The Skandalaris Center is excited to announce six finalists for the 2023 Global Impact Award. The Global Impact Award was founded in 2013 to support the vision and passion of Washington University in St. Louis students, postdoctoral researchers, and recent alumni who are creating ventures that are scalable, sustainable, for-profit and quick-to-market with proof of concept for a broad impact. Up to $50,000 is available to these finalist teams thanks to a generous donation from Suren Dutia and Jas Grewal.
“This year, we had so many entries into this competition who are doing incredible work and solving urgent issues,” said Cyril Loum, Assistant Director of Venture Development. “I’m proud of the six ventures moving on to the finals, and look forward to seeing how the Skandalaris Center can continue supporting them beyond the competition.”
2023 Global Impact Award Finalists:
Stephen Wu (MBA ’23), Mohamed Zayed (EMBA ’23)
AirSeal develops and commercializes an innovative patented biomarker for diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The venture has created a method that allows for rapid and accurate evaluation of cFAS levels in the blood and helps accurate diagnosis of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).
Leonid Shmuylovich (MD/PhD ’15), Christine O’Brien, Kelsey Mayo
For obstetric providers who need to identify patients at risk for postpartum hemorrhage, Maternal aRMOR is a biomedical device that enables diagnosis of early hemorrhage when inexpensive and accessible interventions are most effective.
Micah Goodman (EN ’17), Patricia Cavazos-Rehg
Enhearten’s suite of software bridges critical gaps in the opioid use disorder treatment system, enabling more people to enter into and succeed in care. Enhearten is the only platform that spans across the entire patient journey: from before entering treatment to maintaining long-term recovery.
Cam Loyet (MBA ’21), Haley Loyet, Lauren Dierking, Flynn Edgerton
Honeymoon Chocolates crafts ethical and refined sugar-free chocolate sweetened with local honey. This provides the market with an ethical and natural option to traditional cane sugar chocolate.
Heath Rutledge-Jukes (MD ’26), William Kelly, AndrewPaul McIntosh
King of the Curve turns student stress into student success through engaging and high-quality test prep. The venture aims to help students score top marks on rigorous standardized exams including the Medical College Admissions Test, the Physician Associate College Admissions Test, the Dental Admissions Test, and the Registered Dietitian Exam.
Jessica Landzberg (BU ’17), Olivia Putterman (BU ’14)
Pareto makes getting dressed the easiest part of the day by making high quality wardrobe essentials (imagine Patagonia for the “everyday” category) and life-simplifying technology. The venture provides personalized styling “recipes” based on the Pareto pieces in a wardrobe.
In April, these six ventures will compete for the award at our GIA Finals in front of a panel of judges. Winners will be announced at the Washington University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards, presented by the Skandalaris Center, on April 20, 2023. We’ll share event details and registration in the coming weeks and hope you can join us for this fun and celebratory occasion!