The Ventilator Project [COVID-19]

The Ventilator Project - to help the world breathe in a time of crisis. 

In Boston, two robotic entrepreneurs have paused their companies to lend a hand in the immediate global health crisis. It is quickly becoming clear that COVID-19 is extremely serious. People are getting sick at an alarming rate and the US healthcare system is not ready; the world is not ready.

Project was started to mitigate the extreme shortage of ventilators during Covid-19 global pandemic. 

According to a recent U.S. government study - in a worst-case pandemic scenario, this country alone might need more than 700,000 mechanical ventilators, while only 100,000 are now in use.

Ventilators are mechanical breathing machines that are the crucial lifesaving tool when a patient’s lungs fill with fluid, making it very difficult for the lungs to oxygenate blood. In one of the first large scale studies from Wuhan, the New England Journal of Medicine recorded that about 2.3% of COVID-19 patients will require these machines to stay alive.

We are a non-profit company bringing the best minds together to rapidly create and manufacture a low cost ventilator for Covid-19 patients around the world.

The number of on staff engineers is growing by the hour. We are rapidly prototyping over the next week and have several major company sponsorships in the works to help scale manufacturing and distribution. 

We urgently need funding to finish prototyping and testing for our solution. We believe with your support we can save countless lives and help those in need breathe again. 

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Proud affiliation: MassRobotics 

Co-Founders:  Tyler Mantel & Alex Frost
organized by: Sarah Lerner on behalf of The Ventilator Project (non-profit)

More About The Founders & The Team:

Tyler Mantel

Tyler Mantel, a Techstars alumni, is an engineer that is passionate about using technology to help the world. Currently, he is CEO and founder of Watertower Robotics, where he leverages his Mechanical and Chemical Engineering degrees to create robotic technology to help water utilities save water and fight climate change.

After graduating from Purdue University, Tyler started his career working as a field engineer for Schlumberger in 2013. From there he went on to create 3 companies spanning waste management, logistics, and water infrastructure conservation. Tyler’s drive to create, enthusiasm to help, and entrepreneurial skill has brought him to found The Ventilator Project with Alex Frost

Alex Frost

Alex Frost is a multinational executive who has started six companies over the last two decades spanning retail, media, software, and robotics. His passion for redesigning existing technologies led him to Boston to start FloraBot in 2019.

Alex is excited to bring his passion to build successful businesses to co-found The Ventilator Project in an effort to solve an issue affecting the global human population.

The Team

Over the past three days, Tyler and Alex have put together an incredible team to support their mission. They have seen tremendous enthusiasm from their peers and all those they’ve contacted. One of their volunteer engineers drove over 14 hours from Kentucky to Boston immediately after receiving our call. In the last 36 hours, the co-founders have assembled a diverse team that includes 15 engineers, multiple medical professionals, and a support team from Latham and Watkins as well as other key partners. This team has the intellectual capacity and capability to properly design an easily sourced and manufacturable ventilator in order to save lives.

Join the Team:
Passionate about saving lives and solving this health care crisis too? 

We need numerous skills sets (beyond engineering) so please fill out this  form and we will get back to you within a timely manner.


Donations ()

  • Eric Hoffman 
    • $30 
    • 4 hrs
  • Susan Fletcher 
    • $100 
    • 4 hrs
  • Nick & Julie Holt 
    • $100 
    • 4 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 9 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 10 hrs
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Fundraising team: The Ventilator Project (2)

Sarah Lerner 
Raised $735 from 13 donations
Boston, MA
Ryan Mantel 
Team member
Raised $75 from 3 donations
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