Student start-up expands to California after raising $100k

A group of students from the University of Southampton have raised $100,000 to expand their biomedical smart search start-up in California.

Developed by student entrepreneurs Mauro Cozzi, Przemek Zientala and Maciej Szpakowski, the engine offers a database of biomedical documents, including research papers, clinical trial records, patents and millions of company and researcher profiles.

The search engine uses AI-powered smart filtering to learn from user preferences, finding the most relevant articles and making searches as precise as possible.

The start-up has raised $100,000 to join the Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator at the University of California (UC) which is part of the Bay Area’s tech cluster.

Researchably co-founder, Mauro Cozzi said: “Getting accepted into SkyDeck is an instant gamechanger. SkyDeck’s focus on deep tech startups and its large network in academic, biotech and pharma communities makes it an excellent match so we’re thrilled to have been offered a place. The San Francisco Bay Area is exactly where we need to be and we’re going to make the most of this opportunity.”

The students secured the investment and developed Researchably within the University of Southampton’s on-campus start-up accelerator, Future Worlds.

Reuben Wilcock, Future Worlds director, said: “Future Worlds is helping university entrepreneurs change the world with their ideas. It’s exciting to see exceptional student talent make a difference on the world stage and through our partnership with SkyDeck Researchably has the perfect platform to make an impact in Silicon Valley.”

Chon Tang, fund manager of Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, added: “Berkeley SkyDeck has the mission of helping high potential founders from around the world succeed in Silicon Valley. We look forward to plugging the Researchably team into the UC Berkeley community, and helping them gain the traction necessary to raise funding from Silicon Valley VCs.”


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