209th 1M/1M Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Spotlight on Penn Students
During this week’s roundtable, we collaborated with the University of Pennsylvania to support their student entrepreneurship drive. All four presenters today are semi finalists of the PennVention competition.
First up, John Bergantino from Philadelphia, PA, pitched AWARE, a very interesting product focused on helping football players prevent head injuries and concussions. There has been a lot of discussion in the media on this topic, including those triggered by Malcolm Gladwell’s writings. It’s an area well worth investigating.
Then, Cristina Sorice from Philadelphia, PA, pitched SPARC, a robotics boat concept for oceanographic exploration. This project needs to connect with Eric and Wendy Schmidt’s Schmidt Ocean Institute to get itself off the ground.
Next, Hernan Gerson from Philadelphia, PA, pitched X-Miles, a solution for frustrated frequent flyer mile owners who are unable to redeem their miles, enabling them to sell the miles on an exchange to travelers who are more flexible and willing to travel red-eyes, etc. A much-needed solution, although, its viability still needs to be validated. I am sitting on a few hundred thousand British Airways miles that I have not succeeded in redeeming. Frustrating as hell!
Last up, Jason Littman from Philadelphia, PA, pitched Mana, a microwave-style cooking device with capabilities for detecting nutrition value of various food items. Jason wants to position it for health conscious youth who don’t know how to cook. Interesting idea, except, a lot of these intelligent home appliances have failed to gain adoption. Jason needs to understand why, and what would be different in his case.
You can find the recording of today’s roundtable here.
Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, a virtual incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. As an entrepreneur CEO, she ran three companies: DAIS, Intarka, and Uuma. Sramana has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.