Lab to Launch Finalists

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

The six Lab to Launch Finalists listed below 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

Register here to attend the AAAS Lab to Launch Live Pitching Finals from 5:00 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 18 at AAAS headquarters in D.C.  


Marc Connell
Co-Founder, BioMap Explorer I

The BioMap Explorer I is the world’s first small intestine bacterial pill-probe. Capable of noninvasively collecting bacterial samples from the small intestine, this device will help clients uncover the secrets hidden in this neglected region of the human microbiome

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Sebastian Hood
Co-Founder and CEO, Mynd

Mynd will facilitate connections between users, and therapists compatible with their treatment preferences -- 24/7. Mynd's care providers will be ready to connect with users without delay, so that consultations can happen on the spot, and users can actually have an appointment booked within minutes of deciding they need help.

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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). Utilizing wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), we can condense a data delivery system while reducing the need for multiple point-to-point cabling and amplifying the strength of the entire network.

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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. Mobilized Construction's solution localizes repairs by creating jobs in rural communities, bypassing the high cost heavy graders machines. This reduces the cost of road repairs by up to 90% compared to today.

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Zack Maril
Founder, LogClerk

LogClerk reads the logs so you don’t have to.

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Matthew Mullin
Founder and CEO, Sand Scan

Sand Scan is a coastal research company that uses Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and remote sensing technology to provide accurate data that is faster and more affordable than traditional methods.

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