2018 i.Lab Companies
Art for the Heart, founded by Emma Hitchcock and Zadie Lacy, is an organization that holds art workshops for homeless residents of the Charlottesville community. There is a lack of positive connection between the homeless and housed residents of Charlottesville and Art for the Heart is working to bridge those gaps through art.
DataClassroom, founded by Aaron Reedy (Grad ’18), is a web app that allows teachers to grow data-intuition in students grades 6-12. It is the first data-analysis software platform built for teachers and kids to meet the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards. DataClassroom teaches basic skills for data science and statistical analysis while helping today's schools prepare students for the data driven world of tomorrow.
geedunk, founded by Lyon McCandless (Com ’12), makes delicious and healthy snack options that are environmentally sustainable. We do this by using ingredients such as cricket powder, which is packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber while only needing a small amount of resources to grow. The company is based in Norfolk, Virginia, home to the world's largest naval base, where we employ military spouses who experience a 25% unemployment rate.
HeatSight, founded by Alexander Sarris (Engr ’18), is developing compact thermal imaging goggles for use in a variety of areas such as law enforcement, military, or utilities.
Kartini Chocolate, founded by Nagea Delaya (Darden ’18) and Ana Maria Chamorro (Darden ’18), is a premium bean-to-bar chocolate company that offers unique indulgence of Indonesian chocolate while satisfying your cravings for real chocolate and real purpose. It is the only craft chocolate made with beans responsibly sourced from Indonesian farmers, adds no artificial flavoring, and also redistributes profits to empower women in Indonesia. Kartini Chocolate’s current repertoire include 80% dark Bali chocolate and 70% dark Papua chocolate.
MAP Sports, founded by Chris Hulleman (Faculty, UVA), Kenn Barron, Yoi Tibbetts (Faculty, UVA), and Evan Nesterak, helps sports organizations measure and improve the psychological mindsets essential to high performance and well-being. Current clients include the U.S. Soccer Federation and the Junior Tennis Championship Center.
MIST, founded by Alexander Singh (Engr ’19) and Rohit Rustagi (Engr ’19), stands at the forefront of innovative medical design into the field of minimally-invasive spinal surgery technology. MIST focuses design around addressing the root causes of disease rather than the symptoms, and is currently developing a spinal implant to treat scoliosis in adolescent patients.
Murray B. Company, founded by Margaret Murray Bloom, is the creator of the Murray Belt, the bag and pocket alternative that grants instant access to essential items. The Murray Belt's unique design is worn snugly around the torso and provides a customized solution when pockets, purses, or other traditional bags are an inconvenience. Consisting of a universal Belt Base and interchangeable Stations designed to hold core items, Murray Belts empower users to simplify their belongings, keep their hands free, and fully engage in their experience.
NeuroView, founded by Omar Uribe (Med ’18) and Mark McDonald, uses artificial intelligence to provide on-demand neurologic expertise that informs clinical decision making.
Pampered Teacher, founded by Jason and Megan Panek, recognizes the hard work of teachers around the country by offering gift boxes for purchase online and delivering them straight to their homes or classrooms. Boxes are carefully curated to feature unique and useful items that teachers will love, with an emphasis on products from small businesses and artisans.
PurPics, founded by Aneesh Dhawan (Col ’20) and Victor Layne (Col ’20), connects brands with Gen Z consumers over a social cause, unlocking the influencing potential of the everyday person while driving and tracking meaningful engagement on social media.
RecruitRef, founded by Van Hatchell (Darden ’18), is an online platform that enables high school athletes to showcase their athletic and academic achievements in order to earn a college athletic scholarship. Athlete profiles, freely accessible to coaches, include an athlete's grades, test scores and videos of the athlete competing, and athletes have access to a suite analytics and marketing tools to track their progress recruiting and promote their profile.
Shakti International, founded by Janie Hammaker (Col ’18), Shafat Khan (Col ’19), Malvika Jain (Com ’19) and Raghav Savara (Col ’20), is an apparel brand which partners with women’s stitching centers within rural villages in India to empower women and facilitate economic development. The venture connects stitching centers to customers in the United States, and provides responsibly-sourced clothing options for our customers. Shakti currently sell palazzos, Indian-style flowy pants known for their bright colors and comfortable fit.
Simili, founded by Liz Heinberg, makes group dining decisions easy. First, Simili suggests restaurants that are most likely to please everyone, based on the tastes of all individuals in the group - using weighted preferences and an algorithm to maximize group happiness. Then, Simili facilitates a vote. Voila - decision made.
Yogi, founded by Gautam Kanumuru (Engr ’15) and Chad Becker (Engr ’15), is a virtual investment assistant targeted towards casual investors. Yogi educates investors on how to make informed decisions and provides tailored insights to users. All the information is there; Yogi helps make sense of it.
Single Baked Sweets, founded by Melissa Stefaniak (Darden EMBA ’19), provides single-serve, bake-at-home desserts that come with all the pre-measured wet and dry ingredients needed to make an all-natural, homemade treat for one.
Soteria Kestrel, founded by Fritz Steuer (Engr ’18) and Erik Quigg (Engr ’18), builds the next generation in neonatal transport incubators. The Kestrel is a new kind of transport using cutting-edge technologies in a unique combination that offers the best protection and access of any transport on the market. The Kestrel's unparalleled protection from brain damage and external stressors will save thousands of our smallest citizens. .
Thicket, founded by Rebecca Perea-Kane (Grad ’15), is minimal jewelry inspired by the natural world. Each piece is made by hand from castings of botanical samples using traditional metalsmithing and sustainable, recycled fine metals.
Tsampa Tsnacks, founded by Chenam Barshee (Batten ’18) and Sogyel Lhungay (Darden ’18), is a Tibetan-inspired packaged food brand that promotes mindfulness in daily life.
Viable Ventures, founded by Mark Seymour, Greg Pitsenberger, Andy Rod and Ethan Long, is a social impact project with the mission of providing meaningful employment for adults with autism. Comprised of small, self-sustaining businesses, Viable Ventures is designed to turn the unique skills, abilities and interests of people with autism into fulfilling vocational opportunities. Because having a job is more than just a paycheck.
Vicarious Ventures, founded by Darius Nabors, uses the most recent 360 photo/video technology to take students on virtual field trips of National Parks and historic sites.
Whipped Cream, LLC, founded by Cordell & Christina Fortune, we produce our own line of all natural skincare products we named SheaMango. Whipped to perfection SheaMango is made of 8 of the finest oils and butters that each contribute to the wellness of your skin. Your skin is the largest organ on your body take care of it with SheaMango.
ZippyZen, LLC, founded by John and Dawn Cleveland, developed ZippyMeals software, a customized, all-inclusive, online software solution for managing non-profit Meals on Wheels offices. Customers can now schedule their meal recipients and volunteer drivers seamlessly in one place, reducing the staff time required to manage their operations at a cost savings. Among other features, ZippyMeals uses modern mapping services to generate efficient delivery routes and provide automated directions.