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Polsky Center Announces Fall 2017 Incubator Cohort

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has announced the companies that will be moving into the Polsky Incubator this October as members of the new cohort. The Polsky Incubator provides guidance, mentorship, and support to early-stage startups, helping them achieve critical milestones and grow into sustainable businesses. Of the ten companies admitted to the Polsky Incubator in this cohort, half of them have no prior affiliation to the University of Chicago.

Learn more about each of the companies that will be working out of the Polsky Exchange on 53rd Street:

Attentive.ai
Attentive.ai is developing a mobile app to help physicians, create concise medical records faster and more efficiently by using smart, AI-based checklists and voice commands. Our SaaS enables physicians to leave their computers aside and focus their full attention on their patients’ well-being. With more available time in their hands, physicians can also treat more patients each day.

ChangEd
A mobile app that helps pay off your student loans with the nickels and dimes from your spare change roundups, saving thousands and years off of repayment.

ClostraBio
ClostraBio’s world-leading scientific team has made key discoveries that highlight the importance of the intestinal microbiota in regulating allergic sensitization to food. Our company is committed to a deeper understanding of the role of intestinal microbes in gut barrier function and determining the mechanisms of barrier protection. We are breaking new ground in treatments that restore this protective intestinal barrier function in individuals where it is compromised.

John Colson did a postdoc at IME.

Eternity Gardens
EternityGardens.com is the largest, most comprehensive online listing of scattering service providers and cemetery locations where cremated remains may be laid to rest. Cremation families use our platform to find an eternal garden for cremated remains.

Five to Nine
Five to Nine helps emerging professionals create meaningful connections through experiential events and technology.

Panorart
Panorart is building a community to connect art lovers in the developed world with original artists in the developing world. We are working hard to spread the beauty of art across language and payment infrastructure barriers.

Zhiliang Gong, PhD ’17

Portefini
Portefini is a menswear fashion aggregator that provides busy, young professional men with the easiest and most efficient shopping experience. We aggregate clothes from all brands, display them into outfit photos that are shoppable and organize these outfit photos by specific occasions (e.g. Work, Management Consultant, Date Night).

Ramzi Assaf, MBA ’17

Seurat Therapeutics
Seurat Therapeutics, Inc.​ is developing insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) as a novel therapeutic for migraine​s. IGF-1​ works by reducing the hyperexcitability and oxidative stress ​that cause migraine​s, and has been highly effective in initial preclinical trials in established rodent models. Seurat’s objective is to develop IGF-1 into a nasal spray ​to treat migraine patients​. ​Seurat​ is currently working on conducting proof-of-concept clinical trials ​to see if IGF-1 can prevent migraines in high frequency/chronic patients.

Yuan Zhang, AB ’09, MS ’14, PhD ’16

The Soondra Foundation
The Soondra Foundation improves healthcare access through short term micro-grants to India’s working poor after a medical crisis. This demographic cannot get medical care when it is urgently needed due to financial barriers. We provide the capital resources to overcome this obstacle at a vulnerable time.

Waaves
Waaves is a collaborative recording studio in the cloud that helps musicians, producers, and audio engineers make music together as if they were working side-by-side in the studio.

Joseph Chang, MBA ’17

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