Phase II Teams Announced for the 2020 Global New Venture Challenge

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business has officially announced the 19 teams moving on to phase II of the 2020 Global New Venture Challenge (GNVC). This year, 34 teams applied to participate in the global track of the university’s business launch program, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC).

Learn more about the teams moving on to Phase II of the GNVC and what cohort they are from below:

Chicago Cohort //

Agrofita is a digital platform custom-developed for dry bulk fertilizer trade industry in the United States, which will make physical fertilizer markets more efficient, more liquid with greater price transparency, and will benefit both fertilizer producers and agricultural retailers. This product will then be built out into industry leading CRM and SaaS solution.

CXO Insights is a dual-sided platform that leverages data-driven insights to match small to mid-sized businesses with freelance executives who are eager to solve their ad-hoc to long-term operational challenges. CXO Insights will transform what has traditionally been an exorbitant fixed cost (full-time executives) into a value-driven variable one.

Drosent helps clients improve safety and prevents human exposure to H2S through providing services and data to detect H2S gas in oilfield environments using drone deployed state of the art technology without human present in the vicinity of the potentially contaminated zone.

eCiQ is building a Compliance Intelligence cockpit software product that will serve as the Master Compliance Assessment (MCA) Application, enabling fintech companies to deal with new frontiers of regulatory requirements.

Healthi reduces heart failure readmission by leveraging connected devices that create early actionable intercepts for clinicians. Healthi uses a predictive algorithm that incorporates HIPAA compliant data from smart devices and creates a feedback mechanism that are designed to motivate engagement from the end-users. 

Honest Health is building a comprehensive virtual care management platform (web and mobile) with a special focus on preventive care and chronic disease management. Their proprietary algorithm will perform patient stratification based on the patient’s health data made available through the commitments with their health plan/ provider.


Hong Kong Cohort //

Dolearn is an English-language program for over three people that combines newer technology with real-life interactive scenarios. The goal is to build confidence and make learning English fun through the use of newer technology such as voice recognition software, green screens, and voice analytics and crowd comparison.

FanMi is a dual-sided platform that connects users – 200 million fans and merchants – for fans to crowdfund and group-purchase support-events to show love to their idols in a transparent and trust-worthy way, empowered by blockchain technology and review mechanism. The platform also provides ad positions for brand promotion and consuming data for marketing research.

LinkxSport is an online community to facilitate premium sports by connecting tourists and sports instructors. As a multisided online platform, serves both tourists and sports instructors with community forum, lesson management, and additional services in cooperation with hotels, resorts, rental, and shops.

SmartComp is a real-time AI driven market intelligence aggregation platform on employee compensation to provide organizations with current, relevant and complete data, and recommendations to aid their compensation decision-making. Interfaced with HR systems, which comes with value-added services with on-demand analytics and through AI databases benchmarking.

Utours makes better and happier drivers. Using AI-based driving behavior solution, Utours help auto insurers to cut claim cost by understanding individual driving risks and generate sales by personalized customer engagement.

Xivan serves as a sustainable medical brand in focused areas by globally acquiring innovative medical Intellectual Properties (IPs) and commercializing them locally in China. By leveraging the solid R&D and clinical trial infrastructures, Xivan serves the large and fast growing market demands in China.


London Cohort //

BizApps is a SAAS for data collection, data processing, and for creating management reporting for SMEs starting from project accounting. The business goal is to become a Quick Book (Intuit) platform on the Russian market taking into account its specific character and subsequently expand their mission to other emerging markets starting with South Africa.

Blizzard is a leading HR development platform providing externship opportunities to Millennials working for professional services. Externship opportunities will be proposed by the most exciting, up and coming tech companies located anywhere in the world. Blizzard’s business model is based on yearly membership fee per user and commission fee on daily rate

EnMaSi is a two-sided B2B cloud marketplace that connects customers with a one-time purchasing need in a specific category with approved suppliers in that category. 

GlobalAgri is a marketing and logistics extension arm for local farmers which provides cost effective direct access to global markets by utilizing a proprietary B2B software platform, organizing logistics, and operating terminals/elevators. In pursuit of improving food affordability, their solution will allow global buyers and farmers to trade more effectively 

Kaybee intends to become an online platform which provides users with free educational material. The platform will be capable of identifying a user’s preferred learning style and will provide its users with learning material that match their learning styles. This approach aims to improve learning efficiency (time, effort, and comprehension).

Lockheed Technology’s Leopard system by is an IoT (Internet of Things) solution designed for the bicycle industry. The pre-installed hardware and bespoke software acts as an anti-theft secure bicycles and collect data on the user behavior. These feature and data is valuable for manufacturers to sell all relevant products precisely to targeting cyclist and optimize product

LudoIT is an online platform and booking system to help casual players who are looking for a fun and flexible sports experience find each other and book sports venues easily. Tapping into this under-served segment of the market will translate into higher sales for sports centers at no additional cost. LudoIT will benefit from this profitable exchange.

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