Filled with charisma and an entrepreneurial spirit, Abhishek Dasgupta has left his mark on the communities he’s joined and helped build at The University of Texas at Austin.
Born in India, Dasgupta moved around a lot with his family as a child. He says the constant change gave him the distinct ability to interact and form bonds with people from all walks of life. “I love working with people,” he says. “Connecting with people and hearing their stories excites me.”
An outstanding senior from the class of 2021, Dasgupta is graduating with a degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in business. “In high school, biology was my favorite subject,” he says. “And I loved the medical space and learning about all the natural processes that help us survive, so I knew I would study biomedical engineering.”
He describes his time at UT Austin as a collection of shared experiences. “I’ve always liked the phrase ‘investing in experiences.’ I think back to it whenever I’m making a decision,” he says. “Investing in experiences to me means building, connecting and doing good. I try living that out in whatever outlet or facet.”
One way Dasgupta is doing good is through his company Loop Medical Innovations. As a member of the Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars Spring Fellowship program, Dasgupta’s team received coaching, mentorship and $5,000 in nondilutive grant funding for the development of a next-generation personal spirometer with unique error-detection capabilities.
“Breathing is such a big part of life. With the onset of the pandemic and in conjunction with some of our personal experiences with respiratory conditions, our team wanted to make monitoring lung health not only easy for consumers like us but also uncompromisingly accurate,” he says. “So we decided to build a tool that patients can use and, importantly, medical professionals can trust to make decisions — a need unaddressed by the market today.”
This innovation by Dasgupta and his team also landed them success at the Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center’s DisrupTexas undergraduate pitch competition. The team is currently readying the device for an upcoming pilot.
Dasgupta’s natural leadership abilities have been apparent since the start of his college journey. As a freshman, he and seven students had a vision to start the first TEDx conference at the university. TEDx conferences are independent events with the look and feel of the popular TED Talks.
Eager to begin setting the stage for the conference, Dasgupta and his teammates spent eight months knocking on the many doors of UT administrators across campus to pitch their idea and garner support. “We really believed that it would be a value-add to the UT community,” he says. “We put on our first conference in February of 2018, and it’s just been a blast ever since.” Dasgupta says TEDxUTAustin allowed him to create connections with many UT community members and build leadership experience as he served as president during his junior year. “TEDxUTAustin was the gateway into the rest of my college career,” he says.