Hi my name is Victor I am CEO & Co-founder Mevics. The idea to create a device that could help to sit straight was formed thanks to my surrounding. I specialize in Computer Science.
When I looked at the programmers, engineers, designers, and other students at my university, I noticed that we all have something in common. They all, one way or another, spent more than 12 hours in a sitting position slouching constantly by working on a computer in uncomfortable positions, and at the end of the day complained “My back is aching again” “My spine is aching so much”. Since I felt it all myself, I gave thought to think of the way to solve the problem. “This would be a device that would help stop slouching and have an active life,” that was the idea. The last was to figure out how it would do it, and bring it to life.
When we decided to create something new no knowing what it would be, the first steps were the hardest. It was hard to find a team, time, and money… Fortunately, I found someone who would not back away when having difficulties. It is owing to Vladislav Morzhanov, Maksim Trybunsky, Aleksey Reshetnyk and Veronika Plemedyale that the allegiance of Odessa National Polytechnic University that we managed to build the full device concept and bring it into life. We were ordinary students who were obsessed with the idea to create a device that would help forget the spine problems. The device was called Mevics, and in a few months we created the first device generation – the prototype with many transducers could hardly fit a big box. It was too big and very uncomfortable for carrying. However, is was operative, which was our first victory.
IT Eureka is a competition of innovation startup projects for the students studying information technologies. Apart from us, about 700 projects competed for the first place, among which there were very serious competitors. This was the first and the most critical examination of our ideas and living capability. We were to present the product and make a presentation, which we did quite well. We took first place in the nomination “Best Innovative Solution” and claimed about our idea throughout Ukraine. Ever since Mevics was not a student project any more, it became something bigger.
We wanted to draw attention to the spine problems and did not miss the opportunity to tell about it. Like all startups we took part in the event, and the main goal was to get feedback from the experts in order to move further. The more extensive the event was the more possibilities were possible. We took part in such events as InnoTech Ukraine (Exhibition), BlackSeaSummIT (The most promising StartUp), Lviv IT Arena (Winners), Startup Battle “Get In the ring” (Champions of Ukraine). We learned to overcome anxiety, obtained new knowledge, and started further product development thanks to the reviews.
After the first trip to Kyiv, we were offered an acceleration proposal from IoT Hub Kiev. Giving speech at DemoDay IoT Hub helped us get many acquaintances and fellow-thinkers. We could not miss such opportunity to stay and transferred some of the projects to Kiev. The difficulty we had to face was to double-job study at the University and teamwork – one half of the team was working in Kiev, and the second remained in Odessa. We had to deal with many tasks and problems. However, the number of remaining responsibilities and the will to improve the product was bigger. Constant involvement in work – from morning till night – gave birth to the fourth generation of Mevics device.
The project was in development for 1.5 years. However, we understood that it is impossible to get better without investments. The acceleration period from IoT Hub was coming to an end, and the situation became quite tense. The search for investors, negotiations and presentations exhausted but we knew the reason we were working for. At one of the events we, where we were presenting Mevic, we caught the attention of UB Tower, who showed big interest to our device. A couple of weeks ago we received a precious proposal of which we dreamed from the first day of our arrival to Kiev – UB Tower company made a decision to invest money in our project.
Upon arrival in Odessa we received great news: we had been selected for CES Eureka Park in America. The preparation to the exhibition of international standard really inspired us, and we decided to extend our team to present our product. The following persons are currently working for Mevics: Viktor Laushtan, CEO; Vlad Morzhanov - CTO (Software); Vladislav Hmelevskoy - CTO (Hardware); Xenia Filipchuk– Design; Vladislav Frantsyan - Android developer; Konstantin Ovcharenko - iOS developer; Nina Prus – Coordination; Bogdan Voskanyan - Marketing; Guzenko Victoria - Finance; Kristina Nikitiuk - Intern Android development.
Over the entire history of our existence of Mevics, we took part in many exhibitions but CES was the most broad-scale for us. The four-day Conference lasted in the mode of constant communication with the participants who got interested in the project. Among them there were the media, representatives of other companies, and other participants who were interested in our experience, and all those who felt concerned about the problem of bad posture. The participation in CES gave us new motivation. Another our dream came true.
We took part in more than 20 different events and exhibitions for the last two years. We also passed two acceleration programs, got a partnership proposal, raised investments, extended our team, created and tested the 4th version of the device, released the app for android and iOS, and created Medics Daily app to improve your health. It is also available for download on Android and iOS. We are still adjusting and launching the production. You can take the first step to a healthy life, and the second will Mevics.
The new top we are trying to conquer is Kickstarter. The preparation is under way, and all our team believes that it will become a crucial moment in the company’s life. You have the opportunity to become a participant of the creation of Mevics product, and thanks to you we will be able to launch massive production of the device and sale it throughout the world. We would like to bring care about your health to life.We invite you to join us