Name three tipping points that influenced the development of the startup and made it what it is today, please
Of course, first is the pivot we made in 2018 to test if our gaming controllers can be used for rehabilitation. It was not only the point that helped us to start moving into more perspective direction, but also a good test for the team. You can imagine how stressful it was to change everything – product, market, audience, business model… And we not just did not lose a single teammate; we strengthened and expanded the team.
I would like to mention participation in MIT EF CEE program as one of most important points. It helped us a lot to start cooperation with PZU Zdrowie. It is quite important for our startup, as healthcare service providers are one of main stakeholders on the range of our focus markets.
The third one was actually very funny. During one of our first visits to Germany we rented an apartment on the German website. As far as we didn’t understand German good enough, when we came to live to that place we accidently discovered that… there was a guy living in one of the rooms. We were not going to leave with a stranger and wanted to change the apartment. But there were no options for fair price, and we stayed. Then we discovered that our roommate was working in big neurological institute. And at the end of the day that “accident” helped us to make one of the best connections in Germany. And we are now doing pilot with Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.
Your future plans and main goals for 2020
We have a lot of plans for 2020! Raccoon team will present solution for an arm in spring and the whole-body solution will be ready for testing in Q4 2020 already. We also plan to start trials for our AI functionality. From business point of view in 2020 our main goal is to prove startup scalability. For this, we are testing different approaches on several markets and tailoring our business model.
Last, but not least – the goal is to… buy a dog! Actually, I have been dreaming about a dog for several years, but I decided that I will have it only after Raccoon will get our first million in revenue. So me having a dog is a dream and goal for the whole team!