Eight student startup teams received $6,816 in milestone grants for February. This includes regular grants and microgrants for this period. See below for a list of teams and their product ideas.
The final event for the regular grants was hosted on Zoom and broadcast on YouTube for the public. It included the usual startup pitches and public voting to see who earned grants.
Get Seeded is a regular milestone grant funding program open to all college students in Utah. The first step is to apply online. All university students in Utah are welcome to apply for grants.
Students requesting more than $500 follow a three-step process, concluding at the Final Pitch Event, where they pitch to an audience that votes on who gets funded. Students requesting $500 or less — called microgrants — are funded after a two-step process.
The program is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah and sponsored by Chad and Kristen Anselmo and doxy.me.
Learn more about Get Seeded and apply for a grant here: lassonde.utah.edu/getseeded.
Virtual Swim (University of Utah) — $1,500
Virtual Swim is creating an exoskeleton that simulates virtual environments. The exoskeleton adapts VR technology, going from just a visual experience, to a fully immersive haptic and interactive experience, and aims to be used to create training opportunities for dangerous, hard to replicate, and or expensive situations.
Foam (University of Utah) — $1,500
Foam solves one of the biggest problems college students face — laundry. Foam will pick up, wash and fold, and drop off laundry, providing a stress-free and convenient service for students. No waiting for machines. Easy drop-off. Convenient pickup. Laundry delivered.
Kurl Up (University of Utah) — $1,500
Kurl Up is a brand that curates effective, natural, and affordable hair care products for curly hair. They are giving curly consumers more ethical options with fair trade ingredients, vegan, and cruelty free formulations and we strive to drive costs down to be more affordable.
Sport Ready Oxygen Backpack (University of Utah) — $500
Sport Ready Oxygen Backpack can hold oxygen tanks for active users while being ergonomic and lightweight, and not causing discomfort or bouncing during intense exercise. This can help the rising number of active people in need of oxygen supplementation, including individuals struggling with pulmonary diseases such as COPD, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, or even individuals with lung damage caused by COVID-19.
S-Band (University of Utah) — $500
S-Band develops, licenses, and sells solution-based medical technologies to help medical practitioners improve patient care. The company was founded by medical professionals to assist medical professionals in improving patient care through innovative and practical solutions.
ZAP (University of Utah) — $500
All electric cars come standard with a level 1 charging cable, and ZAP is a simple attachment to that cable to allow users to charge their electric vehicle using any other vehicle, gas or electric, to get them to a destination where they can officially plug in. ZAP is the emergency last mile for electric cars.
Virtually Real Homes (Utah Valley University) — $466
Virtually Real Homes helps custom home builders, contractors, and remodelers help their clients make final design decisions. Through 3D and VR visualizations/models, these clients can experience their future construction projects early on, which allows them to make adjustments before construction begins and changes become more constrained and costly.
SkiSafe (University of Utah) — $350
SkiSafe is developing, manufacturing, and commercializing an innovative anti-theft ski rack system to ski resorts, slope-side lodges, and slope-side restaurants. The system will provide skiers, snowboarders and resorts greater security, knowing their gear is locked up, without the inconvenience experienced with current coin operated and lean racks.