P&G Ventures is proud to present its 3rd annual Innovation Challenge at CES, presented virtually. The challenge seeks out budding entrepreneurs driving the next generation of technologies that will change consumers’ lives, while helping fuel innovation amidst the global pandemic.
This Challenge featured Dr. Courtney Hill of Glimpse Diagnostics, Birgitt Boschitsch of spotLESS Materials, Inc., Bill Birgen of SAVR Pak, and Anne-Marie Kovacs of Fluo Labs, LLC. pitching live to a panel of judges including Leigh Radford, Sr. Vice President and General Manager P&G Ventures, Julie Setser Sr. Vice President R&D P&G Ventures, Courtney Reum Co-Founder and Partner M13, and Kristina Rogers, Global Consumer Industries Leader EY.
Glimpse Diagnostics provides families with an accurate at-home ear infection diagnosis with artificial intelligence and treatment from the comforts of their home.
Dr. Courtney Hill was put on this planet to solve problems for young children and their moms. She is a MedTech entrepreneur and pediatric ENT surgeon who trained at Harvard, Dartmouth, and Texas Children’s Hospital. She focuses on the little ones because sometimes the most impact to be made in our society comes from making things better for the smallest of humans.
spotLESS Materials Inc. creates collections of non-stick coatings designed to use less water and less aggressive cleaners to keep surfaces clean.
Birgitt Boschitsch is a cofounder and CEO of spotLESS Materials Inc. She received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Birgitt currently holds 3 issued and 6 pending US patents. She is the principal investigator of Small Business Innovation Research Phase I and Phase II grants from the National Science Foundation, and leads R&D contracts from the Office of Naval Research and other industrial partners. She was part of Y-Combinator’s summer 2019 batch and was recognized as a 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30.
SAVRPak offers a patented food packaging technology that reduces food waste and preserves the texture of food by removing moisture from the air.
As a rocket scientist, Bill has been chief systems architect on a number of space programs. His specialties include thermodynamics and compressible fluid flow. Bill holds too many patents to list. He has co-founded companies in the IoT space, munitions tech, exercise equipment, medical PPE, refrigeration, automotive safety and packaging. Beyond being a founder of Savr Pak, Bill’s patented medical designs are being used by a finalist in the X-Prize competition.
Fluo Labs, LLC transforms how people treat their seasonal allergies using a patented handheld device that uses light therapy to provide effective drug-free relief.
Anne-Marie’s professional passion is to translate early-stage concepts into actionable projects that get executed. She thrives on the challenge of elevating emerging brands and finding the better way to tell their story through omnichannel experiences.
She is currently applying her experience in strategy and execution at Fluo Labs to lead its efforts to launch their breakthrough device to treat seasonal allergies.
Her creative flair has helped distill complex scientific concepts into an approachable and compelling brand that will fulfill the Company’s mission to improve the quality of life of the billion+ people world-wide who suffer from hayfever.