By Oscar Michel, Masters in Journalism, DCU
Kinesis Health Technologies, a University College Dublin (UCD) spin-out company has won the top prize of $4,500 of the Tech-day startup pitching Competition in the US.
Kinesis website here.
It took place at the 21stInternational Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress which ended on Friday in San Francisco.
The focus of the TECH DAY entitled Technology and Ageing – Innovation for Independance and Innovation, the pitching competition to brought the worlds of academia and tech start-ups closer together. A total of 9 start-ups presented a compelling 5-minute pitch on their investment ready company to a panel of expert judges.
The pitch competition was hosted by AGE-WELL NCE and Aging 2.0, in partnership with the IAGG.
Over 6,000 experts in the field of ageing gathered together to share their knowledge on improving the health, welfare, and rights of a growing proportion of the world’s population.
Kinesis is a spin-out of a large ageing research centre, the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Centre at University College Dublin. They develop products to help prevent falls of older adults by using wearable sensor technologies. Kinesis had to pitch against 8 other startups from around the world.
“We are delighted to have won the Tech Day pitch competition at such a prestigious international ageing conference. This prize provides great recognition for the Kinesis team and provides further external validation of the value and impact of our products to the global ageing care market” said Seamus Small CEO and co-founder of Kinesis.
The headquarters of Kinesis are at NexusUCD, the Industry Partnership Centre, located in Belfield Office Park. NexusUCD offers high-quality modern office space, with short, medium or long term occupancy arrangements, and associated services to established innovation-led companies who are collaborating, or wish to collaborate, with UCD’s world-class research base.