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Meet your Hen Hatch 2020 startup semifinalists

Fintech, agtech and vegan candy are among the industries represented by University of Delaware startup founders competing for $50,000 in cash and prizes.

James Massaquoi and Sury Gupta of 360VR, Hen Hatch 2019 winners. (Courtesy photo)

The virtual Hen Hatch Finals are coming up on Dec. 3, with six teams of University of Delaware student teams pitching their startups to a panel of judges in competition for the grand prize of $50,000 in cash and in-kind awards. (In case you’re wondering about the alumni and staff track, it will be part of Startup 302, scheduled to happen next spring during neoFest.) While we wait to see who those six finalists are, here are the 20 startups and their founders who are competing for a spot in the finals today, according to Horn Entrepreneurship:

  • ære, Andrew Cercena and Nicholas Smith — Seeks to reduce inefficiencies in registered investment adviser operations through a standardized security protocol, allowing them to scale and onboard more clients
  • Alchemize Fightware, Maya Nazareth — A women’s mixed martial arts gear and apparel company that taps into an under-addressed market; a portion of all proceeds are also donated to trauma recovery and women’s self defense initiatives.
  • Atlas, Michael Guigliano and Dylan Pané — An application that allows users to have personalized dashboards which provide updates and display information, with the goal to limit the effects of information overload and to make staying informed easier
  • Backyard Gig, Suryanuj Gupta and Shahroze Ali — An online platform and two-sided marketplace where students can connect with community members, residents, or small businesses that need tasks, or gigs, completed
  • Blue Tusk Biotechnology, John-Carlos Saponara — Data consultancy for the food processing and handling industry that provides proactive data analytics and is able to find and diagnose productivity bottlenecks before they cause slowdowns or breakage of factory equipment
  • CyberSecLabs, Casey Rock, Dylan Martin and Jason Reynolds — Provides hands-on training tools for students and cyber security professionals, while preparing them to combat the cyber threats of today and tomorrow
  • Dear Volunteer, Isabella Duarte — An app for volunteers and charities that provide the utmost convenience by gearing to each individual and group
  • Denney’s Delights, Tony Denney — A candy company that is inclusive of the vegan diet and features sustainable packaging in the belief that candy should be for everyone while simultaneously supporting our planet
  • Dobbie Ridez, Jack Dubecq and Peter Coker — A mobile advertising company utilizing company-owned vehicles that are used as alternatives to current rideshare services while employing student drivers
  • EQuip, April Singleton and Izzy Hughes — Designs sprints, guidebooks, and social justice incubators to unleash youth-driven change for school administrators who want to engage their students in social justice work but don’t have the time
  • Farm Incubator, Sophia Angeletakis — An agriculture education metamorphosis program; a lab classroom within a school that grows vertical gardens.
  • Imperium, Susan Varghese and Lauren Burkett — A heart health startup that aims to give the power back to the heart patients who have lost it by creating educational cardiac care packages that loved ones can purchase for patients
  • Mental Health Gym, Michael Shumate — A game-like platform membership where families and communities can learn about mental health, and  social challenges related to mental illness
  • Nuvensus, Markos Zerefos, Henry du Pont and Mason Faust — A real estate investment startup that uses a proprietary data interpretation that can outperform commercial real estate investment benchmarks by utilizing various data providers and applying advanced modeling architectures
  • OnoBowls Food Truck, Benjamin Quinutolo — An acai bowl and smoothie startup that prides itself on spreading health throughout New Jersey to people who would not normally have access to health products
  • Pickup Sports, Micheal Meola — A youth sports program that looks to improve the sports experience for young children by exposing them to a variety of sports and letting them find what they’re interested in
  • Potluck, Hope Vega and Abu Kamara — An app that connects international food markets with college students, with a mission of helping students access food and remedy homesickness by providing them with an online delivery platform for ethnic grocers
  • Stemmer, Samuel Goetz and Julian Wahl — A website to streamline file sharing between music recording engineers
  • UP Cycle Design, Sierra RyanWallick and Michelle Yatvitskiy — A sustainable fashion brand that creates cause-themed patches from upcycled material, while raising awareness and money for social, environmental, and community issues
  • Ultimate Tournament, Alex Picket and Dan Goodman — An esports betting platform that registered gambling institutions can white-label to offer esports betting to their customers
Companies: University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship / University of Delaware

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