11 Jul
Ecosystem Health Innovation

We participated in the Demo Day of the 14th edition of the S2B Health & Care programme by the Ship2B Foundation

The fourteenth edition of the S2B Health&Care and S2B Tech4Climate acceleration and funding programmes concluded with a Demo Day. During the event, seven impact-driven startups presented their progress to the Ship2B Foundation community, which included members of the funding network, company representatives, mentors and other ecosystem stakeholders. Among them was our open innovation platform, CinfaNext.

The Demo Day was inaugurated by Clara Navarro, co-founder and CEO of the Ship2B Foundation, and Ramón López, Head of Innovation Ecosystems at Agbar. Throughout the day, Julio Sánchez Mariñas, our Head of Innovation at Cinfa, took part in the panel discussion titled “Alliances between Companies and Startups: Opportunities and Challenges.” The panel delved into highly relevant topics for the ecosystem, including the integration of startups into the strategies of major corporations and the established support models. The session was moderated by Anna Pérez, Director of Acceleration at Ship2B, and featured a panel of experts that included Germán Villar, CTO – Director of Development and Innovation at Cofares, and David Camps, Director of Communication and Marketing at the DKV Integralia Foundation.

Among the key takeaways from this session, one opinion shared by all panellists was that collaboration between startups and corporations is not always immediate. That is why it is crucial for companies to continually assess the progress made. The significance of participating in acceleration programmes was also emphasised, as they serve as an excellent source of knowledge and enable companies to gauge innovation trends and emerging trends in the sector. 

Each participating startup was given 6 minutes to present their impact pitch, elucidating the problem they address, their proposed solution, business model, competitors, roadmap and more. Within the S2B Health&Care programme, which focuses on the healthcare and quality of life domain, the four participating startups were:

1. MedBrain: diagnostic support system for healthcare professionals working in low-resource environments.

2. Novafarma: intelligent system that prevents medication errors through clinical telepharmacy and artificial intelligence.

3. Point Pressure. medical device for patients with chronic diseases or conditions who experience spasticity through non-invasive physical treatment.

4. Ysotope Theranostics: a project that aims to improve cancer therapies with medical imaging, making it easier to predict the success of treatments with antibody-based immunotherapies or cell therapies.

The winner of the best pitch in this field was Ysotope Theranostics. Its counterpart in the S2B Tech4Climate programme (sustainability and environment) was the startup Bamboo Energy.

Going forward, with the assistance of the Ship2B Foundation, both organisations will collaborate to secure the required funding to propel their projects forward. They will also continue to explore potential partnerships with major corporations and other entities within the sector.