Virtuleap: Another Huge Leap for Mankind
With the worldwide overthrow of technological invention, it is no surprise that more people have been dwelling in the field of virtual reality. Something about controlling your fate, or having your dream life unfold in front of you became an irresistible opportunity. This is why the realm of technological experiments expanded to virtual reality performances.
Amir, Hossein, Roland, and Thomas were multi-geniuses that brought the world closer to the future with the first-ever smart platform made specifically to stimulate the brain. Our imagination can finally run free with virtual reality.
Virtuleap is a combination of virtual reality games and exercises used to improve people’s lives in the realm of cognitive fitness. Virtuleap emphasises on health and education by tackling cognitive assessment using AIs and VRs. The company offers access to multiple cognitive workouts a day. The goal is to enhance thought power.
If you want to know how the four inventors brought the future closer than ever, continue reading down below.
Amir Bozorgzadeh spent his childhood days in Vancouver, Canada. Amir, who is of Persian descent, was born in the late 1980s. He was a creative, calculating, and curious child. Flashy objects and colored images were Amir’s keen interest. It wasn’t until his parents brought home the first computer when Amir experienced love for the first time. He could not fathom how a man-made object can function with a simple push of a button. His love for how things worked started to grow even bigger once Amir played his first-ever video game.
Hossein Jalali was born in Dubai in the early 1980s. His admiration toward the unknown was established from a very young age. Hossein’s interest in engineering became more and more deepened, thanks to his father who took young Hossein to work, in a place that involved a lot of machinery. Seeing his father at work, and how he managed to fix things, sparked a desire in Hossein to do the same, one day. Hossein’s passion for engineering started to stir even more when he got his first computer. That was the breaking point for Hossein- he decided that he will do anything to satisfy his ever-growing curiosity of how a task comes to be completed.
Rolan Dubois was born in Munich, Germany, in the early 1990s. Much like the other co-founders, Roland was not very different when it came to his interests. He might not have shown much interest in how heavy machinery works or gets fixed, but he wanted to learn the process of design. His interests were more focused on the exterior aesthetics of things, and the graphics behind them. His world was turned upside down once he played his first computer game. The bright colors, the shiny rewards, and the visually stunning graphics got Roland hooked. He had a full book of ideas, characters, and storylines that he wanted to adapt to his own game, one day.
Thomas Balouet was born in France in the early 1990s. The people that knew Thomas the longest, shared that he has had a keen interest in robotics and engineering for quite a long time. Even when he was a kid, he wanted to play with toys that could be controlled and commanded. Thomas also loved spending time on his computer, where he too, would garner admiration towards video game development.
Amir, Hossein, Thomas, and Roland had extensive success in each of their respective careers. Even though they were scattered in different parts of the world, they all shared incredible ideas. All four let their love for engineering, technology, graphics, and science take their life in the right direction.
Amir continued his school years at York University in Vancouver. Amir knew that to develop his keen interest in engineering and science, he had to go through business school to learn how to educate people on the endless possibilities of technology. The following years were spent collecting certificates from executive leadership programs in Spain and Holland. All of his hard work paid off when Amir got his start at Ipsos, where he worked as an Online Project Manager.
Hossein stayed in Dubai during his studying years. He went to the Azad University of Tehran where he studied computer engineering. He also acquired a master’s degree in marketing from the American University of Sharjah. Eventually, events in life brought Hossein a bit closer to Virtuleap, as he landed a job at Flip Media, as an account manager. Hossein dipped his toes in the digital sphere once more when he became the Head of Online Media Development at Al Alan TV.
Roland and Thomas might come from different sides of the world, but both pursued careers focused on digitalization. Roland has always had a growing inclination for design and with it in mind, he studied graphic and web design. Roland also wanted to get more insight into the booming world of e-commerce, so he earned a certificate in advertising and campaigning. Afterward, Roland got his wish when he started working for Siemens. Thomas spent his years in Paris, where he studied IT and software development. His admiration for technology also earned Thomas a master’s degree in Engineering and Culture Development.
Hossein, Amir, Roland, and Thomas all met at a party in 2017. All three were in Portugal to attend a course in neuroscience. The pals were introduced by a mutual friend who found all their keen interests eerily similar. They swapped ideas about video game development, engineering, and business. When they thought about what could be something refreshing the world desperately needs, they thought of virtual reality.
The four co-founders all shared equal goals and ideas. One had software development skills, others knew business and advertising, while some had budding, innovative ideas.
Virtual reality is something the world hadn’t experienced much before, and the four co-founders took this to their advantage. All shared different but beneficial knowledge of engineering and with hard work and determination Amir, Hossein, Thomas and Ronal introduced a new and improved VR software. Virtuleap however had an extra bonus to it. It did not only entertain users, but it also helped them light up the cognitive process. Virtuleap provided a virtual reality program that will focus on healing cognitive illnesses, disorders and impairments. This was their way of giving back to the community.
The team hired neuroscientists with the help of the Pacific Brain Health Center, so they can find effective solutions and treatments for people with attention deficit and cognitive disorders.
Based on neuroscience, Virtuleap helps users increase their attention levels and improve their learning abilities. Their grand love for video games came to fruition when they assembled an array of VR games designed by neuroscientists. These games will activate and train the players’ cognitive abilities, based on their performance.
Virtuleap surprised many industries with its new and exciting approach to virtual reality. The platform had an impact on industries like biometrics, health, wellness, fitness, and data.
The four inventors co-founded Virtuleap in 2018, however, it was met with its fair share of distrust and doubts. Not many people knew that there was such a thing as virtual reality games. Older generations find it harder to get in touch with innovative technologies like virtual video games. Their lack of understanding and acceptance was a major issue in the budding years of Virtuleap, however, with increasing regard for younger generations, the company was able to make it through.
Word spread like wildfire when Virtuleap was finally recognized for its originality and effectiveness. The company was named one of the four startups in the world that tackle cognitive illnesses. The founders went through 7 rounds of funding in total, with the last one occurring in 2020 when Virtuleap raised a total of $1.1M in funding from a seed round.
Through the years, Virtuleap managed to climb to the top of the VR cognitive assisting companies in the world above competitors like VironIT and Subversive.
Over the years, Virtuleap gathered nine investors. Some of the latest investors were Innovation Global Capital and Hackquarters.
Nowadays, Virtuleap holds its headquarters in London, Delaware, and the city where they met- Lisbon. Virtuleap has 11-50 employees, working tirelessly on new and exciting games to better everyone’s cognitive skills. Virtuleap plans on making its VR headsets accessible worldwide. In 2020, Virtuleap was placed among 40 different startups as a part of the H+ Digital Health Innovation Programme as a contributor in the healthcare sector. The programme introduces startups that offer solutions to tackle the ‘new normal’ brought in by the pandemic. The demand for digital inventions in the health industry was at its highest. Virtuleap is among the few companies that rely and cater to the needs of everyday people, as well as those of the medical professionals.
Something about bringing different realities for people with disorders satisfies their curiosity for the unknown. The four inventors took a rather giant leap and reinvented the overall reality. Thanks to Virtuleap, users can re-experience events, moments, and feelings while simultaneously being treated! Talk about learning while having fun!