The 12 Hot New Tech Startups to Follow this Spring: NYU InnoVention Competition 2018 Cohort

InnoVention Society
4 min readFeb 21, 2018


We are absolutely psyched to announce the 12 Startups that will be going through the InnoVention Competition 2018 (IVC). They target issues in a wide range of fields including biotech, energy, FinTech, recycling and new media.

Just in case you don’t already know, IVC is a tech startup challenge where NYU-affiliated entrepreneurs from across the globe build a team, prototype products, and pitch commercially viable ventures to solve real-world problems. A unique mix of an accelerator and a competition, the challenge offers 12 student-led ventures workshops, coaching, community, perks, legal services and an opportunity to to win up to $50,000.

This year we received over 40 applications and here are some nifty stats & basic pitches on the 12 teams:

  • 33 students (11 undergraduates, 21 graduates)
  • 8 NYU Schools represented
  • 9 Tandon School of Engineering
  • 8 Stern School of Business
  • 6 Tisch School of the Arts
  • 4 Wagner School of Public Service
  • 2 NYU Shanghai

Brooklyn BioScience

Brooklyn BioScience is creating a low-cost and ecologically friendly enzyme for the remediation and detoxification of a class of common pesticides for farmers, vintners, and waste management companies. #Biotech #Chemical

Andrew Olsen, Co-Founder (Tandon ‘18)
Priya Katyal, Co-Founder (Tandon ‘18)


G-Ware provides passive and active forms of wearable biometric scanning to support self sufficient and healthy lifestyles for geriatric patients. #Biotech #Hardware

Sachin Shastri, Co-founder (Courant ‘19)
Paramjot Kaur, Co-founder (CAS ‘18)
Amanda Shirley, Co-founder (Nursing ‘22 )
Rhea Patel, Co-founder (CAS ‘18)


HealthHuddle is building a platform for hospitals that integrates and displays vital patient information for nurses and quality improvement teams.

Andrew Dempsey, Co-founder (Tandon ‘18)

Sabina Braverman, Co-founder (Wagner ‘18)

Danny Silk, Co-founder (Wagner ‘18)

Sushant Thomas, Co-founder (CAS ‘19)

Kerim Davis, Co-founder (School of Medicine, Faculty)

Merciless Motors

Merciless Motors are inventing a more powerful, efficient and lightweight electric motor to help EV companies increase range and performance. #Hardware #Energy

Anna Kotyza, Co-Founder and Business Developer (Gallatin ‘19)
Nader Ahmed, Co-Founder, Inventor, Engineer (Tandon ‘19)


MLTrons is an AI driven platform that helps mid-sized apparel brands understand customer behavior to improve new product demand and production planning. #Artificial Intelligence

Muddassar Sharif, Co-founder (Shanghai ‘19)
Raheel Ahmad Butt, Co-founder (Shanghai ‘18)


N-GEMS is developing hardware modules and an analytics platform that provides emergency personnel with real-time information on building occupancy, floor layout and hazardous areas to maximize rescue operation outcomes. #DroneTechnology #Hardware

Chetan Hasabnis, Chief Executive Officer (Tisch ‘18)
Nitish Wakalkar, Chief Design Officer (Tisch ‘18)
Michael Kripchak, Head of Marketing (Tisch ‘18)
Dimosthenis Markopoulos, Head of business development (Tisch ‘18)


PAYENT is an integrated mobile app and platform that allows patients to pay their personal and family medical bills, and allows providers to recover outstanding payments. #FinTech #Mobile

Kyung Lee, Head of Operations (Wagner ‘18)
Nate Park, Head of Customer Acquisition (Wagner ‘18)
Youngbin Kim, Head of Finance (Wagner ‘18)

Missa Guthrie-Mueller, Head of Strategy (Regents ‘07)
Philipp Mueller, Chairman, Interim Head of Technology (Oxford ‘04)


Sensahead is developing a compact and low-cost first aid sensor for the same day detection of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). #BioTech #Hardware

Shayam Parasram, Co-Founder, Biosensors (Tandon ‘18)
Olivia Patton, Co-Founder, R&D (Tandon ‘18)
Christopher Rosin, Software Dev & Finance (
Tandon ‘18)

Aramis Sostre, Co-Founder, Biochemist (Pace ‘18)

Sorty McSortFace

Sorty McSortFace is building a smart trash bin that automatically separates recyclables from waste, allowing businesses to seamlessly comply with municipal sustainability laws and cut down on waste management costs. #ArtificialIntelligence #Hardware

Mohammed Yassen, Co-founder (Stern ‘19)
Rishub Nahar, Co-founder (Stern ‘21)
Earl Co, Co-founder (Tandon ‘16)
Kevin Van Nguyen, Co-founder (Wagner ‘16)


Sunthetics creates a solar-powered pathway to nylon manufacturing that allows eco-conscious brands to employ proactive sustainability efforts and transparently control supply chains. #Energy #Hardware

Myriam Sbeiti, Project manager (Tandon ‘18)
Daniela Blanco, R&D Lead (
Tandon ‘21)
Kyle Ireland, Market Research Lead (
Tandon ‘18)
Miguel Modestino, Senior Adviser (Tandon, Faculty)


Techa is a platform that organizes and showcases the work of the new media community, enabling VR/AR, computer graphics and other technology creators to show their projects, attract potential users and build their network. Follow them on Instagram @techaproject. #AR #VR #MR #ComputerGraphics

Yuli Cai, Founder (Tisch ‘18)
Michelle Hessel, Founder (Tisch ‘18)


XiMiO is building a smartwatch application that coordinates, tracks, and records cardiac arrest procedures helping emergency teams improve response success rates. #Hardware #InternetOfThings

Andrew Gilbert, Operations Lead (Stern ‘19)
Adam Yoseph, Technology Lead (Stern ‘19)
Marcia Elyseu, Finance Lead (Stern ‘09)

Beno Oppenheimer, Co-Founder, Chairman (School of Medicine, Faculty)



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