Honest Tea, is a beverage company focused on producing organic and not heavily sweetened drinks. The Honest Tea co. has a broader mission to improve people’s health, have a positive impact on the environment through the food system, create fair trade labor standards and support community wealth.
In March 2011, The Coca-Cola Company purchased Honest Tea after an initial 40% investment in 2008, which helped expand the distribution of Honest® beverages.
Founders: Seth Goldman '95
Arccos is the leading provider of big data, advanced analytics and machine learning insights for the global golf industry. By seamlessly analyzing each shot in real time, Arccos provides powerful, data-driven insights that help golfers of all skill levels measurably improve their performance by going beyond guesswork.
Founders: Sal Syed ’12
Bite revolutionizes restaurant menus to create a better dining experience for guests and makes the restaurant more money. Bite’s menus are used in various New Haven restaurants, and was highlighted in the July 2016 edition of Fortune magazine.
Founders:Jeff Hong ‘15 and Stas Nikiforov
Walden Hill raises acorn-fed pigs—better for both the animals and those who eat them—and supplies many Connecticut restaurants, including 116 Crown, Caseus, Heirloom and Oak Haven as well as in in Boston and New York City.
Founder: Jennifer Milikowsky MBA/FES ’15
Tuckerman and Co. was founded to provide classic clothing “made right.” Tuckerman creates high-quality products that are made to last, and also better for people and the planet. Founded in 2014 as a Benefit Corporation, Tuckerman also became a Certified Benefit Corporation in 2015.
Founders: Amanda Rinderle ’15 and Jonas Clark ’15
IsoPlexis is dedicated to accelerating the fight against cancer and a range of our toughest diseases by producing the world’s most precise detection systems. We succeed by merging top engineering with top researchers and clinicians to generate clear solutions to complex patient response.
Founder: Sean Mackay ’14
Ufora is a team of computer scientists who wanted to tackle the challenges of distributed computing. Braxton, Ronen, Tom and group of faithful friends first came up with this new approach a few years ago and began experimenting with ways to automatically parallelize simple scripting code. The critical design goal was finding a way to reason about scripting code to figure out opportunities for parallelism of threads and data on the fly.
Founder: Braxton McKee '09
Boundless empowers families to navigate the immigration system more confidently, rapidly, and affordably. After hundreds of conversations with families, immigration lawyers, and government officials, Boundless built an easy-to-use, step-by-step online tool so you can complete your marriage-based green card application process with confidence. Boundless is a trusted partner and guide for your entire immigration journey.
Co-Founder & President: Doug Rand '10
Amor & Rosas offers colorful embroidered clothing made with ancestral techniques from Latin America. The clothing line will feature modern, stylish tops, dresses, skirts and scarves with handcrafted embroidery from workers that are paid fair pricing for their traditional designs. Fabrics and logistics will also be sourced under sustainable practices.
Founder: Laura Melendrez ’16, Vanessa Ocando ’16 and Debra Broberg ’16
Renewal Mill is creating a more sustainable food system by harnessing currently discarded material from industrial food production to deliver nutritious and wholesome ingredients. Through innovative sourcing, logistics and product development, Renewal Mill is leading the evolution of a circular food economy, creating products that deliver value to both end consumers and food manufacturers. Their first product, FiberPro™, is a flour blend that creates products with white flour taste and whole wheat nutrition.
Founder: Sumit Kadakia MEM/MBA ’16 and Claire Schlemme MEM ’11
Hill House Home is an online retailer of bedding and home accessories based in New York. The company sells directly to consumers, eliminating the need for traditional wholesale markups and offering luxury products at accessible price points. HHH products are grown in the U.S., woven in Italy, and finished in France.
Founder: Nell Diamond '16
Hugo & Hoby combines experienced project management, the highest quality domestic craft, and sustainably sourced materials to provide unique, authentic furnishings crafted for commercial spaces and individual customers.
Founder: Ben Young ‘16 and Frederick Kukelhaus ‘16
Prep Expert is the world’s fastest growing test-prep provider offering 6-week SAT & ACT prep classes in 20 cities and online. Founder Shaan Patel ’16, appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in the fall of 2015 and closed an investment deal with billionaire Mark Cuban.
Founder: Shaan Patel ’16
Saphlux produces semi-polar GaN materials to enable high power, high performance LED and laser. Saphlux was founded by Prof. Jung Han and Dr. Chen Chen ’16, to commercialize these new materials and to revolutionize solid-state lighting.
Founder: Chen Chen '16
Debitize helps consumers spend responsibly on their credit cards by combining the benefits of both debit and credit. When you connect your accounts, we'll automatically withdraw cash from your checking account as you spend money on your credit card to cover your purchases. Now you can earn rewards, build up your credit score, and enjoy better security and fraud protection, all with the financial responsibility of debit.
Founder: Jeff Hu '16
BridgeYear delivers career exploration and support services that expose high school seniors to local, high-growth careers and empower students to develop a purpose for community college enrollment.
Founder: Victoria Chen SOM ’17, Victoria Doan
SepDx is a phone application based electronic checklist and decision-support tool that aids clinicians in the treatment of sepsis.
Founder: Melissa Davis ’17; Ankur Kapadia ’17; Prashant Krishnakumar ‘16 and David Kaufman, MD, YNHH.
Powerhouse is an app that lets consumers control their carbon footprint and utility bill – alerting customers when they can benefit from powering down and providing a low-cost battery that responded dynamically to the grid.
Founders: Katrina Barlow ‘17 and Ben Serrurier MEM ’17
Zoni Foods makes it easy to eat healthy meals at home with frozen stovetop meal kits available in retail stores.
Founder: Zoe Lloyd MBA/FES’17, Nilofer Ahmed SOM ’16
Ugly Fruit, a specialty applesauce, is the fruit product from Re-Harvest Foods, a social enterprise that turns unused produce into tasty, healthy snack foods. Ugly Fruit is more than just a sugar- and preservative-free snack, but also as a condiment for toast, waffles, yogurt, meats and other foods. Future flavors will incorporate peaches and blueberries—the fruit waste of summer.
Founder: Cat Wu ’17
Zeally is an online job board that helps liberal arts college students find internships and jobs they love. After asking users a series of fun and simple questions, we use our customized job database to match students to potential careers and job postings they can apply to directly.
Founder: Lexsa Campbell '17 and Krystyna Taheri '17
Charityvest is an online platform to improve the economics, efficiency, and impact of charitable giving. Founded by Stephen Kump ’17, Charityvest achieves this by making "Charity Funds" available to every donor in the United States.
Founder: Stephen Kump ’17
Alpha Audiotronics, Inc., is a New York based electronics company offering wireless audio products to customers. Co-founded by Jonathan Shaffer ’17, Alpha Audiotronics has launched their first product, Skybuds, in August of 2016. Skybuds are truly wireless earbuds that were engineered to achieve the highest quality sound, strong wireless connection and comfortable fit.
Founder: Jonathan Shaffer ’17
Triple Bottom Brewing Co. is a social enterprise craft brewery that partners with nonprofits to help people re-enter the workforce with the skills and confidence they need to succeed. We believe beer brings people together, a brewery can catalyze community, and a job can change a life.
Founder: Tess Hart MBA/FES ’17 and Bill Popwell ’16
SimpliFi provides a customized repayment plan by identifying a borrower’s best option based on their unique financial picture. Through the creation of sophisticated algorithms, we will save borrowers thousands of dollars, hours of headache, and help them through the process every step of the way.
Founder: Will Sealy '17
MyHealthEd,Inc. aims to transform health education for teens through the use of technology. Our first product, Real Talk, is a mobile app that delivers sex education through storytelling.
Founders: Vichi Jagannathan '17, Liz Chen (UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health), and Cristina Leos (UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health)
Alva Health is developing a wearable device for early stroke detection. Our mission is to help neurologists, rehab therapists and clinical investigators better monitor and treat neurological symptoms and improve stroke outcomes.
Founders: Sandra Saldana, PhD, MBA '17; Kevin Sheth, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology and of Neurosurgery; Hitten Zaveri, PhD, Assistant Professor in Neurology