2019 InnoSTARS Boston Recap

Boston Preliminary Winners

First Place

KinAptic has created wearable electronic product architecture, manufacturing methods, and electrical signal application and detection techniques that apply haptic sensory cues and create computer-controlled involuntary muscle contractions through skin surface applied dry electrodes. These haptic cues and involuntary muscle contractions are synchronized with virtual reality audible and visual cues to simultaneously stimulate multiple processing centers of the brain, building new neuronal pathways.

Second Place

HOOBOX develops high-precision face recognition software for detecting human behaviors. The startup is the one behind ‘The Wheelie’, the first ever software capable of translating facial expressions, like kisses and smiles into commands to control a wheelchair. The Wheelie’ is the first ever computer program capable of translating facial expressions, like a kiss, a smile into commands to control a wheelchair, using just a camera. What makes the solution unique is that it works regardless of the light condition or the head position.

Third Place

Olaris aims to fundamentally change how diseases are diagnosed and treated. With our pioneering metabolomics platform and machine learning algorithms, we produce personalized “Biomarkers of Response” (BoR) to readily differentiate drug responders (R) from non-responders (NR). We get the right drug to the right patient right away.

Bustling Boston 2019

InnoSTARS Boston preliminary stage was hosted at Z-Park Innovation Center on July 8, 2019. The event was kicked off with rounds of warm welcome remarks and presentations by representatives from Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America, Stella Liu, CEO of U.S.-China Innovation Alliance (UCIA), and Seth William, board member of UCIA, and Representative from OCS-GZ. Co-organized with Z-Park Innovation Center with a number of supporting partners, five companies were selected to have 10 minute pitches with 5 minutes of Q&A, judged by nine industrial experts, investors, and CEOs of eight different industries. Final winners of 2019 InnoSTARS Boston preliminary stage are KinAptic, LLC, HOOBOX ONE Robotics, and Olaris, Inc. Those three winners will be extended invitations to compete against top-scoring companies from other U.S. cities in the semi-finals and finals in China in Oct/Nov 2019. The grand final will be in Changsha on November 20th. Boston winners also received three-month free access of up to 4 opens desks at Z-Park Innovation Center.

InnoSTARS Boston partner Z-Park Innovation also generously extended a special offer to all participants, judges, and speakers who attended the 2019 InnoSTARs Competition with 5 free access every month to open desk at Z-Park Innovation Center at Boston one year from now.

Feedback from 2019 InnoSTARS Boston participants:

“InnoSTARS has been one of the best paths for US startups to expand their business in China. Thanks to the China-ready coaching from mentors, advisors and all the connections we’ve made in China through InnoSTARS, HOOBOX is now a multi-product company delivering solutions that fit the Chinese Market. The platform is also helping HOOBOX to attract partners and investors. In our second round of funding at least 20% is now reserved to Chinese Investors.”

 – Paulo Gurgel Pinheiro, CEO, HOOBOX Robotics

“It was a great event. I see some outstanding fellow entrepreneurs there whose business and innovations are highly competitive- definitely they are heading to make a difference in the industries. Thanks again for providing us the opportunity to present our work at the 2019 InnoSTARS. We look forward to develop business opportunities in China and other Asian Countries utilizing our patent pending SENSEUO™ technology.”

– Pinaki R. Majhi, Ph.D., Founder, President & CEO, Unicus Pharmaceuticals, LLC