, technology, business, education, biomedical science and design, eight Washington University in St. Louis-affiliated teams are among the 20 startups receiving 2014 Arch Grants of $50,000 each to start their businesses.
The WUSTL teams represent a wide variety of disciplines throughout the university, creating innovations ranging from medical devices and education outreach to data analysis and clothing design.
Fostering Inspiration: Artifox desks
Co-founded by Sarah Carpenter, a 2010 Sam Fox School alumna, Artifox “is a free-formed design team dedicated to reinventing the way we use everyday items.”
More information at the Artifox website
Giving back: Made For Freedom
First-year MBA student Richard Ockers is on the management team for the social entrepreneurship company.
More information at the Made For Freedom website
Learning and creation in a box: BetaVersity
BetaVersity creates collaborative prototyping spaces out of shipping containers, where students learn by doing. It was co-founded by Blake Marggraff, a junior majoring in biology in Arts & Sciences.
More information at the Betaversity website
Analyze this: Prattle Analytics
Prattle Analytics, formerly Fed Playbook, uses proprietary, patent-pending, text analysis techniques to generate the first commercially available quantitative “Fed Watching” data. The company was co-founded by Evan Schnidman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, in Arts & Sciences, in 2004, and a master’s in political economy and public policy, in 2008, from WUSTL.
More information is available at the Fed Playbook website
Easier relationships: Less Annoying CRM
Less Annoying CRM makes a simple customer relationship manager (CRM) for small businesses. The company was co-founded by Tyler King, who graduated from WUSTL in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, from the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and Bracken King, who earned bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering and computer science in 2004.
More information at the Less Annoying CRM website
Informed medical decisions: Nanopore Diagnostics
Olin Cup winner Nanopore Diagnostics enables physicians to make informed antibiotic decisions during their initial examination of a patient. Postdoctoral research scholar Tom Cohen, PhD, at the School of Medicine, and PhD/MBA student Benjamin Borgo founded the company.
More information at the Nanopore Diagnostics website
Easier shipping: Freight Grid
FreightGrid is a web application that manages the entire “less than truckload” shipping process, saving time and money for its customers. Partner Kris Klinkerman earned an MBA from WUSTL May 16.
More information at the FreightGrid website
A unique way to celebrate: Greetabl
Greetabl is a greeting card that quickly folds into a gift box with a personal message. The company was co-founded by Zoë Scharf, who earned bachelor’s of fine arts degree from the Sam Fox School in 2011.