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4 Hopkins undergrad startups find funding

FastForward U's latest O'Conner Fund cohort includes four companies led by Johns Hopkins University undergraduates. (Submitted photo.)

FastForward U’s latest O’Conner Fund cohort includes four companies led by Johns Hopkins University undergraduates. (Submitted photo.)

Four startups led by undergraduates at Johns Hopkins University will receive funding through The Ralph S. O’Connor Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Fund, the university announced.

The fund is administered through the university’s FastForward U program and Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. It received 31 applications. The startups announced as members of the 2018-19 cohort can receive up to $10,000 in funding.

“This was an extremely competitive funding cycle with numerous standout applications,” Kerrie Carden, FastForward U’s director of student ventures, said in a statement. “We had more qualified teams than awards to give out, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Hopkins undergrads.”

The cohort of startups includes:

  • Aquatas, with a team of six Hopkins undergrads, develops a water purification system for developing regions;
  • Goba Tea, from Hopkins undergrad Byron D’Mello and a partner at Babson College is creating the first bottled bubble tea, infused with stress-reducing vitamins;
  • Relavo, a team of six Hopkins engineering students creating the PeritoneX, a device to reduce the risk of infection during home dialysis; and
  • Straythink, a pair of arts and sciences students at Hopkins developing haptic feedback gloves to make virtual reality more immersive by using vibrations to simulate a hand touching an object.

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