Since the Harvard Innovation Labs opened its doors in 2011, we’ve brought together more than 10,000 students, alumni, and faculty from across disciplines to learn from each other and work on solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems.
In 2022, the Harvard Innovation Labs has provided both virtual and in-person advising, programming, and resources to hundreds of ventures across its three-lab ecosystem: the Harvard student i-lab for ventures across all 13 Harvard schools, Launch Lab X GEO for alumni-led ventures, and the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab for biotech and life sciences startups. We’ve also observed incredible achievements from hundreds of former Harvard Innovation Labs ventures. Collectively, these ventures have raised more than $5 billion in capital, and have introduced ground-breaking products and services into the world.
Below is a selection of more than 100 extraordinary 2022 accomplishments from the more than 3,700 current and former Harvard Innovation Labs ventures.
Student Venture Updates from the Harvard i-lab
In 2022, the Harvard Innovation Labs announced record participation in Harvard student i-lab programming during the spring, summer, and fall semesters — supporting nearly 1,000 ventures during the last calendar year. In October, the Harvard Innovation Labs also introduced a new membership model, which aims to better serve students from all 13 Harvard schools at every stage of their innovation and entrepreneurship journeys.
Notable venture updates from 2022 include:
- Acurasset is building a therapeutics company devoted to curing chronic liver disease. This year, it completed the Nucleate program, hired its first consultants, and advanced its lead asset.
- ADAPT, an automated sustainability reporting platform for Fleet Operators with the aim to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation industry, was named a Porsche Data Cup winner.
- BEAM is developing an efficient heating solution using a targeted, user-aware, focused beam of heat. The company is finalizing manufacturing for its pilot run and preparing to deploy pilots at five restaurants in San Francisco. Recently, the company won $60,000 from Foundation Capital as part of a Stanford pitch competition.
- Bite Scized Education aims to engage secondary school students in science through food and cooking. The venture has designed over 30 lessons and is planning to expand to an Allston-area school for after-school programing.
- CashEx, a fintech company helping African migrants send money with zero fees, was a $25,000 winner in the 2022 Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge, and a $75,000 winner in the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition.
- CassVita uses proprietary technology to foster prosperity for smallholder farmers. This year, the venture was a $25,000 winner in the 2022 Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge and Forbes 30 Under 30
- Coldpress AI built out its MVP for reliable data annotation.
- Hue, an e-commerce company helping people find the best beauty products for their complexion, was a $75,000 award recipient in the 2022 Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge and Forbes 30 Under 30 The company also announced partnerships with Credo Beauty and Lawless Beauty.
- Limax Biosciences is developing a stretchable adhesive hydrogel to treat internal and external injuries. Limax was a $75,000 award recipient in the 2022 Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge.
- Madad is building an avalanche early warning system. Recently, the company installed its first tower in Kazakhstan and raised $250,000 in funding.
- Mentor Labs, an edtech nonprofit building a free, virtual college counselor for high school students, was acquired by Crimson Education. Mentor Labs Founder Robert Wachen was named one of BostInno’s 25 Under 25.
- Myspeech, a venture enabling access to high quality speech therapy through a technology platform, was a $75,000 award recipient in the 2022 Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge. President Joe Biden sent a letter of congratulations to the winners, with a special recognition of Myspeech.
- Oban Credit launched its phone-collateralized, low-interest loans in Nigeria, and was featured in the Boston Business Journal. Founders Matt Mengtrakool and Hikeamlak Yitayew were also named to the 2022 BostInno 25 Under 25.
- NovaXS Biotech is a medical technology company dedicated to helping patients with injectable medication to get better, more pain-free care. This year, the company was featured in Forbes for raising $1 million.
- The NRI Nation documents news and information that concerns India and the Indian diaspora worldwide. This year, the company received funding from Google News and the International Center for Journalists.
- ProtectED Rooms makes easy-to-move furniture that serves as physical and ballistic barriers to protect people against active shooter violence and domestic terrorism. This year, the company reported that it would install hundreds of its bookcases in schools across the U.S.
- Residents Abroad, an online platform facilitating international rotations for doctors around the globe, was featured on Boston’s NPR.
- StructureX designs and manufactures wood structure buildings. This year, the company was the first company in Quebec, Canada to get the green building accreditation, and will be building the first entirely wood-built building in the province of Quebec in the summer of 2023.
- Skew the Script offers free curriculum that makes math what it already is: relevant. The venture has launched the “Skew U” teacher training and announced the first training will be hosted at Phillips Exeter Academy with teachers coming in from all over.
- Slam Out Loud uses the transformational power of the arts to build Creative Confidence skills like communication, critical thinking, and empathy in children aged 8–16 from underserved communities in urban and rural India. Their in-person programming now impacts more than 75,000 children, and their open-source resources have reached over 4.7 million children around the world during the pandemic. This year, Slam Out Loud Founder and CEO Jigyasa Labroo was named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia.
- UNcubical brings wellness programs to people working in corporations. This year, the venture streamlined its product offering and now has a number of clients.
- Vatara, a company dedicated to providing low-cost, negative pressure wound therapy for everyone, was a $25,000 award recipient in the 2022 Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge.
- Wove makes custom engagement rings with a home try-on experience. This year, the company raised $3.85 million in funding.
- YayVictor is a real estate platform where members compete to win the listed homes. This year, the company completed key market validation milestones, securing its first homes to offer through the platform and adding thousands of people to its waitlist.
Alumni-Led Venture Updates from Launch Lab X GEO
Launch Lab X GEO is a six-month program designed to help early-stage, Harvard alumni-led ventures from all over the world grow into sustainable and disruptive businesses. Venture accomplishments from 2022 include:
- basys.ai is developing an AI platform for cardiometabolic health. This year, the company was featured in Forbes for “revolutionizing diabetes treatment” through their platform, which supports clinical decision-making for doctors and hospitals.
- Confidently, a venture empowering employees to reduce their personal data exposure and help enterprises prevent phishing attacks, recently closed $1.7 million in funding. In addition to its existing consumer business, the company launched its new enterprise platform to help CISOs reduce the attack surface of employee personal data and gather new threat intelligence.
- Labhya, an education non-profit enabling social emotional learning for vulnerable children in India, raised a grant from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. Labhya’s CEO was also recognized as one of 17 SDG Young Leaders globally by the United Nations.
- PairUp, a digital platform that meaningfully connects employees to the right colleagues to help them succeed, is now serving over 1,500 staff from corporations, universities, and startups — like CVS, Motorola, Tufts, and more. In addition, PairUp successfully raised $1.65 million in funding and was one of three teams selected by the NUseeds Fund.
- Rentdrop launched its app that makes paying rent better for tenants and landlords.
- Rhymes with Reason helps students boost reading skills and learn important English words by showcasing their existence in widely known music lyrics. The organization has grown rapidly since receiving a Social Impact Fellowship Fund grant, forming a partnership with Boys and Girls Club of America and serving more than 225,000 students. Recently, the organization also announced a partnership with NBA All-Star Joel Embiid.
- Vertum designs and builds robotic farming assistants that help indoor farmers increase yield and improve environmental sustainability. Recently, Vertum completed the MassChallenge U.S. Accelerator Program (and became a Finalist), participated in the Thrive Academy AgTech Accelerator Program, and received its first enterprise scale pilot order from a Mexican MNC (Sigma Alimentos).
- Shelly Xu Design (SXD), a zero-waste design tech startup, was featured in Yanko Design for creating an innovative, zero-waste laptop case for the Harvard Innovation Labs 10-year anniversary. SXD Founder Shelly Xu was also profiled in Women’s Wear Daily.
- Thermaband, Inc., a health tech solution for women in mid-life, has developed the only wearable that provides immediate preemptive hot flash relief with biometric insights. Recently, the venture completed the inaugural Harvard Alumni Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, raised $1.5 million in funding, and was featured in Women of Color in Tech. Thermaband was also the 2022 Grand Prize winner of Miami’s Digital Wearable Award provided by Pharrell Williams’ Black Ambition x Billionaire Boys Club.
Health and Life Science Updates from the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab
The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab is a wet laboratory with co-working space for early-stage, high-potential biotech and life sciences start-ups founded by Harvard students, alumni, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars. It celebrated its six-year anniversary this November. Collectively, the ventures that have been selected to join the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab have raised more than $800 million and created hundreds of jobs.
Here is a selection of the accomplishments from Life Lab ventures in 2022:
- BioDevek is a medical device company leveraging its hydrogel-based platform to decrease complications in minimally invasive procedures. This year, BioDevek expanded its IP portfolio covering the endoscopic sprayable hydrogel. The company also validated its scale-up manufacturing process, which is a critical milestone towards its clinical stage. Additionally, BioDevek expanded its R&D and executive teams and named its first CEO.
- Cavisense technology enables early cavity detection and monitoring. In the past year, Cavisense has developed a beta product which is now being tested in a clinical setting. The company also filed for new IP generated in the Life Lab and received funding for a clinical trial in collaboration with Tufts University. CaviSense founder was also the winner of the TiE Boston Women Pitch Competition.
- Kern Systems is leveraging the power of enzymes and cutting-edge software to store digital data in DNA cheaper, faster, and at scale. In 2022, Kern made significant technical advancements and has now nearly completed its first prototype of a “DNA hard drive.”
- Ilios Tx is researching and developing innovative molecules that target multiple pathways involved in neurodegenerative diseases. The company has received grants and funding from the Allston Venture Fund and MassChallenge. In May, Ilios Tx’s academic co-founders and its CEO filed their fully owned provisional patent for the composition of matter of high-potential molecules, platform and delivery method, as well as method of synthesis. Ilios has now synthesized proof of concept molecules to take through wet lab experiments for their first target program, ALS.
- InGel Therapeutics is a biotechnology company leveraging stem cell and tissue engineering to rescue and restore vision for blind patients. In 2022, InGel raised $1.1 million in venture capital and angel investors, won the Bio Track in the Nucleate cohort, and started to develop both novel assets and a target discovery platform to understand the mechanism of retinal degeneration.
- M13 Therapeutics is harnessing the phageome to deliver any therapeutic gene to any target cell. The company was a $25,000 prize recipient in the 2022 Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge.
- Manifold Bio is building an in vivo biologics design company. This year, it announced $40 million in funding, and continues to make progress on its protein barcoding technology that redefines how biologics discovery is done.
- Promakhos Therapeutics develops therapeutics inspired by bacterial molecules to awaken the body’s innate ability to control inflammation and heal. In 2022, the company took steps to bring its drugs to patients faster — improving its drugs’ properties, expanding its team with drug development and regulatory experts, and successfully applying for NIH grants.
- STRM.BIO is a biotechnology company leveraging extracellular vesicles (EVs) to deliver gene therapy in a better way: simpler, safer, more practically. It received a $2.1 million SBIR grant, and expanded its executive team, hiring its first chief technology officer and VP of business development.
Where Are They Now? Updates from Former Harvard Innovation Labs Ventures
The accomplishments of former Harvard Innovation Labs ventures continue to grow at an exponential rate. Here are a few of the hundreds of achievements of former venture teams in 2022:
- Akouos, a precision genetic medicine company dedicated to developing potential gene therapies for individuals living with disabling hearing loss worldwide, was purchased by Eli Lilly for more than $600 million.
- Aldatu Biosciences, the leader in adaptive PCR diagnostic tests, announced that it received a grant to develop a Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever test.
- Alfred, North America’s leading resident-centric, technology-powered operating platform, raised $125 million in funding. The company now operates in 52 markets across North America, supporting over 300,000 residents in 357 communities.
- AllHere is bringing access and opportunity to the classroom and beyond through its AI-powered attendance tracking system. This year, eSchool News named AllHere a K-12 Hero Awards Finalist.
- The Apprentice Project develops students into future leaders through choice-based learning. The organization was selected for The Nudge Incubator as one of the “15 early-stage nonprofits solving poverty alleviation in India at scale.”
- ArtLifting, an organization championing artists impacted by housing insecurity and disabilities, was featured in Bloomberg for the company’s partnership with Bank of America.
- Aurie, a company building a reusable intermittent catheter system to improve quality of life and health outcomes for people living with urinary retention, was named a $75,000 winner in the Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge.
- Breaktime is a nonprofit focused on breaking the cycle of young adult homelessness. Breaktime Founder Connor Schoen was named one of BostInno’s 25 Under 25.
- Buoy Health, an AI-powered health navigation platform that helps people figure out health issues and find the right care, was named one of the 9 best healthcare technologies that have improved wellness by MakeUseOf.
- Cake, the largest end-of-life planning company, was featured in The Washington Post.
- Catalant is building the fastest and easiest way to find a consultant for market research, corporate strategy, project management, supply chain, and digital transformation. The platform now connects businesses with more than 70,000 independent consultants, and was featured in Business Insider.
- CarePort Health, a web-based health care software startup used by hospitals across the U.S. to place outpatients in care facilities, expanded its strategic data connections across the U.S., and highlighted staffing shortages at hospitals in an exclusive interview with Axios.
- Catalog, the world’s first DNA-based platform for massive digital data storage and computation, announced a partnership with Seagate.
- Cellino enables gene therapy companies to deliver gene-editing cargo to cells with ease and exceptional performance. In 2022, the company announced $80 million in funding.
- Coding It Forward is a nonprofit by and for young people creating new opportunities and pathways into social impact and civic technology. The 2022 program had 98 Fellows working at 10 federal agencies. In 2021, the Biden administration selected Coding It Forward Co-Founder Chris Kuang to lead the S. Digital Corps.
- Credly, the end-to-end solution for creating, issuing, and managing digital credentials, announced that it was acquired by Pearson for $200 million.
- Day Zero Diagnostics, an infectious disease diagnostics company harnessing the power of whole-genome sequencing and machine learning to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections, announced $21 million in funding in February, and an additional $8.2 million from CARB-X in October.
- Delfina is a data-driven care management platform serving the diverse needs of pregnant people and their providers throughout pregnancy. This year, the company raised $5 million in funding.
- Dexai Robotics, a food robotics company enabling the preparation of more affordable and sanitary meals, announced $6.7 million in funding, and a partnership with Mediterranean restaurant Bonapita.
- Docosan is a doctor booking platform providing effortless access to quality care in Vietnam. The company was recently named X-PITCH 2022’s Startup of the Year.
- DoneGood, a one-stop shop for ethical and sustainable goods, was featured on Cause Artist on the topic of making sustainable shopping affordable.
- DreamxAmerica joins storytelling and social impact to highlight and support immigrant, refugee, and first-generation entrepreneurs building small. This year, DreamxAmerica Founder Andrew Leon Hanna’s book, “25 Million Sparks,” was named on the Financial Times’ Best Books of the Year
- Evisort is an AI-powered contract management company founded in 2016. This year, Evisort announced it ranked #16 on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing companies in North America.
- Flare Jewelry gives people peace of mind in a bracelet, helping people discreetly call for help at any time. This year, Fast Company named Flare Jewelry one of the 10 most innovative social good companies of 2022.
- GenUnity strengthens the capacity of diverse, everyday leaders to come together and drive change on the critical issues in their communities. This year the company was named a winner of the XPRIZE Racial Equity Alliance Ideas Competition, receiving $50,000.
- Getaway rents cozy cabins to provide restorative stays in nature. This year, Business Insider featured Getaway as one of the 14 startups driving “the future of real estate.”
- Goldcast, a digital events platform built for B2B marketers to host brand experiences and drive revenue, announced $10 million in funding.
- Juno uses group buying power to negotiate better student loan rates. This year, the company announced a new program for MBA borrowers.
- JustFix builds technology for tenants and organizations fighting displacement. This year, the company announced that about 20,000 people have used JustFix since early 2020, and was featured in Marketplace.
- Legacy addresses declining male fertility with a new technology to make the process of freezing sperm as straightforward as possible. This year, the company raised $25 million in funding, and was featured in The Boston Globe.
- Lightmatter has created a photonic supercomputer that is faster, more efficient, and cooler than any other computer. This year, the company was featured in Popular Science for its plans to build a self-driving car with a “brain that runs on light.”
- Lovepop makes cards and gifts that create magical moments. This year, the company opened a store in Grand Central Terminal.
- Mark43 provides public safety software to over 120 agencies and supports the entire public safety ecosystem. This year, the company announced its first UK client.
- MDaaS Global builds and operates modern, tech-enabled diagnostic centers in Nigeria. In 2022, the company was named one of the 10 most promising health-tech startups in Africa.
- Memora Health is building software to simplify how patients and clinicians navigate complex care delivery. This year, the company raised $40 million in funding.
- MindMics is revolutionizing healthcare through sound waves. This year, the company showcased its smart earbuds with AARP Innovation Labs.
- Moxie Scrubs was named one of Fast Company‘s “5 rising brands that could be the future of their industries” for disrupting the medical apparel market as the first direct-to-consumer brand for nurses. Moxie also raised $2.4 million in funding, and won a $250,000 investment in the Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch show.
- Nix, the first biosensing wearable that analyzes sweat and prescribes a personal hydration strategy in real time, was recognized in TIME’s Best Inventions of 2022.
- Overjet, a dental AI company that supports providers and payers to enhance clinical care and administrative efficiency, announced FDA clearance.
- Philo, a TV streaming service that offers top-rated channels at affordable prices, announced that it deepened its Amazon Fire TV integration with voice commands.
- Plastiq is a financial management platform offering an easy way to access working capital, pay vendor bills, and get paid by customers. This year, the company announced Plastiq Pay for small-to-mid-sized businesses as well as its plans to become a publicly-traded company.
- Proton.ai delivers a platform to B2B distributors to improve sales efficiency and grow revenue. This year, the company raised $20 million in funding.
- Pymetrics uses neuroscience and AI to predict the right person for a job, while removing bias from the hiring process. This year, the company was acquired by hiring assessment firm Havier.
- RapidSOS, a company helping people reach 9-1-1 and first responders faster, announced a strategic investment from Honeywell, a partnership with insurance app Lemonade on vehicle crash data, and $75 million in funding.
- Readlee helps identify struggling readers, monitor progress, and automate differentiated scaffolding. Today, Readlee drives reading outcomes for 130,000+ students and educators in every state in the U.S. The team also closed its seed round led by Equal Opportunity Ventures.
- RightHand Robotics is developing robots that can manipulate everyday objects. This year, the company raised $66 million in funding, and launched a partner program.
- Rumi Spice brings flavorful, ethically sourced, and socially responsible spices from Afghanistan to customers while catalyzing sustainable rural economic development and providing countless jobs to Afghan farmers and women who harvest and process the spices. This year, the company debuted seasoned salts and introduced new meal starters in collaboration with Afghan and Middle Eastern chefs.
- SES is developing the world’s first super intelligence systems for EV batteries. This year, the company announced its partnership with Honda to develop lithium batteries.
- Shamiri Institute is a data-driven organization that is transforming youth mental health. In early 2022, Business Ghana announced that the company’s CEO Tom Osborn was named one of the 2021 100 Most Influential Young Africans.
- Shield AI, a defense technology company developing AI and self-driving technologies for aircraft, announced a new Air Force contract. and $165 million in new funding at a $2.3 billion valuation.
- Singularity, a data-driven platform to help grid operators, utilities, and companies with decarbonization, announced $4.5 million in funding.
- smoodi launched its proprietary and award-winning, self-cleaning, self-serve smoothie machine commercially this summer, focusing initially on the convenience store and corporate office markets. This year, the company raised $5 million in funding.
- SoWork has cracked the code on remote work, offering virtual offices that are delightful and productivity-boosting. Today, more than 20,000 teammates use SoWork to work together, from anywhere.
- Surround Insurance helps consumers in their 20s and 30s get started with insurance built for renting, borrowing, and freelancing. This year, the company announced $2.5 million in funding.
- Syrup Tech, an inventory planning platform that accurately determines retailers’ inventory needs for thousands of color-style-size combinations, announced $6.3 million in funding.
- Tender Food (previously Boston Meats), announced an investment from Natalie Portman and Shark Tank’s Chris Sacca.
- TetraScience, an R&D data cloud company, announced the expansion of the Tetra Scientific Data Cloud to include manufacturing and quality control data, and pledged $500 million over the next five years to further development.
- Tomorrow.io is developing the most accurate way to provide real-time weather forecasts to customers around the world. This year, the company announced it signed a weather forecasting deal with JetBlue, and its work with Delta, the NFL, and the U.S. Air Force on a CNBC segment.
- Vaxess, a life sciences company developing a shelf-stable, sustained-release vaccine patch, announced the launch of a Phase 1 clinical trial for an influenza vaccine patch, and $27 million in funding.
- Veho, a technology company rethinking last-mile logistics, announced $170 million in funding at a $1.5 billion valuation.
- Vincere Health‘s EARN program is a tech-enabled behavioral health platform that bundles a carbon monoxide monitoring breath pen, health coaching, and financial incentives to improve outcomes for smoking cessation or reduction. This year, the company was named one of MedCity News’ Startups to Watch, and was the winner of MedCity News’ INVEST Pitch Perfect.
- Visible Hands provides company-building services and investments to underrepresented talent. This year, the company announced that it raised its first fund, received investment from the Brooklyn Nets owners, was named one of the Power 50 Movement Makers by the Boston Business Journal.
- WHOOP makes the world’s most advanced fitness and health wearables. This year, announced new celebrity endorsements, expanded into national retailers like Best Buy and was named the “best, most comprehensive fitness tracker” by Bloomberg.
- Wise Systems provides fleet management software for last-mile delivery and route optimization. The company recently raised $50 million in funding and has announced partnerships with Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. (MFTBC), a division of Daimler Trucks Asia.
- ZoomCar is an Indian car rental company. Recently, the company announced 7x annual increase in volume, and its intentions to become publicly traded in the S.
- Zubale connects brands and retailers with trained independent collaborators through technology, operating in Mexico, Colombia, and Costa Rica. This year, Zubale raised $40 million in funding.
- Zumper lets people search for apartments, make an offer, and close the lease online. This year, the company announced $30 million in funding.