Meili Technologies founder Sam Lee left it all on the table with her pitch to build up the health and safety data layer for fleet and passenger vehicles. In a close competition, Meili Technologies impressed the judges to win the $5,000 cash prize, a co-working space package from Orchard Workspace by JLL, and in-kind legal services provided by Brooklyn Law School.
The competition was steep, with Meili competing against four other startups, including Joyfriends, a service to enhance social and mental health support systems, founded by Joy Arrington-Hurd; Re/tell, a micro-retail booking platform connecting brands and retail spaces, founded by Joy Fan; Landmark, a tool that connects the people in government who shape cities with the people who live in them, founded by Tess Guttières; and Vokashi, founded by Vandra Thorburn as an innovative green service to help communities streamline and capitalize on the composting process.
Meili harnesses the power of cutting-edge technologies to detect and respond to health emergencies that may occur while driving. This important innovation will allow quick response to drivers experiencing distress or health emergencies in situations that often go unnoticed, reducing the number of accidents caused by driver incapacitation. A solution that will give drivers confidence and peace of mind.
Hosted at NYU’s 370 Jay Street, attendees came out to see these impressive women pitch to five esteemed judges. With only three minutes each to present, they managed to pack in informative data and entertain the audience. The judges panel featured a range of women from successful startups, VC’s and organizations: Adrianna Samaniego, Principal at Female Founders Fund; Eastin Rossell, Venture Associate at HearstLab; Shivika Arora, Product Manager at JP Morgan Chase; Faye Penn, Senior Vice President at NYC EDC; and Erica Roseman, Founder and CEO of Concrete Communications. The event was emceed by Natasha Anderson, Founder and CEO of Natasha Knows Consulting and local freelance writer.
Make It in Brooklyn supports entrepreneurship and strengthens Brooklyn’s innovation ecosystem through a series of pitch contests, meet-ups, and panels. These events have brought together hundreds of entrepreneurs and provided over $120K in seed money, as well as valuable pro-bono professional services.
Thanks to our event partners, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Orchard Workspace by JLL, and Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy Clinic (BLIP) at Brooklyn Law School.