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Lab to Launch Finalists Announced

Lab to Launch Finals



The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is pleased to recognize six Washington, D.C.-based science and tech innovators as finalists in the AAAS Lab to Launch Competition.

The six Lab to Launch Finalists, all of whom live, work, or study in the District, have ideas or early-stage startups in high-tech sectors ranging from drone technology to healthcare. On April 18, they will pitch on stage to a panel of expert judges for the chance to win seed capital prizes of $5,000 for 1st place, $3,000 for 2nd, and $2,000 for 3rd

AAAS invites the public to watch the finalists pitch their innovations at the Lab to Launch Finals from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 18. RSVP here.

Lab to Launch Finalists

Marc Connell, Co-Founder, BioMap Explorer I
BioMap Explorer I is a small intestine pill-probe capable of noninvasively collecting bacterial samples from the small intestine. Learn more>>.

Sebastian Hood, Co-Founder and CEO, Mynd
Mynd will provide access to mental health treatment through an online platform that connects users with therapists. Learn more>>.

Andrew King, Co-Founder, PhareTech
► PhareTech’s fiber optic device allows for aggregate data transfer at faster rates and valuable weight reduction in local area networks (LAN). Learn more>>.

Kevin Lee, Founder, Mobilized Construction
Mobilized Construction builds software for governments to use manual labor instead of heavy machinery for dirt road repairs and construction. Learn more>>.

Zack Maril, Founder, LogClerk
LogClerk’s parsing technology automates the process of monitoring database logs. Learn more>>.

Matthew Mullin, Founder and CEO Sand Scan
Sand Scan is a coastal research company that uses Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and sensing technology to provide more accurate data and 3-D maps. Learn more>>.

AAAS created Lab to Launch to support promising D.C. innovators by providing training, networking opportunities, and seed capital prizes. Earlier this year, young innovators from across the District submitted applications and pitch videos describing their business plan and technical innovation. The applications were then reviewed by a panel of scientific and entrepreneurship experts to select the six Lab to Launch finalists.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific organization and publisher of the Science family of journals. Lab to Launch is organized by AAAS's Research Competitiveness Program (RCP), which provides expert peer review and guidance to academia, industry, foundations, and government agencies engaged in scientific research, development, and innovation in the US and around the world.

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