7 New Startups Further Their Dreams in Wayfinder Program

By: Jackie Connor

Photo by: Kate Wokowsky

UC Irvine (UCI) Beall Applied Innovation’s Wayfinder incubator recently added seven new startup teams to its roster of more than 60 startups total. In addition to UCI, teams hail from across the University of California’s 10 statewide schools, including UC Berkeley, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara.

This new batch of startup teams are working on products and services that range from employee engagement, comedic entertainment, noninvasive devices, interactive crowdfunding and more.

Developed by UCI and UC San Diego alumni, StyloSonic is a startup that is creating a noninvasive periodontal imaging device.

Shaka is an employee engagement platform. This startup was also the grand prize winner in the 2021 New Venture Competition taking home $10,000 that will help accelerate their growth. UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business holds the annual competition.

Created by UCI undergraduates, Foodable is a platform that sells excess food at a discounted price to consumers.

Feminora is a startup based on UCI intellectual property that is working on a vaginal speculum that minimizes patient discomfort.

Online Open Mic:
Founded by a graduate from UCI’s Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship program, Online Open Mic is an entertainment platform that connects comedians and fans.

Co-founded by UCI undergraduate students, Grasshopperfund is a crowdfunding platform that allows young entrepreneurs to highlight their startups, raise funds and find team members. The team recently placed first in the 11th annual Butterworth Product Development Competition.

Glass Notebook:
Co-founded by UCI undergraduates and alumni, Glass Notebook is a browser-based computational notebook for high-performance computer clusters.

These startups will appear in the Wayfinder program’s Pitch and Match events, which provides new and seasoned startups with a platform to pitch their company, highlight milestones and ask for guidance from community members. Stay tuned to Applied Innovation’s events.

Learn more about the Wayfinder program.

Click here to read the full article on the UCI Beall Applied Innovation website.