MARCo Technologies LLC. founding partners Jacob Boyle and Ryan Chiu had a lot in common before going into business together. They were both captains in their college fencing club, avid musicians, yet the one commonality that brought them closest was the one that was hardest to talk about: both had parents who suffered from severe depression. So, in Fall of 2017, when they entered into an annual business plan competition hosted by The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), the effect mental illness had on their personal lives stuck with them, and thus they decided to create a product that would help the ones they loved. It was then that, MARCo: the Mentally Assistive Robotic Companion, was born.
Since its formation in February of 2018, MARCo Technologies LLC.’s mission has been simple: to improve the quality and accessibility of mental healthcare for all by introducing a line of compassionate robotic companions.