Meet the Cohort 2018/19
Operon (formerly Coli)
Multiplatform lab work management application
Operon aims to improve the efficiency of science with software. Science is held back by the way scientists manage their lab work. Operon is a multiplatform ELN application to easily set up, execute and record experiments from the desktop to the bench-top. Unlike competitors, it is both easy-to-use and ready for bench-top integration.
Elderly care app that helps you checks on loved ones
AllGood was founded on the belief that families shouldn't have to worry about their elderly loved ones living alone. All current solutions entail functional, emotional, and economic compromises. As 40% of seniors have a smartphone, AllGood decided to solve this problem with a simple mobile application. It provides an alternative to obsolete panic buttons (of which half are never worn).
Neurolytics (formerly Rebndl)
Intelligent digital news subscription
Rebndl is on the verge of transforming the news publishing industry. Currently, 67% of people read the news online for free, and are increasingly looking to access a highly curated selection of news stories on their smartphones. Through its digital news subscription platform, Rebndl integrates the emerging trends in news consumption behaviour with the changing business demands of newspapers to shape the future of news publishing.
After having been equipped with the skills needed to found a start-up in the OX1 Incubator, the original Rebndl team moved on to a new idea: Neurolytic Healthcare Ltd. They have already received funding from two sources and have a headcount of 10 dedicated team members including a prominent advisory board.
Neurolytic Healthcare Ltd. delivers AI-driven real-time event prediction and pharmacogenomic testing for neurological disorders to improve patient quality of life and help clinicians optimise prescription decisions. It draws on recent advances and successes in personalised medicine and pharmacogenomics, supported by NHS England's aim to embed personalised healthcare across the NHS. Given the current suboptimal management of neurological disorders and lack of specialised healthcare staff in the UK, there remains a significant unmet need for digital healthcare providers who can deliver effective neurological event prediction prediction tools and a systematic optimisation of pharmacological treatment. By covering and personalising the complete treatment pathway, Neurolytic Healthcare ensures improved quality of life and optimised clinical decision-making, whilst reducing the significant costs to the economy and healthcare system.
Art marketplace platform developing limited editions of art derivatives
The Chinese Authorised Art Derivatives market has an estimated size of 10 billion USD. Yet, it still has untapped opportunities. Artale addresses four primary issues faced by artists (lack of knowledge of how to monetise their art beyond galleries; lack of motivation to seek potential buyers; no market for the transactions of mid-tier artists’ works; and limited digital means to display and sell their art) and two issues faced by customers (middle income families do not have sufficient income to purchase high end artworks; and many potential customers are unaware of the range of offerings of the art market).
App using CBT to overcome the fear of needles
The current solutions to a fear of needs (talking therapies, distraction and relaxation) are either ineffective or expensive and inconvenient. Intrepidus provides convenient, low-cost, therapy-quality care to help people overcome their fear of needles. It does so via an app powered by AI and CBT which identifies and challenges patients’ fears and unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.
Fresh pasta making robot
Ceres tackles the ‘hungry person’s trilemma’: when choosing between convenient, affordable and healthy food, you can generally have at most two of the three. This trilemma is most noteworthy during the lunchtime rush, which presents a lucrative opportunity: the lunchtime market in the UK is £5 billion per annum and growing.
Ceres is creating a high-end pasta making robot that can deliver a fresh pasta meal from order to service in less than 3 minutes.
Meet the Cohort 2019/20
LevelUp is a personal development platform for children that enhances the academic and holistic development of ‘K-12’ students (from kindergarten to 12th Grade). LevelUp offers a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) experience where children can interact, collaborate and build on their interpersonal skills while learning from curriculum-aligned content developed in-house and sourced from publishers.
Online platform to help students manage
and win their tenancy disputes.
Legalme helps students keep their landlords accountable by guiding them through the process of making a small claim in the courts. The platform enables students to generate formal legal documents for their case and aims to demystify the legal process to repair the power imbalance that exists between landlord and tenant.
AI and Machine Learning to detect genetic disorders
ScanGenomics works on analyzing dermatoglyphics data using artificial intelligence and cutting-edge machine learning algorithms to detect markers that correspond to several genetic disorders. In recent times, genetic disorders have risen to be one of the significant causes of mortality. As we improve our understanding of the human genome, we see that nearly all diseases have a genetic component linked to them. The vision of ScanGenomics is to aid in the early diagnosis of these genetic diseases using computational data analytics for successful treatment. The dermatoglyphics or the fingerprints of a human individual are among the very few features that can uniquely identify an individual and are determined by
various phenomena, including genetic and chromosomal factors. Thus the analysis of fingerprint patterns might reveal insights into the genetic makeup of an individual. Fingerprints are proven to act as reliable biological markers for several
medical conditions such as hypertension and other coronary diseases.
Alternative navigation app promoting sustainable transport choices
Despite growing concerns over climate change, research has shown that an overwhelming number of people feel they lack the tools to make informed decisions when it comes to travel. GreenerRoutes is an alternative navigation app which helps users make sustainable transport choices. The app allows journey planning based on real time estimates of carbon
emissions, taking into account both the route and mode of transport. GreenerRoutes gives users the ability to track and offset their individual carbon emissions by paying for trees to be planted.
Peer-to-peer meditation sessions
Our mental health plays a huge role in our ability to study effectively and keep a good work-life balance. Ripple is revolutionizing the way students understand and practise meditation.
Ripple provides peer-to-peer meditation sessions, charging College or University welfare budgets so that students can attend for free. The team has secured paid partnerships with 10 Oxford colleges, trained additional session leaders, built a website, and established a strong social media presence.
Pairing women travelling home
Many women feel unsafe when travelling home alone after a night out. This fear is understandable given the statistics: women travelling home alone are much more likely to be preyed upon than women in groups. Many existing attempts at solving the problem, such as panic buttons, apply too late, when the situation has already escalated. Women should not need such last resort measures in the first place. Serena addresses the problem by pairing up two women that have overlapping paths home. That way, both are safer.