Meet the founders of Ochy

Introduction

We started Ochy because we want to help runners have a very good running technique so they can achieve their running objectives. Our vision is to give the opportunity to every person globally to become an efficient, injury-free runner. To accomplish this, we need to build the easiest and accessible way for people to be able to improve their running techniques.

Our background

Meet the founders of Ochy

Perrine is from France, Khaldon is from Jamaica and we both met while studying at the University of Central Missouri in the USA. Khaldon went to his first national athletic championship in 1999 at age 11 and Perrine in 2005 at age 16. We wanted to study abroad while continuing our passion for track and field.  Thanks to our good athletics results we both got scholarships. We first met on a track at 6:45 am during a training session. 11 years later we are still waking up at 6:45 am but now it’s because our two kids jump on our bed. 

During our track career, we went to the NCAA championship many times, won conferences indoor and outdoor. Khaldon has a 400m personal best of 46.8 while Perrine has one of 56.8. 

Meet the founders of Ochy

After our studies, we decided to move together to France. At that time Perrine got a job in Luxembourg in a clinic specializing in biomechanical analysis. Then 2 years later we moved to the south of France and she decided to open her own franchise. Khaldon was an architect at that time but because a lot of marketing needed to be done for Perrine’s job, Khaldon found a passion in that field. 

Now that our athletic career is over we both kept running for fun but still have in mind to get better at every race. Perrine is running most of the time some 5k or 10k but training to run my first half marathon on November 28th. Khaldon ran his first half marathon in April 2021 and is thinking about going to a marathon.

What triggered us to start the company? 

Meet the founders of Ochy

We used to have laboratory biomechanical analysis throughout our careers. Once our athletic careers were over, we continued to run long distances for fun. We wanted to improve our distance performance but we didn’t want to go to a lab to do a biomechanical analysis because the price was too high. What to work on then? How to become more efficient with our running technique?  We then thought to ourselves, "If we are in search of a way to get better, many runners are certainly in the same situation".

Given our two current professional experiences in mobile application development and biomechanics expertise, we decided to create Ochy in order to make these analyses accessible everywhere in the world, to any runner looking for improvement. This way, there will be no more obstacles related to the need to go to a lab and spend crazy amounts of money. We understand this market very well, both from a runner's and a coach's perspective.

What were some of the critical milestones that were reached along the way?

Meet the founders of Ochy

We started thinking about Ochy in June 2020. Given our sports background, we first reached out to our personal network of coaches and athletes to get their thoughts on the idea and their expectations of such a tool. At the same time, we conducted market research, surveys, and finally released an MVP version of the app in February 2021. In just a few weeks (and without marketing or paid publication), we received 150 videos from users looking for biomechanical analysis of their running technique. Even if the analysis still has to be done manually before being sent back to the user by email, these first results show a strong interest for such a product and a solution on the field within everyone's reach. But in order to help us go even further in our adventure, we signed in April 2021 with the incubator program 1Kubator. The MVP2.0 version was released in June 2021 and gave us the opportunity to create many partnerships with big athletics clubs such Bordeaux Athlé and EFSRA Reims athlétisme. We are currently working with 5 athletic clubs and 8 personal running coaches in France, UK and USA to improve the product. In July 2021, we signed our first customer, Club of Pacé with 14 analyses. The company was then officially incorporated in France on 27 July 2021. 

Conclusion

Meet the founders of Ochy

Running has been a part of our lives since a very young age. We both competed at a high level, amateur level,  had injuries, setbacks, high achievements and failures. We have had coaches and also have coached ourselves. This gives us a broad spectrum of what the majority of people go through in running. This is why our vision is to give the opportunity to all people who love to run to achieve their objective without getting injured or having pain. We cannot all become Olympic champions but we all have a goal and that is why we want to help. By running more efficiently, by strengthening the right muscle groups, the chance of getting injured is reduced by ⅓ , while the opportunity of reaching a goal increases. 

Where we are  at today

As of September 2021, we are about to release our first autonomous version of the app for beta testing. With this version, you can take a video, the AI analyses the video and you will have some information about your running. Here is a promo video.


Over the next 12 months, we would like to have a product that can do much more such as sharing with someone, comparing to a pro athlete, a personalised strengthening plan and analysis of more views such as the back. 

Get involved in our beta testing program, it’s free. That way you can voice your opinion on things you would like to see the app do so we can make it useful for you.