Carnegie Mellon University

Show & Tell Agenda

Presentations 4:00-4:45pm

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Networking 4:45-5:30pm

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Featuring:

Kit Needham

Kit Needham
Director of Project Olympus and Assistant Dean for Entrepreneurial Initiatives


Kit is Director of Project Olympus and CMU's Assistant Dean for Entrepreneurial Initiatives. She provides start-up advice, business strategy planning, connections to industry experts, advisors and the business community to student and faculty startups. She is a member and technical advisor to BlueTree Allied Angels and serves on the Screening Committee. She also provides consulting services to promote economic growth to Chambers of Commerce, individual entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.

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Margot Matouk
Next Act Fund


Margot is Investment Committee Co-chair and Treasurer of Next Act Fund, a Pittsburgh based angel network investing in women entrepreneurs. Margot has extensive experience in specialty retail, including senior level merchandising positions, strategic planning, marketing and consulting. Margot holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

Innovation Fellows

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Brian Holt
BioBind, Inc.


Brian Holt is a research associate in the lab of Prof. Stefanie Sydlik. He completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

In the lab of Prof. Sydlik, Brian is part of a team that aims to overcome heavy metal toxicity. To do so, they created a new class of chelators, termed "BioBinders". BioBinders can bind toxic metal ions while being biocompatible. Brian is working on developing this technology into a commercializable product that can benefit health.

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Jay Reddy
Advanced Optronics


Jay Reddy is a 4th year Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Before CMU, he completed his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research is focused on developing new minimally-invasive, flexible, biocompatible devices to allow long-term optical monitoring and intervention in biological tissues.

While at CMU, Jay has worked with Prof. Maysam Chamanzar to develop “Advanced Optronics", a flexible polymer device architecture to pipe photons into or out of biological tissue. This platform enables efficient optical access deep into tissue from light sources and sensors located safely outside of the body, using only a micrometer-scale, flexible, polymer optical tether.

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Greg Houchins
Chement


Gregory Houchins received his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from James Madison University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher whose work has focused on a range of topics in electrochemistry and energy storage, from machine-learning-enabled computational optimizations of Li-ion battery cathodes, to mechanistic understandings of degradation pathways.

His continued research will focus on developing electrochemically engineered carbon zero cement inspired by battery science, which would drastically reduce the embodied carbon of concrete and the carbon output of the built environment.

I-Corps Participants

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Joel Perdzock
Komodo


Komodo saves users time by streamlining the municipal credit evaluation process. Komodo extracts and standardizes fundamental credit information into a single location, saving users an average of six hours per week. Komodo makes our users money by allowing them to search for mispriced bonds using any of our forward-looking credit indicators; think instant credit reports for municipal bond issuers.

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Kwaku Jyamfi
Farm to Flame Energy


Farm to Flame Energy provides valuable energy out of biomass that would otherwise be wasted. Wood waste and agricultural waste such as corn stocks are examples of potential biofuels. Various energy crops, such as miscanthus, can also be deployed to increase the capacity for electricity generation.

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Asha Banks
Cheernotes


Frustrated with greeting cards that failed to capture what she wished to convey, CEO, Asha Banks, founded CheerNotes, a company that helps EVERYONE share a special, authentic moment with their loved ones.

Through her classes within the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon she continued to research and test a way to provide a better selection and easier process for buying greeting cards. Her classmates, Hannah Poulson and Shana Pradeep joined her on the journey to making CheerNotes a reality which led to the company’s January 26, 2020 launch! 

Olympus Faculty Teams

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Carl Kingsford
Ocean Genomics


Ocean Genomics is a developer of gene expression software designed to analyze expression and RNA (ribonucleic acid) sequencing data. The company software analysis pipeline converts raw sequence fragments and data into usable and interpretable features, supporting drug discovery and personalized treatment recommendations, enabling clients to derive quantifications from prebuilt alignments and transcripts that can explain the sequencing reads so observed.

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Satya Venneti
Telling AI


Satya is the CTO and Co-founder of Telling.ai, a venture-backed company transforming respiratory care by developing technology to diagnose and monitor lung diseases and infections through analysis of voice and breath sounds. This capability will be a foundational tool for healthcare providers currently struggling to manage care for the over 70 million Americans and 1 billion people who suffer from chronic or acute respiratory disease around the world and it will be accessible to anyone with access to a mobile phone.

Start-up Networking Tables

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Project Olympus
Kit Needham

Project Olympus is a startup incubator program that encourages and supports entrepreneurship on campus. We help faculty, students, and staff turn their cutting-edge research and great ideas into startups and provide startup advice, micro-grants, incubator space, and connections with the wider regional, national, and global business communities.

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Advanced Optronics
Jay Reddy

Advanced Optronics is a flexible polymer device architecture to pipe photons into or out of biological tissue. This platform enables efficient optical access deep into tissue from light sources and sensors located safely outside of the body, using only a micrometer-scale, flexible, polymer optical tether.

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BioBind, Inc.
Brian Holt, Prof. Stefanie Sydlik

BioBinders is a new class of chelators that can bind toxic metal ions while being biocompatible. 

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Cheernotes
Asha Banks

Inclusive greeting cards curated for simple discovery & gifting. We amplify indie designers that honor diversity in messaging and representation to allow for the authentic exchanges between loved ones.

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Chement
Greg Houchins

Chement is focused on developing electrochemically engineered carbon zero cement inspired by battery science, which would drastically reduce the embodied carbon of concrete and the carbon output of the built environment.

Chemia.ai


Bahar Behsaz

Chemia.ai delivers scalable discovery software platforms that integrate the power of Artificial Intelligence and High-Throughput Multi-omics technologies to discover novel and naturally occurring antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs.

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Farm to Flame Energy
Kwauku Jyamfi

Farm to Flame Energy will manufacture biomass-powered generators using a wide range of biomass feedstocks and without generating smoke, odor, or harmful particulates. This makes our solution safer than current options. Our generator will come with a blockchain-based application that will allow customers to remotely monitor and manage their generators, as well as any other generators in their microgrid. 

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ImproovLearning
Coleman Isner, Matt Smith, Lloyd Brooks

The ImproovLearning App is a smart communication system that delivers information from schools to parents on their preferred channels — web, mobile, and email.

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Komodo
Joel Perdzock

Komodo saves users time by streamlining the municipal credit evaluation process. Komodo extracts and standardizes fundamental credit information into a single location, saving users an average of six hours per week. Komodo makes our users money by allowing them to search for mispriced bonds using any of our forward-looking credit indicators; think instant credit reports for municipal bond issuers.

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MindTrace
Brad Mahon, Max Sims, Hugo Angulo

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.

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Next Act Fund
Yvonne Campos, Margot Matouk

An opportunity for women to be involved in the angel investment community with other like-minded women. Next Act investors get a seat at the table where the economic growth of our region is decided, and at the same time heighten the impact of women-owned /led businesses. As we together create opportunities and jobs for others, we will also grow our personal wealth.

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Ocean Genomics
Carl Kingsford

Ocean Genomics is a developer of gene expression software designed to analyze expression and RNA (ribonucleic acid) sequencing data. The company software analysis pipeline converts raw sequence fragments and data into usable and interpretable features, supporting drug discovery and personalized treatment recommendations, enabling clients to derive quantifications from prebuilt alignments and transcripts that can explain the sequencing reads so observed.

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Savor Robotics
Connor Colombo, Emily Ellis

Savor Robotics is making multipurpose robots to bring freedom and flexibility to food production. Their first robot service slots into existing lines and makes grab-n-go meals 3x faster than a human at ½ the cost.

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Self.Best
Shreya Agarwal

Self.Best is a business with a mission to help people transform themselves to their best version. It is a solution that pre-empts productivity loss due to procrastination and helps learn a new skill.

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Telling.ai
Satya Venneti, Daanish Ali Khan, Rajat Kulshreshtha

Telling.ai is a venture-backed company transforming respiratory care by developing technology to diagnose and monitor lung diseases and infections through analysis of voice and breath sounds. This capability will be a foundational tool for healthcare providers currently struggling to manage care for the over 70 million Americans and 1 billion people who suffer from chronic or acute respiratory disease around the world and it will be accessible to anyone with access to a mobile phone.

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Toyz Electronics
Damola Idowu, Wole Idowu

A technology solutions company bringing personalization and customization to the technology space.  We change how humans and computers interact. We make educational solutions that empower innovation. We collaborate with creatives across the world to maximize their innovative potential and creativity.

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ViralMoment
Chelsie Hall

ViralMoment can detect and understand images and memes on the internet. We harness visual conversations to understand what people talk about and how they feel, and to predict virality, trends and momentum. 
Our image recognition/ML tool detects image content, performs meme sentiment analysis (patent pending), and provides predictive analytics around topics and trends.

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Virtual Traffic Lights
Inci Ozgunes, Sacha Bartholme, Abderrahmane Lazraq, Ozun Tonguz

The pervasive use of AI in the next 10 years will revolutionize all spheres of life. By using AI in conjunction with wireless communications and Cloud computing, VTL has built a disruptive technology that can mitigate traffic congestion and reduce people's commute time significantly. In addition to giving people more free time to enjoy, reducing traffic accidents, having a greener environment and less CO2 emissions for a carbon-free future are other important goals of VTL technology

Project Olympus Show & Tells are hugely popular venues for providing a window into the many exciting developments on campus and for connecting students and faculty with the wider business and entrepreneurial community. Since June 2007, there have been 23 Show & Tell events!

Show & Tell Archive

Show & Tell 1: June 7, 2007
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Show & Tell 2: September 25, 2007
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Show & Tell 4: March 26, 2008
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Show & Tell 5: April 23, 2008
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Show & Tell 6: October 22, 2008
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Show & Tell 7: January 21, 2009
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Show & Tell 8: March 18, 2009
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Show & Tell 9: February 24, 2010
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Show & Tell 10: October 5, 2010
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Show & Tell 11: February 22, 2011
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Show & Tell 12: April 14, 2011
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Show & Tell 14: November 14, 2011
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Show & Tell 15: April 19, 2012
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Show & Tell 16: October 4, 2012
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Show & Tell 17: April 18, 2013
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Show & Tell 18: April 10, 2014
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Show & Tell 19: April 16, 2015
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Show & Tell 20: April 14, 2016
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Show & Tell 21: April 20, 2017
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Show & Tell 22: April 19, 2018
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Show & Tell 23: April 11, 2019
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