McGinnis Venture Competition Final Round Celebration
The McGinnis Venture Competition, a platform exclusively for Carnegie Mellon University's community of student entrepreneurs, brings together Carnegie Mellon's best and brightest student entrepreneurs to compete for $60K in investments. Help cheer the final round teams to victory by attending our virtual webinar.
The McGinnis Venture Competition is made possible by a generous endowment from Gerald E. McGinnis, founder of Respironics.
Congratulations to our 2021 Winners
First Place: Mach9 Robotics is a remote sensing startup creating Google Maps for subsurface utilities. Team members include Alexander Baikovitz and Joshua Spisak.
View Mach9 Robotics' final round pitch
Second Place: Clean Sea Robotics will transform the modern shipping industry by offering an on-demand, disruption free, robotic hull cleaning and inspection service to ship owners and operators. Team members include Daniel Vedova, Stefan Zhu and Evan Myers.
Third Place: Savor Robotics is making multipurpose robots to bring freedom and flexibility to food production. Team members include Connor Colombo and Emily Ellis.
Second Place: The Student Community's goal is to help colleges and corporations create a community where their students and new hires, respectively, feel professionally and personally supported during and after the pandemic. Team members include Snehita Sana, Nina Zanarelli and Sarayu Namineni.
View The Student Community's final round pitch
Schedule of Events
Undergraduate Track Pitches
10:30 - 11:19 a.m. EST
Undergraduate Teams: 5 min pitch and 5 min Q&A
3 min break between presentations
|10:30 a.m. EST||ImproovLearning|
|10:43 a.m. EST||Moonpy|
|10:56 a.m. EST||Olio|
|11:09 a.m. EST||The Student Community|
Graduate Track Pitches
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST
Graduate Teams: 7 min pitch and 6 min Q&A
3 min break between presentations
|1:00 p.m. EST||Tarteel|
|1:16 p.m. EST||Clean Sea Robotics|
|1:32 p.m. EST||Mach9 Robotics|
|1:48 p.m. EST||MindTrace|
|2:04 p.m. EST||Monarc|
|2:27 p.m. EST||Mutually Dependent|
|2:43 p.m. EST||Pralent|
|2:59 p.m. EST||Rooted Carbon|
|3:15 p.m. EST||Savor Robotics|
|3:31 p.m. EST||Shadiyana|
|3:47 p.m. EST||A Seat for Me|
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. EST
Join us to hear who are the winners of the graduate and undergraduate tracks of the 2021 McGinnis Venture Competition.
2021 Final Round Teams
Jody Madala, Emily Lambert, Adam Yee, Carly Cook and Riley Fisher
A Seat for Me optimizes the experience of hybrid office workers. They create meaningful employee connections that build community, trust and empathy. Unlike simple seat booking solutions or complicated human resources tools, A Seat for Me focuses on generating the best employee connections to foster a collaborative working culture.
Daniel Vedova, Stefan Zhu and Evan Myers
Clean Sea Robotics will transform the modern shipping industry by offering an on-demand, disruption free, robotic hull cleaning and inspection service to ship owners and operators. Clean Sea Robotics leverages UUV technology that inspects and cleans at four times the speed of human dive teams and at half the cost.
Coleman Isner, Lloyd Brooks and Matt Smith
The ImproovLearning App is a smart communication system that delivers information from schools to parents on their preferred channels — web, mobile and email.
Alexander Baikovitz and Joshua Spisak
Mach9 Robotics is a remote sensing startup creating Google Maps for subsurface utilities. Cities around the world lose 20-60% of municipal water due to faulty pipes and infrastructure, yet fresh water is becoming scarcer than ever. As infrastructure exceeds its intended lifespan, monitoring subsurface assets is increasingly critical for reducing water waste and damage.
Mach9 Robotics is developing advanced hardware and software to map the subsurface of cities and automatically identify locations where infrastructure is likely to fail. They are building a platform, based primarily on ground penetrating radar, to acquire very rich information about infrastructure health. Their current machine learning approach will help us analyze large-scale, subsurface datasets 100X faster than the existing state-of-the-art geotechnical data analysis tools with greater accuracy.
Raouf Belkhir, Max Sims, Hugo Angulo and Bradford Mahon
MindTrace was established for the purpose of commercializing innovations to protect a neurosurgery patient’s mind during brain surgery. MindTrace pairs 3D brain maps with measures of a neurosurgery patient’s behavioral performance, simulates surgical resection plans and predicts cognitive outcomes – all before the first incision.
Samantha Tran and Marlo Abramowitz
Monarc is an accounts receivable management platform for the modern professional services firm
Moonpy is a Python distribution that allows for rapid code development without sacrificing performance. By drastically increasing the performance of Python, Moonpy enables companies to reduce time-to-market, save on developer expenses and reduce compute resources while opening up new opportunities in AI, web development and edge computing.
Kristy O'Hara and Meg Wilson
Mutually Dependent connects military spouses with remote career opportunities. Their goal is to reduce the unemployment and underemployment of military spouses and highlight the mutual dependence between military spouses and their active duty counterparts.
Sanjana Jobalia, Sohan Kalva, Preethi Surapaneni, Shwetha Shinju and Aanchal Aich
Olio is a smart personalized start page to prioritize your life.
Samarth Gowda and Sheetal Marigowda
Pralent is an all-in-one platform for organizations to manage their professional community. Through Pralent, organizations get to manage their programs and communities in one place, run competitions and applications, host events, connect with their members and much more.
Andy Gollach, Andy Van Dyke and Katie Shirley
Rooted Carbon is a sustainable packaging company that is addressing the biggest challenge facing the $19.9B packaging materials market -- finding solutions that are fit for purpose, cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Rooted Carbon is working to be a licensed producer of Mushroom Packaging, a completely biodegradable substitute to styrofoam.
Connor Colombo and Emily Ellis
Savor Robotics is making multipurpose robots to bring freedom and flexibility to food production. Their firstnrobot service slots into existing lines and makes grab-n-go meals 3x faster than a human at ½ the cost.
Izzah Zaman and Neelam Shoaib
Shadiyana is a Booking.com for the wedding eco-system in Pakistan - a one-stop for all wedding needs.
Anas Abou Allaban, Abdellatif Abdelfattah, Mohamed Moussa and Aqeel Mohamad
Tarteel is AI for perfecting Quran Recitation.
Snehita Sana, Nina Zanarelli and Sarayu Namineni
The Student Community’s goal is to help colleges and corporations create a community where their students and new hires, respectively, feel professionally and personally supported during and after the pandemic. They have created The College Community app (available at Carnegie Mellon) for colleges and are currently working with a company right now to build a similar app for corporations.