At Ideable we have reason to celebrate; Kwido, our multidevice teleassistance platform for care of the elderly and dependents, has been announced as the winner of the European FICHe project, thereby positioning Ideable as one of the 20 most important eHealth startups on the continent.
The European FICHe project (Future Internet Challenge eHealth) aims to accelerate SMEs and startups from all over Europe that are developing innovative applications in the eHealth sector using FIWARE technology.
From the 300 European eHealth companies that took up the FICHe challenge, an External Independent Revision Committee (EIRC) selected 80 to enter the first phase, the 40 best proposals for the second phase and finally, following a pitch in Amsterdam to a top-class European panel, we were picked as one of the 20 best European startups.
This means Kwido has been recognised as one of the most promising and innovative projects in the whole of Europe, rewarding our technical excellence, the eHealth solution we offer and the team that makes up Ideable. This shows that all our efforts have been worthwhile, as well as the journey and milestones we have already achieved with Kwido in Spain and Europe.
FICHe is headed by the University of Oulu (Finland), a world leader in eHealth research, which coordinates a consortium of bodies from the Netherlands, Finland and Spain, including the Health Service of Murcia, FFIS and TICBioMed.
All the prize-winning SMEs were awarded financing (€ 217,000 for each of the 20 selected entries), business and technological mentoring and support from the European FIWARE platform.
The FIWARE platform brings together a set of simple but powerful APIs that allow Intelligent Applications to be developed in various vertical sectors. What’s more, the specifications of these APIs are public and royalty-free.
We are including FIWARE in Kwido in order to develop a more scalable and expandable platform. We want to analyse all health monitoring using Big Data techniques and architecture and to integrate our platform with new sensors and existing wearables (IOT).
Our end goal is for our mobile application to gain even greater presence on our platform to care for the elderly and dependents and to consolidate the usefulness of teleconsulting.
In addition, the 20 winning companies will have the chance to test their applications in real environments (Living Labs)in 3 European countries: Finland, the Netherlands and Spain.
We are extremely happy; the journey has been tough, but we can now roundly assert that Kwido is a winning product in Europe.