We are proud to announce Saint Lev, consisting of Akil Foster and Gautaman (Gaudi) Asirwatham (both ME '25) as the recipient of our 2023 Starter Grant!
Their product, You2, aims to integrate NFC technology into clothing to allow local brands to sell their products through their customers. The product will be in the form of a brooch that can be easily attached and detached from any garment. The brooch will feature a luxurious design and will contain an NFC chip that can be scanned by smartphones to access product information and purchase options.
2023 Grant Winner:
We are proud to announce Team PreFent: David Madrigal and Nicole Shamayev (both CE '24) as the recipient of our 2023 Grant!
PreFent is a single-use pocket fentanyl screener. The mechanism solubilizes a dry chemical to facilitate any lateral flow test; for first responders and individuals susceptible to fentanyl overdose, the PreFent offers a much faster and compact testing time than the conventional method of testing. When it goes to market, the Prefent solution may be a life-saving tool that can be an important part of managing the fentanyl crisis.
2022 Grant Winner: Cooper Purple
We are proud to announce Cooper Purple: Seokwoo (Ryan) Chung (ME '25), Julian Lam (ChE '25), Joonhyuk Woo (Arch '26), and Kyle Ku as the recipient of our 2022 Grant!
Cooper Purple strives to create new fashionable and customizable clothing and items from various recycled materials. Currently, they are experimenting with discarded clothing, but will also branch out with raw materials like discarded wood or bamboo to create biodegradable and environment-friendly material. Their final goal is to use recycled, biodegradable materials to create a wide variety of fashionable products.
2021 Starter Grant Winner: Ekosfere
Ekosfere was founded by sisters Irisa (EE '21) and Ana Llana to bring natural, sustainable products to NYC. Providing personal care, cleaning, and beauty products Ekosfere aims to show customers how easy it is to be sustainable. They will even deliver bulk refills to your apartment door! Ekosfere has already opened a pop-up store in Bryant Park, launched their website, and will be moving into a new storefront space soon.
Team CUTOUTs is a team of Cooper electrical and mechanical engineering students, consisting of Kevin Kerliu (EE '21). Eugene Jeong (ME '23) and Hans Kiessling (ME '24). We aim to create a more sustainable future by addressing the wastefulness of the current cardboard industry - our planet cannot keep up with it for much longer. With the help of our mentors at Maroon and Gold Labs and our own distinct backgrounds, we hope to solve this problem by reusing wastepaper to create a competitor in the cardboard industry.
2020 Starter Grant Winner:Team BUSB.U.S.
Team B.U.S. consists of Jesse Hall, Tyler Pelayo, Dipto Saha, and Colin Hwang (all EE '24). They are creating energy-efficient solar-powered displays that will help alert commuters about real-time bus arrival times.
2020 Grant Winner:
CROMAS Shoe Company
Congratulations to Team CROMAS: Chris Mignano, Enea Dushaj, and Yuval Philipson (all ME '21) for winning the Spring 2020 M&G Grant! CROMAS is combining innovative designs with sustainable materials in order to reduce waste and provide customizable individualized shoes.
They have received half of their $5k grant and will be awarded the second half upon the completion of their milestones. They are receiving mentorship from alum JP Nahmias (BSE '03), an official mentor of Maroon and Gold Labs. You can see our full mentor list here. Feel free to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org!
2019 Grant Winner: TwistTalk
"It's only at this tiny school that such a benevolent yet experienced organization could ever form, and I'm really thankful for that." - Brian Chung EE '21
Congratulations to Brian Chung (EE '21) and Hannah Quirk (ME '21) for successfully completing their milestones for Twist Talk, earning the second half of the $5k grant! If you have any questions for them, you can reach them at email@example.com.
Mentors at Maroon and Gold Labs have helped TwistTalk inventors Brian Chung and Hannah Quirk reach several important milestones including creating a working prototype, meeting legal requirements for patient testing, and piloting the prototype.
We are a diverse group of entrepreneurs and innovators. All members of the founding team are Cooper Union alumni mentors for student teams dedicated to building our community.
Jean Chung Co-Founder
Highmore GI Capital, Chief Investment Officer. Patent attorney. Adjunct entrepreneurship professor