June 1st 2017

2017 May Amber Grant Finalists

Rebecca Rogers

Intero VR helps athletes achieve their potential by reducing stress, fear, and anxiety through visualization. Their VR training apps connect people in order to create a sense of community and support. They’ve introduced the first headset designed specifically for athletes, one that’s form-fitting, ventilated, lightweight, has a larger field of view, and looks cool. This headset can be used with athletic training machines as well as for personal visualization without a machine.
Rose Xie

Resthetics is a medical device company that aims to convert waste anesthesia gas into a safe renewable resource. Resthetics has technology that can capture these waste anesthesia gases in the operating room and prevent the release of toxic gases into our environment. The company’s core technology, a porous crystalline organic framework, originated from interdisciplinary research conducted at the University of Houston.

Easily Amused Productions
Chrissy Fagerholt

Friend or Faux helps recall memories, unveil truths and laugh at life’s funny but all-too-real moments: first kisses, bad hair styles, and questionable choices made when we were younger. Friend or Faux is often surprising, at times risqué but always revealing. After two years of research and development and over 300 play testers, they’ve discovered people are craving face-to-face interaction, especially the millennial generation.
Daniella Alejandra Henry

PUVI strives to make innovative, multi-use products. Their newest product is a patent-pending hair accessory that aims to revolutionize the way girls with curls tie their hair. The PUVItie allows the user to control how loose (or tight) the hair tie is. It is made of 100% silk, preventing breakage and those pesky ponytail creases.

STEMed Academy
Emily Silveira

STEMed Academy evolved because of a passion for science and a dire need in the homeschool community. Their motto is: Think like a scientist. Teach like a teacher. Love like a parent. While the main paid product is curriculum, STEMed Academy also provides parent training in science education to better equip them with the skills to bring science to life in their homes.

Congratulations to the finalists — we will announce the winner shortly!

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