More than any other service sector, the healthcare industry is facing the challenges of demographic and digital change. The impact of innovations in healthcare on society is enormous. This was recently demonstrated very clearly during the corona outbreak. In this context, startups are increasingly gaining relevance. However, strict regulations, complex systems, and long time-to-market bring specific hurdles for e-health startups. Given this background, Leipzig University Hospital and SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator have agreed on a strategic partnership.
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California-based medical equipment company ResMed today announced the acquisition of mementor. The first product "somnio of the e-health startup is Germany’s first and only permanently approved Digital Health Application (DiGA) in the field of sleep medicine. It’s also compliant with the European Union’s data protection requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With somnio, mementor has developed a scientifically based, digital solution for the treatment of sleep disorders that can be used on the smartphone.
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In a follow-up funding, SpinLab partner Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen (TGFS) increases its investment in the AI startup from Leipzig. Since 2018, TGFS has been supporting we.do-ai as financing partner. With Foodcall, the founders Dr. Sebastian Hecker and André Naumann created Germany's first intelligent voice chatbot for the gastronomy industry, which can take orders, reservations or other requests from callers in one fluid conversation.
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The founders Philipp Omenitsch and Manuel Kraus first launched in 2019 with a chatbot for the US market, and then switched to an app certified by German health insurers: just 3 years later, the e-health startup successfully exited. Stresscoach app has been sold to KGA Inc. The US company helps organizations to create and sustain a healthy, engaged and productive workforce. Both parties have agreed not to reveal the acquisition price. Mental health problems are unfortunately still a taboo in our society and people have to wait very very long until they get professional support. That is where Stresscoach comes in - the first psychological chatbot in Germany. The app guides users through interactive, conversation-based therapy programs in which they develop the skills to cope better with anxiety and stress.
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The next Summer School For Diverse Startups will kick off soon! This time we teamed up with the incubator HHL Digital Space. Diversity drives company success. That’s a result many studies have shown. Yet, diverse startups still lack access to networks and resources like funding. Our mission: more diversity, equality and inclusion in the startup world. Of course this cannot be achieved alone. It’s a major challenge that we must tackle together. We are extremely happy to have strong partners who support our important mission. As a partner we could win the city of Leipzig, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen.
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EIT InnoEnergy, the world’s largest sustainable energy engine, has invested alongside Vireo Ventures and Raakwark Kaptaala in the energy startup suena to support the development of the trading platform for energy storages and renewable energies. The fresh capital will enable the team to rapidly increase the pace of product development and pilot project implementation to address the urgent need for innovative energy storage deployment solutions.
Today's energy system, which is largely based on the combustion of fossil fuels, is facing profound changes worldwide. The necessary technical solutions for implementing the energy transition, such as renewable energies and storage capacities, are already available. Currently, the greatest challenge is to optimise the interaction of these solutions. This is exactly where Suena comes in: Its cloud-based software uses state-of-the-art artificial intelligence methods to network energy systems with each other. In concrete terms, this means that they calculate an optimal schedule for each plant. The optimisation software suena opt makes it possible to use energy plants for multiple applications and to operate in different markets.
The startup takes a multi-use and multi-market approach here to maximise profit: "suena opt is a real-time operation and trading software that optimises the schedule of the energy plant portfolio for different applications and markets," explains co-founder Dr.-Ing. Lennard Wilkening. Applied to battery storage systems and energy parks (incl. wind & solar energy), the software optimises the deployment of the assets in real time based on forecasting models. This enables energy suppliers to react flexibly to market dynamics and facilitates the integration of renewable energies. This not only increases efficiency, but also cost-effectiveness, with the aim of accelerating the energy transition.
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The fresh capital comes from Smart Infrastructure Ventures ('SIVentures'), who invested alongside neoteq ventures, Rivus Capital and well-known business angels. This is an important sign in the fight against the climate crisis. We are pleased that the participation in the SpinLab program has helped the team to reach this great milestone. The founders of Planted participated in our startup program in 2021. During the 6 months they gathered important know how from mentors and coaches as well as valuable contacts like to the venture capital funds Smart Infrastructure Ventures. At the HHL SpinLab Investors Day they were able to convince the jury of their important vision and won the best of pitch award with 2000€ prize money, sponsored by the city of Leipzig. Less than a year later, pre-seed funding has been secured.
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SpinLab Alumni eCovery has closed another round of funding. The insurtech fund 1750 ventures, adesso ventures as well as further business angels invested a seven-digit amount in further growth of the ehealth startup. In the course of the capital increase, eCovery also completes its product in the field of prevention: OPT - Online Physiotherapie GmbH will become part of the company and will operate under the common umbrella in the future. From now on, eCovery offers certified preventive services in addition to the physiotherapy app for back, hip and knee pain.
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Innovative startups can apply for the 14th SpinLab class until 05 July 2022. An intensive program, long lasting contacts to established companies, a broad investor network, access to exclusive technologies and funding of up to 15,000 euros are available for startups in the six-month program.
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Very good news for SpinLab startup IO Dynamics and the Smart Infrastructure Hub Leipzig. The e-mobility startup has successfully closed its seed financing round and is planning a second base in Leipzig. IO-Dynamics offers smart energy management for electric fleets and charging infrastructures. Their fully automated and easy-to-use charging software is vendor-agnostic, grows with the fleet and adjusts to clients requirements. The team is currently part of the 13th SpinLab class. Participating in our program has already paid off.
After a very successful startup phase in 2021, in which strategic partnerships were established with well-known industry players and additional customers were acquired, the Flensburg-based startup was able The private venture capital fund Smart Infrastructure Ventures invested alongside High-Tech Gründerfonds, be10x Capital as well as strong industry experts as business angels. Leipzig is one of the most innovative regions in Europe, we are pleased that the founders have recognized this and the city of Leipzig has gained an innovation driver in the energy transition.
The newly acquired capital is also to be used to build up the new location in Leipzig. Especially in the areas of sales and development, the team aims to grow.
Johann Olsen, CEO and co-founder of IO-Dynamics states: "Leipzig is an energetic city with many startups, where we always feel very comfortable. What we like about Leipzig is its proximity to the university. There we have met many people who want to make a difference. We have a strong network on site around SpinLab, our accelerator."
Björn Bauermeister, co-founder of venture capital fund Smart Infrastructure Ventures, adds: "We very much understand IO-Dynamics' decision to also want to build up business in Leipzig. As a young early-stage investor, we appreciate the dynamism and talent pool in the city. We are pleased to be able to actively support the IO-Dynamics team as an active investor in the coming years."
The newly acquired capital will be used to establish the software IO-ELON on the market, an intelligent charging and energy management for the operation of electric fleets. In 2018, Johann Olsen, Nabil Imran and Felix Kruse founded their e-mobility startup with the idea of making electric mobility in fleets more economical, sustainable and easier. Over the past few years, they have developed a software that optimizes energy and charging management in vehicle fleets. Data from charging stations and electric cars - but also building data, flexible electricity prices and solar forecasts are taken into account and used to create charging plans.
👉 Startups who want to benefit from our strong ecosystem like IO-Dynamics should apply now for our accelerator program. The deadline ends on July 5th. Check out our application site for more details.