National Science Foundation I-Corps Program

2017 - 2018 Teams

Advanced Diabetes Technologies 

An app that allows for the safe and easy monitoring of blood glucose.

Team Members

Daniel Bowers – Entrepreneur, Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University

Edward Botchwey – Academic Lead, Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tim Hurley – Mentor, Sr. Technology Licensing Officer and Commercialization Strategist, Penn State

Customize It

A streamlined process of finding and comparing options for creating customized merchandise such as t-shirts and coffee mugs.

Team Members

Atriya Ghosh – Entrepreneur, PhD Candidate, Penn State

Delphine Lariviere – Academic Lead, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Penn State

Somreeta Muhkerjee – Mentor, Chief Executive Officer, Customize It

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Hidlo Studios 

A digital marketing agency developing the world’s first Snapchat geofilter management software.

Team Members

Benjamin Tarnoff – Entrepreneur, Chief Operating Officer, Hidlo Studios

Richard Weyer – Academic Lead, Instructor in Entrepreneurship, Penn State

Bill Zimmerman – Mentor, Lecturer, Penn State

Innovation Weather 

Custom algorithm solutions for any meteorological need.

Team Members

Andrew Moffitt – Entrepreneur, Meteorologist, KEZI 9 News

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An alternative test of insulin resistance using plasma fatty acids instead of glucose in a simple, clinically friendly way that can predict the development of diabetes.

Team Members

Rachel Walker – Entrepreneur, PhD Candidate, Penn State

Gregory Shearer – Academic Lead, Associate Professor, Penn State


A mobile blood testing application and proprietary test strip that reduces the need for individuals to travel to a lab for routine blood tests.

Team Members

Sherveen Karbasiafshar – Entrepreneur, B.S. Student, Penn State

Robert Paulson – Academic Lead, Professor, Penn State

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A synthetic bone grafting material called Bone Foam, which provides dentists a more effective and easier to use alternative to current biologic and synthetic graft materials.

Team Members

Matthew Henry – Entrepreneur, Chief Executive Officer, Osteosynth

Daniel Hayes – Academic Lead, Associate Professor, Penn State

Tim Hurley, Mentor – Sr. Technology Licensing Officer and Commercialization Strategist, Penn State

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Pets I’ve Met

A photo-sharing mobile app that allows pet lovers to keep picture memories of all the animals they meet.

Team Members

Kimberly Tierney – Entrepreneur, Co-founder, Pets I’ve Met, LLC

James Tierney – Academic Lead, Lecturer, Penn State

Christine Faust – Mentor, Director of Development and Marketing, Centre County PAWS

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spotLESS Materials

An easy-to-clean surface coating products for bathroom fixtures that outperform current commercial products and allow for up to a 90% water savings.

Team Members

Birgitt Boschitsch – Entrepreneur, Graduate Fellow, Penn State

Tak-Sing Wong – Academic Lead, Assistant Professor, Penn State

Jerry Hudson – Mentor, International Business Coach, Ben Franklin Technology Partners


A 3D printing technology that allows individuals to create custom footwear based on their individual style and foot size.

Team Members

Nicholas Unis – Entrepreneur, Masters in Accounting Student, Penn State

Tim Simpson – Academic Lead, Professor, Penn State

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A global co-working space community to connect co-working spaces across the world through a platform serving both co-working space users and co-working spaces.

Team Members

HsiaoTing Ko – Entrepreneur, Chief Executive Officer, Visionese S.

Shyam Sundar – Academic Lead, Professor, Penn State

Linda Feltman – Mentor, Senior Business Consultant, Penn State Small Business Development Center

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A wearable/mobile platform that detects cravings in people recovering from addiction disorder by monitoring indicators of stress and anxiety.

Team Members

James Mundie – Entrepreneur, Mobile Application Developer, Penn State

Tim Brick – Academic Lead, Assistant Professor, Penn State

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