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June 8, 2022

AWS Startups - Today, we’re excited to announce the startups that will make up this inaugural cohort. A diverse committee of AWS startup experts selected these 25 participants based on the strength of their idea and technical readiness, in addition to a series of interviews.

April 13, 2022

Google - Eyes may be the window to the soul, but for LaVonda Brown, founder and CEO of EyeGage, they’re also an excellent source of empirical data. Her PhD work used eye tracking to measure educational engagement, and her postdoc studies correlated specific eye metrics with Alzheimer’s disease.

December 31, 2021

NPR News - LaVonda Brown is the founder of EyeGage, a company that's working on software to automatically detect intoxication by using a camera that's focused on an individual's eyes.

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December 13, 2021

Jumpstart Foundry - At Jumpstart Foundry, our goal is to MAKE SOMETHING BETTER in healthcare. We are able to do this through investing in top healthcare startups and their founders that have the skill, expertise, and drive to bring real solutions to the healthcare industry. We are thrilled to announce the Fall 2021 JSF Cohort!

November 29, 2021

Automotive News - The venture proposes a screening process that determines when individuals — auto assembly workers, drivers, industrial workers, delivery personnel — are under the influence of a substance and a danger to others.

October 20, 2021

GT Alumni - Join us for a conversation with two of the GT VentureLab founders to hear their stories on the development of their products and businesses and the role the GT VentureLab played in that development.

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October 7, 2021

The Atlanta Voice - Metro Atlanta businesswoman LaVonda Brown started her company Eye Gage last year just as the pandemic began. 

Inspired by her personal experience with a loved one who was an alcoholic, as well as her technical experience as an engineer, Brown created an app that takes a picture of your eye to determine the drug and alcohol levels.

September 23, 2021

Watch the Yard - This week, Google for Startups announced its list of 50 recipients for its second Black Founders Fund and seven of the founders named are members of Black fraternities and sororities.

September 21, 2021

Twitter - "I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet. We discussed how we are using artificial intelligence at EyGage to combat substance abuse in our workplaces and communities."

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September 21, 2021

Google - Today, we're announcing the next 50 recipients of our second Black Founders Fund in the U.S., leaders who are solving problems in education, healthcare, sustainability and more. The 126 founders who are now a part of the fund in the United States have consistently told us about the importance of giving back and paying it forward. 

September 21, 2021

TechCrunch - LaVonda Brown developed an interest in eye-tracking during her time at Georgia Tech. The fascination with all the information that can be derived by scanning the so-called “windows to the soul” formed the foundation of EyeGage, one of the 20 companies competing at this year’s Disrupt Startup Battlefield.

April 2, 2021

GT Scheller College of Business - While pursuing her MBA degree at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business in 2019, Evening MBA alumna Dr. LaVonda Brown enrolled in Professor Arn Rubinoff’s “Legal Issues of Tech Transfer” course, which ultimately inspired her to start her company, EyeGage. “My tech startup was born at Scheller,” Brown said. “I wrote my first strategic business plan for EyeGage and filed for a trademark [while I was a student].”

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March 8, 2021

EyeGage - EyeGage, a startup that increases the speed and accuracy of drug detection with computer vision analysis of the eye, today announced it was selected to join the second cohort of the Google for Startups Founders Academy, a nationwide 6 month, equity free program designed to help promising founders and their startups grow revenues and obtain access to capital.

February 25, 2021

EyeGage - "Feel the fear, and do it anyway." A lesson taught by Dr. Susan Jeffers, Dr. LaVonda Brown uses this phrase to flee her comfort zone and excel in her career. As an artificial intelligence and eye-analysis technology expert, Dr. Brown honed in on drug screening after enduring a traumatic experience living with a loved one with a drinking problem in 2016.

February 22, 2021

GT Scheller College of Business - Studies show that female-led companies generate 10% more in revenue yet receive merely 7% of funds raised. Female Founders provided the foundation for teams to understand customer discovery to identify product-market fit and gave teams the opportunity to deliver a customer value proposition story that will be crucial when speaking with investors down the line.

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February 21, 2021

Georgia Tech ECE - At the beginning of 2020, right before the world changed irrevocably, an assembly of Black scientists, researchers, and developers gathered at the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE) in downtown Atlanta, intent on changing what felt like a fractured community. Among the core group were several alumni from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

December 3, 2020

Hypepotamus - The Incubator, started by veteran Atlanta investor and former Atlanta Technology Angels (ATA) president Joe Beverly, looks to support underrepresented founders by providing a structured curriculum, mentoring opportunities, and exposure to those in the investing and entrepreneurial spaces.

March 14, 2017

LSU - LaVonda Brown began working at LSU’s College of Engineering in January of this year as an assistant professor in the Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She brings enthusiasm and an interdisciplinary approach to her research.

This list is regularly updated, so check back often for the latest headlines and press coverage!