“To live is the rarest thing in all the world. Most people merely exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde sums it up for Francesca. Her company, Sweetness Sans Sucre, is about living, not merely existing! Given the epidemic of chronic western diseases and their link to diet, Francesca believes that understanding nutrition is paramount. Driven by our potential to attain sustainable optimum health when given the right “ingredients,” Francesca Davie is revolutionizing
Austin is a native of Hong Kong, studying Political Science and Economics. He is profoundly passionate about debating, development economics, and entrepreneurship. He is the co‐founder of Ascent debate, an online debate tutoring platform for high school students in Asia. It connects former top debaters as tutors to students either interested in debate or seeking to win tournaments in order to join the national debate team.
Alex is from Indianapolis, Indiana, and is majoring in Computer Science. He loves following innovations in the tech space and has developed a passion for building products that ease adoption for those who struggle with new technologies. This summer, Alex is setting out to offer a fresh take on tech support. Motivated by his experiences helping others with their computer troubles, Alex is building a platform to connect stumped consumers to a network of on‐demand
Ismail seeks to develop physical products that will help people with chronic medical conditions. His road to entrepreneurship began when he co‐founded a cancer support charity in honor of a friend who had fought brain cancer. Quickly realizing that he didn’t want to rely on donations or grants, he developed the ZipTee, an adaptive shirt providing access to ports implanted for chemotherapy, with plans to use all sales proceeds for service to cancer patients and
Cade is a Neuroscience and Philosophy Interdepartmental Major. He is passionate about using cutting‐edge neuroscience data to improve athletic training. As a competitive runner, Cade became interested in technologies that allowed him to improve his performance. First, he helped lead the research segment of Primal 7, a startup that increases mobility, improves balance, and builds functional strength. He went on to co‐found Neurun, a company that uses virtual and augmented reality to enhance the mental
Dylan was born and raised in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Before graduating as the valedictorian of his high school, Dylan co‐founded Students4Students, a college advisory firm that has helped over 60 students across three continents gain admission to their dream schools. Dylan’s current project, the Next Gen Summit, is the premier conference and resource for young entrepreneurs. The summit’s mission is to instill in young people the belief that they control their futures and that
Judy Zhu is an undergraduate student at Duke University and an aspiring tech entrepreneur. Her startup, Genie, is a mobile app that allows users to find people nearby with matching help requests. Genie is set to launch at Duke in the fall of 2016. Beyond her pursuit to establish a company, Judy loves making cookies for residents in Wilson dorm, longboarding to class, and flying kites on the quad on windy days. She hopes her
Joe is a San Francisco native and Karsh Scholar at Duke University. He created his own major through Program II, studying decision science and entrepreneurship. He has been involved in many startups in the past, having participated in the 500 Startups Accelerator Program (Batch 13). He is passionate about improving human performance and is currently the Founder & CEO of Brainbuild, a nutrition consulting company that helps athletes build their most optimal eating habits. Brainbuild
Canyon is from Cary, North Carolina. He has always had a passion for building things and coming up with ideas, particularly in business and tech. His company creates intelligent, hard hat‐mounted sensory bands that monitor heat stress and worker exhaustion, and which automatically schedule work breaks on high temperature construction sites. This saves equatorial job sites thousands of dollars, along with reducing the risk of heat exhaustion and secondary injury.
Tiana is originally from East Orange, New Jersey, but grew up in Deltona, Florida. She started her first company when she was 9 years old, hand‐making clothes for teddy bears and selling the clothing to her family and friends in her neighborhood. Beyonce’s “Formation” video is her current inspiration in life. Tiana’s company, Flower Child Remedies, Inc., makes hair care products using only natural ingredients. The ingredients are so natural that they’re actually all edible.