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May 23, 2019

MIT Startup Exchange announces Spring 2019 additions to its accelerator, STEX25

MIT Startup Exchange is pleased to announce the addition of seven companies to its roster of STEX25 startups. New additions to the program include: Arbor Bio, BlinkAI, Cellino Biotech, Nara Logics, Secure AI Labs, Silverthread, Top Flight Technologies, Via Separations, and Zapata Computing.

MIT Startup Exchange is pleased to announce the addition of nine companies to its roster of STEX25 startups for its Spring 2019 cohort:

Arbor Bio (protein discovery for improving human health and sustainability)
BlinkAI (transformative AI solutions from sensor information)
Cellino Biotech (engineering cell therapies at light speed)
Nara Logics (synaptic intelligence for better decisions)
Secure AI Labs (secure analytics across healthcare)
Silverthread (improving software health)
Top Flight Technologies (hybrid energy power systems)
Via Separations (molecular filtration for industrial processes)
Zapata Computing (software solutions for quantum computing)

“STEX25 startups exhibit the high-caliber talent and cutting-edge technology that are hallmarks of MIT, and feedback from industry partners is that MIT Startup Exchange is one of the most effective filters for emerging tech startups,” said Executive Director of MIT Corporate Relations Karl Koster. “We continue to see strong interest from our corporate ILP members resulting in advanced discussions and multiple partnerships.”

STEX25 is a startup accelerator run by MIT Startup Exchange featuring 25 "industry-ready" startups. MIT Startup Exchange adds startups to STEX25 on a roughly quarterly basis, from among more than 1,700 MIT-connected startups. STEX25 startups receive promotion, travel, and advisory support, and are prioritized for meetings by the MIT Industrial Liaison Program’s (ILP) industry liaisons. STEX25 companies collaborate with ILP corporate members through targeted Startup Exchange workshops and showcases, exhibits at ILP conferences, and other events tailored towards industry.

“The selection process for STEX25 is increasingly competitive. We are fortunate to have strong nominators across MIT; from programs such as the Venture Mentoring Service, as well as from affiliate programs, such as The Engine. That said, more and more nominations are coming from founders of STEX25 graduates/alumni, as they have seen the incredible benefits of our program,” said MIT Startup Exchange Program Director, Marcus Dahllöf.

Dahllöf continued: “In our most recent cohort, we see strong representation of AI and tough tech startups, which might have a long product roadmap ahead. The commonality is a deep passion for solving problems that are hard, and where enterprise customers or partners can play a key role in commercialization. MIT faculty and PhDs continue to be well-represented within these startups.”

About MIT Startup Exchange, STEX25, and MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP)
MIT Startup Exchange actively promotes collaboration and partnerships between MIT-connected startups and industry. Qualified startups are those founded and/or led by MIT faculty, staff, or alumni, or are based on MIT-licensed technology. Industry participants are principally members of MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP).

MIT Startup Exchange maintains a propriety database of over 1,500 MIT-connected startups with roots across MIT departments, labs and centers; it hosts a robust schedule of startup workshops and showcases, and facilitates networking and introductions between startups and corporate executives.

STEX25 is a startup accelerator within MIT Startup Exchange, featuring 25 “industry ready” startups that have proven to be exceptional with early use cases, clients, demos, or partnerships, and are poised for significant growth. STEX25 startups receive promotion, travel, and advisory support, and are prioritized for meetings with ILP’s 230 member companies.

MIT Startup Exchange and ILP are integrated programs of MIT Corporate Relations.