Health and Wellbeing Pitching session
The finale of the day was the Health and Wellbeing Pitching session, where 12 European Startups had been selected to pitch in a typical 3-minutes elevator-style. Klaus Beetz, EIT Digital, Robert Thijssen, Consulate General for the Netherlands in San Francisco, Tiina Tanninen, Tekes Silicon Valley together opened the "show”.
Moderated by Maarten den Braber, Co-founder of Quantified Self Europe and QS Amsterdam and Co-organizer of Singularity University NL, the objective of the pitching was to showcase strength and quality of European Health & Wellbeing startups, some being "younger” with only a product prototype and some very mature with several products and existing business also in US.
The jury provided comments from a US market perspective on the opportunities the products and services could have in the market and what to improve in the pitch and product to enhance the journey in the US market from business and investor perspectives.
The jury of Lisa Suennen, Anne deGheest, Jeroen Brouwer and Ari Tulla represent long experience from the field of entrepreneurship, investment and product development.
Anne de Gheest, Founder of HealthTech Capital and Medstars Venture Partners has pioneered the HealthTech space as an entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor capitalist.
Lisa Suennen, Managing Partner of Venture Valkyrie is a venture capital investor and healthcare industry consultant (with focus on healthcare services and information technology and medical devices).
Jeroen Brouwer, Business Development Director at Philips in Silicon Valley is responsible for sales of Philips Personal Health in the US, as well as establishing partnerships, investments, and acquisitions. Jeroen is experienced in wearables, lifestyle and wellness solutions, as well as Investor in the Health Tech Capital network.
Ari Tulla, Co-founder and CEO, BetterDoctor. That has helped 15 million people find the right doctor. Prior to BetterDoctor, Ari led Nokia's game and application businesses where he was responsible for the creation of thousands of mobile apps with over 100M downloads. Ari has over a decade of experience in creating new, delightful consumer products and experiences.
The EIT Digital Silicon Valley Hub is located at RocketSpace, 180 Sansome Street, in San Francisco. Left to right: Anders Flodström, Roberto Saracco, Klaus Beetz, Willem Jonker, Marko Turpeinen, Johanna Gavefalk, Paul Campbell Front: David Nordfors and Jean Gelissen
"The 12 European Startups on stage during the EIT ICT Silicon Valley Hub have shown that Europe has a very strong play in well-researched innovative health solutions. The already existing traction in Europe, the focus on new problem types and the quality of the founders on stage makes for great expectation on what will be next for these startups in the US", concluded Maarten den Braber.
"This event displayed the power of EIT Digital Health & Wellbeing Business Community by bringing together 12 high quality startups from seven different European countries. The startups got valuable business advice from the jury and several business leads from the event and the side-meetings they had during their trip to Silicon Valley. Next time you can meet several of the startups live at Slush 18th-19th November in Helsinki" said Outi Toijala, EIT Digital Business Accelerator and Lead of the EIT Digital Health & Wellbeing Business Community.