Alchemie

Presenter: 

Julia Winter - Founder
Thursday, 19 May 2016 - 5:00pm

Alchemie builds mobile games for higher education, beginning with a huge pain point: organic chemistry. By layering of multiple learning cues - kinesthetic, audio, and visual - into engaging game-play, students have a new method to make sense of the visual-spatial ideas at the core of understanding chemistry and science.

Update - Year 1: 

Since presenting in May 2016, Alchemie has earned over $1M in funding, including a $700K SBIR Phase II grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant is being used to build the Epiphany data platform which ties machine learning technology to interactive learning tools, focused initially on chemistry. Alchemie released its Animator app prior the American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in San Francisco in early April 2017. An article about the app was published in the ACS magazine during the meeting. The team was a finalist in the prestigious MilkenPenn GSE business competition. The Troy-based company now has 8 employees.

Update - Year 2: 

-We launched our signature product, Mechanisms, at the American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in New Orleans in March. The reception was overwhelmingly positive. (See picture below for faculty response!) The technology is being used already at UC San Diego, Penn State, and Wayne State University. Sales demos continue at brisk pace with 30 in the last 10 days and many moving forward with on-site visits.

--We have engaged Partner in Publishing to build the pipeline for sales and to assist with marketing and implementation. This engagement is supported by the Michigan Economic Growth Institute First Customer Program.  

--The Macomb Innovation Fund awarded Alchemie $62.5K for further support of our sales and marketing efforts! These funds were used for our ACS launch and to integrate our dashboard with Learning Management Systems for expedited use in classrooms.

--Our Augmented Reality construction tool, IsomersAR, was used in a scavenger hunt promotion at the ACS meeting. Thanks to our partners: Labster, ChemDraw, Schrödinger, WW Norton, National Science Foundation, American Association of Chemistry Teachers, and Biennial Conference on Chemical Education.