NYC Media Lab welcomes 11 new startups to the City’s media and technology innovation community

At any given moment in entrepreneur-fueled New York City, a startup is being conceived, launched or incubated. At The CombineNYC Media Lab’s accelerator program for early-stage startup teams focused on emerging technologies—a community of faculty, students, entrepreneurs, media executives and technologists have created a ‘spinoff engine’, a community where media technologies from NYC universities can be commercialized.

On Friday, April 13th at The Greene Space, the 11 startups that comprise the 2018 Combine cohort will present their companies, the culmination of 12-weeks of participating in an intensive market validation and customer discovery curriculum led by NYC Media Lab. Teams built innovative use cases for emerging technologies like virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence and blockchain.

The Combine is a unique accelerator program for New York City—each team has emerged from the City’s university ecosystem, with team members from NYU, Cornell Tech, The New School, Columbia University, CUNY and more. NYC Media Lab Combine focuses on providing fresh talent from universities with the curriculum and resources needed to excel. 

The Demo Day provides an opportunity to talk to the students, faculty, industry mentors and investors that have been part of the Combine. Learn more about the teams below, and visit the Combine Portfolio page to learn about alumni teams. 


Aduri
Jesal Trivedi, Jahde Eve, Chaitanya Pattewar
University Affiliation: NYU
University Program: ITP
Aduri is creating a connected meditation system that combines live content and a physical multi-sensory environment that help you become a consistent, more engaged meditator. 

Akohub
Ray Kung, Tinki Cheng, Jeremy Lin
University Affiliation: Taiwan Startup Stadium
Akohub provides a chatbot retargeting solution that helps ecommerce merchants convert highest potential customers into buyers with purchase behavior prediction technology.

BitRights
Charlie Hanna, Chris Robichaud, Zane Grube, Jerry Lin
University Affiliation: Columbia University
University Program: Columbia Business School, Columbia College
BitRights is a lightweight content licensing platform built on the Ethereum blockchain. 

Brimly
Yue (Lilian) Yuan
University Affiliation: School of Visual Arts
University Program: MFA Interaction Design
Brimly is an augmented reality mobile application that helps people who have diabetes efficiently choose healthy foods and meet personal preference while grocery shopping. 

Fish Eyes
Vivian Lee, Hannah Ekman, Tong Zhang
University Affiliation: Parsons School of Design at The New School
University Program: MFA Design and Technology
Fish Eyes is an AI software that analyzes video footage to improve future spatial planning.

Playgrounds
Tyler Bisson, Andre Kostiw-Gill, Willie Payne
University Affiliation: NYU
University Program: Steinhardt (Music Technology, Music Business)
Playgrounds is an interactive online platform enabling cultural institutions to reach new audiences and young people to learn and create alongside a diverse representation of artists.

N-GEMS INC.
Chetan Hasabnis, Dimosthenis Markopoulos, Michael Kripchak, Nitish Wakalkar
University Affiliation: NYU
University Program: ITP
N-GEMS is designing Next Generation Emergency Systems that deliver real-time building information and people location to rescue personnel before they arrive on the scene.

Ouvos
Ahmed Ben Mansour, Kevin Navarra
University Affiliation: The City College of New York
University Program: Grove School of Engineering, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership
Ouvos is a community-based navigation app that allows cyclists to share real time road conditions and receive hazard alerts. 

Ovee
Courtney Snavely and Jane Mitchell
University Affiliation: Parsons School of Design
University Program: Faculty Design and Technology
Ovee provides personalized tools for women to take control of their sexual and reproductive health. 

Rolling Muse
Sasha Stoikov, Sacha Stanton, Paul Heck
University Affiliation: Cornell University, Columbia University
University Program: ORIE and IEOR
Rolling Muse is speed dating for music. 

Spaceplanar
Tao Wei, Hanyu Zhao, Ran Sun, Andrew Mendez
University Affiliation: Parsons School of Design, Cornell Tech
University Program: MFA Design and Technology, MS Connected Media
Spaceplanar inspires, customizes and visualizes the wedding visions for couples and recommends the best venues and vendors that can bring those visions to life. 

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