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Sarah Rosenkrantz & Sam Greenberg | Co-Founders | Y2Y Harvard Square

Y2Y Harvard Square is nation’s first student run homeless shelter for young adults. Y2Y
employs a youth-to-youth model to provide a critically needed safe and affirming environment
for 18 – 24 year olds who are experiencing homelessness in Greater Boston. At Y2Y Harvard
Square guests have opportunities to collaborate with service providers, other youth
experiencing homelessness, and the student volunteers to create sustainable pathways out of
homelessness and develop skills for long-term success. Guests can build pathways out of
homelessness by accessing medical and mental healthcare, case management, legal aid,
financial literacy, and enrichment workshops. Guests also build leadership skills by collaborating with shelter volunteers to advocate for directing public attention and legislative resources to end youth homelessness.

Y2Y’s strategic approach is innovative in three key ways. First, we know that being on the
streets is dangerous for anyone, but according to the Administration for Children, Youth &
Families, young adults are especially vulnerable to trauma. Because of this we intervene early,
providing a safe environment with easily accessible pathways of resources out of

Secondly, Y2Y is the nation’s first student run shelter for young adults, and our youth­-to-­youth
model creates lower barriers to trust for our guests who often report being distrustful of adult
authority figures (Coleman). Increased trust translates into a willingness to actually access and
utilize our services and work with our partners. It also engenders an environment in which
guests and student leaders can collaborate, becoming the next generation of leaders to end
youth homelessness.

Finally, Y2Y’s strong relationship with Harvard fosters two particularly positive outcomes for
Y2Y. One, we have access to research and data that allows us to lead the field forward. Two,
we are able to engage the over 200 student volunteers a year that are integral to our model, but
also make it extremely cost efficient to operate the shelter. Preliminary assessments lead us to
believe that Y2Y proves a transformative experience that shapes the careers and perspectives
of our volunteers. We believe that by supporting students in communities with similar need and
community support, that we can achieve significant scale and impact.

Y2Y’s operating model, and unique innovations all further Y2Y’s vision. Guests and student
volunteers work together every day to realize Y2Y’s shared vision: a network of communities
where all young adults experiencing homelessness have a safe place to rest, grow, and lead.
Photo courtesy of Harvard Crimson.

Patrick Antle | Managing Scientist | Protein Matrix

2018 New England Business Association Rising Star Winner Protein Matrix was founded upon
the idea that agricultural proteins can be used to solve industrial problems. Our fundamental
technology has utility in a number of end markets, including conventional/enhanced oil
production and environmental remediation/hazardous waste site cleanup, but we are currently
focused on a line of products within the wastewater and food service sectors.

These products prevent the buildup of food fats, oils, and greases (F.O.G.) by disrupting the
intermolecular forces between the individual F.O.G. molecules, creating a water-soluble and
sewer-safe byproduct that will not re-solidify downstream. When used in restaurants, food
processing plants, water treatment facilities, and collection systems environments, our products save upwards of 30% on “status quo” maintenance, reduce the amount of time that workers must spend in hazardous confined spaces, performing difficult and unpleasant work, and eliminate the risk of clogs, overflows, and the corresponding costly kitchen shutdowns and lost business.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the reaction byproduct can be used to create renewable
energy – that is, allowing for F.O.G., a material with a higher energy density than coal, to be
used as the primary feedstock in anaerobic digestion processes.

The technology is patent-protected, scalable, and easily-implemented using off-the-shelf-
equipment. Our business model includes volume-based sales, MRR, and service contracts,
allowing for the consistent, recurring revenue that comes with the sale of consumables. Between the 16,000 water treatment facilities, 625,000 restaurants and processing plants, and 1,200,000 miles of sewer pipes in the U.S., we project a $3.6 billion total available market. With the completion of product and implementation R&D and market research, satisfaction of early adopters, and success with regional channel partners, the company finds itself at an inflection point. On the horizon lies introduction into new markets, both domestic and international. To this end, we are looking to engage with strategic partners to accelerate our heretofore steady growth.

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J. David Smith | CEO and Alex Ewing | COO | LiqiuGlide

Anyone who has struggled to get ketchup out of a bottle or had to cut open a package and
scraped for the last bit of lotion knows that viscous liquids stick to solid surfaces. This problem
leads to inefficacies across industries. And the reason for these inefficiencies is the no-slip
boundary condition. It’s a term that refers to the interface between viscous liquids and solids
where the liquids stick rather than slide. Invented at MIT, LiquiGlide’s technology eliminates
the no-slip boundary condition and allows viscous liquids to slide effortlessly.

LiquiGlide’s mission is to fundamentally alter interfaces between liquids and solids to eliminate
waste, save lives and enable a new engineering paradigm.
Based on the science of liquid impregnated surfaces, LiquiGlide creates durable, slippery
surfaces by trapping liquids in micro or nano-scale textured features that stabilize the liquid
beneath the product, creating a slippery, liquid surface.

LiquiGlide’s technology platform enables custom-design of coatings for endless
applications—consumer packaged goods, manufacturing processes, medical devices, and oil
pipelines. In the near-term, LiquiGlide is focused on commercializing its technology in three
areas: packaging, manufacturing, and medical devices.

In consumer packaging, viscous liquids sticking to solids causes waste, consumer frustration, and imposes significant limits on the way companies can package products. LiquiGlide is working with some of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods companies to enable rigid, clear, recyclable packaging that are aesthetically pleasing and allows consumers to get every drop without the hassle.

Viscous products sticking to manufacturing vessels is another pervasive problem. LiquiGlide’s
CleanTanX platform offers an alternative to antiquated manufacturing practices by eliminating
extraneous equipment and reducing yield loss and waste water costs associated with production
tanks and other vessels used in the processing of viscous liquids.

In addition, thrombosis (formation of blood clots) is a significant problem in the field of medical devices because it can lead to occlusion (clogging), requiring a procedure to replace or unclog the device. LiquiGlide’s surfaces can offer a significant improvement in attenuating thrombosis and preventing occlusion.

Founded in 2012 by Dave Smith and MIT professor Kripa Varanasi, has built a robust global IP
portfolio that includes more than 150 patent applications from proprietary patent families as well as families exclusively licensed from MIT, from which 19 patents have issued (8 in the U.S.). LiquiGlide has been featured in the The Economist, BBC World News, TechCrunch, the PBS NewsHour and many other news outlets.

Jim Ryan | CEO| and Peter Rothschild | Co-Founder and CTO | Heuresis Corporation

Heuresis is a high-tech startup up in the Boston area, founded in November 2013 by Peter Rothschild and Hal Grodzins. The company mission is to design and manufacture the world’s most advanced hand-held x-ray instruments for the environmental and security markets. Heuresis released its first instrument almost three years ago. The PB200i is an x-ray based handheld paint analyzer, which can measure the lead content in paint in just a few seconds, allowing the user to determine whether the paint is above or below the level set by the EPA to safeguard children from lead poisoning. This product won the prestigious Advanced Manufacturing award in 2016 from the Advance Australia organization. The second Heuresis product, the HBI-120, is the world’s first handheld “x-ray flashlight” which can
easily image through the steel panels of a vehicle, allowing customs and security personnel to detect a wide range of illegal contraband. After its first year of release, this product is already being extensively used for narcotics interdiction in the United States by numerous law enforcement agencies, resulting in many seizures of smuggled drugs and currency. The HBI-120 contains many high-tech features, including a 120,000 volt x-ray tube, a powerful quad-core processor, and communication capabilities including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It also contains an optical camera and GPS capability, allowing the system to automatically create complete reports containing x-ray images, optical images, and critical location and time stamp data, which can be emailed directly from the instrument. Heuresis recently received a multi-year R&D award from the Science & Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security to develop the next-generation handheld instrument to be used by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents. This system will have the ability to image through thicker steel and to scan larger objects, such as shipping containers. Heuresis intends to stay on the cutting edge of technology and innovation, creating advanced x-ray instruments that will make the world a safer and healthier place.

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