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Johns Hopkins is helping these 6 student-run startups get off the ground

Teams looking at talent, tutoring and pickup games are getting support from the O'Connor Fund.

Coders get a crash course in GitHub. (Photo courtesy of HopHacks)

A half-dozen student-run startups at Johns Hopkins are getting some funding and help with developing their ideas.
Through the O’Connor Fund, the undergraduate student teams get a $5,000 grant plus access to mentors and other resources. There’s also an opportunity to receive another $5,000 if the teams reach specific business milestones. The program is run by Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures.
Applications nearly doubled in 2016, with 40 teams applying, said JHTV’s Kasim Ahmad.
Here are the teams:

  • Squadz — A platform being built by Nikhil Panu and John Stanton to help book spots for pickup sports events. It’s also getting support from Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab.
  • Gaius — A tool that helps startups source talent from college networks. Ron Boger, an organizer of MedHacks 2015, and Alex Owens, are building the project.
  • Tearn — An app to help college students connect with peers who can tutor. The team is Pava LaPere, Andrew Wong and Brian Cueto.
  • Kaleyedos — The team of Rebecca Miller, Erica Schwarz, Sami Messai and Seony Han are developing a telemedicine solution for indirect ophthalmoscopy, which screens for retinal diseases.
  • Fractal Tech — Alex Sharata and James Charles are building mobile-app-security-for-enterprise applications.
  • Foragerone — Ansh Bhammer and Yash Jain are working on a platform to make it easier for students to look for university-affiliated research opportunities.
Companies: Johns Hopkins University

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