With pride we announce the final selection for Samsung For Impact Switzerland 2020. A batch of 5 impact startups will participate in the accelerator program “Samsung For Impact”. An overview of the startups and a short description can be found below.

We received 43 registrations from various sectors and different technological solutions. But the field of impact was the same for all of them: the challenges and opportunities of our ageing society.

Last week, 10 pre-selected startups pitched in front of a 9-member expert jury, which then selected the following startups for the program:

PIPRA AG

PIPRA developed an A.I. based preoperative risk assessment tool objectively determining a patients risk of postoperative delirium. Postoperative delirium in the elderly has a 25% mortality rate within one month, doubles nursing home admissions and in 38% of cases leads to long-term dementia. Detecting the high-risk patients before surgery reduces the incidence and helps keep the elderly healthy for longer.

PIPRA helps clinicians pre-surgically evaluate a patient’s risk by unbiased, data-driven scores calculated from risk factors, allowing for protective perioperative measures

Emovo Care

Emovo is a medical device robotic hand orthosis for stroke victims. Patent-pending artificial tendons enables us to build a unique device to assist/rehabilitate directly at home. Stroke is one of the leading causes of adult disabilities worldwide today, and it is expected to steadily grow due to population ageing. Emovo’s system enables them to bring care directly at home, reducing costs and secondary complications due to limited healthcare coverage.

P2 Solutions

P2 developed intelligent diapers for elderly care centers to accurately measure pee and feces and thus simplify the work of caregivers. During the night, caregivers wake up the elderly to change their diapers regardless of its content. Their software proposes routines to caregivers that calculate when diapers are full, preventing leakages and bedsores of the elderly. In doing so, the elderly receive a more pleasant experience.

We+Care

We+Care is an integrated Swiss care coordination platform for distance carers of older people. As four out of five 80-year-olds live at home and 70% of the care is provided by 600’000 informal carers, We+Care is tapping the untapped knowledge of carers and helps create the ‘optimal care’ solution by making informed decisions on how to setup and coordinate a cost-efficient care network.

Senopi AG

Senopi developed a proprietary platform enabling caregivers to control seniors’ VR experiences and is currently developing digital therapeutics to monitor and prevent age-related frailty and cognitive decline. It is a scalable solution for prolonging healthy lives and promoting seniors’ well-being.

The jury was made up of experts from various sectors, all of whom have a connection and a great deal of know-how about the Ageing Society. The following people were part of it:

· Dario Casari, Country Manager Samsung Electronics

· Dr. Antonia Jann, Managing Director Age Foundation

· Prof. Dr. Med Felix Gutzwiler, Chairman of the Sanitas Foundation Board (em) Institute for Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention at the UZH

· Dr. Urs Guggenbühl Co-lead CC AAL of the FHS St.Gallen, Head Coach be-advanced AG

· Prof. Mariana Christen Jakob, Founder SEIF Driving Impact Innovation & SEIF invest

· Urs Stender, Managing Director Bluelion Incubator

· Gieri Cathomas Board Member ÖKK, Managing Partner Swisspath Health

· Daniel Schoch, Head of Start-up Finance at Zürcher Kantonalbank

· Magdalena Tarasinska, Board Member SICTIC, Business Angel

We are super excited and very proud of the selection. And we are looking forward to working together with these impact driven startups. The program starts beginning of June.