This Wentworth-Born Startup’s Vest Aims To Improve the Lives of Cancer Patients
Life is already challenging enough for cancer patients, but what can make their lives even more challenging is the shoulder bags they have to carry for chemotherapy infusion treatments. For people receiving this kind of outpatient chemotherapy, the bag can be cumbersome and make the IV and pump equipment vulnerable to damage. It also might make them stand out in a crowd when all they want to do is get on with their day. Read more Here
An Upcoming App Is the OkCupid for Finding Just Friends
How are you supposed to make new friends when you can’t even make eye contact with the person standing a foot in front of your face on the T? In a world where we’re always staring at our phones, working at all hours of the day and too invested in catching up on Netflix to go out, interacting with others is practically impossible.
KickFlys: Wentworth Startup is 3D Printing Sunglasses
KickFly’s, a small sunglasses company, is bringing its own creativity and ingenuity to the sunglasses market. Headed by Wentworth students, Colin Young and Justin Capoccia, and Wentworth alum, John-Michael Fragnoli, these innovators possess a passion for the environment. Their big idea is the manufacturing of sunglasses out of recycled material.
Read more about Accelerate’s story here.
Accelerate Teams at MADE @ MassChallenge Showcase
Accelerate has always been proud of our maker culture and product focused teams. This past Monday, 10 of our product and hardware start ups were set up along side 20 MassChallenge teams for their MADE @ MassChallenge Showcase. Over 250 guests from Boston’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem mentored, networked, and were inspired. Rick Rundell from Autodesk gave the key note address forecasting that “the hardware startups in this room will achieve in 1 year what took their predecessors 20.”
The Accelerate teams for the showcase included:
Alpha Industries: Ryan Cataldo, Josh Willis, Greg Frasco, Caleb Jackson
Alpha Industries are developing a universal platform that empowers inventors to redefine consumer drones for the benefit of everyone.
BARS: Jace Valls, Luis Mata, Adam Zapotok
BARS is a revolutionary aquatic therapy device for stroke recovery and sarcopenia physical therapy treatments.
CoPlay: Ken bousquet, Ben Greenier, Taylor Rosenblum
CoPlay is a device that allows users to interact with the playlist at a party or social event.
Cutting Edge: Johanna Jehring, Shwee Thee Kale, Lisa Angulo, Josh Raples
A 3D printing and laser cutting retail experience and design shop for the public and professionals.
Cycol: Tyler Castle, Matt Pierce
A self-contained breathing apparatus for residential and commercial use to prevent smoke inhalation deaths.
EK Tape: Elizabeth Priolo, Patrick Phenning, Pabel Perez-Gonzales
A unique, cost effective and medication free method of pain relief that brings modern technology to kenesio tape.
ESI: Kevin Babineau, Chris Auld, Nick Poplar, Jorge Reyes
ESI is committed to better the quality of life for peritoneal dialysis patients.
Gentoo: Greg Affsa, Ben Nadeau (MassChallenge Alums 2013)
A light compression vest designed to hold the equipment for outpatient infusion to give patients greater freedom and mobility.
Kickflys: Justin Capoccia, Colin Young, John-Michael Fragnoli
Kickflys creates high quality, fashionable sunglasses out of recycled plastic.
Organic Connections: Sean MacNab, Nick Difabio
A sustainable children’s toy that offers a truly imaginative play experience.
Article Written By: Greg Affsa
B.A.R.S Places Second in Beantown Throwdown
Wentworth’s BARS team, part ofAccelerate Wentworth Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center, captured second place at MIT Enterprise Forum’s third annual Beantown Throwdown on Oct. 9. BARS members were honored for their aquatic rehabilitation devices.
Beantown Throwdown featured nine teams pitching ideas to venture capitalists, students, business executives, and others at District Hall in Boston’s Innovation District. Other schools participating included Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, Boston College, UMASS Lowell, Berklee College of Music, and Babson College.
The BARS team—Jace Valls, BMED ’17, and Adam Zapotok, BIND ’17—explained their work in creating high-quality, affordable therapy devices for those with mobility impairments. Luis Mata, BMED ’17, is a founding member of the team.
For earning second place, BARS awarded $7,500 worth of legal services from Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, as well as an invite to pitch to Rough Draft Ventures, five common memberships for four months and shared office space from Coalition/DTX, and a one-year membership to each member at MIT Enterprise Forum. They will also have lunch with Scott Kirsner of Globe Innovation Economy and CHEN PR.
The Accelerate team Gentoo took third place in the 2014 Beantown Throwdown.
BostInno profiled BARS in a recent story. BARS was also mentioned alongside other Accelerate teams in an article about MassChallenge.
College Entrepreneurship at its Best
On Wednesday, October 21st, 24 interdisciplinary teams from Wentworth Accelerate Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center gathered to showcase their innovative solutions to a variety of different problems. These big ideas on display at Accelerate’s Hot Seat event came from students in seemingly unlikely pairs, but while they differed in majors they were similar in their passion for their projects. Read the entire VentureFizz article here.
GENTOO MAKES WAVES + PREPARES PRODUCT LAUNCH
After being a finalist at MassChallenge, Gentoo has been preparing for a product launch over the last couple of months. Their Gentoo Vest has been seen now at HealthInno and the inaugural Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights PIN and will be represented at MIN64 this week. The Gentoo Vest is also one of the semi-finalists for the Livestrong Big C competition. This Spring Nick Cox, from BetaBoston, wrote a great article about the startup and their product, which provides mobility and a sense of freedom to patients undergoing strenuous treatments such as chemotherapy. We’ll be following Gentoo closely as they are waiting for their final product to arrive at their door steps from the manufacturer. The Gentoo Vest is available at http://www.gentooinc.com .
Missed Accelerate’s Kickoff?
September 10th 2015. A Drizzly grey day. A day in which ice cream and great ideas were shared in the second floor of Wilson hall. The Wentworth Accelerate Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center organized Kickstart event preceding a year of impending innovation and creativity. Read more here…
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