Our Spring 2020 Batch Apps are now live at www.freeventures.org/apply and due this Friday, February 7th at 11:59 PM. We’ll be giving out fun prizes to people who intro teams that get into the batch.
Congrats to the Biosense team on the 8VC investment and NIH grant (Fall 2019)! Rohan is a cofounder of Biosense, a startup working on Fitbits for rodents research. Read more about his experience in FreeV below.
Congrats to TuringCerts (Fall 2019) on becoming a 2020 Fellow in the Clinton Foundation Global Initiative and their Top 4 placement in the SingularityU’s Global Impact Competition
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Why FreeV? Hear it from a past student founder
Read more about what it’s like being a part of the FreeV batch from Rohan Arora, cofounder of BioSense.
Q: Can you start by telling our readers a bit about Biosense? What does the company do? How did you and your co-founders come up with the idea?
Rohan: “Biosense is developing an end-to-end platform to automate the numerous procedures used to test new drugs, develop disease models, and investigate clinical outcomes with rodents prior to human testing. Our flagship hardware is a fitness tracker that can be placed non-invasively on any small animal, and we provide a software suite for rapid processing and analysis of the resulting data. Currently we service primarily academic researchers and are looking to expand into pharmaceutical markets early next year.
Two of the founders had some experience working in drug development in high school, and third working with animals. Chatting about our experiences during school is what eventually led to the idea, which we originally developed as a science fair project together.”
Q: While building Biosense, which FreeV resources were most helpful to you?
Rohan: “My favorite part about FreeV was that it gave me a comfortable space to think about our company’s progress twice a week. FreeV’s internal team is super friendly and sharp, and they provided constructive comments that challenged me to think through the various different dimensions of a startup, which was helpful since I’d often find myself stuck thinking very one-dimensionally. The VC trips were valuable exposure and led to us raising pre-seed funding from a firm we were introduced to during one of the trips.”
Exciting events in Berkeley
Feb 3 - Paths to Apple: AI and ML Panel
Feb 8 - TEDxBerkeley 2020: Moonshot
Feb 14 - TreeHacks 2020 (Not in Berkeley but still exciting!)