VentureCat 2022 Winners
Business Products and Services: Xenah Developers
Xenah Developers provides pre-seed startups with technical expertise and services while offering our student developers opportunities to excel in their field.
Students: Niraj Shah, McCormick ’23; William Xenakis, McCormick ’23; Matt Beretta, Weinberg ’23; Herry Lenz, Weinberg ’23
Social Impact: GreenGrahi
GreenGrahi is a circular economy company engaged in turning food waste from food processing companies into high quality and sustainable protein, fat, and fertilizer for animal and plant nutrition.
Students: Siddharth Sharma, Kellogg ’22
Consumer Products and Services: Beni
Second place winner – $50,000
The Beni browser extension finds the best secondhand swaps while you shop your favorite brands. It’s like Honey meets Expedia for recommerce.
Students: Sarah Pinner, Kellogg (MMM) ’23; Kate Sanner, Kellogg ’22; Sarah Leonard, Kellogg ’23; Sarah Rogers, Kellogg ’23; Hunter Zhang, Northwestern ’23; Jacqueline Hong, Kellogg ’22; Danielle Ma, Kellogg ’22; Ashkaan Khatakhotan, Kellogg ’22; Catherine Sullivan, Kellogg ’23
Energy and Sustainability: InfernoGuard
Grand prize winner – $150,000
InfernoGuard provides prompt wildfire detection and notification to large-scale landowners.
Students: Kevin Kaspar, McCormick ‘24
Life Sciences and Medical Innovations: Nspire
Nspire creates novel respiratory devices to improve patient health while decreasing healthcare costs.
Students: Wadsworth Williams, Feinberg ’22; Olga Cuznetova, Kellogg ’22; David Kohan-Ghadosh, Pritzker ’23; Jacob Kurian, McCormick ’22
Wild Card: Zuri Fertility
Third place winner – $25,000
Audience favorite – $2,000
Zuri Fertility is a personal, digital fertility app empowering patients with the knowledge, confidence, and access needed to succeed in their fertility journey.
Students: Blair Matthews, Pritzker ’22 ; Giuliana Zaccardelli, Feinberg & Kellogg ’22
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