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WeekWise: Eleven and Twelve

Another successful #bayoustartupsummer in the books! The most rewarding part of our jobs at OwlSpark is watching the progress our founders make over the summer (and beyond). Last week, founders from OwlSpark and University of Houston's RED Labs showcased their startups at the Seventh Annual Bayou Startup Showcase! If you missed it or want to relive the event, you can catch the pitches on YouTube or catch a recap on InnovationMap

We're excited to watch our startups continue to grow. Congratulations, OwlSpark Class 8, and best wishes for startup success!
It takes a village to raise a startup—and at OwlSpark, it is no different. Our gratitude and kudos to our village, our speakers and subject matter experts who took time to dish out information, advice, and perspective over the past two weeks:
Brittany Barreto
Femtech Focus
Founder's Compass

Syed Biabani
Syzygy Plasmonics

Drew Calabrese
OwlSpark Class 7

Dave Cook
Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship

Kris Cuellar
Rice University

Quinn Edgecombe
Cali Balance
RED Labs Class 7

Alex de la Fuente
Spacecraft Brands

Iggy Harrison
University of Houston

LauraLee Hughes
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship

Keith Kreuer
RedHouse Associates

Dan Lee
Sweet Briar College
Chris Lipp
Rice University

Mason Lucich
Insu Health Design
RED Labs Class 7

Gayle Moran
Rice University

Jon Nordby

Beth O'Sullivan
Rice University

Matthew Peña
OwlSpark Class 3 & 6

Rakshak Talwar
Zenus, Inc.
RED Labs Class 2

Stephen Tsai
Tax Credit Hero
OwlSpark Class 6

Adam Wulf
Milestone Made

Randy Zhou
Blume Laboratories
RED Labs Class 5

TeamWise: EVA

Many procedures in the medical world require inserting a “line,” a needle placed deep into an artery or vein to administer fluids and track patient vitals in real-time. Physicians use ultrasound technology to insert these lines, splitting their view of the body into a 2-D plane. The problem is, it’s easy to lose sight of the needle’s tip, causing unwanted poking and stabbing.

To solve this problem, Rocky Browder, Erik Wu, Jenaesha Browder, and Tyler Melton came together to form EVA. EVA is a novel device that clips onto the ultrasound’s head to hold the needle in the viewing plane.


TeamWise: FreeFuse

In today’s digital age, individuals worldwide create and share endless amounts of video media. Many of these ‘content creators’ value providing an intimate, creative, and personalized experience for their viewers. In particular, two of them are Michael Liu and Jonathan Marino, creators of the platform, FreeFuse. FreeFuse is a platform where creators can construct and upload interactive “audience participation content”—videos with different cinematic elements and variations of scenes. Based on the choices that viewers make, FreeFuse recommends more content that the viewer would enjoy.


TeamWise: MoodyCorium

Achieving and maintaining great skin is something that all of us want—but how exactly do we get there? How do we know which products will provide our skin with the best results? To answer this question, Vidhi Vakharia came up with MoodyCorium.

MoodyCorium uses a device to scan the skin to diagnose the cause of various skin issues and categorize your skin. Based on the scanner results, a formulator filled with base ingredients mixes a solution personalized just for your skin. “Skin is still primarily about beauty and not health, and MoodyCorium is here to change that,” Vidhi says. “We want to base skin-care in science instead of vanity.”

PeopleWise: Rob Austin McKee

Rob Austin McKee is an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston–Downtown and the President for Business Development at Flexios, a medical device startup working on a solution for hand tendon repair.

He earned his Ph.D. and MBA from the University of Houston and currently conducts research in decision-making, leadership, personality, and visceral states. His work has appeared in the Journal of Management, The Leadership Quarterly, and Business Horizons.

AlumniWise: Medical Informatics

Medical Informatics Corp developed a patient-centered data analytics platform founded on improved patient monitoring, real-time predictive analytics, and patient-centered healthcare. Since 2013, they have:
  • Tripled their staff to 36 employees and sold their remote monitoring products, which have increased in demand due to COVID-19, to hospitals across the US. They recently launched their ‘Scale to serve’ program with Intel to provide help with the COVID-19 response.
  • Received three large investments, most recently completing their Series A round, and partnered with tech giants Dell, Cisco, Intel, plus major medical manufacturers GE and Phillips.
  • Been featured in The Wall Street Journal, and will be featured in Forbes later this year, and won national awards such as the AAMI Foundation and the Institute for Technology in Health Care Clinical Solution Award.

WordWise: Overhead at OwlSpark

“Our model is not just a pile of cells in a dish.”

“I see a 200lb pig as a lot of bacon.”
“But if you live in a 600sqft space...”

“You were quiet in the beginning, but now you're spitting fire.”

“One time this Uber driver picked me up and was like, 'Do you know RuPaul?'”
“Why is RuPaul taking an Uber?”

“You can’t say founders without F.”
“You had to boot your mom off Zoom?!”

“Wait do you have a blackberry?”

“Even if we fail as a startup, we will win as a team.”

“It's like his soul is a crystal that defracts all the white light...”

“The only time I'm a morning person is when the night doesn't end.”