In the 2018 Global Impact Award competition, seven startups are finalists vying for the $50,000 grand prize.
This past April, the Skandalaris Center chose seven Global Impact Award finalists from a competitive pool of applicants based on their proposed business’ scalability, sustainability and quick-to-market timeline with proof of concept and broad impact. In the coming months, the seven ventures will continue to work with Skandalaris staff to improve their idea for the final-pitch competition in October.
Since 2013, the center has hosted the Global Impact Award, a business-plan competition for WashU affiliated innovators funded by Suren G. Dutia and his wife Jas K. Grewal. The Global Impact Awards offer a $50,000 prize to early-stage business ventures with at least one Washington University in St. Louis student, postdoc or recent alumnus (past 10 years) holding a major role on the team.
The seven finalists are
- Birano: Develops efficient, precision fertilizer using aerosol technology.
- Cellatrix: Provides a 3D cell culture system that recreates the cancer microenvironment for use in research, drugs discovery and medicine.
- Cubic: Connects storage renters to neighbors with storage space online.
- CyberPowered Home: Provides a smart breaker box that helps manage home utility efficiency.
- Empower Through Health: Improves healthcare in Uganda with mobile technology.
- Mindset: Provides personalized software for mental and behavioral health disorders.
- The Women’s Bakery: Helps East African women launch and manage sustainable bakeries in their communities