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Monday, May 14, 2018  
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Art for the Heart, founded by Emma Hitchcock and Zadie Lacey, began as a way to bring creativity and connection to the homeless population of Charlottesville. The goal of the founders is to show the community ways to prevent dehumanization and create connection while providing the women a way to express themselves creatively.

, founded by Aaron Reedy (Med ’18), is a web app that allows teachers to grow data-intuition in students grades 6-12. Preparing students for a data driven world.

, founded by Lyons McCandless (Com '12), is revolutionizing the packaged food industry by using cricket powder to make products that are delicious, nutritionally healthy, and environmentally sustainable. Cricket powder has twice as much protein as beef and requires a fraction of the resources to produce. EAT ME is committed to improving the world through delicious food.

, founded by Alexander Sarris (Engr ’18), is developing compact thermal imaging goggles for use in a variety of areas such as law enforcement, military, or utilities.

Kartini Chocolate, founded by Nagea Delaya (Darden ’18), is a premium bean-to-bar chocolate company that offers unique indulgence of Indonesian chocolate while satisfying your cravings for real chocolate and real purpose. It is the only craft chocolate made with beans responsibly sourced from Indonesian farmers, adds no artificial flavoring, and also

MAP Sports, founded by Evan Nesterak, Yoi Tibbetts (UVA Faculty), Chris Hulleman (UVA Faculty) and Kenn Barron,helps sports organizations measure and improve the psychological mindsets essential to high performance and well-being. Research across many fields of psychology demonstrates that individuals’ mindsets – their attitudes, beliefs, perceptions – about themselves and the world are key determinants of fulfilling potential and optimizing performance. Current clients include the U.S. Soccer Federation and the Junior Tennis Championship Center. 

founded by Alexander Singh (Engr '19) and Rohit Rustagi (Engr '19), stands at the forefront of innovative medical design into the field of minimally-invasive spinal surgery technology. MIST focuses design around addressing the root causes of disease rather than the symptoms, and is currently developing a spinal implant to treat scoliosis in adolescent patients.

Murray B. Company
, founded by Margaret Murray Bloom, is the creator of the Murray Belt, the bag and pocket alternative that grants instant access to essential items. The Murray Belt's unique design is worn snugly around the torso and provides a customized solution when pockets, purses, or other traditional bags are an inconvenience. Consisting of a universal Belt Base and interchangeable Stations designed to hold specific items like phones, wallets, or keys, Murray Belts empower users to simplify their belongings, keep their hands free, and fully engage in their experience.  

, founded by Omar Uribe (Med ’18) and Mark McDonald (UVA Faculty) uses artificial intelligence to provide on-demand neurologic expertise that informs clinical decision making.

Pampered Teacher, founded by Jason and Megan Panek, recognizes the hard work of teachers around the country by offering gift boxes available for purchase online, and to be delivered straight to their home or classroom. They partner with small businesses and artisans to curate boxes featuring unique items teachers will love and find useful. 

PurPics, founded by Aneesh Dhawan (Col ‘20) and Victor Layne (Col ‘20), connects brands with Gen Z consumers over a social cause, unlocking the influencing potential of the everyday person while driving and tracking meaningful engagement on social media.

RecruitRef, founded by Van Hatchell (Darden ’18), is an online platform that enables high school athletes to showcase their athletic and academic achievements in order to earn a college athletic scholarship. Athlete profiles, freely accessible to coaches, include an athlete's grades, test scores and videos of the athlete competing, and athletes have access to a suite analytics and marketing tools to track their progress recruiting and promote their profile. 

Shakti, founded by Janie Hammaker (Col ’18), Shafat Khan (Col’19), Malvika Jain (Com ’19) and Raghav Savara (Col ’20), is an apparel brand which partners with women’s stitching centers within rural villages in India to empower women and facilitate economic development. The venture connects stitching centers to customers in the United States, and provides responsibly-sourced clothing options for our customers. Shakti currently sell palazzos, Indian-style flowy pants known for their bright colors and comfortable fit.

, founded by Liz Heinberg, makes group dining decisions easy. First, Simili suggests restaurants that are most likely to please everyone, based on the tastes of all individuals in the group - using weighted preferences and an algorithm to maximize group happiness. Then, Simili facilitates a vote. Voila - decision made.
Yogi, founded by Gautam Kanumuru (Engr ’15) and Chad Becker (Engr’15), is a digital investment assistant focused on helping the traditional investor make informed investment decisions. Yogi's goal is to democratize the advanced quantitative analysis and AI based algorithms used by institutional investors by making the information more accessible to the common investor.

Single Baked Sweets,founded by Melissa Stefaniak (Darden EMBA '19), provides single-serve, bake-at-home desserts that come with all the pre-measured wet and dry ingredients needed to make an all-natural, homemade treat for one.

Soteria Kestrel, founded by Fritz Steuer (Engr ’18) and Erik Quigg (Engr ’18), builds the next generation in neonatal transport incubators. The Kestrel is a new kind of transport using cutting-edge technologies in a unique combination that offers the best protection and access of any transport on the market. The Kestrel's unparalleled protection from brain damage and external stressors will save thousands of our smallest citizens. .

, founded by Rebecca Perea-Kane, is minimal jewelry inspired by the natural world. Thicket makes each piece by hand using traditional metalsmithing and recycled metals.

Tsampa Snacks
, founded by Tenzin Barshee (Batten ’18) and Sogyel Lhungay (Darden ’18), is a Tibetan-inspired packaged food brand that promotes mindfulness in daily life.

Viable Ventures
, founded by Mark Seymour, Greg Pitsenberger, Andy Rod and Ethan Long, is a social impact project with the mission of providing meaningful employment for adults with autism. Comprised of small, self-sustaining businesses, Viable Ventures is designed to turn the unique skills, abilities and interests of people with autism into fulfilling vocational opportunities. Because having a job is more than just a paycheck.

Vicarious Ventures
, founded by Darius Nabors, uses the most recent 360 photo/video technology to take students on virtual field trips of National Parks and historic sites.

Whipped Cream, LLC, founded by Cordell Fortune, produces a line of skin care products that assists with cases of dry and flaky skin. The moisturizer is named SheaMango and can be used on a daily basis for hair and skin.

ZippyZen, LLC, founded by John and Dawn Cleveland, developed ZippyMeals software, a customized, all-inclusive, online software solution for managing non-profit Meals on Wheels offices. Customers can now schedule their meal recipients and volunteer drivers seamlessly in one place, reducing the staff time required to manage their operations at a cost savings.  Among other features, ZippyMeals uses modern mapping services to generate efficient delivery routes and provide automated directions. 

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