Most Disruptive MBA Startups Of 2023

A LOOK AHEAD

Where do these disruptive startups see their place in the future? Koji Muto hopes to cut 100 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions through his Ki Hydrogen startup. Similarly, Stwart Peña Feliz pictures MacroCycle Technologies moving plastics recycling away from environmentally-harmful fossil fuels. Halo Braids intends to cut a billion hours out of the eight billion hours that women spend on braiding the hair each year. And Natalie Dranchuk is already envisioning the finish line that every founder hopes to cross.

“We are dreaming of an IPO,” jokes the Odyssey founder.

To do that, entrepreneurs must be patient and positive, says Todd Cutter, co-founder of Naturacur Wound Healing. Rather than becoming discouraged when they fall short, he adds, founders must never forget what ultimately defines their startups’ success.

“We have to stay focused, resilient, adaptable, risk-tolerant, and competitive,” Cutter adds. “If we can give any advice to a fellow founder, it would be this: Believe in yourself, take care of yourself, embrace temporary failures, and surround yourself with like-minded people who will support your vision. It is easy to talk yourself out of pursuing your venture without a tenacious mindset. How do we motivate ourselves daily? [In our case], we think about all those people we could be helping to save their dignity and save lives.”

MBA Startup MBA Program Industry Founding Students Founding Students Funding
PetPax Babson College (Olin) Pet Wellness Nathan S.K. Ruff and Anthony L. Gatti $40,000
TruLeague Babson College (Olin) Enterprise Software – Higher Education Lakshya Daga $70,000
Chaser U.C. Berkeley (Haas) Project Management Software; B2B SaaS Josh Martow (MBA ’23), Elias Adum $100,000
AVX University of Cambridge (Judge) FinTech Virut Hemnilrat NA
Conduit Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) HRTech/Future of Work Max Holmes and Ani Kapuria $25,000
inclusive+ University of Chicago (Booth) Healthcare Lori Ebenstein & Anna Jacobs Pre-seed
Zelia University of Chicago (Booth) AI (Fashion Tech) Laura Mattos $199,000
LogTrack AI Columbia Business School Trucking/ Transportation/ Machine Learning Hidayat Hamidov (MBA ‘23), Adithya Krishnakumar (SEAS) Pre-seed
Sharp Performance Columbia Business School Health/Defense-Tech Benjamin Curley (MBA ’23); Andrew Sakmar (MBA ’23) Pre-seed
Fig Medical Cornell University (Johnson) Health Tech Florence Luna, Johanna Schneider $100,000
Rescale Dartmouth College (Tuck) Technology/Supply Chain Julia Megson $2,500,000
Allergood Duke University (Fuqua) HealthTech/SaaS Michelle Addison $32,000
Brikap ESADE EdTech – Social Impact Juliana Vélez Pre-seed
Reservoir Georgetown University (McDonough) Identity and Access Management James Azar Seed Round
In Good Company Georgia Tech (Scheller) Professional Development Sarah Naumann and Amanda Shojaee $25,000
Earthbond Harvard Business School Cleantech x Fintech Chidalu Onyenso $150,000
Halo Braid Harvard Business School Beauty/Software-Enabled Hardware Yinka Ogunbiyi, David Afolabi $1,170,000
Bonocart IESE Business School SaaS / ESG / Artificial Intelligence Kofi Acquah NA
Nowledge Healthcare Indiana University (Kelley Direct Online) Healthcare Brad Reardon NA
Orica Chem Innovation INSEAD Engineering Services Iris Zhao (23J) Self-Funded
PRONOE INSEAD Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Nicolas Sdez, INSEAD MBA 23J $330,000
Prembly Johns Hopkins (Carey) Enterprise Software as Service (SaaS) Lanre Ogungbe $3,100,000
Ki Hydrogen London Business School ClimateTech / Energy Koji Muto $1,000,000
epiSLS University of Michigan (Ross) Medical Device Parker Martin, Cory Cooney Non-Dilutive Grant Funding
MacroCycle Technologies MIT (Sloan) Plastic Recycling Stwart Peña Feliz (MIT Sloan MBA ’23) & Jan-Georg Rosenboom (MIT, Postdoc in Chemical Engineering) $4,000,000
medikana MIT (Sloan) HealthTech Corina Negron $40,000
Vital Audio New York University (Stern) Digital Health Divya Mehta (MBA ‘23, NYU Stern), Nyamitse-Calvin-Mahinda, Harsh Sonthalia $600,000
Habit Northwestern University (Kellogg) Food & Beverage Miguel Caruncho $15,000
Zeestr Northwestern University (Kellogg) Fundriasing Tech Lauren Biegler $155,000
ElectricFish Energy University of Oxford (Saïd) Clean Energy/Electric Mobility Folasade Ayoola $1,500,000
Goldie Rice University (Jones) Fashion Tech Viviane Nguyen (FTMBA ‘23), Samantha Wong (FTMBA ‘22), Stephanie Zhou (FTMBA ‘23) $52,500
Project Read Stanford GSB EdTech Vivek Ramakrishnan NA
Outmore Living University of Texas (McCombs) Furniture Kevin Long ’23 and Alex Duncan ‘22 $1,000,000
Odyssey UCLA (Anderson) SaaS/AI/digital health Natalia (Natalie) Dranchuk (MBA ’23) $200,000
Renew Solar UC San Diego (Rady) Solar Heather Hardenberg NA
TuneHatch Vanderbilt University (Owen) Music and Entertainment Technology Christal Hector, Nathan Youssef $120,000
NewSublease University of Virginia (Darden) Real Estate / Tech (PropTech) Rooney Lee (Darden 23) $28,000
Naturacur Wound Healing University of Washington (Foster) Wound Care Todd Cutter (Founder), Josh McDonald (Co-Founder) $600,000
Benchmark Learning Washington University (Olin) Education, Online Tutoring Paarvv Goel $130,000
Flagler Health Wharton School Healthcare Albert Katz $1,000,000
Nemu Wharton School AgeTech, FinTech, DeathTech, PropTech Sarah Powers $600,000
Banofi Leather Yale School of Management Biomaterials Jinali Mody, Maggie Boreham, Isobel Campbell $100,000

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