Engineering | Entrepreneurship + Innovation

Recently, Andrew Ninh (pictured on the right), a senior in Electrical Engineering, had the opportunity to showcase the DocBot venture at Texas Christian University’s Value and Ventures Business Plan Competition to compete for funding.

DocBot was first conceptualized late 2013 and through several iterations, customer validation, and participating in Microsoft Idea Camp, DocBot has turned into a patient analysis tool for physicians. Team members include Tyler Dao and James Dinh.

Realizing that physicians are great at diagnosing, the team is initially focusing on pediatric diabetes care and treatment plan selection. DocBot is currently being integrated into electronic health records and other health IT software and hope to enter a partnership with the local pediatric hospital. The company was accepted into Singularity University’s accelerator program with a $100,000 investment starting September 2015.

The idea for DocBot formed at an early age, when Andrew spent his high school graduation in a hospital ICU. He said, “I observed the hospital environment from a patient’s perspective and looked for ways to improve our current medical system.”

Although DocBot didn’t place in the competition, Andrew had a positive experience including the opportunity to interact with mentors from around the world. In fact, he made a connection for mentorship in the medical field that can help his venture in the future.

Andrew learned the importance of focusing on the value of the venture, not just the venture itself, which will be of importance in the future. Andrew says, “I want to bring the benefits, efficiency, and power of computation and technology to bring medicine into the new century.”

Andrew received funding to attend the competition through the Fulton Schools Startup Center’s Experiential Learning Grant. The Fulton Schools Startup Center is led by Dr. Brent Sebold, with the goal to empower all Fulton Schools undergraduate and graduate students to advance their entrepreneurial ideas for the benefit of our economy and society.

Read more about Andrew’s acceptance into the prestigious Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB) Engineering Fellow program.