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2017-18 Finalists

The 2017-18 LaunchX Clubs school year theme was environmental sustainability, and the teams below were the top teams across the hundreds of schools worldwide.

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Maia

We offer affordable and effective water filtration with unprecedented accessibility and ease with our product, which is designed to extract physical contaminants from water bodies such as lakes, streams and rivers.

Traction: 4 NGO's have expressed interest

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KétoPlants

Hotels can now grow their own vegetables with KétoPlants, we provide a full-service vertical-farming system that fulfills their CSR values: growing sustainably, supporting the local community, and providing a branding strategy.

Traction: Several prototype iterations of mockup and 3D printing, plus secured beta testing with JW Marriott

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Trofi

Trofi is an e-Commerce platform where restaurant owners and livestock farmers can make connections to promote sustainable practices and reduce food waste. With this platform there will be an increase in convenience of transactions of “food waste” and greater outreach of this eco-friendly practice.

Traction: 50 clients, $400 funding / grants, and 4 strong partners

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Solupal

Solupal is a water soluble and biodegradable shopping bag that allows everyday shoppers to be environmentally conscious without a high commitment. Our bag provides users the ease of simply tossing it into the wash or in the trash knowing that it will leave zero waste.

Traction: $500 seed funding, 3 orders pending, product used at an event, and won 1st place at a trade show

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sine-aqua

“Water-less” soap designed to eliminate bacteria and viruses like a traditional hygiene product without the necessity of water.

Traction: multiple iterations of prototype

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VODVOZ

We plan to connect families attending the same school living near each other and allow them to create a co-driving plan within a few clicks on their phones. This will not only reduce the unnecessary traffic in front of our school but also save the parent's time and create tighter school communities.

Traction: multiple pilots, one school interested in being a paying customer

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Autoplug

For young energy and money conscious adults, Autoplug is the electrical brand which delivers energy saving methods through an automatic smart socket. Our socket helps young, first time home owners who are learning to coordinate their energy bill.

Traction: 100 pre-orders, ~$1,500 revenue

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Notable Notebooks

Notable’s mission is to reduce paper waste and advocate for environmental sustainability by helping people make simple, achievable lifestyle changes. Our waterproof, reusable notebooks can be written on with any Frixion™ pen, then erased with a damp cloth and then reused again!

Traction: Multiple prototype iterations, $350 revenue in the first week of offering

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Swap Shop

Swap Shop is a subscription box of high-quality used kids clothing that hopes to reduce fashion waste. We provide families with an easy way to be eco-friendly, and give them a convenient way to get rid of their child's outgrown clothes.
Little clothes. Big Impact. Swap Shop.

Traction: raised inventory, tested the website, and sent initial boxes to beta customers

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Sieni Containers

We hope to reduce America's waste epidemic by developing mycelium coffee cups with no environmental impact. For independent coffee shops, Sieni containers delivers biodegradable, compostable, heat-insulating, lightweight coffee cups through direct, monthly supplies.

Traction: pre-order of 200 cups for $70

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EarthWindBox

EarthWindBox’s priority is to implement a green lifestyle for our Earth Warriors. While other companies urge large-scale changes from their consumers, we are able to reach our goal through minimal changes. Our unique approach to this is to include educational pamphlets along with our featured box.

Traction: 50 boxes sold, $750 profit, partnership with Method

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Natrion

Natrion makes the widespread use of renewable energy power grids feasible with its new sodium-ion battery. Using a revolutionary clay-based solid electrolyte, the battery greatly diminishes costs while providing superior safety, longevity, and performance to current lithium storage systems.

Traction: working prototype, patent-pending material

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Nature Ice Pops

Nature Ice Pops is focused on making healthy ice pops to help people prevent diseases using tea as our main component. We are the brand of nutritional pops that help customers maintain a healthy lifestyle by delivering our products to different supermarkets and stores.

Traction: multiple full prototypes of their food product

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SoundShare

SoundShare is a revolutionary file transfer system that uses high frequency sound waves to enable cross platform sharing.

Traction: working phone application, raised $1k on Kickstarter in 1 day (before closing it to focus elsewhere)

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Flowi

Flowi is the service for business owners which provides eco-friendly and real time advertising to shoppers across a large city center through the use of free Wifi; unlike other online advertising services, Flowi targets the right ads to the right customers using statistical learning.

Traction: 3 pre-orders, partnership to develop their wifi tech

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StoClean

StoClean is an energy-conserving stove attachment that alleviates various issues caused by smoke emission from cooking with biomass fuels that trouble countless people in developing countries.

Traction: 10 pre-orders of ~$150 value

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Triton Technologies

Triton Technologies is developing a product that is meant to be used to clean waterborne pollution in bodies of water such as The Great Lakes. "Cleaning the Earth, one robot at a time."

Traction: Supported by the Alliance for the Great Lakes, $5k grant funding

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Mold Controlled

Hurricane Harvey proved the need to limit flood damage. Students from HSPVA used their own difficulties with post-flood mold to create a preventative solution, Mold Controlled. The fungicidal tablet sanitizes flood water, preventing the growth of mold and bypassing the costly mold removal process.

Traction: multiple iterations of their scientifically based prototype

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Mealmate

Mealmate provides busy college students with a mobile app allowing them to find healthy and easy-to-prepare recipes based on whatever ingredients they have on hand. Our app has a multitude of features providing the fastest and most customizable reverse-engineered cooking experience.

Traction: 250+ downloads of their app in the first few days, 4.6 star rating

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