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January 3, 2017

Three Purdue innovators make Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Mimir_Under30 Mimir co-founders, from left, Colton Voege, Jacobi Petrucciani and Prahasith Veluvolu. (Photo provided by Mimir) Download image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  – Three co-founders of a Purdue University-affiliated startup have been chosen by Forbes magazine for its annual “30 Under 30” list of exceptional innovators under the age of 30.

Prahasith Veluvolu, 21; Jacobi Petrucciani, 22; and Colton Voege, 21, co-founders of Mimir, were selected for the honor. The trio was chosen for the award’s 2017 Education category and honored for “being part of the new breed of AI grading and teacher-to-student feedback.”

All three are former computer science students in Purdue’s College of Science.

“The entire team and I are honored to make it onto the 30 Under 30 list. It’s been a dream of ours for a while now,” Veluvolu said. “We’ll be working harder than ever and have some exciting new releases planned for 2017.”

In business for about two years, Mimir specializes in cloud-based computer science coursework assistance.

Mimir's original product, Mimir Classroom, is a cloud-based platform that provides quick, automated grading of programming coursework as well as course management tools. It also has an algorithm to detect plagiarism. It is now in use by more than 70 universities with computer science courses, growing from about 20 just one year ago.

The company is planning to launch its second product, HireOrbit this month.

Also cloud-based, HireOrbit will help companies streamline hiring processes with high-level candidate screening and technical interviewing. It will also serve as a candidate management tool, taking applicants from screening to signed offer.

Mimir is housed within the Anvil, which is the nation’s largest co-working space and is operated by and for Purdue students as well as for the surrounding community. The Anvil is located at 320 North St. in West Lafayette, Indiana, adjacent to the Purdue campus.

To see the entire 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for education, click here.

Writer: Curt Slyder, 765-588-3342,

Source: Elizabeth Thompson, 317-350-4439,

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