Intelius Announces Top Finalists for Entrepreneurship Awards Prestigious Awards Recognize Innovative Student-Run Startups in Four Categories

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Intelius announces the top finalists for its prestigious Entrepreneurship Awards, which recognize exceptional student-founded companies in the following categories: social impact, technology, marketing, and sustainability.

Intelius is committed to fostering and supporting the entrepreneurial growth of tomorrow's leaders

Intelius - a leading information commerce company that empowers consumers and businesses with information to make intelligent decisions about personal safety and security - today announces the top finalists for its Entrepreneurship Awards, which recognize exceptional student-founded companies in the following categories: social impact, technology, marketing, and sustainability. The winning companies in each category will be announced at the Kairos Global Summit, held April 16-18, at The Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City.

In its second year, the Kairos Society - an international student-run not-for-profit foundation that seeks to improve the world by uniting the next generation of leaders to develop globally impactful innovations - will host a Global Summit, bringing together 500 of its top members alongside some of the world's most influential leaders. The Global Summit opens up discussion of the issues facing the world and the emerging opportunities for Kairos students to make a difference. Intelius Award finalists were selected from the 100 startups that will be showcased at this year's Kairos Global Summit.

"Intelius is committed to fostering and supporting the entrepreneurial growth of tomorrow's leaders," said Naveen Jain, CEO and Chairman of Intelius. "The Intelius Entrepreneurship Awards highlight today's brightest young minds whose ground-breaking ideas and companies capture our imaginations and help to improve the world."

Startups were judged based innovation, creativity, scalability, marketability, and overall mission. The winning companies in each category will be featured at an exclusive Churchill Club panel on Young Entrepreneurship later this year. This year's finalists include:

Social Impact

-Givology: Joyce Meng, Jennifer Chen, Xiang Li, Carl Mackey, University of Pennsylvania - An online giving marketplace for education that leverages small dollar donations to support grassroots projects and student scholarships in the developing world.

  •     Youth Bank: Joyce Meng and Clara Chow, University of Pennsylvania - A small business incubator program that equips street youth (homeless, unemployed, and underemployed young people) to serve as agents of economic development in low-income communities.
  •     moneythink: Greg Nance,Ted Gonder, Morgan Hartly, and Shashin Chokshi, University of Chicago - An organization dedicated to teaching financial literacy and entrepreneurship to urban youth.
  •     Rethink Learning Now: Patrick Ip, Susan Oliver and Sam Chatlain, University of Chicago - A campaign supported by a growing coalition of individuals, education advocates, civil rights groups and philanthropic organizations, to focus the country's attention on education reform was started by of the.
  •     PurBlu Beverages: Ben Lewis, University of Pennsylvania - With the goal of turning consumers into philanthropists without disrupting their daily lives. Founded by partnering with non-profits donating 10 cents for every bottle of Give water purchased.


  •     BPG Motors: Ben Gulak, MIT - An eco-friendly transportation company featuring a non-polluting vehicle with style, the Uno was selected by Popular Science as one of the Top 10 Inventions of 2008.
  •     Applico: Alex Maozed, Babson College - A multi-faceted application development firm for the Blackberry, Android, and iPhone. Applico's foray into mobile application development resulted in NYC Transit, the best-selling Blackberry application.
  •     Leonar3Do: D©el R!i and Zolt K°), Hungary - Turns an ordinary PC into a 3D virtual reality system that can be easily accessible by anyone, allowing the user to create his or her own virtual world in the space in front of the monitor.
  •     Zaang: Alex Kravets and Michael Markarian, Babson College - A social media company focused on launching web and mobile platforms for collaboration and advertising.
  •     Shufflechat: Colin Winter and Jonathan Jacques, Babson College - Allows users to connect with random people from all over the world using a webcam.
  •     Huddlee: Matthew Udomphol and Will Tetteh, MIT - Allows users to group text via a 'group' phone number for free.
  •     Lacerta: Miklos Weszl and Zsombor Lacza, Semmelweis University (Hungary) - A significant player in bone tissue regenerative technologies; develops unique bone grafting technology capable of accelerating bone healing.
  •     Teevox: Jong-Moon Kim and Andrew Sugaya, MIT - A service designed to make TV watching fresh again while staying relevant with the latest online videos. Teevox provides an interactive experience allowing viewers to engage with favorite shows, sports, and news.
  •     Iron Nerd: Jong-Moon Kim, MIT - This multiplatform social network system helps you get fit and stay fit. Allows user to find workout partners, follow workouts via phone, and earn badges to show off fitness achievements.


  •     R&V Productions: Rolf Hoefer and Jason V. Mathias, University of Southern California - Produces custom high quality and creative short films with a story that are displayed both in-room and online to increase a hotel's revenue by driving guests to the various amenities of the hotel.
  •      Crelligence Media LLC: Alexander Debelov, Glann Gaudet and Alexey Ossikine, Babson College -A social media marketing company that specializes in compensated consumer-generated media. The company's initial offering, Viralskool, is a creative community employing user-generated video.
  •     Blank Label: Fan Bi, Babson College - Designs affordable custom men's dress shirts from scratch.
  •     Julian Marshall Multimedia: Julian Marshall, Rhode Island School of Design - A student founded film production company to produce commercial and independent films from pre-production to distribution.
  •     GoodCrush: Trevor Owens, NYU - An on-campus dating site that offers a variety of features including the "CrushFinder" anonymous matching, as well as missed connections with double-blind messaging.


  •     ThinkLite: Enrico Palmerino and Dinesh Wadhwani, Babson College - An energy efficiency firm dedicated to helping communities, businesses and homes save money on monthly energy bills in addition to making a positive impact on the environment.
  •     Calypso Ventures: Zack Porter, University of Southern California - Applies cutting edge water treatment, sustainable energy, and biological technologies to develop sustainable aquaculture ventures catering to both regional and global seafood demands.
  •     PowerFlower Solar: Jason Halpern, University of Pennsylvania and Patrick Murphy, NYU - PowerFlower designs and manufactures solar devices specifically for agricultural use.
  •     Hydros Bottle: Aakash Mathur and Jay Parekh, University of Pennsylvania - A portable filtration system with a built-in filter that is quick and effective making it the perfect substitute for traditional bottled water.

In addition to the student entrepreneurs, this year's Kairos Global Summit will feature Duncan Niederauer, NYSE Euronext CEO; Naveen Jain, CEO and Chairman of Intelius; CNBC Anchor Maria Bartiromo; and Georgette Mosbacher, CEO of Borghese Inc., among others.

For more information about Intelius, please visit

A pioneer in the world of information commerce, Intelius ( is a technological powerhouse whose services range from basic people search to comprehensive background checks for consumers and FCRA compliant employment background screens. The company also offers an award-winning identity theft protection service (IDProtect). Founded in January 2003, the company has served over 10 million customers and has just over 300 employees. Intelius has been ranked by Inc. magazine and Deloitte & Touche as one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies. Intelius has been voted as one of the best places to work by CEO magazine and Puget Sound Business Journal, based on the interviews with its employees. Intelius was also ranked as a top employment screening provider in surveys conducted by industry publications, HRO Today and Workforce Management magazine.

The Kairos Society is a student-led and operated non-profit organization designed to foster entrepreneurism among college students. The organization fosters global entrepreneurship and innovation by uniting the brightest undergraduates from around the world, the most recognized entrepreneurial firms and the most passionate mentors, who themselves are international economic executives, collaborating to ensure a fruitful global economy and international relationships. Kairos chapters include the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Stanford, Tufts, Duke, MIT, Emory, Furman, USC, Columbia, NYU and many more, with students from nine countries including China, Israel and the UK. For more information, please visit:


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