This year's crop of 16 Coolest College Startup founders are no mere college kids. Admittedly, some aren't even in college; they're in graduate school, for instance. Yet even those entrepreneurs who are still earning their bachelor's degrees are formidable. From intuiting emotions from language to resolving food shortages in the developing world, these young entrepreneurs have big goals--and even bigger plans for achieving them.

Meet the latest class of top college startups--and below, see the instructions on how to vote for your top pick. The winner will land bragging rights for life, along with two free tickets to next year's Inc. GrowCo Conference.

SWEET 16:

Asiya - Activewear brand leveling the playing field for Muslim women

 

 

Bacon Boxes - Creators of savory treats made from bacon

 

 

Boost Linguistics - Helps marketers engage users through artificial intelligence

 

 

Drone MVP - Connecting those with drone service needs with qualified pilots

 

 

 

Fair Harbor - Men's swimwear made from recycled plastic bottles

 

 

Find Your Ditto - Mobile platform for connecting those with chronic illnesses

 

 

Huk Tv Mounts - Dorm room TV and monitor mounting technology provider

 

 

KinoSol - Product solution startup aiming to eliminate food waste

 

 

Kwest - Interactive gaming app to explore cities and towns

 

 

 

Microcoaching - Provider of real-time video game coaching

 

 

 

 

Mira - Provider of smartphone-powered augmented reality eyeglasses

 

 

RoBotany - Indoor vertical farming company transforming modern agriculture

 

 

SwineTech - Maker of life-saving wearable equipment for pigs

 

 

 

Trippie - Mobile app that provides interactive maps of airports

 

 

Twine - Analytics startup that helps companies hire internally

 

 

101- Maker of Chem101, a tool for college STEM classrooms

 

 

THE RULES:

Inc.'s 2017 March Madness tournament will include four rounds of voting.

Round 1: 9 a.m. EST Tuesday March 14 to 5 p.m. EST Friday March 17, with 8 match-ups from which you'll pick four favorites.

Round 2: 9 a.m. EST Monday March 20 to 5 p.m. EST Friday March 24, with 4 match-ups.

Round 3: 9 a.m. EST Monday March 27 to 5 p.m. EST Friday March 31, with 2 match-ups.

Championship Round: 9 a.m. EST Monday April 3, with the final 2 startups.

Winner announced: Tuesday April 4.

METHODOLOGY:

Inc.'s 16 Coolest College Startups were selected from a list of more than 100 companies from universities across North America, most nominated by schools and college entrepreneur groups including the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization and the Kairos Society. Criteria included originality of idea, pitch, and growth potential.

Published on: Mar 14, 2017