Souvik: People living with disabilities have to rely on outdated products for everyday life and the people in charge of designing those products often don't have disabilities themselves. Aurie’s mission is to work with people living with disabilities to co-design products and services that help improve their independence and health. We're starting by building a reusable intermittent catheter system that will help people who need to use single-use intermittent catheters to urinate to gain greater independence and health in their daily lives.
Liane: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! Our mission at Adaptilens is to revolutionize the way vision is corrected by developing an artificial lens that imitates the natural, human lens. Like the human lens, Adaptilens will be soft and flexible so the muscles of accommodation inside the eye can change the shape of the lens, thereby changing its power. We call this ability of the eye to increase its power so we can see clearly at near distances “accommodation.” With Adaptilens, an Accommodative Intraocular Lens, people will be able to see clearly at near, intermediate, and distance without glasses or contact lenses.
Alak: Thanks, Spiffy! It’s so great to be here. At Elements Truffles, our goal is to bring awareness to the relationship we have with our food. Oftentimes, there is a sense of guilt associated with being able to truly enjoy food we love. And many a time, we are shocked to see the long ingredient list of simple everyday food, such as bread. This has resulted in us having a very complex relationship with food, which is the primary source of our physical and mental nourishment. With recipes rooted in the ancient science of Ayurveda, made with clean, simple, and ethically sourced ingredients, our nourishing chocolates not only taste good, but do good to the mind, body, and the community.