More Prizes and Olympic Contributions For Mini Startup Winners

ministartup-242It’s 4 months since the conclusion of the Mini Startup Challenge 2015, so how are some of the finalists doing?

AIME, the winners of the Grand Prize have been busy this past month. With the help of Viva Rio VRBthe AIME team arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They were there to assist the city of Rio with the prevention of Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya outbreaks. 

The AIME team was working hard to proactively assess and manage these deadly diseases prior to the Olympics. Ultimately, their goal has always been to positively impact billions of lives—this time for the people of Brazil and their loved ones who will be traveling for the Rio Olympics.

xRapid, the Audience Vote winner, have continued success, their xRapid mHealth app has been selected as one of the finalists of the OBN Awards in the Best Implementation of Digital Healthcare. The awards have been set up to celebrate innovation and achievement in the UK life sciences.

Medexprim, one of the finalists have just won the “Trophée e-santé” in the Big Data category early July. This is one of the main e-health events in France. 

Smartbell, another of the finalists, are progressing well. They used the money help secure/apply for trademarks to protect the Smartbell brand. They have finished initial field trials with their first generation devices and were featured in The Economist in their “Future of Agriculture” article ( They are now working towards their next pilot to build the “internet of cows” ®.

The Pistoia Alliance are excited to see their progression and hope the next set of startups from the President’s Challenge 2016 will have similar success. It’s not too late to enter, go to our competition website more more information:

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