Startup Factory Cohort I


SAFI-Tech has invented small liquid metal filled balloons that can be broken to release the liquid metal, which then solidifies. The material can be applied as a paste or spray and by removing the heating/melting of the metal from the processing sensitive electronic materials and substrates can be electrically connected, 3D-printed, or repaired without heating, thereby making new products, lowering manufacturing costs, and decreasing energy use.



Structurely predictive real estate technologies help realtors, brokerages and associations craft more personalized home buying or selling experiences. To help decrease both the Realtor and their clients’ dissatisfaction with their technology, they are building a suite of advanced, data-driven tools to shape the next generation of real estate.


Gross-Wen Technologies

Gross-Wen Technologies (GWT) uses its patented wastewater treatment technology, known as the revolving algal biofilm system (RAB), to cost-effectively recover nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater. Compared to other treatment options, GWT’s system is significantly more affordable and produces algae biomass which can be sold as a slow release algal fertilizer or bioplastic.


Smart Ag

Smart Ag is focused on one thing- Feeding the World Smarter. They are developing software and hardware which will enable farms to use and benefit from internet connected machinery, supervised and fully autonomous equipment, data to machine integration and advanced path planning.


Complex Computation

Incorporated in July 2015, Complex Computation had one goal in mind: build beautiful and elegant cross-platform tools for analyzing network data. Initially started by a professor and doctoral candidate, Mango was originally conceived to solve complex biological problems. Since its inception, Mango has evolved to support more than biological networks. Complex Computation’s goal as a business and with Mango is to be the ultimate solution for big data analysis.


Parametric Studio

Parametric’s first product, Davinci Flight, is an innovative 3-D multi-player game built around real engineering design and simulation tool to provide STEM enrichment in and out of classrooms.



Cygnet is a bike share company that provides a scalable solution for communities of all sizes.  With the ability to install 1 to 1,000 self-contained units, smaller communities, colleges and universities, hotels, and tourist attractions can provide a first class bike share system. This system allows greater flexibility and ease of use than the major competitors in the bike share market.


VariFAS Biorenewables, LLC

VariFAS Biorenewables LLC is a start-up company focused on developing scalable manufacturing platform to transform agricultural sugars. VariFAS’s MUFAs will promote innovations in lubricants not possible from petroleum-based raw materials, allowing the manufacturing and formulation of better-performance lubricants.


Cross Over, LLC

Concussions and traumatic brain injuries have become the center of a storm of discussion surrounding football and the NFL. Cross Over turns a wealth of medical, engineering, and professional athletic expertise to the development and distribution of a “Smart Helmet” – using integrated non-Newtonian materials and advanced impact mitigation/preemptive reaction technologies. Concepts tested and proven through this project can be adapted to a range of personal protection applications in sport, military, and medical arenas.