EllieGrid, founded by entrepreneur Abe Matamoros (BSBA ’15), was among 13 startup companies recognized during Tulsa’s Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. EllieGrid is a smart pill container that takes the guesswork out of sorting and scheduling multiple medications taken on a daily basis. The device also includes software that health care providers and caregivers can monitor to ensure a patient takes his or her medication as prescribed.
Matamoros founded the company when his grandfather fell ill as a result of not taking his medication. “It took him so long to set up his pill organizer that he would get discouraged and not even try,” said Matamoros. “I started looking into the problem and discovered that he is not the only person who has this issue – 20 percent of Americans take five or more pills every day, and 125,000 people die every year due to non-compliance.”
EllieGrid’s leadership team comprises Matamoros along with Regina Vatterott, Hieu Nguyen and Nicolas Dhanam (a senior mechanical engineering student at TU). Since its founding in August 2015, the company has received accolades including first place at the IBM Cultivate Health Hackathon, first place in the St. Edward’s University Business Plan Competition and a finalist in both the CVS Retail and Health Innovation Challenge and Open Houston Pitch Competition.
During his time at TU, Matamoros co-founded InspireVive with Jared King (BS ’14). The team placed first runner-up in the business pitch competition at SXSW 2014 in Austin, Texas.