5 questions, 5 innovative answers


As part of the Health Tech Hub on January 27, 2022 in Graz, members of the Human Technology Cluster selected the winners of the "Corporate Call 2022".

Five companies from the ranks of Human.technology Styria - Kapsch BusinessCom, Merkur Versicherung, Lebenshilfen Soziale Dienste, next-incubator together with THE CLIMATE CHOICE and the "European Reference Region for Active and Healthy Aging of Styria" each defined a topic area for which innovative solutions were to be found. Around 60 start-ups from 16 European countries responded to this call and submitted their ideas, prototypes or already realized projects.

Today, the five winners were selected: they are the start-ups Artiness from Milan/Italy, Oncare from Munich/Germany, as well as the Know-Center and the companies Antless and Opus Novo from Graz.

3D heart for Kapsch

"Smart medical applications for clinical users" was the topic Kapsch BusinessCom had defined for its call. The Italian company Artiness has indeed developed something very smart: 3D visualizations of the heart to be operated on enable teams of doctors to plan possible steps before the operation and discuss them in the team, thus achieving greater safety. "This is a solution that makes the work of the clinical user easier and increases patient safety" says Michael Baumgartner from Kapsch.

The winners can now look forward to workshops with experts from Kapsch BusinessCom, further cooperation opportunities and possible inclusion in the Kapsch portfolio - in addition to the prize of €2,000.

Digital networking for Merkur

Merkur Insurance is very interested in digital ideas that can be integrated into a healthcare system. The German start-up Oncare was able to convince here with an app that connects the entire healthcare ecosystem - patient, doctor, pharma and medical technology.

Oncare now gets access to the management board of Merkur Insurance as well as a co-creation workshop with the Merkur Innovation Lab team.

Artificial intelligence for Lebenshilfe

Lebenshilfen Soziale Dienste was looking for approaches and ways to bring health knowledge very low-threshold to people who have little or no access to the usual information platforms, such as people with disabilities or the elderly. The Graz Know-Center has extensive experience and expertise in this area. It develops customized learning solutions for different target groups, always based on their extensive know-how in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Human-Machine Communication, Big Data and Data Driven Business. "The expertise and the very human-centric approach of the Know-Center, despite all the technology, fits very well with our requirements for an innovation partnership," says Sabine Ettema, Innovation Manager at Lebenshilfe. The foundation is now being laid for collaboration - including as part of the "Digital Design Challenge" that Lebenshilfe is organizing in March 2022.

Neural sounds for next-incubator and THE CLIMATE CHOICE

Next-incubator, the Innovation Hub for Sustainability of Energie Steiermark, and The Climate Choice, a Berlin-based business platform for climate transformation, teamed up to look for energy-efficient, healthy and "green" solutions for the workplace.

Antless' winning team focuses on employee health. Titled "Well-being sounds for work," the startup is developing science-based sound concepts for different work situations.

In a joint pilot project, the solution will now be tested in a real-life environment, and the Antless team will also receive customized coaching sessions from next-incubator as well as the "Climate Readiness Check" from The Climate Choice.

Nighttime safety for AHA

The European reference region for "Active and healthy aging" (AHA) of Styria unites about 30 companies from science, industry and politics. For the corporate call, they were represented by HTS CEO Johann Harer and experts from Joanneum Research Health, Sanlas Holding and Merkur Versicherung.

The winning bid was "Elly," a development by the Graz-based start-up Opus Novo. Elly is a small device that gives people in need of care safety when leaving their bed at night by lighting up in a way that can be individually adjusted. At the same time, the caregiver is notified via an associated app - both a great relief for persons in need of care and their relatives or caregivers.

Opus Novo now receives as a prize - in addition to one year's free membership in the Human Technology Cluster - participation in the four-month "Acceleration program Techhouse" in the Innovation Hub Unicorn as well as a HealthcareMovers® benchmarking report, thus services with a total value of around €50,000.

More info and contacts:

The Start-ups

Filippo Piatti

Alexander Kraus

Angela Fessl

Christoph Schnalzer

Opus Novo
Andreas Frankl

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