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#2 - Footwear for People with Diabetes, Music for Deaf Individuals, Sustainable Mining and more
A weekly newsletter containing curated entrepreneurial focused content for Northeastern students, founders and friends.
This week we are highlighting various startups ranging from those founded by undergraduates that are improving the lives of diabetics to a startup founded by a Northeastern alumni which is developing technology to sustainably and economically process mining waste. Though each of the startups listed are at a different growth stage, each venture is uniquely making an impact on improving peoples lives and the planet.
Undergrad Featured Ventures
Dr. Brinsley was founded to help protect diabetic individuals’ feet from external shock and friction, evenly distribute planar pressure and accommodate bone deformities. Through researching and developing their own line of footwear, Dr. Brinsley is able to reduce the risk of individuals needing one of their feet to be amputated by 50%. Currently sold in over 85 hospitals and clinics, Dr. Brinsley is making waves in the medical footwear space.
Tactus is working to enable individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to experience music using tactical vibrations. Through the development of clothing which can generate vibrations to different parts of a person’s body, Tactus is enabling all individuals to get an unobtrusive and enjoyable musical experience. Currently, Tactus is finalizing a new version of their apparel that more seamlessly integrates their haptic technology into clothing and is working on securing government grants to further develop their technology.
Mount has developed a smart lock system that can be integrated into scooter fleets to allow more convenient vehicle storage, increased security and improved vehicle tracking. Many vehicles, especially scooters deployed in the sharing economy space, struggle from faulty tracking and provide companies with few methods to manage their fleet. Mount’s smart lock system syncs with a data analytics software to provide information about a scooter’s location, identify lost vehicles and streamline mobile asset management. Currently, Mount is finalizing the second version of their locks and is planning to test them on multiple scooter micro fleets around the United States.
Graduate Featured Ventures
TurnAction is a platform designed to connect socially conscious consumers with brands making a positive impact on society. Through identifying companies that are environmentally and socially responsible, TurnAction hopes to empower users to more easily discover brands and products that match their values. TurnAction is planning on launching their platform shortly and is currently looking to expand its team.
Software engineer - An engineer with frontend or backend experience. Familiarity with Gatsby, React or NodeJS is a plus.
Content Writer - Someone to run the TurnAction blog who has the ability to break down content, make it simple to digest, and can think outside the box.
Business Developer - Someone to help foster and grow our business connections.
Alumni Featured Ventures
Phoenix Tailings is developing technology which will enable the mining industry to achieve higher output, stronger economics and long term sustainability. Phoenix Tailings treats waste from large landfills as new ore and sustainably extracts valuable primary metals. These metals are used in various industries including telecommunication, automobiles, and aerospace. Through leveraging untapped value within mining and refining waste, Phoenix Tailing is able to eliminate hazardous environmental waste while being economical and sustainable.
About the Author:
Alex Marley is a junior majoring in electrical engineering and economics at Northeastern University. Currently he is an Associate for the Huntington Angels Network, Client Management Lead for Generate, researching neural interfacing devices at Northeastern, an electrical engineer for Paradigm Hyperloop and the founder of the NUOverload newsletter. Alex is also working full time as an electrical engineer at Notch Technologies and interning as a venture analyst for Wiase Capital.