Company Name: SWC Technologies Inc.
Headquarters: Springfield, MA
Proud VVM Alum: 2016 Accelerator
Founded: May 2016
Ramon Lorenzi, Co-Founder
Nicole Rodriguez , Co-Founder
Julian Lustig, Manager
A.J. Beach, Project Manager
Sayantani Nady, Financial Manager
Camillo Archuleta , Customer Experience Manager
Prepping for World Domination: We are going to change the world of mental health by introducing technological solutions to outdated processes.
Why we’re awesome: We are awesome because we are helping people in our communities and at the same time building a business.
Our idea was born out of: Our idea was born out of the frustration Nicole and Ramon were experiencing in processing referrals for mental health services using the phone and fax. There surely was a better way to manage the request for services by using technology. Through VVM we were able to add very valuable team members that have been contributors to the success of our launch.
Seeking investment or bootstrapping: We were able to secure seed investments from Mass Mutual and will be seeking investments for an A round.
We trump our competitors because: We provide a quicker and more efficient way to complete referrals for mental health services. We are able to place people with mental health agencies in hours versus weeks.
At VVM we learned: At VVM we learned that a great idea comes second to a great team. Ideas will change to achieve product market fit, but if you have a strong team managing the changes and responding to the customers’ needs chances of success are better. It is also perfectly fine and, we would argue, beneficial for the business when team members have opposing views. The trick is to be able to process all the viewpoints and take them into consideration when making business decisions.
Latest milestone: We have completed our MVP and it’s being used by state and local agencies. We have reduced the wait times for placement with a mental health provider down to hours from weeks.
The next step in growing our startup is: Our next step is to build version 2.0 with all of the customer feedback we have received.