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XLR8 Accelerator

XLR8 (formerly Pioneering Summer) is a 10-week startup accelerator that provides support for student ventures to take them to the next level. The program provides mentorship, coaching, workshops, company visits, and social activities, as well dedicated time and space to allow students to focus on building the venture, conducting customer research, and testing their products. Now in its fourth year, XLR8 is Project X-ITE’s flagship program.

We are thrilled to announce the next XLR8 accelerator cohort! Please join us in congratulating the eight student-led ventures who will receive a $10,000 stipend, dedicated mentorship, company visits, and a packed 10-weeks that will support them in taking their venture to the next level.

If you’re interested in mentoring any of these student-led companies, drop us a note here!

Without further ado, meet the companies!

Ahead Wind
Jacob Goldman (Computer Science, Mathematics and Entrepreneurship ’20), Rob Paddock
Ahead Wind makes composite manufacturing affordable and fast.

Patricio Gilly (Business Analytics ’21), Kristof Szabo
Defudger detects manipulated, forged or synthetic audiovisual content.

The Do Better Campaign
Madeline Membrino (International Studies and Public Policy ’21), Shannon Saul (International Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies ’20), Grace Wankelman (International Studies and Political Science ’22)
The Do Better Campaign provides an anonymous platform for gender-based violence survivors to share their stories.

Macro Menu
Kayla King (Marketing and Psychology ’20), Dave Strahm
The Macro Menu makes restaurant food content transparent for consumers with dietary and allergen restrictions.

Lauren Barnes (Management ’22), Kayle Migaki (Electrical Engineering ’22)
OneKindCup developed a sustainable cup-lid-straw combination that is 100% backyard compostable to be sold to QSR establishments.

Rye Finegan (MBA ’21)
Paired is a recruiting platform that connects talented people with great companies by leveraging the networks of connected tech industry leaders.

Tim’s Jigs
Tim Bouraoui (Computer Engineering ’21), Augustus Johnson (Computer Engineering ’20)
Tim’s Jigs makes custom solutions for research facilities, including jigs, fixtures, and data acquisition systems.

The Village Institute
Ellie Adelman (GSSW ‘19) and Omotola Williams (GSSW ’20)
The Village Institute is a live/learn/work center for refugee single moms and their families.

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