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AlphaLab & AlphaLab Gear First Look 2020

Presenting Companies

Ahemet Antidotes

Ahemet Antidotes provides specifically targeted medicine that combats the current antibiotic resistance in today’s world. They are replacing low-grade livestock antibiotics with their organic biologic to reduce antibiotic resistance, while also keeping animals safe and healthy.

Craig Benzinger


Benchtop Bioreactors

Benchtop Bioreactors is building the next generation of devices for screening therapies without the need for animals, providing researchers and biopharma companies with a simple and modular hardware/software platform for conducting, monitoring, and automating fluid-based experiments in the cell and tissue engineering space.

Benjamin Schilling



CHELA Marketplace helps emerging designers that serve niche markets by connecting them to consumers in locations previously inaccessible. With quality, transparency and uniting people through fashion  at the core of everything we do, CHELA wants to support creative and independent designers in their effort to reach new markets.  CHELA’s founders are experienced entrepreneurs with the combined experience of growing a retail clothing business and a skincare company that was acquired by Seventh Generation and Unilever.

Valeria Green


Connect Wolf



Connect Wolf makes a wearable baby monitor and app that gives parents a virtual peek in the nursery – that check to see that baby is where she should be and that she’s okay – when they aren’t together.

Jennifer Sydeski Hurd


Footbridge for Families

Footbridge enables rapid response funding to families facing a financial crisis, filling an immediate gap that other funds can’t. Our award-winning organization harnesses partnerships with third-party organizations and frontline professionals to identify families with this need. This unique approach allows us to act as an intermediary to divert families from more expensive outcomes.

Kimberly Eckel, Founder and CEO


GIGO Games

GIGO Games is a game studio focused on developing games and IP to bring the billion-dollar eSports market to a much wider audience. Founded by experienced game designers, GIGO Games has secured licenses from across the industry to bring the team based extreme sport of Paintball to computers and consoles around the world.

Christopher Reid


Gus Gear

Gus Gear designs and manufactures securement devices for implanted medical equipment like central catheters and feeding tubes. Their focus is on patient safety and quality of life for those with medical challenges. Gus Gear’s products allow patients to break free from the limitations imposed by their diagnosis and live their lives to the fullest.

Sarah Palya



Komodo is automating the municipal bond evaluation process, bringing greater transparency and analytic capability to a $4 trillion industry.  Emerging economic, environmental, and social risks, coupled with misaligned incentives for ratings agencies, means that internal credit risk analysis is increasingly important.  Komodo enables investment professionals to create their own rating system based on relative value and increase the yield of their portfolio using customizable tools that fit their investment strategy.

Matthew Dulac



Koop is building an autonomous mobility insurance platform that lets autonomy operators get custom, data-driven and scalable insurance solutions. The trillion dollar insurance industry is not meeting the needs of rapidly developing autonomy operators who want a tailored approach to their mission critical and data-rich autonomous technologies. Our company is built and run by an experienced and balanced team of autonomy engineers, quantitative modelers, and commercial telematics professionals, serving the needs of autonomy operators by helping insurance companies structure the best autonomy solution possible. 

Kamron Khodjaev


Phlux Technologies

Phlux Technologies is making robotics and automation safer and more affordable by using their new 3D sensing technology to improve the resolution, efficiency, and precision of low-cost 3D sensors. Their products help robots navigate, protect workers from dangerous machinery, and alert vehicles of obstacles.

Joe Bartels


SMART Dreams

SMART Dreams partners with schools, non-profits, and other community organizations to provide tools that support youth with post-secondary planning. Their booklets and app help each student develop an individualized path towards success and facilitate better support from the caring adults in their lives.

Walter Lewis


TouchWood Labs

TouchWood Labs simplifies the way we interact with the digital world by making it intuitive, fun, and beautiful. TouchWood is an interactive touch display embedded below the surface of materials such as wood and plastic so that it becomes visible only when needed, and blends seamlessly into the material when it is not. TouchWood provides control of multiple IoT connected devices, has native apps, and serves as a platform for third party app development.

Matthew Dworman


Trek Gum

Trek Gum is a biodegradable chewing gum that cleans teeth on the go, allowing users to maintain their oral hygiene anywhere at any time in a more convenient, efficient, and sustainable way.

Emily Siegel


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