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#3 - Startups Revolutionizing Chocolate Milk, School Bus Transportation, Product Digitization and more
A weekly newsletter containing curated entrepreneurial focused content for Northeastern students, founders and friends.
This week we are featuring startups that have implemented a new process for producing chocolate milk, are revolutionizing school bus transportation and improving CPG digitization. Some of the startups in this edition are pre-launch while others are selling their products at grocery stores nation wide.
Undergrad Featured Ventures
BusRight is digitally transforming the antiquated $25B school bus industry through efficient bus routing, dynamic driver navigation and real-time parent communication technology. They have customers in 4 states and are scaling their nationwide sales efforts in the upcoming year. They are backed by Underscore VC, Founder of Best Buy, former Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Founder of Wayfair and several other prominent angel investors. Their team is on their way to bringing cutting edge technology to the largest mass transit system in the country.
Kaolin is working to create a non-toxic, zero-waste, vegan and handmade makeup line that is entirely wax and oil based. Through making sustainable makeup affordable, Kaolin is looking to tap into the young adult audience that has the desire to be socially conscious consumers. Currently, Kaolin is looking to launch its first highlighter, lip stain, cheek and lip tint and eyeshadow/body glitter products in the coming months.
ARTST is developing a platform that will allow artists to obtain additional revenue by hosting live streams, podcasts, Q&A sessions and more for their fans. ARTST provides support to help artists create exclusive content, develop a community and provide additional value to their fans. Currently ARTST is in the process of onboarding artists, finalizing the development of their platform, and preparing to launch in the coming months.
Alumni Featured Ventures
Slate Milk is redefining chocolate milk’s reputation by creating a new version of chocolate milk which contains 75% less sugar and 50% more protein. Through using an ultrafiltration process, Slate Milk is able to filter and redirect lactose usually found in milk making their chocolate milk lactose free. Slate Milk is also unique since it does not have to be refrigerated and uses milk sourced from family owned farms. Currently, Slate Milk is being sold online and at major grocery stores across the country.
Foodspace is looking to leverage computer vision and AI to accurately digitize consumer packaged good (CPG) brands and retailers in seconds. Through using machine learning and vision technology, Foodspace has the ability to identify an item’s content such as ingredients, brand name or nutritional information from product images. Foodspace has the goal of improving the quality and attribution of product data across the CPG industry allowing consumers to more easily purchase items remotely that suit their needs. Currently, Foodspace has started working with Walmart, Nestle, and other CPG brands to implement their technology and provide attribute management.
Data Scientist with experience in data categorization and normalization. Ability to mine and analyze data from internal and external databases along with creating new data organization techniques.
If you have an enthusiasm in food and the intersection of technology feel free to send an email to Ayo@foodspaceapp.com with a resume to schedule a meeting!
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.