Abree Murch Uncategorized May 4, 2021

Alumni Ventures Portfolio Companies in Fast Company's 2021 World-Changing Ideas Awards



Alumni Ventures Portfolio Companies in Fast Company’s 2021 World-Changing Ideas Awards

May 4, 2021 | Abree Murch

Fast Company’s annual World Changing Ideas Awards honor the businesses and organizations driving change in the world. This year, they received a record 3K+ entries and the winners were chosen by Fast Company editors and reporters. Here are the Alumni Ventures portfolio companies that made it to the final rounds of consideration:

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – PANDEMIC RESPONSE
HONORABLE MENTION – HEALTH
HONORABLE MENTION – ON THE RISE (0-4 YEARS IN BUSINESS)

Brio Systems is a health management company focused on measuring the impact of lifestyle changes to “nudge” changes in behavior. They provide a blood-testing service which offers personalized actionable insights and a clear plan for attaining health goals.

 

 

FINALIST – SOCIAL JUSTICE

Civis is a data science, technology, and consulting company that works across industry sectors. Their data science platform and expert consulting services help users target audiences, craft messages, and measure success.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – AI & DATA
FINALIST – ON THE RISE (0-4 YEARS IN BUSINESS)
HONORABLE MENTION – BEST WORLD-CHANGING IDEA (NORTH AMERICA)

Cloud Agronomics develops technology that detects crop failures early by using proprietary hyperspectral imaging data to improve farm income and productivity. Their geospatial imaging and analytics technology creates a living map of global agriculture.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – ESTABLISHED EXCELLENCE (5-14 YEARS IN BUSINESS)

Dataminr is a real-time information discovery platform that leverages AI and machine learning to detect and disseminate critical events for businesses and governments. Their AI platform equips clients in diverse industries with real-time information.

 

 

FINALIST – WELLNESS
HONORABLE MENTION – ON THE RISE (0-4 YEARS IN BUSINESS)

EMME is a connected platform meant for women to manage their birth control. It alerts women when they’ve forgotten to take their pill and helps them understand their pregnancy risk based on their own personal data.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – WELLNESS

Expectful is a meditation and sleep app designed specifically for fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood. Their platform was created to make meditation and mindfulness practices easy for expectant and new moms.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – AI & DATA

FarmWise develops farming robots to facilitate autonomous cultivation and organic farming with the mission of building sustainable farming at scale. They capture and analyze crop data, take optimal crop-specific interventions, and help farmers produce.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – APPS

Harbor is the app that makes disaster preparedness easy and accessible. It enables users to build emergency plans, backed by advice from world leaders in disaster preparedness and community resilience.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – WELLNESS
HONORABLE MENTION – ON THE RISE (0-4 YEARS IN BUSINESS)

Icon is building a financial platform intended to offer an alternative and/or complement to 401(k) plans. It removes the complexity, administrative burden, and cost from employers and delivers a low-cost, easy-to-use, portable retirement plan for employees.

 

 

FINALIST – PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Kinsa is an illness tracking system that uses predictive modeling, real-time health data, and smart thermometers to help users manage symptoms. Users can utilize their smart thermometers as communication systems in order to decide which steps to take.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – AI & DATA
HONORABLE MENTION – WELLNESS
HONORABLE MENTION – ON THE RISE (0-4 YEARS IN BUSINESS)

Levels is a dashboard for your body’s metabolism. Their platform offers personalized insights into how different foods affect your body and health through a wearable metabolic device that monitors real time glucose levels.

 

 

FINALIST – ON THE RISE (0-4 YEARS IN BUSINESS)
HONORABLE MENTION – BEST WORLD-CHANGING IDEA (NORTH AMERICA)

Mighty Buildings is a developer of 3D printing technology for home construction. Their integrated platform allows customers to design bespoke modular homes out of environmentally-friendly materials and streamlines the permitting, production, delivery, and installation processes.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – ON THE RISE (0-4 YEARS IN BUSINESS)

Mythical is a game technology platform enabling true ownership of digital assets, verifiable scarcity, and integrated secondary markets. They create products that drive consumer adoption of distributed ledger technology through games.

 

 

FINALIST – IMPACT INVESTING

OpenInvest develops technology for an easy-to-use impact investing solution. They provide custom portfolios, ESG reporting and more, with a goal to bring transparency to financial services while making socially responsible investing more accessible.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Oura has created a ring that monitors the wearer’s sleep patterns. The wearable’s simple, intelligent construction is packed with advanced sensors to measure body temperature, pulse rate, and overall movement, so the wearer can build an insightful baseline of information from which they can improve their sleep hygiene and long-term health.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – BEST WORLD-CHANGING IDEA (NORTH AMERICA)

Plastiq is an e-commerce payment platform that allows users to pay with credit cards where cards are not accepted. Users can maximize their cash on hand by putting virtually any expense on their credit card — including rent, taxes or business supplies.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – WELLNESS

Seed develops technologies that improve microbiome health. Their team, including scientists, doctors, innovators, and entrepreneurs, has developed products including a daily synbiotic which is used for systemic benefits beyond digestive health.

 

 

FINALIST – APPS
HONORABLE MENTION – ON THE RISE (0-4 YEARS IN BUSINESS)

SoLo is a peer-to-peer lending marketplace community allowing members to easily access and supply short-term funds for immediate need. Borrowers can request loans without fear of hidden fees or compounding interest, and lenders can earn money by accepting borrower tips.

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION – ON THE RISE (0-4 YEARS IN BUSINESS)

Spero Foods is an innovative, plant-based, dairy-alternative company specializing in creating tasty spreads. They use sunflower seeds as their primary ingredient, which provides numerous advantages over nuts, including both cost savings and time to harvest.

 

Alumni Ventures Group provides smart, simple venture portfolios with community to accredited individuals. Alumni Ventures was the most active venture capital investor in the U.S. in 2020 (per Pitchbook 2020 Global League Tables).

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