Two CWRU ThinkEnergy start-ups to participate in new gBETA business accelerator

Two CWRU student-led start-ups, both alumni of the ThinkEnergy program from the GLEI, have been selected to participate in the first iteration of the gBETA business accelerator program in Cleveland and compete in the Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition in March.

The companies are described below by gener8tor, the company behind the gBETA program:

EnvironFlo provides an effective, cost-friendly and green solution for oil separation and cleanup. EnvironFlo leverages more than four years of Ph.D. research to bring to market an oil-water separation device that has 99% efficiency, differentiating it from other methods that use temperature, pressure or chemical absorbents. Founded in 2020, Environflo is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University ThinkEnergy program.

ThinkEnergy fellows in EnvironFlo include: Italo Silva, Nathan Ewell, Akash Menon, Oluka Okia, and Krista Schoonover.

STARS develops a self-powered drone sensor device that enables drone insurers to track critical flight and usage data, establish liability and locate the drone in the event of a crash — all without reducing drone battery life. The STARS device empowers insurers to tailor coverage packages for various industries using drone technology in their operations. STARS formed five months ago based around a technology produced by four years of doctoral research from Case Western Reserve University to impact the booming drone industry.

ThinkEnergy fellows in STARS include: Ran Wei, Emmett Donnelly-Power, Aparna Paul, Bridget Powers Beggs, and Rohan Sinha

EnvironFlo and STARS will compete against four other companies in March, after the seven-week gBETA program hosted by CLEworx. gener8tor has announced two other seasons for the accelerator program in the summer and fall, and may host an additional season this year.

RSVP to the Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition on Mar. 5 here.