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Startup Challenge and Showcase Special, Part 3

We’re proud to announce this year’s Semifinalists for the 2018-2019 Penn Wharton Startup Challenge. Teams consist of students from The Wharton School, The College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Engineering and Applied Science, The School of Social Policy and Practice, Penn Nursing, and Penn Law. The Startup Challenge and Showcase attracts the best and brightest entrepreneurial minds from across the Penn community as they compete for a chance to win $135,000 in cash and prizes.


  • Aerate: Aerate is designing a membrane-dehumidifier evaporative-cooler air conditioner for the Indian Market. Aerate plans to capture this $20 billion market through superior technology designed for high humidity environments; Aerate’s air conditioner is up to 20x more efficient over the course of a year.
  • TEAM MEMBERS: SPENCER COLLINS (ENG ’19, GEN ’19), JAKE FINE (ENG ’19, GEN ’19), ASHWIN KISHEN (ENG ’19, W ’19, GEN ’20), YANN PFITZER (ENG ’19, C ’19, GEN ’20), CONNOR SENDEL (ENG ’19, W ’19), SAM WEINTRAUB (ENG ’19, GEN ’20)


  • Text-911: Text-911 is an advocacy non-profit that strives to bring emergency text capabilities to all Americans. By working directly with county dispatchers, legislators, and community groups, Text-911 is able to expedite the process of bringing emergency text capabilities to counties nationwide.
  • TEAM MEMBERS: KIRTI SHENOY (W’21); ANTHONY SCARPONE-LAMBERT (NU’21)


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