We’re coming to the end of another year. In that time, startups have come and gone, but many are here to stay. At least for a handful of months, anyway.
Just look at our student entrepreneurs and the ventures they’ve founded. In the past 12 months, certain startups have pivoted and undergone personnel changes (take Wizio, for instance), while others have called it quits (i.e. SplitNGo).
This post isn’t about those startups, though. It’s about the student ventures that have made traction in the past year and are ready to take more steps, come 2017. Here are the startups you want to keep on your radar, in addition to their respective institutions.
Lula – Babson
Twin brothers studying at Babson, Matthew and Michael Vega-Sanz, have started the ‘Airbnb for college kids’ cars.’ Lula lets students with vehicles rent them out to their classmates. This way, college kids can make money when they aren’t using their cars, while their car-less peers have a means of escaping campus. The venture has raised more than $200,000 from investors, which will go towards app and website development.
BusWays – Boston College
BusWays has developed a way for schools to track their fleet of buses. Children will carry their own QR code, which they scan every time they board and exit the bus, and the app will notify parents when they arrive safely at school. BusWays is testing the app with a school in Panama and it recently won the Social Impact prize at BC’s Elevator Pitch Competition.
Herald Health – Harvard
Herald Health integrates with electronic medical record data and allows physicians to request that the patient information they deem important to be automatically pushed to their team’s pagers, phones or email accounts. This way, they don’t have continuously wait by a computer checking for tests to come in and they’ll have more time to treat patients. Herald has partnered with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to roll out their technology.
Leuko Labs – MIT
Leuko Labs has developed a portable, non-invasive tool chemotherapy patients can use to track their immune system within the comfort of their own homes. It measures white blood cell count to improve the quality of life for patients and reduce the risks of treatments like chemotherapy.
WarmUp – Suffolk
WarmUp is a new company offering an all-natural coffee containing 15 grams of protein per serving. It’s free of gluten, fat, sugar and carbs, and can be served either hot or iced. The company is finishing up its Kickstarter now and have already surpassed their $8,000 goal.