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.

Global Impact Award

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

  1. Birano: Develops efficient, precision fertilizer using aerosol technology.
  2. Cellatrix: Provides a 3D cell culture system that recreates the cancer microenvironment for use in research, drugs discovery and medicine.
  3. Cubic: Connects storage renters to neighbors with storage space online.
  4. CyberPowered Home: Provides a smart breaker box that helps manage home utility efficiency.
  5. Empower Through Health: Improves healthcare in Uganda with mobile technology.
  6. Mindset: Provides personalized software for mental and behavioral health disorders.
  7. The Women’s Bakery: Helps East African women launch and manage sustainable bakeries in their communities

Meet this year’s Global Impact Award finalists.