Shivani Shah, PharmD ‘17 and Simran Bimrah, PharmD ‘17

MCPHS Students Win Hubweek’s Next Generation of Ideas “Beantown Throwdown” 2016 Competition

September 30, 2016

  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) students Shivani Shah, PharmD ‘17 and Simran Bimrah, PharmD ‘17 took home the top prize at Hubweek’s Beantown Throwdown event on Wednesday, September 28.

    The student-focused entrepreneurial competition was hosted in partnership with MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge.

    Twelve student startups representing universities from across Boston competed against each other for “funding”. Each team of student entrepreneurs gave a three-minute pitch and then fielded probing questions from the panel of judges. The audience of over 300 took on the role of venture investors for the night, meeting with each start-up one-on-one and “investing” their vote into the company of their choice.

    Shah and Bimrah competed against teams from Babson College, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern, and Tufts, among others.

    Shah and Bimrah presented a proposal for “AskMolly,” a real-time, authoritative database of illicit substances that provides unique drug information resources for pharmacists, healthcare professionals, and first responders.

    The inspiration for the venture came from Shah’s experience during clinical rotations. She encountered many patients who she felt were receiving inappropriate care due to the lack of any reliable resource on illicit substances.

    She went on to develop a capstone project based on the idea, and her team won the 12th Annual Advanced Practice Management Business Competition at MCPHS.

    The venture concept was the perfect fit for Hubweek’s Beantown Throwdown.

    Shah and Bimrah were awarded prize packages from the event’s sponsors, as well as in-kind legal and marketing services, and the opportunity to pitch for additional funding. Shah and Simran are currently raising $500,000 to build their beta.

    Check out news coverage of their win:

    These Students Won the Beantown Throwdown With Their Database of Illicit Drugs via BostonInno

    MCPHS’ AskMolly Crowned 2016 Beantown Throwdown Student Startup Winner via MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge

    The School of Pharmacy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) offers majors in the pharmaceutical sciences, including a direct-entry Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a hybrid pharmaceutical and business program.