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Life Sciences & Digital Health
Dalton Bioanalytics is a UCLA spin-out digitizing the entire biochemical composition of blood using Mass Spectrometry. For the first time in history, Dalton can analyze protein, lipids, electrolytes, nutrients, drugs, environmental chemicals, and other small molecules with just one assay.
After about a year of tinkering in the lab with the goal of developing an all-in-one assay, we managed to pull off an amazing technical feat: for the first time in history we had developed an assay that was capable of measuring all major types of biochemicals in a single run. I decided that the quickest route to use technological advance to benefit society was to start a company and commercialize it. With early guidance from the IndieBio team, I began my cofounder search and shortly after I met Seungjun who at the time was building his own company developing AI to help diagnose prenatal congenital heart disease from ultrasound imaging. We quickly realized that we were essentially working towards the same goal of helping people through early detection and we founded Dalton Bioanalytics to pursue this mission.
“It takes practice-changing data 17 years for a 14% adoption” Our founder, who is a pediatric cancer mom, attended a patient advocacy conference wherein the above statistic was shared. Those statistics are frankly not good enough and we at Monarch plan to address both the enhancement and uptake of innovative therapies.
The Hurd Co. is a logistics and manufacturing technology company that is developing apparel fiber from agricultural waste. We collect agricultural waste, use a low-impact process to convert the waste into fiber, and then work with brands to help them pull it through their supply chain. The resulting fiber produces lightweight, breathable, soft, drapey, and cost-competitive fabric that helps apparel brands tell the story, “waste to wear.”
The Hurd Co grew out of a life-long love of sewing, care for the environment, and a question: could waste from the millions tons of harvested biomass be harnessed to make sustainable fabric? The founders believe “good business” can make a meaningful impact in the apparel industry. By 2050, the apparel industry will need 3x as many raw materials to meet the demand of the rapidly expanding middle class. This is simply not possible; we do not have the land or water to keep up. So, the founders set out to find a better way to make fabric. Instead of using agriculture, we use agricultural waste.
MAGICdATES makes it convenient for you to snack healthy and on-the-go. We’ve elevated the snacking experience by offering plant-based, gluten-free, and ZERO added sugar snacks that are good for you and taste amazing! Made of only nutrient-dense ingredients, we blend ingredients that are better together to bring you a chewy, crunchy, and sweet bite with just a touch of Himalayan salt. The sweet ancient truth.
Growing up, my mom brought us around the dinner table every night. That positive association always stuck with me. Good food is fundamentally about nourishing ingredients that serve your body and soul. It’s also about bringing people together, whether across the table, or across cultures. Dates are a staple in the Mediterranean and I grew up with ancient stories of this survival food keeping explorers nourished in the desert. At home, the way I would enjoy dates is by removing the pit and replacing it with a walnut. I wanted to share this experience with others and so I created MAGICdATES. Unsatisfied with the choices of date products on the market, I decided to create something that put quality and taste first. Join us in exploring the history and flavors of dates; nature’s candy.
VHomes is the "Southwest Airlines" of Homesharing, building a Property Management Saas targeted at budget travelers. We aim to provide the best budget accommodations in the Southwest United States, as we have multiple homes in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, looking to expand to Texas soon.
Constantly traveling for sports to random American cities it was clear there was a giant bottleneck when it came to travel - lodging. In order to experience ski trips with friends, a week by the beach, or a family getaway, the most expensive cost was always lodging, particularly the larger the group became. VHomes is a solution to the antiquated motel industry, as we provide improvements upon quality control, design, privacy, number of rooms, and price points from traditional budget solutions such as Motel 6 and Days Inn.
Cartana provides affordable fast shipping to both retailers and online shoppers by connecting online shoppers to inventories existing within a 20-mile radius of a shopper’s house. Cartana is a browser extension that provides free same-day delivery services to all online shoppers.
90% of Americans live within 10 miles of 2 to 3 big-box retailers and yet it takes the shoppers 2 days two a week to receive their online on those retailer's websites. On the other hand big-box brick and mortar retailers struggling to compete with e-commerce retailers in last-mile delivery. With our unique strategy and algorithm, we will be able to seamlessly merge the retailers' Omnichannel supply chain in our delivery network and bring the cost and time of delivery down significantly.
is an event aggregator platform that rewards ticket buyers for going out by enabling them to earn points for attendance and earn additional rewards for referring friends, which therefore democratizes event promotions for organizers and increases live music attendance. We are the “Expedia” for live music events!
David Gukasyan, CEO of Crewtify, has spent close to 10 years organizing and market over 900 live music events. From his firsthand experience and live music event industry assessment, he realized that organizers have to differentiate by thinking outside the box when it comes to promotions and advertising. He came up with the idea of a word of mouth social marketing platform that democratizes event promotions and helps increase ticket sales. Later, this idea evolved into an event aggregator platform, which offers several perks such as rewards and ride subsidies to event goers that ticket processing platforms do not.
Evee’s goal is to make planning social gatherings and group events impossibly easy. Our platform allows you to discover and book venues tailored just for you and your guests. You pick the place, we handle the logistics—no phone tag or email traffic required. With Evee, you can reserve an outdoor patio for a birthday, a private, tasteful hangout for your next corporate happy hour, or even the best couch at your favorite bar.
Rest. is an online marketplace that helps consumers with simple estates connect with trusted providers for estate planning and execution support. Our marketplace provides consumers with transparent and competitive pricing and lawyers with a low-cost channel to acquire new customers.
Chris’s grandmother passed away in 2017. He observed his mother and her eight brothers and sisters painstakingly work through their mother’s estate over the course of 2 years. After numerous 3+ ways calls, texts, and emails the estate was finally settled with no love lost. If this was a best-case scenario, Chris knew that there was a broad spectrum of much worse. After some initial research, he discovered that the industry is extremely fragmented, information is difficult to find, an astonishing number of Americans have no estate planning, and only few “get it right."
The Wrightwood Group (Wrightwood) aims to redefine the investment banking industry through superior relationship management, nurturing employee growth and performance, and creating a geographically dense network of professionals to provide collaborative support to growing businesses. By aligning with entrepreneurs earlier in the business lifecycle, Wrightwood clients benefit from outcome-driven advisory services, not the narrow transactional focus of competing investment banks.
By coupling a passion for providing strategic M&A advice to entrepreneurs, with a sincere interest in grooming the next generation of investment bankers, the Founder of The Wrightwood Group (Wrightwood) aspires to redefine the investment banking experience. Through his nearly two decade career in M&A advisory, he’s concluded that the most successful outcomes begin with a focus on internal team members above all else. By creating an environment that empowers team members to think both quantitatively and creatively, Wrightwood will reduce turnover and burnout typically experienced at competitive investment banks. This powerful difference leads to improved employee satisfaction and team consistency for our clients throughout the term of engagement, allowing Wrightwood to deliver superior financial outcomes.