Last week we were invited to judge 10 early stage startups at the Thinkubator Demo Day. Most of these startups were focused on generating positive impact across a number of sectors like education, medicine and gaming – just to name a few. Here are our top takeaways from the event…
- One registered blood donor can save up to nine lives every year! Yes, nine! But, unfortunately keeping supplies well-stocked is still very difficult for many blood banks around the world. That’s why BloodLink is a new online system that aims to shorten the supply chain and reduce waste. Instead of trying to contact donor banks individually, the BloodLink programme allows blood banks to send mass instant requests to any donor banks who might be compatible. See how it works in the video below – they’ll be launching in India very soon!
- The focus on design for education is growing! It’s clear that designers and entrepreneurs are becoming very aware that our education systems desperately need to be redesigned. In recent years we’ve seen many designs nominated for the INDEX: Award that seek to upgrade the way we teach and learn, and it’s reassuring to see the pipeline is gaining more momentum.
- Designers are recognising the power of motivation. One interesting education design from the day focused on motivation. The CanopyLAB discovered that most people who do online courses never finish. Why? Because they need more motivation. So, they came up with a unique program with live interaction to inspire students and keep them on track.
- You can capitalise on your good online behaviour. How do you prove to someone that you’re trustworthy using something other than your credit rating? A startup called Deemly have come up with a way to assess your trustworthiness by aggregating a bunch of data from your online activity. The algorithm can compile your customer feedback data from Ebay, Linkedin, AirBnb and other online vendors to create a ‘trustworthiness profile’. While it may sound a little invasive, it’s important to remember that this data is already publicly available, so why not make use of it?
- The sharing economy still has a lot to offer. It’s clear that the sharing economy is here to stay as even the budding businesses are still finding new ways for us to effectively share our assets. Several of the startups pitched new methods of sharing, and on the day were judged by several investors as having great potential for profit.
- Sustainability is finally (almost) the norm for new businesses. We’re pleased to report that every startup we heard from are truly aware and focused on sustainability. Almost all of the businesses showed their innovative potential by re-invented current products or processes.
- The local scene is very strong! There were so many great Danish startups and we’re confident they have all have a bright future ahead. Proof? INDEX: Award 2015 finalists Be My Eyes who previously worked with us and Thinkubator are now thriving in the Silicon Valley!
- One of the startups have even secured a deal with LEGO. Krizo is a web-based application that “streamlines internal communication on an operational level when an organisation faces a crisis or emergency situation.”
- Want to know more? You can read about all the amazing startups here.