EIT Health Validation Lab

For 10 medtech startups, the EIT Health Validation Lab is over and the journey begins

The fifth edition of the EIT Health Validation Lab came to an end for 10 startups at YES!Delft this week. The Pitch Day marked the close of the two-month program and brought a number of highlights with it. The event, which welcomed more than 100 guests, gave a platform to all participating startups to pitch their business idea in front of a jury, with KroniKare emerging as the big winner and both Slam Ortho and VitalFlap as the runners-up. 

Over the course of eight weeks, the medtech startups got the opportunity to travel across the Netherlands and Europe to validate their business case. Meeting up with experts at leading universities, healthcare companies and hospitals such as Reinier de Graff in Delft, Haaglanden MC in The Hague, HealthValley Nijmegen and the Leiden Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PLNT), they tested the market potential of their ideas.

Kronikare, the winner of this edition, is a startup developing a wound scanner that uses AI to automate the process of wound assessment to just 30 seconds. By providing a real-time solution, the team hopes to give clinicians more time and less effort to improve their work. 

“It is brilliant how much the pitches improved since I saw the startups in our hospital just a few weeks ago,” said Marten van der Elst, one of the jury members, working at Reinier de Graaf. 

As the winner of the pitch competition, KroniKare will get a ticket to this year’s edition of the EIT Health Summit, which will take place on December 2-3 in Paris, France.


EIT Health Validation Lab is a partnership between YES!Delft and EIT Health and combines YES!Delft’s startup expertise with extensive knowledge and network of EIT Health. It is designed to help promising medtech teams validate their technology by working closely with mentors and industry specialists. The program is organized together with partners Biocat, LUMC, FAU, TU Delft, UMCG and University of Copenhagen

Innovation fund FundIQare invests in Momo Medical

Yes!Delft startup Momo Medical had an amazing announcement at yesterday’s Venture Café Rotterdam. FundIQare wants to support Momo Medical with a financial injection to expand the production capacity and scaling up the startup. They will also get the opportunity to further develop their technology in a living lab environment.


Momo Medical, founded in 2017, is an initiative of the young Delft entrepreneurs Ide Swager and Menno Gravemaker. They developed a tech solution for the prevention of pressure sores (decubitus ulcera) in elderly and chronically ill patients. The technology consists of a compact combination of sensors that can be used flexibly in beds. A sensor plate is placed underneath the mattress, which is connected to a control unit. The smart sensors and advanced algorithms map the client’s lying behavior and communicate it in a clear manner to health care professionals.


Momo Medical co-founder Menno used a soccer analogy to refer to their 19-month journey as a startup. “There is the saying in soccer that you always have to keep an eye on the ball. We believe there’s more to it because if you only have the eye on the ball you forget what the goal is and you lose sight of the people around you. And at the end of the game, you also need to reflect in order to learn.”


You can read the whole story of Momo Medical here and their press release here.

A successful launch for 10 Medtech startups

Delft, November 2, 2018 – LaunchDay marked the end of the two-month EIT Health Validation Lab program for 10 startups at YES!Delft on Thursday. Over the course of eight weeks, the teams traveled through the Netherlands and across Europe to validate the business potential of their ideas with leading universities, healthcare companies and hospitals. For example, the participants had visits to leading hospitals in the Netherlands, such as Radboud MC in Nijmegen, UMCG in Groningen, or Reinier de Graff in Delft where they connected with leading medical professionals to validate their solutions. Now that they have successfully concluded the program, they are ready to set out on a journey to conquer their target markets.

From enabling visually impaired people to process visual information around them, to diagnosing malaria through numerical algorithms, the startups each have a unique and pressing problem to solve in the medtech industry.

“The EIT Health Validation Lab, organized together with EIT Health, is a key opportunity for medtech teams to develop the potential of their technology and reach out to customers and partners, both in the Netherlands and abroad,” said Tjarda Voorneman, Special Projects Manager at YES!Delft. “This year’s edition was one of our strongest to date.”

As a partnership between YES!Delft and EIT Health, the EIT Health Validation Lab combines YES!Delft’s startup expertise with the extensive knowledge and network of EIT Health. It is designed to help promising medtech teams validate their technology by working closely with mentors and industry specialists.

From the 10 teams in the program, the winner is Smart Medical Optics. Their medtech solution is a low-cost, automated, smart malaria diagnostic device that is using numerical algorithms integrated into a smart imagining platform, which reduces diagnostic workload and provides efficient precision for accurate drug prescription. “Winning this only tells us that our product is well appreciated and we are taking it as a challenge, so that we ensure that this product gets to the people that really need it, in remote places in Africa, where there is no income, no resources, and no equipment,” said Temitope Agbana, co-founder of Smart Medical Optics. “We believe winning the program is a boost, a challenge, our call to action. We need to scale up our solution up bring it where this is really needed.”

The program is organised together with the program partners TU DelftLUMCBiocatTrinity DublinBioM and with the help of UMCGPLNT (Leiden)HealthValley, Reinier de Graaf and Radboud UMC.


There will be a next program starting in September 2019. If you happen to be a medtech startup or to know medtech startups, contact tjarda@yesdelft.nl. The Validation Lab is currently accepting applications for its next round. You can apply now!

Announcing the teams for EIT Health Bootcamp Launch Lab


The selected teams for EIT Health Bootcamp LaunchLab 2018

Eleven ambitious teams have been selected for the Bootcamp Launch Lab. We are proud to work on this program with EIT Health. The startups started their 8-week program today, 4th of September, in the Green House of our incubator.

The teams selected in the program are representing innovative ideas on solving or preventing health problems like impaired cognitive functions, parasitic infections or even mobility issues.

A unique program
EIT Health Bootcamp LaunchLab is a partnership between YES!Delft and EIT Health. It combines YES!Delft’s startup expertise and the extensive knowledge and network of EIT Health. It is designed to help promising medtech teams validate their technology by having access to trainings, mentors, and industry specialists.

The program is a unique two-month pressure cooker that allows aspiring entrepreneurs from all over Europe to discover the business potential in the med-tech area. The program is organised together with the partners TU Delft, LUMC, Biocat, Trinity Dublin, BioM, UMCG, PLNT (Leiden), HealthValley and Reshape Center (Radboud) Nijmegen.

Here are the participating teams: EIT health X YES!Delft Bootcamp Validation Lab 2018

Follow the teams and their progress on our website.

For questions about the program, contact Tjarda Voorneman or go to EIT Health x YES!Delft 2018 Team.


Giving Parkinson’s patients a steady hand

For most of us, carrying out routine tasks in our day-to-day lives may seem simple and effortless. Like having lunch and bringing a spoon from our bowl to our mouth. Or inserting a key into the keyhole of our front door. Yet, that isn’t the case for 45 million people worldwide, suffering from Essential Tremor or Parkinson’s Disease. For them, every attempt to do so is accompanied by the largely uncontrollable shaking of their hand, also known as tremors.

It is a problem that still needs an effective solution. Current treatments to suppress tremor are ineffective and have heavy side effects, causing patients to even reject treatment and live with the consequences.

STIL, a medtech startup co-founded by IJsbrand de Lange and Bastiaan van Gaalen, is looking to be that solution. The team is developing an anti-tremor brace that helps provide these patients with a steady hand by suppressing their involuntary shakes. The startup emerged as the winner of last year’s EIT Health Validation Lab (formerly LaunchLab), and as a result, has made strides in bringing its technology closer to the market.

The Validation Lab is a partnership between YES!Delft and EIT Health that combines YES!Delft’s startup expertise with the extensive knowledge and network of EIT Health.


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“As one of the top global business incubators, YES!Delft has developed a very strong entrepreneurship program for early stage entrepreneurs,” says Kurt Höller, Director of Business Creation at EIT Health. “For a second year in a row, this program opens for all European startups and is enriched by a European field trip to global players and excellent university hospitals among our EIT Health partners. There is no better way to find out if your business idea works.”

The program is specifically designed to help promising tech teams find their product-market fit, or rather their market-product fit, as Robert Jan van Vugt, Program Manager at YES!Delft, puts it.

The road to ‘creating a stable future’

For IJsbrand, the idea for STIL came about two years ago during his graduation project at the TU Delft, where he was researching new ways of suppressing tremors mechanically.

“I drew inspiration from noise cancelation technology, where two opposite sound waves cancel each other out and result in silence,” IJsbrand says. “My idea was to apply the same concept to mechanical vibrations, and use an ‘anti-vibration’ to counteract the tremor and such suppress it.”

He soon realized that his invention had quite some potential, as a lab test of the technology showed a 94% success rate in suppressing tremors.

It was an innovative concept that had to be brought to the market. IJsbrand applied for a Take-Off grant from the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Reseach (NWO) – and got it! – which allowed him to found STIL together with Bastiaan and work towards market validation.

Getting accepted in the EIT Health Validation Lab turned out to be a boost in the startup’s development, as during the two-month program, the founders got to discover the business potential of their idea, helped by top-notch universities, leading healthcare companies and world-class hospitals across Europe.


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They also learned that agility is key to running a startup. What the founders didn’t know at the beginning was that developing that specific medtech product would take years (and millions of euros) in clinical validation, putting market entry on hold for a while.

“There are currently no adequate treatments to suppress tremor,” IJsbrand says, “and patients need better options. They need them now.”

There was only one way forward: The founders had to rethink their business strategy, and they did so without having to give up on their ultimate goal.

They decided that in the short run, STIL will introduce their brace as a wellness device, selling it directly to customers and improving the technology based on the feedback they receive. In the long run, they will continue doing research and clinical validation until their product is fully ready to enter the medical market in Europe and the US.

IJsbrand and Bastiaan have learned that entrepreneurship can take you on a long and winding road, yet, what matters is to stay focused on your end goal. At the end of the day, it is people’s lives that can change for the better, and the two founders are working hard to make that happen.


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Momo Medical

Smart bed sensors that keep pressure ulcers to a minimum

Building a company is no easy task. Building a medical technology (MedTech) company – even less so. That, however, didn’t scare Ide Swager and Menno Gravemaker when they took it upon themselves to found Momo Medical. Their goal? To provide healthcare professionals with relevant and accurate data about patient mobility, thus helping them reduce the occurrence of pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers and patient mobility? – we hear you asking. Not to worry, an explanation is on its way.

Ide has long been interested in the medical applications of electronics – as part of his Masters at the TU Delft, too – so for him, laying the foundation of his own MedTech business was a natural next step in his professional development. Menno, on the other hand, has been an entrepreneur ever since an early age, so the two were a perfect match for the start of Momo Medical.

And just like that, they set out to address the challenge of pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers are a damage to the skin or underlying tissue as a result of pressure being exercised on them. “When sitting or lying, the bed or chair presses against your tissue and can damage the skin as well as the muscles underneath. This happens mostly near the bones,” Ide says.

The trouble with pressure ulcers is that they originate under the skin and are very difficult to diagnose – at least before they have burst open into a wound. “It’s a very complicated problem, because it depends on the person how fast those pressure ulcers develop,” Ide adds. “Sick people develop them faster, while severe patients can develop a first on-set within three hours. The tricky thing is that when you don’t see it, you don’t have a sense of urgency.”

This is exactly the problem the two MedTech entrepreneurs are looking to tackle: making pressure ulcers easier to prevent. They have, thus, developed a smart bed sensor that detects the position in which patients are lying in bed, and by on-going monitoring, provides healthcare professionals with relevant data to prevent pressure ulcers from emerging.

“We can couple our system with a hospital’s protocol and send an alert to the nurse call system when it’s time to reposition a patient,” Ide says. As a result, the risk of pressure ulcers can be decreased significantly.

Momo Medical may have been around for just a year, yet they are already a team of 11, with a number of milestones to share. The reason for this quick start was, in part, the fact that Ide had previously worked at YES!Delft Students, and the network he built within YES!delft was ready to introduce Momo Medical to industry stakeholders.

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By now the MedTech team has secured a number of subsidies, among which the STW Phase 1 grant and a smaller round of the Province of South Holland. What’s more, they have launched their first pilot with a Dutch hospital (Reinier de Graaf in Delft), nursing home (Pieter van Foreest) and the municipality of Delft.

“The pilot is a very important part of what we’re working on,” Ide says. “We’re setting up a long-term cooperation with the hospital that runs the pilot, so that could help us in the long run.” In March this year, the second phase of the pilot has started. The goal of this phase is to build the first clinical evidence, which is essential for getting a medical device on the market.

With plans to attract an investor in the near there is certainly a lot of hard work ahead of this MedTech company. In 2018 the major milestones are focused on pre-sales, medical device certification and design for manufacturing. Yet, it seems they know how to handle that just right.

October 2015 – First idea conceptualized
November 2016 – Ide and Menno commit full-time to Momo Medical
February 2017 – Admission into YES!Delft’s Incubation Program
May 2017 – First pilot secured
June 2017 – Financing from STW Phase 1, MIT Haalbaarheid and
the Municipality of Delft secured
November 2017 – Started first pilot in hospital
December 2017 – Secured STW Phase 2 loan
February 2018 – Featured in Health~Holland Annual report
March 2018 – Pilot phase 2 starts, 10 devices operational


If you want to know more about our programs, you can find more information here. Or contact Emma Kluwen (startup scout) directly via email or phone +31628504045.


TBI and Corporate partners build startups at YES!Delft

Teams from TBI, Engie, Royal HaskoningDHV and KPN took the stage at YES!Delft on Wednesday to present their promising early stage startup ideas during LaunchDay. In this first corporate Validation Lab, employees from YES!Delft’s corporate partners, with TBI in the lead, paused their full-time jobs for a moment to find the best product-market fit for their innovative (corporate) startup ideas.

“Our teams were boosted by the startup environment and guidance offered by YES!Delft”, says Douwe van den Wall Bake, Manager Sustainable Development at TBI about the program the corporate teams followed.

Six teams from our corporate partners with innovative ideas joined the Validation Lab program 8 weeks ago. Because all of them also have a full time job, sessions were organized every other week. This way work and building a start-up can be combined. Validation Lab took the teams on a journey to validate their ideas and market potential, and find launching customers.

From an energy-neutral renovation plan for housing and in-the-cloud-repair of floor heating to prefab installation units for utility buildings. From a flexible and sustainable parking solution for construction sites and clean energy for harbor coasters to an app that helps you to never lose a thing anymore. Promising propositions were validated and worked out in an energetic environment with teams from different corporates helping each other out.


“Through the Validation Lab, we identified that 80% of inner city construction projects are eagerly awaiting our temporary and flexible parking solution called X-Decks”, says Validation Lab participant Hermen Jan van Ree from Royal HaskoningDHV. “Also, we validated that X-Decks physically fits most construction sites and that there are multiple viable business and earning models. Our validation journey even led to various promising leads for X-Decks.”

All the teams have successfully come up with a targeted customer segment and a clear value proposition. The startups all want to continue with their idea in one way or the other. “Temporarily taking teams out of the corporate environment changes their mind set and speeds up the innovation process”, says Robert Jan van Vugt, Program Manager of YES!Delft. “Therefore we believe programs like Validation Lab can be very helpful for corporates, as a part or a full replacement of their innovation program.”

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Medtech startup STIL wins second edition of EIT Health LaunchLab

Delft, November 3, 2017 – Medtech startup STIL, developing a solution for people with essential tremor, was announced the winner of the second EIT Health LaunchLab during Launchday at YES!Delft on Thursday. The Dutch team was one of the ten European startups selected for this unique two-month pressure cooker. The participants travelled all over Europe to discover the business potential of their idea, helped by top notch universities, leading healthcare companies and world-class hospitals.

“Winning is an unbelievable, overwhelming feeling. We’ve been working hard and we’re happy to see that the EIT Health ecosystem believes in our vision”, say STIL-founders Bastiaan van Gaalen and IJsbrand de Lange. “We’re now working towards the EIT Health summit and are preparing for our pilot study next year.”

A record number of hundred teams originally applied for the program, fifty of which pitched in front of the selection committee. “There were so many great teams that we’ve decided to launch a special new edition of the EIT Health Launchlab that will kick-off later this month”, says Program Manager Tjarda Voorneman. “We offer a unique network and the chance to launch your medtech startup in markets all over Europe. Ultimately helping to improve healthcare across Europe.”

Startup Journey
Early September, ten promising early-stage medtech teams from Europe started their startup-journey. Discovering the market potential for their ideas and designing the best business models took them on a trip from The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany to Sweden. It allowed them to speak to as many potential clients as possible and meet up with leading industry partners.

Partners such as BioM, Erasmus MC, Imec, RISE, TU Delft, Uppsala University and organisations like Medical Delta, LUMC, Roche and NLC made sure our participants moved fast forward with their exploration. The startup team that however validated their idea in the most efficient way was Hydrustents, working on a degradable stent.

LaunchDay, the grand finale of the EIT Health LaunchLab, however produced the ultimate winner of this edition on Thursday: STIL. Teams got the chance to showcase their ideas and progress in front of an audience of partners, investors and alumni of the program. The day was ended with a special Alumni Night, with former participants from all over the globe joining to share their knowledge and get inspired by the latest in medical technology.

About STIL
People with Essential Tremor have involuntary vibrations in the arms, making them unable to perform even the simplest tasks in life, such as eating and drinking. Current treatments have severe side-effects, causing patients to reject it and live with the consequences. STIL technology is capable of mechanically suppressing tremor and will provide a stable future for 30 million people worldwide. Watch the STIL pitch on YouTube.

Join us for Launchday of the next edition of EIT Health LaunchLab on December 20, 2017 – Register Here.


About EIT Health LaunchLab
EIT Health LaunchLab is set up by EIT Health, together with incubator YES!Delft. With partners BioM, Erasmus MC, Imec, RISE, TU Delft, Uppsala University and with the support of many others like Medical Delta, LUMC, Roche and NLC. EIT Health is one of the largest healthcare initiatives worldwide and promotes entrepreneurship and innovates in healthy living and active ageing. The aim: improve quality of life and healthcare across Europe. More information on EIT Health LaunchLab, please visit the EIT Health website.

Contact: Tjarda Voorneman, Program Manager YES!Delft +31(0)614162722 tjarda@yesdelft.nl

EIT Health partners and YES!Delft present:

The selected teams for EIT Health Bootcamp LaunchLab 2017

Aug 16, 2017 – After months of preparation YES!Delft and EIT Health have selected 11 MedTech startups out of 80+ applications for EIT Health Bootcamp LaunchLab. This fall teams from all over Europe will validate incredibly promising health & medtech ideas. From self-ownership over genetic DNA to real time adaptation of oxygen flow to cleaning hospital robots. Starting September 5th the teams will start out in The Netherlands and travel to Germany, Belgium and Sweden to validate their tech ideas and find their product/market fit.

A unique program

EIT Health Bootcamp LaunchLab is a partnership between YES!Delft and EIT Health partners. It combines YES!Delft’s startup expertise and the extensive knowledge and network of EIT Health partners. It is designed to let promising tech teams validate their technology across four different countries by talking to customers, industry experts and specialists.

The program is a unique two-month pressure cooker that allows aspiring entrepreneurs from all over Europe to discover the business potential of their health-tech ideas. It helps participants to explore and validate their ideas, market potential and business model – and to launch in markets all over Europe.

Here are the participating teams: EIT Health 2017

On September 5th the program will officially kick off with an introduction week at YES!Delft. Follow the teams and their progress via our website.

For questions about the program contact Tjarda Voorneman or go to yesdelft.com/eithealth-2017.


Supporting your next step

EIT Health Bootcamp is an annual LaunchLab created by YES!Delft and EIT Health Partners and is designed to facilitate business-case development. One of the successful startups that came out of EIT Health LaunchLab in 2016 is Xabian.

Ben Hayward and the team at Xabian are committed to making the lives of lower limb amputees as comfortable as possible, and that starts with a perfectly-fitting prosthetic leg. Without question, creating a socket that helps attach a prosthetic to a person’s leg smoothly and seamlessly is no easy task. The team of Xabian, however, have come up with a solution in the shape of a cutting-edge computer formula.

Application deadline for EIT Health Bootcamp LaunchLab 2017 is July 17. For more info click here.

For the past few years, Ben has been focused on an ambitious goal: leverage technology to help people with disabilities lead a healthy life. As founder of Xabian, he now gets to do this every day.

It all started in mid-2015 when Ben was still studying at Warwick University. One day, as he was waiting for the bus to go home, he saw a blind student trying to get around the campus. “He was struggling quite a lot,” Ben remembers. “It amazed me that we have all this great technology and it doesn’t seem to be used a lot for people with disabilities. I thought surely we could be doing more for blind people than just giving them a white stick.”

Finding a way to use technology for improving the life of people with disabilities became an important drive for Ben. He started brainstorming and soon came to the idea of helping amputees by developing a prosthetic leg. About a year later, he and a team of two fellow colleagues from university already had a first version of the product.

Yet, they were only scratching the surface. Ben and his team kept working on their concept when they found that a different business case in the same field would be more lucrative.

“We realized that the issue wasn’t so much with the prosthetic legs, it was with attaching those legs to the body. It’s really hard to get that connection point between the skin and the prosthetic. To get that right is often very uncomfortable for the amputee,” Ben explains.

Developing the perfect prosthetic socket is no easy task, which is why the team decided to focus on developing software that could predict how soft and how hard the leg is in different places, thus creating a socket that fits the amputee to the slightest detail. Today, Xabian operates as a cloud-based service that uses generative technology to create the most fitting and comfortable prosthetic socket for every lower limb amputee.

The change in direction for the startup was largely the result of the market research done during their participation in the EIT Health LaunchLab program in Delft, and the guidance that the team received in that time. “I’m not sure if we would have made it to this point without the LaunchLab,” Ben says. “Because the cohort is so small, you get the attention that you won’t get anywhere else.”

In the short time since the EIT Health LaunchLab, the team of now four have been able to build their software product and patent it. The next step is to start clinical trials with rehabilitation centers in the Netherlands and abroad, and get the necessary certification. “We expect to have the certification towards the end of the year, so we can start our early-access program in December or January,” Ben says.

While they don’t have any signed customers yet, the potential ones are already lining up. “We spoke to close to 30 rehabilitation centers during LaunchLab,” says Ben, which gave them a rather solid feel for their target market.

And they’re not stopping there. The team’s recent admission into YES!Delft’s Incubation Program is about to propel them not only towards that market, but into it, too.

June 2015 – Idea to create prosthetic ankle
March 2016 – First prototype of ankle
April 2016 – Pivot: Automating socket design and manufacturing by analyzing the shape of the residual limb
July 2016 – Beginning of EIT Health LaunchLab
November 2016 – First software prototype
February 2017 – First product tests with amputees
April 2017 – Technology filed as patent
May 2017 – Clinical trials designed

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