We're incredibly excited at the Martin Trust Center as we enter the home stretch for this summer's cohort of the MIT Global Founders' Skills Accelerator and prepare for our Demo Day on Saturday, Sept. 6.
The 11 teams selected from across MIT, and 4 international teams, have raised the bar even higher than in previous years. With an even distribution across degree programs (30% undergrad, 40% master's and 30% PhD) and great cross-campus involvement (more than eight departments represented), this year's cohort is the most diverse in the three-year history of the program.
We're thrilled to share some information below about the teams that have been working non-stop all summer, but if you really want to see them as they hit the launch pad and reach escape velocity, please join us for the MIT GFSA Demo Day on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1-4:30 at Kresge Auditorium. Click here to RSVP for the event!
This summer's teams are:
Accion Systems - This team of three Aero/Astro PhDs are developing a revolutionary new propulsion system for satellites.
Ashton Instruments - Three passionate cyclists have created a new power meter for bicycles that is far cheaper and easier to install than anything on the market.
Cardinal Wind - Using CSAIL algorithms and advanced financial analysis, Cardinal Wind is making it easier than ever for investors to analyze and invest in wind power.
Datasight - Pharma companies spend millions trying to get lifesaving drugs through Phase III clinical trials. Datasight's proprietary machine-learning algorithms help pharma and biotech companies more accurately select the sites for Phase III clinical trials to increase accuracy and reduce time to market.
Monograph - If you're a developer, you use GitHub. If you're a designer, you use Dribbble. But what do you use to showcase your work if you're a maker? Monograph is building a web platform for makers to help catalyze the second Renaissance.
Sonabos - No one wants to pay a ton of money to hear a pre-recorded, lip-synched concert. The team at Sonabos is developing a connected platform that gives DJs and live performers the confidence they need to rekindle their creativity.
Miramix - This team has developed a beautiful consumer electronics device that can create custom personalized vitamins and supplements for users to help you be the healthiest version of you.
Smarking - By combining big data, analytics, and transportation logistics, the Smarking team is helping airports and parking management companies access predictive analytics and real-time tracking to optimize revenue and staffing, saving millions of dollars every year.
Embr Labs - The Embr Labs team believes that thermal is personal and it's time to take control. By merging temperature and technology, this startup out of the MADMEC competition has created a wearable device that can heat or cool the user depending on their personal temperature preference.
Wise Systems - Nearly 80% of the world still lacks real-time traffic information. Wise Systems is combining big data, design, and logistics to route businesses in developing countries more efficiently than ever, saving time and money.
Love Grain - By tapping into the tiniest and most nutritious grain on the planet, teff, the Love Grain team is creating delicious gluten-free foods for American consumers while helping thousands of Ethiopian farmers.
We also have four amazing international teams from our global university partners. These teams have been learning side by side with our MIT startups over the summer:
Inevio - Inevio is taking all your computers to the cloud -- not just your files, but your apps as well, allowing you to collaboratively work from any device, anywhere, at any time.
FarmUp - FarmUp is creating an e-commerce platform to allow restaurants to buy directly from farmers in Mexico, removing middlemen and streamlining operations to improve product quality for restaurants and prices for farmers.
OBaa - OBaa is building a mobile healthcare app to make maternal healthcare accessible for expecting mothers in rural Ghana and other developing nations.
Hemingly - Hemingly has created smart marketing for self-published authors, making it easier than ever for them to save time and money when finding and engaging their audience, and driving sales of their books.
We hope you join us to see these amazing startups as they graduate from GFSA and go on to build game-changing companies.