News from previous winners
Sentimoto (Winner 2014) - " Sentimoto is a UK startup, founded by graduates of Oxford University creating an analytics platform for behavioural data collected from smartphones that both help people engage with their health, and health and social care professionals understand the outcomes of interventions. Our unique and user-centred technology not only allows the quantification of wellbeing, including physical activity, sleep and social interactions, but also transforms this information into immediately accessible and meaningful suggestions for the user and their support network, with the aim of ensuring long-term support of the user's needs. Within our platform, we build an ecosystem of impactful well-being activity providers, including "tech for good" startups and charities local to our users. Thus, we can benefit from community resources and build up on already existing and proven well-being improvement programmes.
In 2017/2018 we have successfully completed the first phase of our well-being engagement pilot in Staffordshire, leading to a county-wide rollout. We have also worked with Durham County Council, specifically targeting social withdrawal in older adults, delivering some very promising results: over 80% of users reported they discovered new activities thanks to our application, over 40% reported they joined new physical and social activities through it, and almost 20% have said that the platform has made them more socially connected.
Teech Tutoring (Runner-up 2016) - "After having raised two rounds of seed funding and grown the Teech customer base since the 2016 Tri-Innovate competition, the team are now negotiating a buy out with an online classifieds company. The Tri-Innovate competition was a great way to practice pitching in front of critical eyes, especially investors' eyes. I would definitely recommend it for the feedback and experience and wish the new participants all the best for the prize funding too!" (25/01/18)
2017 winner, Listen2See said "The Tri-Innvote Launch for 2018 was a fantastic event and really helped to re-invigorate us in seeing the excitement and potential reach of our work. We are pushing full steam ahead and wish this year's candidates the best of creative luck with their applications! (25/01/18)
The GaitThaw team are developing novel technology to help patients with Parkinson's disease better undertake everyday activities. (Highly Commended 2017). (25/01/18)
2014 WIN winner declared New Radical by the Observer
2014 WIN winner, Sentimoto, was declared one of fifty 2016 New Radicals by the Observer newspaper and Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation. The New Radicals initiative aims to identify individuals and organisations doing radical, useful things, often far below the radar of the media. The Observer says they are "particularly interested in projects that offer a glimpse of a different kind of society, projects that, if scaled up, could transform the lives of millions for the better." Sentimoto employs wearable technology to monitor older people’s wellbeing and physical activity, relaying the information to their carers in a secure and easy way. Wolfson is represented by alumna Lisa Stroux, DPhil (Healthcare Innovation) - 09/05/17
PoDDiP are hoping to run a trial in India later this year. Elina Naydenova said: "I presented the work at the 2015 Global Humanitarian Conference and also attended the 2015 World Pneumonia Day which gathered innovators from around the globe to facilitate collaborations and accelerate progress on this pressing health issue." - 12/01/16
SmartCare Sleep http://www.smartcaresleep.com have continued the development of their smartphone based system to detect symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). They are now in the final stages of starting a large-scale clinical trial of the system in Brazil that will lead to the regulatory approval needed to sell to the UK market. They are also starting to sell their pulse oximeters to academic customers to use in their own research which will organically raise some of the capital needed to take the OSA solution to market.
Nick Palmius said: "Winning Wolfson Innovate gave us a great boost and enabled us to fund our trial. We now look forward to making OSA diagnosis simpler and cheaper! Participation in the VIEW course was also great and helped us to look critically at the business model and refine our pitch. It also introduced us to some interesting people, including a potential investor" - 04/01/16
Medyc recently added a pulse oximeter to Medyc's portfolio and, in conjunction with their American (SafeHeart) and Chinese (PulseSPEAKER) partners, they are currently pursuing FDA market approval of both the iOximeter (pulse oximeter) and MobiCuff (blood pressure monitor). As soon as they finish this complex step they will start manufacture and distribution of their smartphone-based medical devices. Joao Domingos from Medyc said "The Wolfson Innovate competition gave us a good jump-start towards our main goal: making healthcare affordable to everyone." - 03/12/15
Sentimoto are participating in the Start-Up Chile programme in Santiago and as Maxim Osipov says: 'It is a great experience, almost as good as attending the Wolfson Innovate, and gives us some international exposure!" - 03/12/15
Medyc are now running an Indiegogo Crowdfunding campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mobicuff-smart-blood-pressure-monitor--2
Sentimoto hold first trial with Fast Growth alumni Oomph!
Sentimoto have completed the first trial of their innovative wearable sensor, designed to give older people more independence and support. The trial was conducted with former Fast Growth winner Oomph!, which delivers exercise classes tailored for older people in both care homes and the community. Sentimoto are now planning further trials of the sensor, which allows the user and those caring for them to access data to ensure they can stay well. Read more