Ignoring the stairs in favor of one bounding leap onto the stage, managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship Bill Aulet told his audience that he’d been warned earlier not to attempt the jump.
“But entrepreneurs do the impossible,” he said as introduction to the 2022 delta v Demo Day startup showcase, held at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Taking risks and facing challenges are at the heart of Demo Day, the culmination of the center’s delta v accelerator. The name comes from the scientific term meaning a change in velocity.
“It’s really important to solve the world's greatest challenges, that we not just come up with new ideas,” Aulet said. “We don't just have breakthroughs, but we bring them to market and apply them in the real world to solve problems.”
The 2022 showcase marked the 11th year of delta v. A new analysis of the previous 10 cohorts showed 181 startup teams have come through the accelerator and raised more than $1 billion. Of those startups, 61% are still operating today or have been acquired.
Here are 21 new delta v startups looking to add to those statistics:
CashEx is a digital banking app designed for African migrants coming to the United States.
Catalan.AI uses machine learning to develop pricing models for small and medium-sized businesses.
Congo Clothing Company
Congo Clothing Company uses money from its clothing sales to upskill survivors of rape and other violent sexual abuse through a partnership with the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Cosmosii is a platform that connects customers with custom cosplay creators.
Dapken is a personalized messaging system for people managing their prescription medications.
DaVinci Wearables is developing smart underwear for women that help track their ovulation and menstrual cycles.
Eraverse is developing a social media platform where users interact with relevant community members in small “worlds,” such as a digital university campus for students.
Kino is an AI-powered media management tool for audio and video footage.
Livvi is an app for women looking to socialize in small groups with other women.
Mesophase is developing a coating for surfaces that repels water and improves energy efficiency.
Moshion is an AI-powered scheduling and monitoring system for health care workers in charge of turning patients to avoid pressure injuries and infection.
Multitude Insights is developing an app, BLTN, which provides a dashboard for police departments to collaborate on related crimes and investigations.
Ontologic’s web-based research exchange platform makes it easier for researchers to analyze, share, and reuse data and code.
Our Kaia is developing a roll-on topical solution for period cramp relief.
PAIRA uses a virtual pet companion to teach adolescent users self-care habits like resilience and productivity.
Pharmor is developing a protective coating for biofertilizers used in agriculture.
Skinfluence is a recommendation app that matches users with compatible skincare products.
Something Brazen offers group career coaching for women.
Vizuara is an online education platform developing interactive, digital content for schools.
Vizzhy is developing an app for personalized treatment for people with diabetes.
Zumma is designing a money management platform for women in Latin America.