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Microgrant Recipients

2018 Microgrant Recipients

Phuture Doctors

— by Stephanie Castillo
Phuture Doctors’ goal is to expose high school students to careers in STEM through diverse scientists at the forefront of research. Using YouTube as a platform for outreach, I aim to show students what a scientist REALLY looks like and hope to change their perception on who can do science. Because our videos will implement Next Generation Science Standards, teachers could easily incorporate the videos into their lessons. Through Phuture Doctors, I hope to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders and help students build a better understanding of science in the real world.

Stephanie Castillo

Distorted Records

— by Alexander Grant
Distorted Records is a b2b and b2c solution for the re-emerging vinyl market. Through the offering of a proprietary,QR-code enabled inventory management system, Distorted Records aims to revamp an antiquated distribution network by connecting brick-and-mortar shops to a unique, centralized e-commerce marketplace for vinyl customers.

Alexander Grant

Tune Hatch

— by Christal Hector
Tune Hatch is an online marketplace that provides mutually beneficial tools and opportunities to musicians, venues, and fans, promoting discovery and community both online and offline.

As a lifestyle facilitator and experience innovator, Tune Hatch embraces the vision of a world where there are no “starving musicians” and everyone has the opportunity to create their place in the music industry, whether as a consumer or creator of music.

Challenging the status quo, Tune Hatch seeks to increase transparency in the industry and provide direction and opportunity to those who may not otherwise have access to them.

Christal Hector

Prediction Health

— by Ravi Atreya
Prediction Health is building a service for doctors that automatically documents patient encounters at the tap of a button. Prediction Health’s app listens to patient-doctor conversations and converts audio to structured documentation using machine learning, natural language processing, and a human scribe curation layer.

Ravi Atreya

Quick Response Diagnostics

— by Charleson Bell
Quick Response Diagnostic’s technology utilizes nanotechnology and an innovative application programming interface (API) to transform everyday point-of-care test results that are visible to the user into proprietary machine intelligible matrices (for example: quick response (QR) codes). Leveraging the ubiquity of quick response technology across all smartphone platforms, our ‘Quick Response Diagnostics’ approach transforms the global digital health market by making biological testing instantly readable by any smartphone or enabled mobile health platform.

Cover Tech

Cover Tech is an app-based solution that utilizes Artificial-Intelligence (AI) to determine what geographic locations to offer homeowners the opportunity to purchase parametric insurance for catastrophic natural events (earthquake, etc.).


Baharicap is a 100% waterproof swim cap that caters to people with big hair. This re-imagination aims to prevent water seepage and increase both durability and functionality while at the same time improving the overall look of the swim cap. Founder, Sydney Taylor aspires to end the love-hate relationship swimmers have with swim caps.

Your Green Homestead

Your Green Homestead is an entertainment platform for living in a sustainable & Earth-friendly way with content presented in a variety of format, including short stories, videos, works of art, & TV shows. The goal is to inspire sustainable design one household at a time.


— by Mubarak Ganiyu
Piezo-Wears involves the use of piezo-electric transducers to harness mechanical energy while individuals are on the move (walking, running, hiking) that can then be used as electrical energy to charge small electronics. Piezo-Wears provides a portable and renewable source of energy for people who critically need to recharge their devices.

Halmos Technologies, LLC

Building upon recent progress in 3D-printed nanocomposite systems, Halmos Technologies has developed a novel method that addresses a critical scientific barrier encountered in this emerging field – 3D printing produces hidden defects that are not readily detectable. The new, patent pending technology detects the presence of defects in 3D-printed structures based solely on the optical response of gold nanoparticles through a nondestructive approach. In essence, this nano-composite material senses its own defects.

Canvas Clothing

— by Michelle She & Shea Welch
Canvas Clothing strives to make clothing more accessible and convenient for all people. Canvas Clothing’s primary goal is to create a system of labeling clothing which allows the visually impaired to participate fully and independently in the outfitting process alongside their sighted peers.

The Talking Place

— by Gretchen Person
The Talking Place provides an online platform for university students to engage with grief and loss support. Demanding schedules often make it difficult to meet in a specific location at a set time, thus the Talking Place offers convenient online sessions that are available exactly when support is needed.

The Collective Society

— by Brett Koolik
The Collective Society is a social media networking platform, publishing company, and music media conglomerate that facilitates collaboration between musicians. It provides a unique platform for artists to create and distribute grassroots projects that encompass all aspects of a music project.


— by Josh Wade
Autoscreen is a tool aimed at providing efficient, engaging, and accurate screening of Autism Spectrum Disorder in toddlers for use in home and primary care settings. Autoscreen used machine learning methods, a data-driven design, and user experience expertise to triage toddlers at risk for ASD using an engaging and non-technical administration procedure.

VR for Addiction Treatment

— by Noah Robinson
Clinical psychology PhD student Noah Robinson seeks to meet and treat individuals for addiction by meeting them where they are. His innovative use of virtual reality technology allows therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists to deliver sessions virtually in a very calm, soothing, controlled environment that blocks out the stressors of the actual physical environment and doesn’t require the patient to drive to an office location.

Cochlear Implant Diagnostics

— by Ahmet Cakir
Ahmet’s team is working on improving the experience of cochlear implant recipients. His technology uses CT scan images to identify electrodes that could be impeding optimal hearing/performance. Those electrodes can then be turned off thus improving sound quality and speech intelligibility.

2017 Microgrant Recipients

  • Josiah Holland- XPCulture
  • Nicolo Garbin
  • Rob Trone- Vana Learning
  • Brittani Rendina- GradVizor
  • Sinead Miller- PathEx
  • Andrew Ekelem- Stimband
  • Brian Evans- Cytospear
  • Yunyu Lin- Democratik
  • John Nay- Skopos Labs
  • Bryan Hartley- SnapRad
  • James Murray- NewsCart

Microgrant funding to support these innovative ideas was provided by the VentureWell Foundation (faculty grant, PI Robert Grajewski), the National Science Foundation (NSF site subaward under primary award #1735762, PI Robert Grajewski), or the Wond’ry.