Finalists of Women Startup Challenge: Emerging Tech


Emerging Tech 2018 | Finalists | Judges | Advisors | Sponsors

These 10 inspiring, women-led startups are the finalists of Women Startup Challenge: Emerging Tech. They pitched their ventures to a panel of judges March 6, 2018 at Google, where Emma Yang of Timeless took home the $50,000 cash grant, and Astral AR and Solstice Energy Solutions were awarded Audience Choice Awards. Check out their game-changing startups below.

Astral AR

Pitching Founder: Leah La Salla

Astral AR is a drone piloting system that uses IoT and helps law enforcement stop bullets, and detect guns and bombs through walls.

Curie Co

Pitching Founder: Erika Milczek

Curie Co is a life science company that utilizes enzymes and biocompatible materials to replace chemicals banned by the FDA in consumer health products.

Folia Water

Pitching Founder: Teri Dankovich

Folia Water is a water filtration system made up of a single sheet of nano-silver filter paper, which can provide 50 liters of safe water at a retail price of 50 cents per sheet.


Pitching Founder: Sona Shah

Neopenda is an affordable, wireless vital signs monitor that reduces response time to newborns in distress, and helps healthcare workers save lives in overcrowded and understaffed health facilities.


Pitching Founder: Tinia Pina

Re-Nuble is a patent-pending process to optimize plant nutrition by transforming food waste into chemical free, organic nutrients for both soil based and hydroponic cultivation where food waste is unable to be redirected for human or animal consumption in a recycled, safe, sustainable manner.


Pitching Founder: Samantha Snabes

re:3D, the creators of Gigabot, an industrial human-scale 3D printer that prints from plastic recyclables creating access to local and sustainable manufacturing material, which decimates costs and scales barriers in additive manufacturing.

Solstice Energy Solutions

Pitching Founder: Ugwem Eneyo

Solstice Energy Solutions created SHYFT, a platform for millions of households and businesses in emerging markets that struggle with intermittent or costly power, where users can remotely monitor, control, and manage all power sources, including solar, generator, converter, and utility.


Pitching Founder: Emma Yang

Timeless is an app developed by a 13-year-old to help Alzheimer’s patients remember events, stay connected and engaged, and recognize people through artificial intelligence-based facial recognition technology.


Ashley Crowder VNTANA

Pitching Founder: Ashley Crowder

VNTANA is an Augmented Reality computing platform that allows consumers to interact with holograms of their favorite athlete, celebrity, or product while capturing real-time data to help companies generate leads, convert sales, and quantify engagement.


Pitching Founder: Nancy Curtis

WaterSeer is a mobile water solution and device that pulls clean, fresh water from air right where people live, providing water security and independence to everyone. The device can produce 100,000s of gallons a year while collecting climate data.