Penn State Grad Student Launches Startup ‘PlayPhysio’



UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ishana Shekhawat’s startup is a one-woman show, according to Penn State News.

Shekhawat, an Indian American entrepreneur and graduate student in mechanical engineering at Penn State, is working to turn her idea for a new biohealth device — a breathing-based video game for improving lung health — into a product used in hospitals across the country.

Her work is part of the curriculum for founders participating in the ten-week summer bootcamp for Happy Valley LaunchBox, a no-cost business accelerator and coworking space in downtown State College.

One of Invent Penn State’s 13 entrepreneurship and innovation centers across the state, Happy Valley LaunchBox aims to provide early-stage startups and local business owners with the resources and support they need to build sustainable and scalable businesses.

Shekhawat first got the idea for her startup, PlayPhysio, two years ago while she was an undergraduate student in India.

This summer, with the help of Happy Valley LaunchBox and the Summer Founders Program, she kicked off the development of her product: a video game and hardware duo that makes breathing exercises more engaging, while still meeting the same medical standards as a traditional spirometer.


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