Every year Princeton’s Keller Center’s eLab Summer Accelerator program helps student entrepreneurs launch turn ideas into real-world businesses over an intensive 10-week session. Students work together at the eLab’s entrepreneurship hub at 34 Chambers Street, and at the end of the summer they show off the progress they have made.
This year Demo Days will take place Tuesday, August 15, in Princeton and the next day in New York. Princeton’s demo day is free and open to the public and will take place at the Friend Center, Room 101, from 2:30 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.kellercenter.princeton.edu. This year’s summer eLab teams are:
BoxPower. BoxPower’s first product is a renewable energy power plant that fits inside a standard 20-foot shipping container. The self-contained microgrid is designed to provide reliable, mobile electricity nearly anywhere in the world. It includes a 36-panel solar array, wind turbine on a tilt-up tower, back-up diesel fuel generator, and battery bank for energy storage.
BoxPower’s intelligent energy management system optimizes system performance, energy-load allocations, and fuel delivery to ensure low-cost energy. Its plant can be set up in a single day without specialized tools or equipment, and multiple units can seamlessly interface to meet energy demands of any size. A single system can provide enough energy for 10 to 15 homes, serve commercial customers such as rural medical centers or cellular tower operators, or power small industrial operations like agricultural processing or mining. BoxPower has raised more than $100,000 in early funding to build, test, and deploy its first system.
The BoxPower team is Alexander Asante, Angelo Campus, Nicholas Horvath, Adam Locher, Aaron Schwartz, and Douglas Wallack.
EpiGrammar automates assessments from students’ annotations so teachers can focus on teaching. The software platform uses text mining and promises unique insights into what students read and how they write. The EpiGrammar team is Michael MacKay, Kwasi Oppong-Badu, Gilad Penn, and Uday Singh.
Fluxmarine is attempting to do for the boating industry what Tesla has done for the automotive industry: spark an electric power revolution and overcome the many disadvantages of traditional boat engines. Marine engines are responsible for leaving more than 150 million gallons of unburned fuel in the water every year. Gas engines also need frequent maintenance.
Flux Marine has set out to develop a line of electric outboard motors from 20 to 115 horsepower that outperform tradition engines. Electric motors have zero emissions, minimize carbon footprints, and are virtually maintenance-free thanks to solid-state components.
The Fluxmarine team is Dalyin Frantin, Aliya Greenberg, Charles Kanoff, Jonathan Lord, Lyle Siegall, and Benjamin Sorkin.
HomeWorks is a non-profit boarding program that provides after-school academic and community enrichment to high school girls who are homeless or have unstable home lives. HomeWorks uses a project-based curriculum to foster a love for learning, provide a safe and stable home, and encourage community engagement through projects and partnerships.
HomeWorks keeps the benefits of a boarding school, like a low student-teacher ratio and a tight-knit community, while avoiding the restrictions and financial constraints of an actual school. HomeWorks will provide a safe place to sleep, daily meals, and educational support, setting out to provide a housing supplement to Trenton’s public education system while others focus only on academics, leaving housing a separate matter.
The HomeWorks team is Aurelio Ayala, Mofopefoluwa Olarinmoye, Shohini Rakhit, Jordan Stallworth, Elijah Sumners, and Natalie Tung.
Scribble (Scratchwork) is an enhanced whiteboard app with a focus on making the drawing process feel natural. While the traditional keyboard-and-mouse setup is great for text, it hardly helps with equations, diagrams, and drawings. With Scribble, users can use whatever hardware they have to draw, scan, edit, share, and collaborate in real time with anyone anywhere.
The Scribble team includes Kathleen Emerson, Greg Gauthier, Seung Jae Lee, John Stogin, Mary-Grace Stone, and Victor Xu.
SenseSim specializes in training, testing, and improving computer vision-based systems using synthetically generated data. SenseSim’s goal is to facilitate the development of computer vision components for autonomous vehicle and collision avoidance system manufacturers, and develop safety and reliability standards.
The team is Artur Filipowicz, Jeremiah Liu, and Amandeep Saini.
Thrive+ has created a capsule that it says can cure hangovers. The main product, Thrive+ After-Alcohol Aid, comes in three capsules and is taken before bed. Applying academic literature published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Thrive+’s founder brought lessons learned in the Princeton classroom to market through the means of a various people connected to Princeton, including alumni specializing in chemical patent law and professors of entrepreneurship. Today Thrive+ has amassed more than $100,000 in sales and has been covered by Inc. Magazine, USA Today, and the Huffington Post.
Thrive+ consists of Hank Holcomb, Brooks Powell, and Shelby Powell.