Seven finalists have been selected to compete for an award of up to $50,000 in the 4th annual Global Impact Award (GIA) finals in October.

The Global Impact Awards is a competition is for early-stage ventures that are scalable, sustainable, and quick-to-market with proof of concept and a broad impact. It is hosted by the Skandalaris Center and made possible by a generous donation from alumnus Suren G. Dutia and his wife, Jas K. Grewal. Competing ventures must have at least one Washington University in St. Louis student, postdoctoral researcher, or recent alumnus with a significant role on the team.

Each of the finalists will be assigned mentors who are experts in fields relevant to their ventures. Over the next six months, finalists will work with their mentors and Skandalaris staff as they prepare their deliverables for the final pitch competition in October.

“We look forward to the Global Impact Award each year, as it is an opportunity for Washington University to see what both our students as well as alumni are achieving in entrepreneurship.”

– Emre Toker, Managing Director of the Skandalaris Center

Meet the finalists:

AirZaar, Inc

WashU team members:

  • Ravi Sahu, MBA ’14
  • Ali Ahmadi, MBA ’15

B-Agro Solutions

WashU team members:

  • Anthony Ackah-Nyanzu, MS ’17, Finance
  • Dennis Awuku, BS ’12, Accounting
  • Donny Yoder
  • Adelaide Aboagye, MSW ’15, Social & Economic Development

Birano LLC

WashU team members:

  • Pratim Biswas, PhD ’85, Chemical Engineering
  • Ramesh Raliya, PhD ’12, Chemistry & Nano-Biotechnology

Eureka Analytics

WashU team members:

  • Manu Stephen, MS ’13, Mechanical Engineering
  • Harrison Gammon, MS ’15, Quantitative Finance & Machine Learning


WashU team members:

  • Erica Barnell, MD/PhD ’21, Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • Andrew Barnell, MBA ’17
  • Yiming Kang, PhD ’22, Computer Science


WashU team members:

  • Andrew Glantz, BSBA ’17, Leadership & Strategic Management
  • Aidan Folbe, BSBA ’19
  • Jacob Mohrmann, BSBA ’16, Marketing


WashU team members:

  • Nicholas Goldner, PhD ’17, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Christopher Bulow, PhD ’17, Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • Aki Kau, PhD ’09, Molecular Microbiology
  • Gautum Dantas, PhD ’05, Biochemistry

The seven finalists will compete for the $50,000 Global Impact Award.

Learn more about each venture at Skandalaris Center.