IQS Tech Factory has launched the new edition of IQS Next Tech, the only industrial acceleration program in Spain, which this year is being promoted with the support of ACCIÓ. From today and until next January, the 10 industrial startups will begin their journey to transform their prototypes and be production-ready.

The second edition of the program will accelerate the projects during the next six months to work in each phase of the value chain, with the aim of taking one more step towards Industrialization. To achieve this, the new companies will have individual sessions with professionals from established industrial companies such as Zobele or Ficosa. They will guide them through visits to the factories and individual sessions, until they develop all the necessary requirements for the final industrialization of their technologies, defining its design and implementation.

In addition, startups will also attend training sessions and receive advice from 20 mentors in different areas of the industry, such as Isabel Amat, Head of Business at Reig Jofre; Oriol Estrada, Innovation Director at the Institut Català de la Salut (Metropolitana Nord); or Enrique Shadah, Head of Strategic Relations at MIT, who will help them to boost their company.

IQS Next Tech Cohort 2018

Startups joining this second edition IQS Next Tech companies belong to sectors focused on: advanced industrial techniques, automation; energy and environment; sports; agrotech; robotics; new materials, life sciences and chemistry. They come with a full-time team, a validated proprietary technology and a functional prototype.

The 2018-2019 cohort is:

BraiBook: A portable tool, that can convert digital documents into Braille instantly, with no need for special software or paper books, providing easy access to millions of books.

Citring: Citring has developed a ground breaking squeezer designed under one specific mantra: to reduce the effort a domestic user to make fresh squeezed orange juice.

ColorSensing: Technology-based company that develops colorcorrection-based applications. Their first product-foodSensing- helps food manufacturers and retailers to cut down food waste and add quality to their products using a quantitative and cost-effective food freshness indicator.

CreatSens Health: CreatSense is a prototype compact device capable of monitoring and preventing problems related to the kidney for both doctors and patients to early diagnose any renal event.

DinBeat: Professional wearable device to track pets’ health in real time.

Faromatics: The ChickenBoy is an autonomous, smart broiler robot that monitors air quality, health and welfare and equipment operation and informs farmers, stock persons or vets via mobile alarms.

RheoDx: A fast, precise and automatized IVD Medical Device that analyzes the physical characteristics of blood cells with high sensitivity.

RITHMI (MedTech): Rithmi is a non-invasive and widely used wearable device, capable of detecting arrhythmias in real time, allowing the 24/7 monitoring of the health of the user in their daily activity, thus preventing its devastating effects.

Surg Solutions : VessConnect is a medical device designed by Surg Solutions addressing the need of simplifying vascular anastomosis (joining of two vessels), especially in microvascular procedures.

TheBlueDots : The Blue Dots improves efficiency and sustainability of farming businesses by offering compelling agronomy solutions, enabled by own sensors, hyperspectral imaging and artificial intelligence

From Barcelona to Boston

After six months of acceleration, the entrepreneurial projects will have the opportunity to present the evolution of their innovative technologies to investors and potential partners at the Demo Day. A jury made up of leading actors from the industrial sector will choose the most promising industrial startup of IQS Next Tech 2018, who will travel to Boston to participate in the Richi Entrepreneurs immersion program, organized by the Richi Childhood Cancer Foundation.

By Cristina Casaprima

Foto: Las 10 startups seleccionadas de IQS Next Tech 2018 junto a Oriol Pascual, director de IQS Tech Factory.

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