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Early-Stage Startup Presentations

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Learn more about the seven early-stage companies that pitched at the Purdue Entrepreneurial Alumni Reunion Weekend Innovation Showcase. Interested in connecting further with the company? Contact to request an introduction.

  • Adipo Therapeutics. Adipo Therapeutics is a late-stage pre-clinical biopharmaceutical company developing a treatment to combat the dual epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Notch inhibition along with nanoparticle technology are used to increase daily energy expenditure by converting energy-storing white fat into energy-burning, metabolically beneficial brown fat. Adipo is based in Indiana. Contact: Karen Wurster
  • Aerovy. Aerovy is a software company developing solutions for airport electrification and electric aircraft charging, optimizing infrastructure operation at scale with machine learning. Contact: Nick Gunady
  • GoGig. GoGig is an anonymous professional networking platform that helps currently employed, passively seeking individuals advance their careers confidentially through career desire and cultural “fit” metrics using artificial intelligence. Hiring professionals can tap into a completely new group of passive candidates that they otherwise didn’t know existed through powerful algorithmic search. No job postings, no applying, no keyword crawlers, no “Tinder swiping” gimmicks. GoGig is based in Florida. Contact: Chris Hodges
  • MagLev Aero. MagLev Aero is developing the MagLev HyperDrive, a maglev-electric propulsion platform for the next generation of aircraft, drones, and eVTOL. MagLev Aero is based in Massachusetts. Contact: Ian Randall
  • Plotr. Plotr helps commercial real-estate businesses seamlessly merge, enhance, and decipher relevant data, making it intuitive to help them grow their business. Plotr is based in Texas. Contact: Peyton Truitt
  • Quantum Research Sciences (QRS). Quantum Research Sciences is an American technology company focused on the discovery, development, and delivery of practical quantum software. Quantum Research Sciences created the Department of Defense’s first operational quantum SAAS and is working toward new quantum applications every day. Quantum Research Sciences is based in Indiana. Contact: Ethan Krimins
  • ZUUM. ZUUM connects shippers, brokers, carriers, and drivers on one logistics super platform. ZUUM delivers shipments reliably at a lower cost for shippers and at a higher profit for carriers through efficient technology. ZUUM is based in California. Contact: Matt Tabatabai
Purdue for Life Foundation

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.