How Mario Mercado’s startup ‘BATS-TOI’ is making combat sports safer

Starting out as an engineering project at NYU [Tandon School of Engineering], BATS-TOI has now grown to be one of the most innovative companies in sports technology, known for their award-winning wrestling helmet, The Mercado. … Mercado Jr. coached wrestling and went to graduate school at NYU [Tandon] where he took his idea to life alongside engineering professor Nikhil Gupta. They linked up with engineers at Columbia University to build out a student research team and eventually enter and win NYU’s first Summer Incubation Program Competition in 2012 for their wrestling headgear technology.