36|86: Student Edition, part of 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival, is an opportunity for student entrepreneurs to network and learn about what is happening in the startup world. 13 startups will pitch for a total of $60k on Aug. 28. RSVP to attend.
Over the past three weeks, you have met this year’s 36|86: Student Edition finalists. As our series comes to a close, voting will open this Saturday, August 4 to select your favorite startup. The Crowd Favorite winner will be announced at 36|86: Student Edition and awarded a $5,000 cash price to invest in their business! Stay tuned to cast your vote before August 20 at 5 p.m. CST and be sure to share with your network. VOTE NOW.
Alliwon (University of Memphis)
Alliwon is an educational technology company that’s building the adaptive-learning environment (a platform/application) for the universe. They combine artificial intelligence, gaming, and blockchain-technology/crypto to improve K-12, Higher-ed, Students with disabilities, and overall adult learning. Their mission is to increase the global reading and financial literacy rate to 100% in K-12 and adults.
Team: Stefen White, Founder & CEO, current Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Master’s student at the University of Memphis; Cadarrius McGlown, Co-founder & CTO, University of Memphis Alum; Keith Shubeck, Co-founder & CIO, University of Memphis Alum; Aaron Chakraborty, Co-Founder & CGO, University of Memphis Alum
What inspired your company?
After serving as a Teacher’s Assistant for two years in a 5th grade class, I realized the challenges that teachers faced. From grading too many papers on a daily basis to cramming for standardized test scores and still maintaining a healthy life balance, I concluded that I wanted to influence the educational community, without serving as a teacher, administrator, or any other “in the K-12 setting” personnel. Then, as a Business Administration major, I realized that it’s possible for me to pursue my passion of improving the educational community, specifically in K-12 via curriculum. Later, after years of professional working experience, I realized that I could combine my passions for technology/gaming, education, and investing/entrepreneurship.
As a result, I founded Allinwon, an educational technology company that focuses on improving reading literacy and financial literacy in K-12 and for adults post-high school by helping each “learner” learn at their own pace.
What’s your secret sauce?
Honestly, (1) I think it’s the dedication that we have a team to the commitment of our company being successful. (2) In the market that we’re in, specifically Shelby Co. and the Mid-South Region, there is a tremendous need for our solution. (3) Our individual passions are uniquely aligned contribute to our “secret sauce”. (4) And because of our leadership team’s collaboration ability, (5) our team of strategic advisors, (6) our ed-tech solution, (7) the market (business, education, technology, gaming, etc.) Alliwon is in, (8) the landscape of global entrepreneurship, and (9) our general intelligence and (10) subject-matter expertise make our “secret sauce” what it is.
What is the best and worst thing about being a student founder?
For me, the best thing about being a student founder is the opportunity to build a growing, thriving business in an environment that’s very conducive to high-level activity and expectation. As a student-founder, it’s really easy to connect with other aspiring and capable professionals and student-professionals. And considering how resources at the University of Memphis are currently organized, meaning how offices and people are very centralized, it’s really simple to identify certain resources. With all of these individual highlights, the larger, best fact about being a student founder is being able to study and do what one loves and finds fun.
The worst thing about being a student-founder is having to prove yourself to some less knowledgeable and capable to secure the necessary help. Sometimes, and rarely at that (because it has happened), does an administrator present intentional challenges that make it hard to compete in the market because of their fear of their own personal failure if another succeeds, especially one that’s considerably younger than the currently employed.
Where do you see your company in 5 years?
In 5 years, our company will be a multi-million dollar company that’s on track to becoming a startup unicorn or we will be one by then. We easily see ourselves providing our solution in the market and accurately being able to constantly improve because of the quality of new hires and cultivated data. We expect to have an established global presence along with a profitable financial standing.
Flo+Co. (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Flo+Co. Is a hybrid floral coffee shop that focuses on inspiring creativity, encouraging collaboration and building beauty through its unique product mix. Flo+Co. strives to offer people not only a great cup of coffee but introduce them to high quality, beautiful and easily accessible floral bouquets.
Team: Meg Hutchinson, Founder, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Senior
Connect with Flo+Co.: Instagram: @the_florista_; Facebook: Meg Hutchinson Florals
Prediction Health (Vanderbilt University)
Prediction Health has built a service for doctors that automatically documents patient encounters at the tap of a button. Their AI-assisted scribes capture and structure data as doctors talk with their patients. They can then use this dataset to enable applying machine learning in real-time to improve care quality and efficiency.
Team: Pedro Teixeira, CEO, Vanderbilt MD/PhD Program, 4th year medical student; Ravi Atreya, CTO, Vanderbilt MD/PhD Program, 3rd year medical student; Michael Poku, CMO, Vanderbilt MD, Harvard MBA, 3rd year resident at Johns Hopkins
Connect with Prediction Health: Twitter @PredictionDr
Cast your vote for this year’s Crowd Favorite!
Voting is now closed.