Women Startup Challenge VR & AI Finalists

New York VR & AI | Finalists | Judges

These 10 inspiring women-led startups are the finalists of the Women Startup Challenge VR and AI. They pitched their innovative and disruptive ventures to a panel of investors on February 15, 2017 at Google in New York City. Check out their startups below!



Sam Frons Addicaid

Pitching Founder: Sam Frons (Brooklyn, NY)


A digital addiction wellness platform for individuals with substance/process disorders, friends/family coping with loved ones in care, a dashboard for treatment centers and insurance companies to facilitate care delivery in an organized, intelligent, cost-effective manner.



Pitching Founder: Veronica Orvalho (Clayton, CA)


Automatically creates a 3D virtual character starting from a single photo – and in about 2 minutes you have a lifelike avatar that can speak, move, and represent you in a 3D world. Platform agnostic and compatible with all 3D environments, their technology can be used in games, social media, film, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

Droice Labs

Tasha Nagamine

Pitching Founder: Tasha Nagamine (New York, NY)


Artificial intelligence startup in the healthcare space. Droice uses cutting-edge machine learning to help hospitals achieve better patient outcomes. The company just launched its first pilot with one major hospital chain in Europe.

Galaxy AI


Pitching Founder: Jasjit Maggu (New York, NY)


Galaxy.AI creates artificial intelligence to solve big problems for humanity at an industrial scale.

Hauoli LLC


Pitching Founder: Lili Qiu (Austin, TX)

Revolutionizing how users interact with the world by developing patent-pending high-precision acoustic-based motion tracking technology. The technology will enable VR/AR users to easily interact with objects in the scene.



Pitching Founder: Gillian Morris (New York, NY)


An intelligent assistant that monitors flight and accommodation prices for trips you want to take, then alerts you when prices drop. Using a combination of machine learning, social and expert recommendations, Hitlist recreates the old school travel agent experience while saving you 50%+ on your bookings. Hitlist books over $2.5m worth of trips per month and was named one of TIME’s 50 Best Apps of 2016.

Intelligent Space

Pitching Founder: Christianna Taylor, PhD (Moffett Field, CA)


Developing artificial intelligence for space applications. They leverage autonomous robotics to restructure space for satellite safety from orbital debris starting with a space towing system moving dead satellites to a graveyard zone.

Opaque Studios

Mariana Acuna Opaque Studios

Pitching Founder: Mariana Acuña (Los Angeles, CA)

Builds VR-based tools for Hollywood studios. They combine the two most exciting developments in tech and Hollywood: Virtual Reality and Virtual Production; allowing content creators to produce feature films, TV shows, games and VR applications more efficiently than ever before. By combining Virtual Reality with Virtual Production, they allow directors to make better creative decisions and massively cut down the cost of a production – sometimes many millions of dollars.

Spirit AI

Mitu Khandaker Kokoris Sprirt AI

Pitching Founder: Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris (New York, NY)


Takes tools to craft more expressive characters, stories, and worlds in games and VR. Spirit AI enables experiences in which players can communicate naturally with characters and crucially, be deeply understood and have unique conversations. With this technology, they’re also solving another important challenge: combating online harassment in multiplayer videogames. In short, they make digital interactions feel more human and accessible using the transformative power of AI.

Venti Technologies

Heidi Wyle Venti

Pitching Founder: Heidi Wyle (Weston, MA)


Self-driving vehicles is one of the great disruptive technologies of our lifetime and will transform everyday vehicles from cars to lawn mowers, wheelchairs, shopping carts, and golf carts. We are building VentiRide to provide inexpensive, personalized mobility-on-demand services at low speeds where current technologies offer a safe and reliable solution and new regulation is not required. Our services will transform mass mobility and improve the lives of tens of millions of seniors and mobility-constrained people by giving them self-determination, freedom, friends and joy.