Halomine, a UNY I-Corps and I-Corps Teams alumni company, has been selected as a finalist in the 2020 Grow-NY Food and Ag Competition. The Cornell biomaterials science startup also competed as a finalist in last year’s competition, which consisted of a two-day summit held in Rochester, New York and featuring live pitches from startups, a robust symposium and exhibition of regional food and ag ecosystem leaders, and an awards ceremony.
This year’s competition, which will take place virtually on November 17-18, consists of a top prize of $1 million, two $500,000 awards and four $250,000 awards. Halomine will be competing along with 19 other food and agriculture startups from around the world.
Halomine, led by CEO Ted Eveleth and CTO Mingyu Qiao, has developed an antimicrobial coating technology, called HaloFilm, capable of keeping surfaces clean by extending the life of chlorine-based disinfectants by days and even weeks. In recognition of the technology’s potential to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in public and private spaces, the National Science Foundation awarded the company $256,000 from its COVID-19 Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program to expedite the product’s development, as well as a separate $225,000 RAPID grant to fight hospital-based infections related to the virus, this year. Learn more about Halomine’s efforts to combat COVID-19.
Grow-NY, funded by Empire State Development and administered by the Center for Regional Economic Advancement at Cornell University, is focused on attracting innovative, high-growth food and agriculture startups from across the globe and engaging them in the region’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Registration for the 2020 Grow-NY is now open.