Revela wins Judges’ Choice at P-HBS Startup Showcase

Written by
Wright Seneres
Aug. 8, 2022

Princeton and Harvard teamed up once again to host the annual Princeton-Harvard Business School Startup Showcase in mid-July. Showcasing six startups founded by Princeton and Harvard alumni, the virtual event attracted 200 attendees and a robust breakout room session for them to meet the founders. 

For the first time, a panel of judges from Princeton Alumni Angels and Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of New York decided on a winner, who will receive special consideration for their upcoming respective pitch nights. After a spirited deliberation, the judges named Revela, a biotech startup co-founded by Evan Zhao *19 and Avinash Boppana ’21, as Judges’ Choice. Additionally, the audience cast their vote and cleantech startup Project Plastic won the Audience Choice award.


Revela, a team of Princeton and Harvard scientists, is leveraging drug discovery machine learning techniques to find new compounds for use in consumer health applications. Their initial focus on women’s hair loss has gained traction, including a recent $6.5 million seed round led by Maki VC. Even at an early stage, the company is generating significant revenue with its first product, Hair Revival Serum. Princeton Entrepreneurship Council profiled Zhao and Boppana earlier this year.

Project Plastic

Co-founded by Nathaniel Banks *21 and Yidian Liu *21, Project Plastic is developing the world’s first device for removing microplastics from rivers. Banks and Liu first conceived of their solution as part of their joint architectural thesis at Princeton, then continued to build their startup through the Princeton Startup Bootcamp and the regional I-Corps Northeast Hub at Princeton. 

Also presenting at the P-HBS Startup Showcase were:

Wavely Diagnostics

Led by Arna Ionescu Stoll ’00, Wavely enables 69% of acute pediatric visits to shift to a virtual experience with smartphone-based medical diagnostics, starting with ear infections. (At PEC’s second annual Princeton Women Founders Startup Showcase, Wavely won audience choice.) 


Co-founded by Stephen Cognetta ’15, Exponent helps people land their dream job in tech and advance their tech careers with a comprehensive community-based learning platform. 


Co-founded by Madeleine Clayton ’17, Proxi is building an infrastructure of niche, mapped guides to local areas. 


Co-founded by Margaret Tam ’13, TrueToForm is a digital workflow solution that enables scalable, made-to-measure apparel production. 

The recording of the showcase is now available.

Princeton Entrepreneurship Council thanks our co-hosts Princeton Alumni Angels and HBS Alumni Angels of New York, including judges Rob Wolk ’91 and Christine Brumback ’95 from PAA and Jim Sherman and Ayala Gamburd from HBSAA. 

For more information about how you can get involved in our next Startup Showcase, please contact Don Seitz ’79 at [email protected].