Innovative ideas around child healthcare make the cut in entrepreneurship programme

31 August 2015

Two novel concepts created by members of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute have made it through as qualifiers in the 2015 Spark $100k Challenge. Both are about using bioengineering technology to provide better outcomes in the area of child healthcare.

ABI doctoral candidates and Spark $100k Challenge finalists Hamed Minaeizaeim, Robert Gallichan and Mehrdad Sangi.
Top to bottom: Hamed Minaeizaeim, Robert Gallichan, Mehrdad Sangi.

Hamed Minaeizaeim and Robert Gallichan's “BreatheHero” is about developing a novel chest physiotherapy (CPT) device for children that uses sensors and gaming technology to make CPT a motivating and entertaining experience.

Mehrdad Sangi’s “Kappa Diagnostics” will provide reliable, objective and clinically usable test equipment that allows for the measurement and early detection of vision problems in young children.

PhD candidates Hamed, Robert and Mehrdad are up against 13 other teams in the Spark $100k Challenge. All qualifiers receive mentoring and development in the form of the Spark Launch Pad Programme, which comprises 6 weeks of intensive training and mentoring, enabling qualifiers to develop their venture summaries into fully-fledged business plans.

This is followed by each team pitching its venture to a panel of judges, culminating in the $100k Challenge Grand Prize Giving on Wednesday 21st October.

Designed and coordinated by Spark and the University of Auckland Business School, …“the $100k Challenge process is designed to give the best opportunity for all ventures that enter it to launch into a successful business.”

Find out about the other qualifiers on the Spark website.

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