InnoStars, RIS

Unleashing the potential of Czech start-ups

9th December 2019

DEX Innovation Centre holds Start-up Campus V4 Roadshow in Prague

DEX Innovation Centre, one of EIT Health Hubs from Czechia, co-organised the 2019 Start-up Campus V4 Roadshow in Prague, to show the potential of Health and Medtech set-ups backed in the Czech Republic.


Hidden potential of Czechia

If anyone has been ever wondering, what kind of innovative start-ups may Czech ecosystem offer, then the best way to find it out, is to visit EIT Health Hub – DEX Innovation Centre. The hub together with Start-up Campus, organized the 2019 edition of Start-up Campus V4 Roadshow in Prague. Five young companies from Health and Medtech fields were presenting their business ideas in front of international expert jury, which one of the member was Támas Békási, EIT Health InnoStars, RIS Business Creation Project Manager.

“Europe is in the right track for improving it’s innovation performance, but especially in entrepreneurship education, investment in innovation, and financial risk-taking in order to increase the number of investments to early-stage start-ups, we have a lot of work to do”, said Tamas Bekasi.

DEX Innovation Centre as an EIT Health Hub

DEX Innovation Centre is a private innovation centre, and one of EIT Health Hubs located in the Czech Republic, founded in 2012, as a non-profit organisation. Since 2018 it is part of RIS programme.

EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) was created by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), body of the European Union, in aim to close the gap between regions that are leaders in innovation and more progressing ones.

The network of EIT Health Hubs includes leading regional incubators, accelerators, prominent medical universities, research centres and institutes, which are located in 13 countries of Southern, Central and Eastern Europe. Read more here.

Five top start-ups pitching competition

During the Start-up Campus V4 Roadshow, which took place on 17 October, in UP21 Incubator, five start-ups presented their innovative healthcare solutions:

Adiquit – start-up presenting a mobile phone quit-smoking app based on scientific knowledge and real clinical practice, with systematic support of a virtual therapist available 24/7 that reacts to the user’s opinions and needs.

Vitadio – company showing a device which helps prevent and reverse the second type of diabetes.

Wellmee – start-up introducing personal wellbeing application.

Worklabs – company presenting unique product ecosystem for your healthy work.

Zoryx – start-up showing virtual hospital and healthcare logistics system.

The first place was award to Adiquit, which also won a golden ticket that allowed the company to join semi-finals in Budapest and compete with other teams from Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.

DEX Innovation Centre has already scaled-up twenty-two start-ups, and helped them to receive €2.8 million of investment. Thanks to its BUILD ecosystem, they are able to screen twenty new teams each month. Currently, DEX Innovation Centre is driving five processes related to start-ups, and technology enthusiasts. Learn more about Hub’s activities for start-ups here or watch the video from the last batch of the DEXIC Acceleration programme here.

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