Students participating in the Macalester Entrepreneurship program will have a chance to present their projects at the fourth annual Idea Showcase tonight at Macalester College in St. Paul. The Showcase highlights the students in the Macalester Summer accelerator and internship programs, MacStartups and MacNest, and will feature ideas ranging from self-regulating home hydroponics systems to a robot that will cut down on hospital’s expenses.
Eight MacStartups teams are immersing themselves in the local entrepreneurship community with the MacNest interns working with 13 Twin Cities startups this summer.
Technology-focused projects include Easy EMDR, a top-of-the-line Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) application that is fully customizable to an individual client’s preferences. “At Easy EMDR, we are working on providing versatile, clinical-grade mental health tools for treating PTSD, anxiety, OCD, and other trauma-related disorders,” said cofounder Zachary Jordan, who has benefited from EMDR Therapy. “The equipment required for EMDR can easily run small practices hundreds or even thousands of dollars just to get started, something that can drastically limit people’s ability to receive the treatment they need. We want to increase the accessibility of EMDR therapy by providing powerful new tools to streamline the treatment process for therapists while also providing more options for their clients,” he added.
“MacStartups has been an eye opening experience,” said Samuel Fleming who is presenting Xenbu, a mobile app designed to expand visual artist’s reach to a broader audience, by making their work available as wallpaper for cell phones. “I love how accessible the tech community is in Minnesota. I am not a coder or really tech savvy at all, to be honest, but it didn’t take long to start meeting members of the community when I started asking questions. Many entities, freelancers, students, and organizations alike have all been very responsive to my inquiries and ideas.”
Jordan expressed likewise, “This summer, our conversations with entrepreneurs and other students has shown us that there is an immense amount of goodwill and creative thinking present in the tech ecosystem.”
The showcase takes place today at 4:30 p.m. in the Kagin Ballroom at Macalester College. You can learn more about the event here.