B-Lab 2021

B-Lab is an intensive 8-week accelerator program that supports student entrepreneurs developing high-impact ventures. We are welcoming 16 ventures that address unmet needs in a wide range of market sectors: empowering Asian-American college students, a marketplace for artists, e-commerce for small businesses in sub-Saharan Africa, hand-held electricity generator, regenerative agriculture, reimagined mentoring platforms for BIPOC students, and many others.

The venture founders from Brown University, RISD, and Drexel University bring diverse perspectives, strengths, and interests to the cohort. They are bound together by their passion for creating meaningful solutions to important challenges in exciting markets, and they represent some of the most advanced ventures in the Brown entrepreneurial ecosystem. Learn more about the program and its impact on our students through this short video!

Aloe

Aloe is a data-driven computer vision company with a focus on improving the film and entertainment industry. Our mission is to support creators of all kinds by using AI and Machine Learning models to provide insight into all facets of video content.

Sidney Schwartz '23

Sidney Schwartz '23

Computer Science

sidney_schwartz@brown.edu

Olivia Johnson '23

Olivia Johnson '23

Computer Science

olivia_johnson@brown.edu

Bamboo Chats

Bamboo Chats is an online platform for college students and professionals in the Asian American community. We match students and professionals for one-on-one, 30 minutes career chats centered around conversations about career and Asian identity.

Christine Han '23

Christine Han '23

East Asian Studies

christine_han@brown.edu

Basq

Basq is a social media marketplace for artists and patrons to connect, explore, and learn more about the art world. We provide a museum quality viewing experience for patrons and a professionally credible platform for artists. With personalized feeds, accessible prints, and interactive prompts, you never experienced a gallery like this on the go!

Brantley Leaphart '21

Brantley Leaphart '21

Computer Science and Theater and Performance Studies

brantley_leaphart@brown.edu

BuzzButton

860 million people live without reliable access to the electric grid, one billion people experience at least one temporary power outage annually due to natural disasters, and civilians and soldiers often travel off-grid. In these trying situations, we lose the ability to charge our consumer electronics, which motivates the development of our first product, the BuzzButton. The BuzzButton is a portable, low-cost, and relatively high power output energy generator with an integrated storage unit, inspired by the mechanics of the classic button spinner toy. After our first product launch, we will engineer our platform technology—the high speed, tethered button spinner and our analytical physics model—into other useful, electricity-free (or electricity generating) tools.

Tyler Jacobson '22

Tyler Jacobson '22

Mechanical Engineering

tyler_jacobson@brown.edu

Sai Allu '21

Sai Allu '21

Biology and Economics

sai_allu@brown.edu

Dangy

Dangy is an AI-powered recommendation platform and social media network for restaurant dishes. Dangy personally tailors dish recommendations for you so that you can find your new favorite pizza, Chinese food, drinks, and more! Dangy also helps you find the best dish for you at any restaurant so that you always have the best meal. Then, when you find your new favorite dish, rate it on factors like taste, value, and spiciness. Finally, share it with your friends with funny, TikTok-like videos!

Jason Whang '21

Jason Whang '21

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations (BEO)

jason_whang@brown.edu

Elijah Whang '26

Elijah Whang '26

ewhang3@gmail.com

Decrypted By Us

Decrypted By Us is an online learning community by and for students from groups underrepresented in Computer Science. We believe the field of CS should be more inclusive and welcoming of students from diverse academic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We do this by creating videos about applied CS topics, that represent and speak to underrepresented CS students to encourage them to pursue their interests and goals.

Luna Ito-Fisher '21

Luna Ito-Fisher '21

Computer Science

luna_ito-fisher@brown.edu

Emit

Emit is an app that is meant to make spontaneous get-togethers among friends and acquaintances easier. Easily communicate the Who What When and Where of your spontaneous urges or plans and get others to join you in just a couple taps!

Brandon Li '21

Brandon Li '21

Computer Science

brandon_li@brown.edu

Nathaniel Goodman '21

Nathaniel Goodman '21

Computer Science

nathaniel_goodman@brown.edu

enRoot

enRoot Inc is a regenerative agricultural technology company that aims to improve the livelihoods, incomes, and futures of Black and other marginalized farmers in the agricultural sector.

Jeffrey Martín '21

Jeffrey Martín '21

Master's in Urban Education Policy

jeffrey_martin1@brown.edu

First-Gen Chisme

First-Generation Chisme is an online bilingual college resource for BIPOC, Low-Income, and First-Generation college students. The First-Gen Chisme tech app will focus on providing BIPOC, Low-Income, and First-Generation students with financial and academic resources throughout their college journey. The app hopes to support high school, college, and graduate students achieve their own educational goals with access to resources that are often not found within marginalized and under-resourced communities.

Leslie Ponce-Díaz '23

Leslie Ponce-Díaz '23

Bachelors of Architecture (BArch), Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA)

lponcedi@risd.edu

Flowbits

Flowbits reimagines the structure of digital organization. Our intuitive platform finally provides the level of shareability, integration, and automation that the modern user needs–giving you back your valuable time and mental space. Plan less, and do more of what you love.

Yenteen Hu '23

Yenteen Hu '23

Biology and Economics

yenteen_hu@brown.edu

Matt Reed '21

Matt Reed '21

Entrepreneurship (Drexel University)

matthew.reed@drexel.edu

Roman Hall '23

Roman Hall '23

Computer Science and Economics

roman_hall@brown.edu

Jula

Many women people in The Gambia rely on reselling used products as their main source of household income, yet they do not have a reliable means of securing customers and scaling their business easily. Our platform, Jula, is an e-commerce solution that aims to address this problem. We allow small business owners to reach out to a wide variety of customers, accept payments seamlessly, and have their products delivered to their customers doorsteps.

Isatou Saho '21

Isatou Saho '21

Computer Science

isatou_saho@brown.edu

Saron Fisseha '21

Saron Fisseha '21

Computer Science and Economics

saron_fisseha@brown.edu

Keeb World

Keeb World is an search engine for mechanical keyboard parts. Users can quickly browse among switches, keycaps, and stabilizers for the next keyboard build. Think of it as the Google search for keyboard parts!

Ryan Burnett '22

Ryan Burnett '22

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations (BEO)

ryan_burnett@brown.edu

Revive

Revive trains and empowers middle- and high-schoolers in youth advocacy through an intergenerational mentorship program. Through learning from local, experienced activists and community members, Revive members gain both a hyper localized advocacy toolkit as well as mentors that share the same backgrounds as themselves. This latter point is especially important when considering how BIPOC voices are often undervalued in traditional school settings. Moreover, by providing the space and support for youth to lead their own campaigns, Revive allows students to determine their own interests, develop real-time leadership skills, and gain confidence in their own abilities. In short, through providing an intergenerational, hyper localized framework for learning activism skills, Revive revolutionizes the way youth can make change in their communities.

Zoe Fuad '23

Zoe Fuad '23

Education Studies

zoe_fuad@brown.edu

Carina Sandoval '23

Carina Sandoval '23

International and Public Affairs, Development

carina_sandoval@brown.edu,

Soirée

Ladder Inc. is a diversity-focused recruiting startup that serves to increase the representation and support of diverse professionals within corporations. Our one-stop platform offers an open network and recruiting pipeline through which students, professionals, and corporations can easily connect. We seek to transform modern recruiting conventions by prioritizing accessibility, efficiency, and personalization for all users.

Sterling Stiger '22

Sterling Stiger '22

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations (BEO)

sterling_stiger@brown.edu

Michael Mireles '21

Michael Mireles '21

Development Studies

michael_mireles@brown.edu

The Reem Company

The Reem Company offers U.S. consumers a shari’a-compliant insurance product based on cooperation and mutuality. The company aims to be the most trusted shari’a-compliant insurance brokerage in the United States.

Whitney Terrill '23

Whitney Terrill '23

Executive Master's in Healthcare Leadership

whitney_terrill@brown.edu

Workista

Workista is a commission-free talent matchmaking platform that makes hiring freelancers easier than ever before. Using state-of-the-art AI algorithms, Workista analyzes each project’s needs and automatically notifies qualified freelancers based on their skills and previous work experiences – all without having to pay hefty commission fees.

Andrew Kim '22

Andrew Kim '22

Applied Mathematics and Computer Science

andrew_kim2@brown.edu