Introducing Free Ventures’ Batch XII

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This semester we had an ambitious batch of 5 companies that are solving problems in a wide range of industries. From empowering customers in the cosmetics space to creating an end-to-end data management platform, our founders made amazing progress this past semester, and we can’t wait to see what they do next!

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Batch XII and FreeV Internal Team

Batch XII

Orbit: Orbit is a platform that enables organizations to streamline internal operations through spreadsheet-powered mobile apps. In minutes, anybody can create and deliver custom mobile-first experiences for their organization — all from a spreadsheet. From the sheet, administrators can easily add, edit, and release updates in real-time, allowing the platform to keep up with their organization’s day-to-day operations.

Skindex: Skindex is an AI-powered search and discovery platform that enables users to find skincare and cosmetic products that are compatible with their skin. By leveraging existing cosmetic research on comodogenity, demographic data and machine learning, Skindex can analyze patterns from different users’ skin types and learn what ingredients might be causing a bad reaction, providing the user with instant feedback and automated product recommendations, ultimately resulting in a new way to discover skincare and cosmetic products.

WorknGo: WorknGo is a platform which allows students to work “SmartJobs”: quick, on-demand, and temporary work at local businesses, with no long-term commitments. SmartJobs also allow local businesses to fill spots at a moment’s notice, either during peak hours or when employees call in sick. We have already partnered with multiple McDonald’s franchises in Berkeley, Kiwi Campus, and many other stores to provide SmartJobs for students!

CertifiedRecs: CertifiedRecs is a web platform that allows users to store, share, and view verified private references enabling authenticity in the recruiting process. Users can then send out any number of references via a simple share link. All parties involved with the reference (user, giver, viewer) must verify their own accounts, and all verified information is transparent to the other users involved with the reference.

Simplata: Simplata is developing a new way to share and connect data. We offer an end-to-end data storage, management and visualization solution. Clients can upload whatever datasets they choose and visualize them with ease. Our graph visualization software turns data into visual, interactive graphs — revealing the hidden connections at the heart of any analysis.

If you’d like to personally get in touch with any of our companies, feel free to reach out to me at pratik@freeventures.org and I can help set up an introduction.

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