The startup team HealthHelper of Kharkiv Polytechnic won the bronze medal in the final pitch of the first Hardware Engineering Hackathon in Ukraine. It was held as part of the course «Technological Leadership in Hardware Startups» by the YEP programme. Kharkiv Polytechnic presented to the expert jury a prototype of its device for contactless diagnostics of cardiovascular diseases, HealthHelper, and took 3rd place in the pitches. In total, eight projects from five leading Ukrainian technical universities took part in the event.
The final pitching was preceded by training: a semester of theoretical work and two days of intensive work at VD MAIS and a small workshop at Platform Island as part of the course «Technology Leadership in Hardware Startups». Mentoring support was provided by experts from YEP, Platform Island, SmartZavod, INPUT SOFT, knopka, Contract Electronics Ukraine, and other organisations and startups.
The Health Helper team includes representatives of the Department of Business, Trade and Logistics of NTU «KhPI»: Ph.D. student Pavlo Samus – Chief Operating Officer (COO), Associate Professor Igor Sosnov – Chief Management and CTO, Professor Olena Serhiienko – Chief Executive Officer, / Chief Financial Officer (CEO/CFO).
Based on the results of the presentations, the course participants took the following places:
- I place – Faults Detection from the Central Ukrainian National Technical University – has developed a device that allows you to detect the location of a power grid fault and indicates the distance to the fault.
- ІІ place – DeMinEye, Donetsk National Technical University – a compact metal detector module for various platforms.
- III place – HealthHelper, National Technical University «Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute» – a device for early diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases
- III place – Bottle for 3-D print, Zaporizhzhia Polytechnic – production of thread for 3D printing from plastic bottles.
- PillMate, Zhytomyr Polytechnic – a device for dispensing medicines with remote control.
- 1eam, Zaporizhzhia Polytechnic – a special camera for quick gluing of safety glass.
- Demetra Navigation+, Donetsk National Technical University – a navigation system to optimise a farmer’s work.
- AIDreamers, Zhytomyr Polytechnic – an autonomous mobile medical bot with a control and measurement system
The winners received gifts from the hackathon’s technology partner, VD MAIS. And the team Faults Detection which took the first place will join the Ukrainian delegation and take part in one of the European conferences.
You can watch all the participants’ pitches here:
Health Helper KPI startup is a non-contact methodology for measuring blood velocity and blood pressure for the early detection of cardiovascular diseases. The project presents an innovative device that provides doctors with an easy and accessible way to diagnose cardiovascular diseases by providing accurate medical information. This technology for measuring blood flow and blood pressure allows you to monitor your health and calculate indicators for early diagnosis of the disease. The device is available and compact, and performs a quick examination. The results obtained are enough for early diagnosis of blood pressure, vascular health, heart health, detection of defects and blood clots. The device can be used both in medical institutions and at home.
The course «Technological Leadership in Hardware Startups» is being implemented as part of the YEP Entrepreneurial University initiative, implemented jointly with the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, the Office for Entrepreneurship and Export Development, the national project Diia.Business, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Startup Fund, Genesis, with the support of the USAID Competitive Economy of Ukraine Program. The final pitching took place on 30 July 2023.
Hardware startup is a team that develops a high-tech electronic device or appliance – a real physical object. It is contrasted with a software product that offers software.
YEP is an ecosystem of innovative entrepreneurship: an incubation and acceleration programme, mentoring and grants for early-stage startups. Since 2016, the team has “pumped” 500+ startups and is also developing entrepreneurial education in 95 universities across the country.