2018 Brown Venture Prize Finalists
Welcome to the first annual Brown Venture Prize, a friendly competition showcasing Brown’s most advanced ventures. The 2018 top 8 finalists were carefully selected by an esteemed group of experienced Brown Alumni entrepreneurs. Learn more about the top 3 winners, the other finalists, and the judges below. You can also watch the pitches from that night.
PENTA – 1st Place Winner ($25,000)
Penta provides low cost, high-quality prosthetic care for low-income amputees in Vietnam
and other developing countries through innovative and sustainable solutions.
CLOUD AGRONOMICS – 2nd Place Winner ($15,000)
Cloud Agronomics is automating disease identification in orchards and providing farmers precise, actionable data
about the location of the infection and probable spread vector.
TEXTUP – 3rd Place Winner ($10,000)
TextUp is a software tool for social workers that creates cost savings, as well as builds capacity, saves time
and improves professional quality of life.
Subly is a subletting marketplace for landlords, tenants, and subletters to find sublets and negotiate terms, simply and legally.
iVidere is an intelligent visual prosthesis for people with visual impairment.
We hope iVidere will empower users to increase their independence.
Heliotrope Energy is using artificial intelligence to optimize and lower the cost of renewable energy production.
Edward C. Williams
ReliaBra features backless and strapless “sticky bras” with removable and replaceable adhesives
—bras that women can truly stick with!
Action Auctions is a web app that uses game theory to make philanthropy fun!
A huge thank-you to our judges for their time, energy, and support of the 2018 Brown Venture Prize!
Luke Sherwin '12
Co-Founder of Casper
Neil Parikh '11
Co-Founder of Casper
Jessica Kim '00
Venture Partner at Praxis / Founder
Steph Korey '09
Co-Founder of Away
Heidi Messer '92
Co-Founder of Collective-I
Scott Norton '08
Co-Founder of Sir Kensington’s
Brad Weinberg '03, MD '11
Co-Founder of Blueprint Health