Third-year University of Virginia student Kamran Pirasteh was immediately intrigued by Slack, the instant messaging software that became one of the world’s fastest-growing startups just three years after its 2014 launch.
Specifically, Pirasteh was interested in applying similar technology to the health care industry, where most hospitals still rely on pagers and landline phones to share information among doctors, nurses and technicians. Innovation in that industry – with its immense scale, privacy requirements and tremendous social impact – is a high-risk, high-reward proposition.
“I was looking for industries where a really efficient platform could make a difference, and health care is one of those industries,” the McIntire School of Commerce student said. “So many student entrepreneurs focus on consumer-facing businesses, and while those can be great, they’re going to have the same kind of impact that health care can have.”