Accelerate is back and we are excited to announce the 2018 MIT $100K Accelerate Cohort!

Join us on February 20th to see which of our 20 teams make it on stage and earn a chance to compete for the $10,000 grand prize!

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Our 20 semifinalists are working on companies in sectors ranging from agriculture to fintech to medical devices and have team members from across the world. In addition to representing students from MIT's undergraduate, graduate, PhD and post-doc programs we are proud to host team members from beyond MIT's walls, including students from Boston University, Brown, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Harvard, Polytechnic University of Turin, Virginia Tech and Wharton, among others.*


Meet the 2018 cohort!

  • AllPower - Founded by Liam Cohen, AllPower is creating IOT devices unfettered by power outlets. By harvesting ambient RF energy we intend to create battery-less devices which are capable of advanced sensing, calculation, and communication. 
  • Animo - Founded by Amanda Lee, Animo is a wearable device that uses vibration therapy to reduce tremors and give independence back to Parkinson’s patients.
  • Arable  - Founded by Matt Rosen, Arable enables farms to optimize tilling practices, leading to more efficient and sustainable farming techniques.
  • Atolla Skin Lab - Founded by Meghan Maupin, Atolla Skin Lab is taking trial and error out of skincare by using unique skin data to create an individual skincare formulation that grows and changes with your skin.
  • Centaur Diagnostics - Funded by Erik Duhaime, Centaur Diagnostics is connecting AI image analysis providers with readily available, inexpensive human intelligence: Medical students, residents, and professionals. AI is poised to make medical image analysis more accurate—but AI alone is less accurate than AI combined with human intelligence.
  • D3 Diagnostics - Founded by Ismail Degani, D3 Diagnostics is a revolutionary holographic imaging technology that will address significant clinical needs in oncology and pathology across resource-limited settings.
  • Divaqua Technologies - Founded by Wen Jie Ong, Divaqua is developing next-generation water treatment technology to reduce the amount of hazardous chemicals polluting our water system.
  • Gen Cores - Founded by Jules Thiery, Gen Cores is developing multi-dense foam structures which combine extremely low weight with high mechanical integrity to build safer helmets and boost airplane fuel efficiency.
  • Iterative Scopes - Founded by Jonathan Ng, Iterative Scopes is narrowing healthcare disparities through data analytics and advanced computing techniques. 
  • Loop - Founded by Sarah Tress, Loop is combating preventable pressure sores (and the associated decrease in life expectancy) by creating a low-cost wheelchair seat cushion using bike inner tubes a material that is inexpensive and available everywhere.
  • Okoa - Founded by Emily Young, Okoa is filling the gap in medical emergency transportation in developing countries. Okoa's solution is a motorcycle ambulance with a dynamic attachment mechanism to fit onto any motorcycle.
  • OZÉ  - Founded by Meghan McCormick, OZÉ is the business insights engine in the pocket of every African entrepreneur. It is a mobile app that aggregates and analyzes transaction data to push context-specific recommendations to business owners to improve their operations. 
  • Soil Sense - Founded by Jesper Alkestrup, SoilSense is delivering affordable and robust soil sensor systems to farmers in developing countries, allowing farmers to reduce their water usage and increase their yield.
  • Sonic Vision - Founded by Alex Benjamin, Sonic Vision is addressing the 30% epidural failure rate. Currently anesthesiologists perform epidurals “blindly” despite having the knowledge that this technique has 30% failure rate on initial attempt. Sonic Vision facilitates safer and more cost-effective invasive procedures.
  • StartHub Africa - Founded by Andrej Safundzic, StartHub Africa is fighting unfulfilled potential of 140 million underemployed African youth by building Africa’s next-generation workforce.
  • TracFlo - Founded by Khalid David, TracFlo is an online platform providing a central location to input, track, and approve changes to project scope and cost cause by unforeseen events on the construction site.
  • Umbulizer - Founded by Shaheer Piracha, Umbulizer is developing a reliable, low-cost, and portable device that can provide continuous ventilation to patients in resource limited healthcare settings.
  • UniCoin - Founded by Eilon Shalev, UniCoin is democratising the student-loans market by reducing student-loans interest rates by more than 70% in some cases.
  • Zilper Trenchless - Founded by Daniel Zillante, Zilper Trenchless is redesigning trenchless pipe installation. Zilper's technique achieves significant reductions in execution time, costs and environmental impact.
  • Zippi - Founded by Bruno Lucas, Zippi is a social enterprise that will bring financial services to the 100 million Brazilians who live outside of the banking system. 

These teams will participate in our month long Accelerator program before competing for one of 8 spots in our Finale.



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What is the MIT $100K?

One competition - three independent contests - from October through May. For 29 years, the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition has been bringing together students and researchers from across MIT and Greater Boston to launch their talent, ideas, and technology into leading companies. 

The competition is run as a series of distinct, increasingly intensive contests: Pitch, Accelerate, and Launch.

Each contest focuses on developing specific founding skills, and for each semi-finalist contender the MIT $100K brings together a network of resources, including mentorship from venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and attorneys; media exposure; prototyping funds; business plan feedback; and discounted services. Additionally, more than $300K in non-dilutive awards help these new ventures accelerate.