ENTREPRENEURSHIP: R6 Industries
This article was originally published at The Clubhou.se
R6 Industries developed out of the recent Southeast Startup Challenge held in March here at theClubhou.se. The business is the result of a group responding to one of the challenges of the hackathon. This group consists of (left to right above) Safia Siddiqui, Nathan Dillard, Kyle Dynamus, Aaron White, Mike Mallow, and David Ray, pictured along with Eric Parker, founder of theClubhou.se, and Gianluca De Leo, of the College of Allied Health Sciences. They are responding collectively for the following.
What is the business?
R6 Industries is devoted to developing technologies to improve communication during disaster situations, when stresses run high and time is of the essence. Our first product, DisasterMed, is a standardized communication platform that easily and quickly identifies and tracks symptoms, medications, and resources in disaster situations. It allows shelters to share and monitor information – this can help contain disease outbreaks and manage chronic medical conditions. DisasterMed can work even without phone towers!
When and where did you found it?
Our first product (DisasterMed) was conceived during an exciting 48-hour hackathon, the Southeast Startup Challenge, on March 25, 2018. R6 Industries was founded on May 7, 2018 at theClubhou.se in Augusta, Ga.
Where is the business now?
We are currently headquartered out of theClubhou.se in Augusta, Ga and are focusing on finalizing our product for beta testing in June/July.
What were you like in school?
A bit tough to summarize for all 6 of us, but curious and explorative
Any extra-curricular activities?
Our team enjoys tinkering, playing ultimate frisbee, being outdoors, and all things technology.
Any significant experiences/skills that (with hindsight) influenced your business?
Our team is pretty diverse – together our skill set consists of engineering, medicine, software development, and research. One thing we have in common based on our past experiences is the desire to innovate and create products that solve real world problems.
Any previous entrepreneurial experience? Lessons learned?
Some of us either have our own company, work for startups, have been in accelerator programs or have been involved in the startup community in the past. Favorite lesson learned is to fall in love with the problems, not your solutions.
What appealed to you about entrepreneurship?
The challenge, having the opportunity to create something awesome, and actually seeing how you’re making a difference are all reasons of why we’re interested in entrepreneurship.
How did you get the idea?
The problem – lack of standardized communication during disaster situations – was introduced to us during the hackathon by the Department of Public Health. We initially created a solution based on their objectives.
How has your idea progressed over time?
DisasterMed started off as a solution that tracks “red flag” symptoms in shelters during disaster situation. We have since progressed to a standardized platform for communication and tracking of symptoms, resources, and trends in disaster shelters.
How did you find your co-founders?
Four of us are students together at Medical College of Georgia and we met our other two co-founders during the Southeast Startup Challenge. We decided to work together due to our diverse skill set
How did you fund the business?
We are currently using funding from the first round of the Southeast Startup Challenge and are hoping to attain more funding at the second round in June. We have not approached potential investors yet.
How did you market your business?
We are currently in the customer discovery phase and are fine tuning our MVP. We have not yet begun marketing the business.
Who are your main competitors?
Our main competitor is a startup based out of Augusta, GA that focuses on providing software and technology solutions for healthcare and safety organizations. They help connect and support healthcare workers, providers, agencies, first responders and emergency management personnel.
What have you learned from your competitors (both successes and failures)?
We have learned that even though another company may have designed a similar product, it does not ensure that customers are happy with that product or that it’s the best way to solve that problem and target that market.
What does a typical day involve for you?
Four of us are currently in medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. A typical day involves attending morning classes, studying and spending the last few hours of the day working on R6 Industries. Over time, our team has been devoting more time to not only developing the product, but also the business and ensuring we are reaching out to the right market.
Some of our favorite books include the Alchemist, Atari’s ‘The Book’, and of course, The Lean Startup.
Phantom of the Opera, Back to the Future, Rush, The Departed to name a few.
Our favorite entrepreneurs are Philo Farnsworth and Elon Musk.
Best piece of advice?
Our best piece of advice is to just be yourself – whether it’s with your personal relationships, business partners, cool projects. Don’t try to be someone you’re not and don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help if you’re ever reaching roadblocks.
Common misconceptions about your business/entrepreneurship in general?
Although entrepreneurship and owning your own business isn’t a walk in the park, many people think that you need to be an engineer-of-sorts to start your own company. It is important to understand your strengths and weaknesses, see what you can bring to a business and who you need to bring on to your team to be successful. Having an understanding of the business is just as valuable as the product you’ll be creating.
What is next for your business?
Our next steps are competing in the final round of the Southeast Startup Challenge in Macon, GA on June 18, 2018. There, we hope to attain our first customers and start piloting and field testing our product.
What next for you?
Excel at our daytime jobs/school!
How has working out of theClubhou.se benefitted your company?
theClubhou.se has been an invaluable resource whether it comes to office space, mentorship, resources or networking. We are grateful for their support and look forward to continuing to work with them over the next few months.