Pandemic Startup Heroes

Since the COVID-19 Pandemic emerged, we have seen some leading organisations deprioritise their innovation activities. At 4YFN we are strong believers that innovation and entrepreneurship are essential when facing global challenges and what better proof is there than looking at the inspirational examples of startups in our community who have rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty in the battle against COVID-19.  


This article marks the first appearance of our “Pandemic Startup Heroes” series where we ask the startup communities forming part of the 4YFN Community Club to tell us about their own startup heroes, working from different parts of the world to make the world a better place during challenging times. 

Poin Places

📍Madrid, Spain

🤝 Tetuan Valley

Platform for finding child-friendly places in Spain.The POiN places team has created a calendar withdifferent online activities to facilitate quarantine for parents and children ordered by age.

TAGCarts

📍Sacramento, USA

🤝 Founder Institute

Startup developing cart products and technologies for medical field (e.g. medical carts)Pivoted from developing high-tech medical carts to providing PPE-filled single-use and collapsible/pop-up ‘HEROCarts’,designed to supply frontline medical workers with sterile and scalable solutions to meet surging capacity needs – HEROCarts are assembled by veterans and Americans with disabilities.

Novameat 

📍Barcelona, Spain

🤝 KMZERO

Novameat is developing the next generation of whole muscle cuts made from plants. Their technology has already allowed them to create what has been credited as the most realistic plant-based steak and fibrous pork meat in the world.Novameat has participated with other companies in the 3DCovid19 tech platform to apply its 3D printing technologies in the production of valves for respirators, masks and protective visors.

RigiTech

📍Lausanne, Switzerland 

🤝 FundigBox

Rigitech has created a drone delivery to integrate supply chains through hybrid drone hardware and cloud-based logistics. igiTech develops long range delivery drones for diagnostic sample delivery to be more efficient and accessible. Their drones are able to vertically take off and land and reach distances of up to 80km, delivering and collecting Covid tests kits from/to laboratories.

Wana

📍Los Angeles, CA, USA 

🤝 Alliance for SoCal Innovation

The network, where parents can use points to trade for help with childcare duties, is home to 25,000 families worldwide and has offered essential services workers a free way to get childcare during the pandemic.

Zensei

 📍Madrid, Spain

🤝 Tetuan Valley

Zensei’s daily app allows you to monitor COVID19 symptoms, among other respiratory diseases, in order to collect data and keep track on users’ health.

Nukula

 📍Madrid, Spain

🤝 Tetuan Valley

Nukula allows you to make a healthy purchase from home by comparing products. From Núkula they launched an initiative that facilitated the purchase of essential goods to the neighbours isolated by the COVID 19: echaunamano.org

Bluink Ltd.

 📍Ottawa, Canada

🤝 KGAP+ (Keihanna Global Acceleration Program Plus)

Bluink’s eID-Me digital identity service allows citizens to prove their identity in 2 minutes from home and be issued a mobile digital identity to their smartphone.With their eID-Me digital identity, they can login to Government websites providing verified identity information in seconds to receive financial support and government services. eID-Me speeds benefits delivery to citizens who are locked down due to Covid, while eliminating fraud in the system.

Naru Intelligence

 📍San Sebastian, Spain

🤝 BIND 4.O

StepCare by Naru Intellingence is a medical device software that enables rapid reaction and early interventions of the healthcare professionals in those patients with worsening symptoms with COVID-19 isolated at their homes. It has a great capacity to optimize care and resources by decreasing phone call burden and visits to hospital. Additionally, StepCare allows the generation of daily knowledge from the information of each patient, facilitating the evaluation of the results of the action protocols applied to COVID-19 patients

Psonríe

 📍Barcelona, Spain

🤝 SeedRocket

Psonríe is an online psychological care service that provides the support and professional accompaniment necessary to face day-to-day challenges in a more positive and effective way.Psonríe offered free online psychological assistance to 1,000 doctors and nurses who were on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. Many companies have struggled to cope with the effects that the coronavirus pandemic is having on their workers: Psonríe has also focused on helping these organizations, and we offer them a specific online therapy service for employees and managers. They have offered free webinars and consultations through their social media to help spread the word about the health crisis and mental health.

Rovenso

 📍Lausanne, Switzerland 

🤝 FundigBox

The mission of Rovenso is to create agile robots that perform security and safety monitoring of industrial sites.In three weeks, Rovenso developed “a hack,” turning their highly mobile security robot into an autonomous and efficient coronavirus destroyer.  The robot uses a UV-C disinfection system to target desktops, counters, and equipment in common spaces.