A moment with a NYC startup team
We feel humbled to be recipients of a Cornell Tech Startup Award, which includes $80,000 in pre-seed funding and $20,000 worth of co-working space in the Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech. It represents Cornell Tech's commitment to help us beyond graduation by providing us with a longer runway, allowing us to scale up and connect with additional resources.
As a vehicle of technology, design and computer science, we believe we can make a billion-dollar impact through speech and communication. Our innovative app takes a gaming approach to speech therapy through puzzles and challenges designed to help kids pronounce words correctly, offering real-time feedback as the kids talk into the game, which no other speech therapy app does right now.
Everything that we have, everything that we are is in part due to Cornell Tech, due to New York City, and due to this new, radical shift in emphasis on tech and entrepreneurship in NYC. We have this space, we have capital, and we’re getting connected to partnerships and companies and schools. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shoot for our dream.
The Speech Up team is: CEO David Cheng, Johnson Cornell Tech MBA '17; CTO Luis Serota, Cornell Tech MEng, Computer Science '17; and CPO Eliza Bruce, a 2017 MFA graduate of Parsons School of Design, who met her teammates through a collaboration between the two institutions.