OwlSpark | Rice University Startup Accelerator | 9 Startup Teams Accepted into OwlSpark Class 8
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9 Startup Teams Accepted into OwlSpark Class 8

After the most competitive OwlSpark application season, nine startup teams were accepted into Class 8 and are tackling challenges in the life science, agriculture, sports, media, and medical device industries.

The Startup Teams

  • an affordable, portable, imaging system capable of diagnosing diabetic retinopathy for low-resourced and underserved communities
  • an imaging device that enables healthcare professionals performing endovascular procedures to accurately visualize vascular access in a patient
  • a suite of imaging and software tools that detect bleeding vessels in real-time surgery enabling surgeons to precisely locate and prevent life-threatening hemorrhages
  • a centralized pharmaceutical resource that enables women to make personalized and more informed decisions in contraceptive care
  • a screening device that predicts biological hazards in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics without the use of animal models
  • a non-invasive skincare system that profiles the molecular concentration of the skin and creates customized formulations of products
  • an agricultural platform for use in urban settings that enables horticulturists to measure and record plant growth, detect disease, and recommend corrective actions
  • an exercise platform for use in analyzing, critiquing, and correcting the form of individuals and athletes performing stationary exercises
  • an interactive content platform that uses data analytics to enable creators and viewers to more selectively choose content

Launching Virtually, Forging Ahead

This summer is the first time the OwlSpark Accelerator has operated remotely. While challenging, it’s not insurmountable. Adaptability is a leading indicator of startup success, and moving away from face-to-face meetings will lead to new approaches in designing and researching business models.