Columbia Honorees On
Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2016
Kinnos was honored in the Healthcare category. Jason Kang ‘16SEAS, Katherine Jin ‘16CC, Kevin Tyan ‘16CC comprise the team. They took third-place in the 2015 Columbia Venture Competition Undergraduate Challenge with a product called “Highlight”, a powdered additive for disinfectant solutions that improves their efficacy. Highlight dyes sterilizing solutions allowing health care techs to see where it has been applied and increases viscosity of the liquid to promote even coverage of equipment, like hazmat suits. After the disinfectant has had time to do its job, Highlight dries clear, leaving no trace of dye or germs behind.
LuminAid, honored on the Forbes Social Entrepreneurs list, features two recent GSAAP alumnae who have appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank TV show and gave a rousing keynote address at the #StartupColumbia Festival last year. Co-founders Anna Stork ’11GSAPP and Andrea Sreshta ’11GSAPP had a very bright idea have a clear vision to make portable lighting a part of the supplies commonly sent for disaster relief aid. In addition to food, water, and shelter, light can greatly add to the well-being of victims of a natural disaster or crisis. About 1.1 billion people lack electricity access, a problem worsened by natural disasters. Partnering with clients like Doctors Without Borders, LuminAID’s solar-powered packs inflate into portable lights and are used in relief efforts after tragedies like the Nepalese earthquake. They’re also popular with individual customers for camping and first aid.
Jordana Kier ‘14BUS and Alexandra Friendman co-founded LOLA a team that was among the inaugural cohort at the Columbia Startup Lab. Theirs is a modern approach to feminine care. Unlike the major tampon brands that don’t list their ingredients, LOLA prides itself on disclosing absolutely everything about their products. No mystery fibers and no doubts about what’s going in your body. Their subscription model delivers tampons that are 100% cotton — which means they’re 100% natural, 100% biodegradable, and 100% easy to feel good about. Their customers no longer need to worry about frantic drugstore runs. LOLA delivers exactly what’s needed when it’s needed.