Cove Share Startups Visit the White House

Making Waves
July 23, 2016 By Applied Innovation

UCI alumni Esosa Agbonwaneten, founder of Bulletin LLC, Kimberly Veliz and Nicole Mendoza, co-founders of Slapband Vitals, and Kathy Eiler, Director of Federal Relations for UCI, all were invited to the White House to participate in and explore the National Maker Faire.

Agbonwaneten graduated with a B.S. in Public Health Science and a double Minor in Digital Information Systems & Anthropology in 2014, Veliz graduated with a Bachelor’s in both Biomedical Engineering and Material Science Engineering in 2016, and Mendoza completed both a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2013 and a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering in 2016.

Slapband Vitals uses wearable wristbands to monitor vitals associated with blood pressure. The sensors inside the wristbands were designed in a biomedical engineering lab at UCI, and featured prominently at the National Maker Faire. Bulletin is an app designed to keep students on track, from helping a student managing her busy schedule to offering wide-view university statistics that can help identify at-risk students for early intervention.

Agbonwaneten, Mendoza, and Veliz spent time captivating the attention of many people during this event, including high-ranking officials from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Science Foundation. As UCI alumni, these young women show the strong entrepreneurial spirit that keeps growing  in Orange County.