In the fall of 2021, the Harvard Innovation Labs kicked off its tenth anniversary celebration with its “10 for 10” campaign—a yearlong series of monthly features highlighting 10 extraordinary innovations that have come out of the Harvard Innovation Labs since 2011.
This month’s installment features innovations that help people enhance and plan their lives in a variety of ways — from improving outcomes for people who want to quit smoking to offering compassionate end-of-life planning. July’s 10 for 10 are:
Aceup for reinventing leadership development. Aceup’s founders were named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2020, and the company has delivered tens of thousands of coaching sessions for organizations across five continents.
Aldatu Biosciences for enabling on-site COVID-19 testing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in March 2020, only weeks after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. The company has emerged as a leader in adaptive PCR diagnostics.
Cake for building the largest end-of-life planning company. Over 40 million people turn to Cake each year for support on death, grief, and mortality.
Human First for building the operational infrastructure to support decentralized trials and distributed care at home.
Imago Rehab for creating a robot-assisted virtual clinic that restores hand function to stroke survivors.
Jamber for reinventing consumer products that can transform the lives of millions, starting with a coffee mug that even Parkinson’s patients can hold. Jamber was a 2019 winner of the Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge.
Legacy for addressing declining male fertility with a new technology to make freezing sperm as straightforward as possible. The company won TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield, was accepted into Y Combinator, and attracted well-known celebrity investors including DJ Khaled, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, and Orlando Bloom.
Lumos for being one of the first companies to make a bike helmet with built in lights. It was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2018.
Smoodi for making people healthier and happier by providing fresh and customized smoothies through its proprietary, self-cleaning blender.
Vincere Health for developing the EARN program, a tech-enabled behavioral health platform that bundles a CO monitoring breath pen, health coaching, and financial incentives to improve outcomes for smoking cessation or reduction.