Skandalaris Center

The background image for the website. It is a multi colored mosaic.

Fourteen WashU Startups Competing in St. Louis Inno Madness

Cora Pierce
March 17, 2023

We are excited to see that 14 of the 32 local startups competing in the 2023 Inno Madness competition include WashU students and alumni founders!

Inno Madness is a friendly, bracket-style challenge where readers vote to advance companies based on one question: Who would you invest in? 

According to St. Louis Inno, “This year’s bracket has been assembled based on reader nominations, as well as editorial input from the St. Louis Inno team. Seeding was determined based on the amount of funding raised by each company and name recognition of the businesses nominated.”

First-round voting for Inno Madness is open now and continues through 3 p.m., Monday, March 20. Readers can cast one vote per round. Click here to cast your votes!

Use the links below to learn more about the 14 WashU-affiliated teams:

  • Capacity – David Karandish (EN ’05) and Chris Sims (EN ’05)
  • ChiChi – Chiara Munzi (LA ’23) and Izzy Gorton (BU ’25)
  • EDUrain – Adam Knox-Warshaw (EN ’22, SI ’23), Arron Zheng (EN ’22), and Bryon Pierson
  • Geneoscopy – Erica Barnell (Ph.D., MD ’23) and Andrew Barnell
  • Hive Medical – Joe Beggs (EN ’20), Glen Kleinschmidt (EN ’21, SI ’21), and Sai Dodda
  • Summersalt – Lori Coulter (MBA ’99) and Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin
  • UFab – Tyler Richards (EN ’22)
  • VertiGreens – Tova Feinberg (MBA ’22) and Dave Kanoff (MBA ’22)
  • WingXpand – James Barbieri (MBA ’18) and Michelle Madaras