The scores have been tallied, and the results are in! The Crossroads Fall 2023 finalists will pitch live at The Mill on October 4. (RSVP here!)
The Crossroads Fall 2023 Finalists
Competing upstairs in the Classroom for a $10,000 investment from Flywheel Fund, the four pre-seed finalists are:
Competing downstairs in the Event Hall for a $20,000 investment from Flywheel Fund, the four seed finalists are:
- HEMSCap (Hoda Salsabili)
- Integrate School (Kevin Celisca)
- rScan (Rod Baradaran)
- Traduality (Diego Achio)
This year we’ll have signage up with presentation times, staggered so that those of us in the audience can plan to see all our favorites. The event runs from 1-3:30 pm, and it’s always filled with excitement!
We have to give a shoutout to all the founders for their grit. We always see a few familiar faces from competition to competition, and it’s awesome to see a pitch improving over time. The startup world takes tenacity. These founders give it their all!
If you follow The Mill, you might notice something about our elite eight. Three of the finalists are graduates of our Startup Summer program for collegiate founders (that’s Pocket, Soloist, and rScan). rScan also won Crossroads Collegiate this year. Meanwhile, Traduality is a graduate of Mill Cohorts, our pre-accelerator for Mill members.
Does this mean we played favorites? Heck, no! Dozens of judges from around the state serve on Crossroads panels. They do the scoring. But we are pretty proud that our programs for founders do make an impact. Psst! Applications are actually open now for this winter’s Mill Cohorts as well as the 2024 Startup Summer.
Huge thanks to the IEDC, our spotlight sponsor, for their support of Hoosier entrepreneurs and innovators.
About the Pre-Seed Finalists
The four finalists in the pre-seed category cover diverse territory.
Pocket, from Charlie Edmonds, is a comprehensive educational platform for students in beginning band and beginning orchestra that utilizes Black gospel music as its instructional vehicle.
The Primary Record app, from Jean Ross, provides a safe and secure way to organize, discuss and easily share family health information—helpful for all families, and essential for those dealing with complex medical situations.
Vy Le’s startup Rescue Biomedical has developed a wearable device that detects an opioid overdose and automatically delivers the life-saving antidote and notifies emergency contacts of the individual’s location.
Soloist from Parker Busick has made it to the finals several times and just keeps getting better. Soloist simulates the rich learning environment of playing with bandmates for musicians practicing alone. Users can stack multiple audio loops, share loops, and co-create songs.
About the Seed Finalists
HEMSCap from Hoda Salsabili is an artificial intelligence (AI)-ChatGPT-guided home-exercise monitoring physical therapy platform. HEMSCap extends physical therapy beyond the clinic, enhances exercise monitoring, and solves the problem of patients not adhering to their routine.
Integrate School from Kevin Celisca streamlines the lesson planning process by empowering teachers to easily create lesson plans with the click of a button. It integrates with Google’s suite of tools and facilitates collaborative planning.
Rod Baradaran’s startup rScan simplifies the process of selling returned merchandise online, thus making it easier for members of the general public with extra storage space to participate in the $800 billion resale market.
Finally, Traduality’s online marketplace connects organizations and individuals in need of any translation-related service directly to vetted freelance translators. Founder Diego Achio says Traduality offers access to over 20 different translation-related services, using supportive AI to triple translators’ productivity.
The finals will be held October 4, from 1 pm to 3:30. Please join us at The Mill to support these founders!