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France, Scandinavia, Education, Innovation, 2018

E-labs starter network: Summer Hit Workshop

14th August 2019

A three day workshop helping students to develop their innovation projects

Paris and Grenoble E-labs starter networks organised the “Summer Hit” workshop on 11-13 July 2018, at St Bernard du Touvet in an ecological chalet.

The aim of this workshop was to help researchers, students and early graduates to develop their start-up projects in the healthcare sector.

This programme was in partnership with EIT Health Alumni, which helped in finding the best coaches for this event: Olga Putovalova (co-founder of diabeteslab, an artificial intelligence device for diabetes management) and Manolis Dimitrakakis (medical student and co-founder of Diamentor, an application for people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes).

The profile of the participants was very diverse; some of them were in biomedical engineering, sme in computer sciences and others in mathematics.

The interdisciplinary aspect brings new perspectives on medical innovation.

During the event, ideas were also incubated. In fact, six projects were developed:

  • Thrombo-E: Noninvasive bracelet to prevent thrombosis for Dialysis patients
  • Posture Al: Mobile health app helping people change posture and avoid chronic backpain
  • Anti-smog net: Window net that stops smog particles and allergens into the house
  • Alter café: A place for entrepreneurs to meet retired elderly who can help
  • Patient database: Digital platform that connects clinical trials and patients together
  • Magnetic Tip Picker: Laboratory device which will save time for lab technicians

The final pitch competition closed the Summer Hit programme, with team members of the Posture Al project winning first place. This team will have the chance to go to the High-Tech Summit on 10-11 October, in Copenhagen.

The E-lab achieved its objectives by the end of the event. In fact, in three days, all participants developed entrepreneurial skills, such as identifying a value proposition, elaborating a hypothesis from customer discovery outcomes, finding solutions to validate their concept and also learning how to pitch their project in 4 minutes.

As a final poin,t this workshop gives the opportunity for students to learn more about EIT Health and Paris & Grenoble E-Labs. Some students showed interest in the EIT Health Accelerator programme and were also willing to be part of the EIT Health Alumni network.

For further enquiries contact:

Phyllis Therdros, phyllis.therdros@eithealth.eu

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