Welcome to the Founder Feature Series for 2019, where we chat with the founders of the 7th Cohort of The Mentor Network to learn more about them as individuals, as well as their entrepreneurial journeys. They have great wisdom and experience to share with the rest of the community and could likely use your help as well!
Today, we would like to introduce you to Hannah Dohmen, Founder of HydroTracker. The HydroTracker is a hydration sensor system for cancer patients going through chemotherapy. The system consists of a smart water bottle, wearable hydration sensor, and patient app. Besides being accepted into Cohort 7 of The Mentor Network, was part of the 2019 cohort of E-scholars.
What did you do before you were the Founder of your startup?
I was (and still am) a student at The University of Kansas. Being a student while starting a company has tested my limits of what I thought I could do. It has made me more dedicated to both school and my business.
Why this startup? A.k.a. what is your ‘why’?
Cancer has a history in my family. My grandma passed away from breast cancer six years ago. My dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer four years ago and and is currently in complete remission.
Since I have started working on my startup, my goal has been to help other people feel better mentally and physically.
What was your first milestone/win that let you know you were on the right track to building this business?
My first major milestone was validation from KUMed that the HydroTracker is an applicable product.
Why did The Mentor Network stand out to you as a positive program to be involved with?
The Mentor Network stood out to me as a positive program because I thought that it would be a good opportunity to be paired with an industry mentor and be with a group of other founders who are going through similar experiences as me.
What have your big wins been so far within The Mentor Network?
I have filed a provisional patent on the system and am working with attorneys to file the non-provisional patent.
How do you maintain sanity in this crazy, insane startup world?
Between being a college student and having a startup, I stay pretty busy. When I need a break from my daily life, I enjoy running on the treadmill and taking my dog to the dog park.
KC has so many resources and people to help entrepreneurs. What are we still missing? What gaps do you think we need to fill?
I think that Kansas City, KS needs more entrepreneurial resources. The majority of the resources available are located in Missouri. If Kansas expanded their resources it would make it easier for Kansas based startups to grow.
Regarding the KC startup ecosystem, what has been your favorite service/resource that you would like to share with other founders to take advantage of?
My favorite resource in the KC startup ecosystem has been KCSourcelink.
If you could go back to the day you started this journey and give yourself one piece of advice what would it be?
If I could go back to the day I started and give myself a piece of advice, it would be to follow my first instinct.