Our Finalists

Nathali Bertran

Co-Founder at DACA Time

DACA Time makes the immigration process easier with software. Few people know this, but the majority of immigration applications are still done with pen and paper in the U.S. We started to make this process easier, cheaper, and faster. Our primary users are immigrants and immigration attorneys. Given our name, we started with the DACA application process, but have branched out to other immigration forms.

Gbemisola Ogunyomi

CEO and Founder at GlamTech Corporation

GlamTech is an enterprise software company that provides Dermatology-grade artificial intelligence and augmented reality digital skincare capabilities to beauty brands and retailers, enabling them to enhance the online shopping experience for their users. Our software automatically detects users, skin tone, age and skin type, gives them personalized skin care product recommendations, then renders the products onto their faces to let them preview the predicted effects of the products in real time using augmented reality.

Kristina Tsvetanova

CEO and Co-Founder at BLITAB®

BLITAB® is the World’s first tactile tablet for blind and visually impaired, using a disruptive technology developed by our company, to create tactile text and graphics in real time. Our invention is the “smart tactile technology” for the screen. For the first-time users can learn, work and play with one mobile device, have digital access to information. Pre-BLITAB blind users don’t have equal access to digital content. Now BLITAB® is functional, it converts any document into Braille text; little smart dots (“tixels”) raise immediately from the surface and can be read. Moreover, it can represent interactive images like Google Maps or brain structure for biology classes.This content is currently excluded from textbooks of blind children.

Ashley Treni

Co-Founder at JustFix.nyc

JustFix.nyc is a technology non profit that builds data driven tools for tenants and organizers fighting displacement. Our platform is comprised of two complementary tools; one a mobile app that assists tenants in gathering evidence, mediating with their landlord through templated communications, reporting violations to city agencies, connecting with organizers and attorneys, and presenting a “case history” in housing court. And the other a dashboard that integrates with the tenant app to allow community organizers, legal aid attorneys, and other advocates to communicate with tenants and build group cases. Through integrations with open datasets from city and state agencies, advocates can analyze trends across buildings, landlords, and neighborhoods.

Jessica Anuna

CEO and Founder at Klasha

Klasha is an online fast fashion retailer for 20-somethings in emerging markets. We sell affordable fast fashion to millennial consumers and offer payments in local African currencies such as the Nigerian Naira and Ghanian Cedi, with fast shipping to African countries in 1-5 days. We connect millennial consumers in emerging markets and hard-to-reach places to the global fashion e-commerce economy, giving them the same access to fast fashion as other millennials globally.

Katherine Clayton

CEO and Co-Founder at OmniVis

At OmniVis, we designed a device that sits around a smartphone to take a 3 day process down to 30 minutes, and requires no prior scientific knowledge to operate. We have a hardware device and consumable test kit (razor/razorblade model) attaches to a smartphone that is accurate and affordable. Additionally, OmniVis’ smartphone application performs data gathering & reporting tools provide insights over disease hotspots; enabling earlier warning before widescale outbreaks occur. This empowers communities by having accessible tools for disease detection and enables governments and aid organizations to funnel healthcare resources to outbreak hotspots.

Nidhi Doshi

Co-Founder at PayBee

Paybee is a platform for nonprofits to increase their donations by tapping into the moment of inspiration. Plug and play technology that powers mobile and web donations, as well as physical items like donation boxes, flyers, and posters.

Mary Elizabeth McCulloch

Founder at Project Vive

The Voz Box system integrates existing smartphone/tablet technology that has already scaled across the developing world. Our system allows people with disabilities to connect with the world through 4 components: An Android device, the Voz Box, input sensor(s) and a universally designed VESA mount system. The Voz Box is a smart docking station that transforms a commercially available tablet into a fully connected, powerful SGD that easily adapts to the individual. Designed to be controlled by people with diverse abilities, personalize-able input methods include direct selection, off-the-shelf assistive technology switches, and wearable sensors.

Geetha Natarajan

CEO and Co-Founder at WishYourPrice

WishYourPrice enables retailers the ability to get into the minds of their shoppers by understanding their willingness to pay, purchase intent and latent demand. Our patent-pending AI driven platform takes into consideration a series of factors like social influence, sales velocity, margins, inventory level etc. to give an instant confirmation to a shopper’s wish price. Shoppers have a say in what they pay & retailers don’t lose out on potential revenue due to flat pricing/discounting. This helps retailers not only lower their abandon cart & customer acquisition cost but also in driving up the engagement & LTV with a higher ROI on marketing spend – as they now know whom to target with what (personalized) offers.

Wafaa Arbush

CEO and Co-Founder at WorkAround

WorkAround is an impact sourcing provider helping companies get more done for less while creating jobs for talented refugees. WorkAround is providing displaced people with the opportunity to work online from anywhere by connecting them with companies in need of human intelligence tasks such as tagging, data entry, data scrubbing and research. WorkAround matches the tasks with skilled and vetted refugee workers that complete these tasks quickly, accurately, and for less than hiring additional US-based workers. WorkAround guarantees workers a fair wage based on their current country of residence. WorkAround charges companies $10 per hour and takes 40% margin which is a market standard.