We spoke with Jarrah Cohen, who, along with Trent Billington, are the co-founders of NomadVR. They believe that everyone should have equal opportunity to feel like they can do more than they are otherwise capable using virtual reality (VR). Jarrah tells us about their motivation, and what they’re loving about Remarkable so far.
What inspired you to start this?
I saw my grandfather in an under stimulating environment in an aged care facility and how that so clearly accelerated his physical and cognitive decline. This inspired me to start NomadVR where we take residents in facilities on virtual excursions around the world. We are now exploring opportunities for more accessible virtual reality beyond just aged care.
What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing with building your startup and how do you think Remarkable can help you overcome this challenge?
The aged care and the disability care markets aren’t particularly fast moving industries. A huge challenge for us is educating our customers on the benefits of VR are and getting our offerings in front of the right people. Remarkable has already helped us so much in this regard by tapping into their extensive network within the disability sector.
What have been the highlights of your Remarkable experience so far?
For me, there is nothing more motivating than having a strong community rooting for you who are eager to help with any challenge you may be having. Along with insightful workshops, amazing mentor networks and plenty of useful introductions, there are many more highlights I could list. Remarkable isn’t your average accelerator program, that’s for sure.
Do you have any tips for startups who are trying to get on an accelerator program?
It’s most important to really know the problem you’re trying to solve, and have proof that what you’re creating really solves it. Also, don’t be afraid to get involved in the Remarkable community before applying. Whether you get in or not, the Remarkable community is happy to help people who are genuinely trying to make an impact for the betterment of peoples lives.
What is your top tool, blog, book or podcast that you’d recommend others look at?
This is like asking what’s you’re favourite movie. There are so many useful resources online if you spend the time to find them. That being said, it sounds cold to call it a tool but the first thing that comes to mind is finding good mentors. I can’t stress enough how important it is to find people who have knowledge and experience to give you and are happy to hold you accountable to what you’d do each week.