2017 i.Lab Companies
Babylon Micro-Farms, founded by Alexander Oleson (Col' 17) and Graham Smith (SEAS '18), designs high quality hydroponic systems that make urban farming seamlessly blend into peoples homes. These micro-farms are complimented by an end-to-end service that provides all the necessary seeds, nutrients, and guidance allowing customers to effortlessly grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables.
Beanstalk Farming, founded by Jack Ross (SEAS ’17) and Michael Ross, is an agriculture technology company that produces scalable, automated, and sustainable vertical farms. Beanstalk farms are entirely contained, require no pesticides, and reduce water usage by 95%, all while being renewably powered.
Brandefy, founded by Meg Greenhalgh (Darden Class of '18), is a platform (app & website) that shows shoppers how the store brand and name brand compare, through ingredient analysis and product reviews, in order to save them time and money.
CARAN, founded by Alissa Micciulla (MBA '17) and Frederica Tompkins, is an app and mobile optimized website that enables peer-to- peer clothing rental services for women, connecting lenders and borrowers of designer clothing. CARAN helps lenders monetize their closets and borrowers access fashion quickly, easily and at an affordable price.
Exemplum Studios, founded by Atthar Mirza (ARCH ’17), Omar El-Sheikh (SEAS ‘19), Connor Anderson (SEAS ’20), Collin Hansen (SEAS ’19), and Claire Poumerol (Col ‘18), creates virtual reality experiences with social impact, focusing on training for humanitarian aid workers. The studio's first project, Impossible Courage, takes advantage of the HTC Vive and Unreal Engine 4 to tell the stories of forcibly displaced people.
Finclub (TuMejorCredito), founded by Maximiliano A. Isa Pavía (MBA '17) and M. Gabriela Roberto Baró, is based in Argentina. TuMejorCredito is an international peer to peer lending platform for underbanked and low income people.
Gaona Granola, founded by Coco Sotelo, provides artisan granola in a variety of flavors. Gaona Granola's focus is to create handcrafted granola with the finest ingredients. They bake each batch slowly and carefully to perfection. 100% handmade; no preservatives; 100% non-GMO.
InMEDBio, founded by Ashwinraj Karthikeyan (SEAS ’18), is a safe, cost-effective, and comprehensive wound care dressing designed to prevent infection and accelerate the wound healing process of chronic wounds. InMEDBio is focusing their efforts on diabetic foot ulcers, especially for populaces without access to adequate products or treatments to protect these wounds.
LLEEL3A, founded by Dr. Laura Lee (MBA '03) and Alexander Stronko (SEAS ’09), offers the Easy2turn product which reduces caregiver strain and injury during turning, cleaning, and repositioning of immobile patients. The Easy2turn aims to be the most efficient, affordable, and easily-operated patient turning product in the healthcare market."
M.I.N.D. Pharmaceuticals, founded by UVA faculty member Jiang He, PhD, is is developing new anti-aging products based on novel biological nanoparticles that rejuvenate the cells from inside.
bitCloud, founded by Ruben Aghayan (SEAS '16), Matt Shandy (Law '16) and Jim Finnerty (MBA '17), is technology designed to help CIOs confidently move to cloud storage by adding greater security and control over business critical information.
Neoblock,founded by Vijay George (SEAS 17’), develops an internal code management system for businesses to document their product codebase.
Nuna Med, founded by Ali C. Barta (Darden Class of '18 and Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy Class of '18), is a complementary and alternative medicine company that offers evidence-based natural remedies for common ailments
PAKA, founded by Kris Cody (Col '19), is an alpaca wool apparel company based out of Cusco, Peru, serving to empower Peruvian women weavers.
Pivot, founded by Brig Leland and April Palmer, is a revolutionary fitness membership with hundreds of workout offerings at the best specialty gyms across Charlottesville. Pivot members experience on-demand fitness at exclusive class pricing without the hassle of monthly fees or prepaid classes. Pivot supports its small-business, partner gyms with yield management and demand generation marketing services that provide new revenue and client referral sources. Pivot plans to expand its network to other tertiary markets in 2017.
Rise Together, founded by Bryan Christ (Col '19) and Gina Christ,is a nonprofit youth development program that enables UVA, Louisa and Albemarle schools to meet state/fed SEL initiatives.
TETNOVA, founded by Eric Tetlow (Col '17), delivers automated home cage analysis of research animal behavior, improving well-being and revolutionizing data collection.
The Kitchen Network (TKN), founded by Ian Pasquarelli, is a company focused on helping food business entrepreneurs overcome financial barriers by connecting them with underutilized commercial kitchen rentals in their community. Through utilization of the shared-use economy, TKN creates a synergistic approach to fostering sustainable local food business systems.
Thrive Partners, founded by Craig Van Bremen (EMBA Class of '18) and Dr. Adam Hastings (Curry '16), helps to specialize in talent strategy and execution so companies can focus on building their business.
Stream Sense Medical, founded by Cheng Yang (Col '17), Long Di (SEAS ’16), and Longze Chen (SEAS ’15), provides an innovative at-home urine test device for long-term health monitoring with no requirement for the manual urine collection and colorimetric procedure. Their vision is to invent a device to help decreasing the risk for chronic diseases (kidney stone and diabetes) by discovering them at the early stage, and make the product an effective tool for a better communication between customers and doctors.
Wear and Return.com, founded by Sara Whiffen and Beth Crooker, is a platform as a service company that runs innovative and personalized customer retention programs for fashion retailers.