- After just three weeks of work on their startup, two students on the innovation design engineering course at London’s Royal College of Art won a place on Y Combinator’s prestigious accelerator program.
- Their fitness gaming startup, Quell, is built around a low-cost wearable made of smart resistance bands that tracks users’ combat-style workouts as they fight through a fantasy game on their phone or laptop.
- Quell has raised $150,000 in investment from Y Combinator, as well as funding from a series of angel investors, including Twitch’s Kevin Lin and AngelList cofounder Naval Ravikant. In August, it launched a Kickstarter campaign, which netted $250,000 in the first week.
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It’s a tough environment to launch new businesses, but two British students won a spot on Y Combinator’s prestigious accelerator programme for a startup they had only launched three weeks ago.
Quell is an immersive fitness