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Revealed: South Africa’s Top 5 Most Exciting Startups 2018

November 29th, 2018 Posted by News Story, Press Release 0 comments on “Revealed: South Africa’s Top 5 Most Exciting Startups 2018”

After just a few weeks of calling for nominations, close to 1,000 total entries and 141 unique entries were received for the Nedgroup Investments and Heavy Chef ‘SA’s Top 5 Most Exciting Startups’ event on the 4th December 2018. Entries were closed on Friday 23 November, and yesterday a shortlist of 12 startups were announced. Today, we reveal the final five.

Donna Barnes, head of Retail Investments, says: “A rigorous structure was followed, which entailed sifting through the total entries to create a comprehensive list of the startups in the South African ecosystem.”

This list was sent to a panel of respected investors, entrepreneurs and community members. A final tally was taken, and then the final tally was ratified by Fred Roed, CEO of Heavy Chef.

Roed says: “The Top 12 is a strong list in its own right. The group of companies represented shows a healthy diversity across sectors in technology, race and gender – which is incredibly encouraging. It was really hard to leave companies out. For example, Augmentors is a strong favourite within the Heavy Chef team. There are also some great companies coming through the ranks, such as Click2Sure.”

“Getting to the Top 5 took over a week of constant emailing between twenty people, with the Top 5 list only being finalised on Wednesday 28th November.”

“By calling for nominations, we’re shining a light on all the amazing work that is being done in this sector. This is a celebration. This is intentionally the ‘most exciting’ startups, not ‘the best’ or ‘the most profitable’.

“In looking at the finalists, it’s important to note the spirit with which this event is intended. By calling for nominations, we’re shining a light on all the amazing work that is being done in this sector. This is a celebration. This is intentionally the ‘most exciting’ startups, not ‘the best’ or ‘the most profitable’. The final five looks at representation, inclusivity, diversity, and of course technological innovation.

“It’s only the second year we’re running this concept, but we are excited by how the community is responding.”


South Africa’s Top Five Most Exciting Startups 2018:


Aerobotics

Using satelite and drone mapping, Aerobotics monitor crops and warns farmers about potential risks, scouts. The mobile app increases accuracy and saves time by planning targeted scouting trips. Farmers can receive accurate statistics for orchards with every drone flight including tree health, tree counts, individual tree size and canopy area. Benjamin Meltzer and his co-founder James Paterson are creating a global agritech business that is solving age-old problems for farmers, worldwide.


DataProphet

DataProphet is an AI startup that reduces risk in manufacturing by analysing data in factory production and uses machine learning to identify and eliminate defects and minimises downtime. Its primary product, Omni, seamlessly works on top of existing platforms and manufacturing environments. Isaac Matsa, a natural born salesman, is driving growth for this impressive startup and will be representing DataProphet on stage on Tuesday 4th December.


LifeCheq

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LifeCheq is making financial advice credible and authentic by moving personal financial advice from a biased, commission-based advisor to a subscription service that gives users access to a team of actuaries and experts. Co-founder Abu Addae is an Actuarial Scientist who cut his teeth at Old Mutual, and is now shaking up the industry by providing legitimate, non-biased financial advice at an accessible rate.


LifeQ

LifeQ is a world-leading science and technology company that aims to enable people from all walks of life to enjoy optimal health. LifeQ has made significant strides into international markets with its tailored health solutions. LifeQ aims to help people live longer, higher-quality lives. LifeQ’s founder Riaan Conradie will arrive in Cape Town this weekend, just in time to represent one of South Africa’s proudest startup exports.


Thursdays

eCommerce startup Thursdays (allegedly named because it was founded by Shona Macdonald on a Thursday) focuses on swimwear and lingerie for women c cup and up. Focused on empowering women in the clothing sector, this is a truly inspiring, fun and heartwarming social entrepreneur venture. Founder, Shona Macdonald, is tackling on the most challenging segments in business and has made healthy strides over the past year.

LifeQ and Medibio to Deliver Scalable Mental Wellness Diagnostic and Management Tools

January 4th, 2017 Posted by News Story, Press Release 0 comments on “LifeQ and Medibio to Deliver Scalable Mental Wellness Diagnostic and Management Tools”

The platform only requires inputs from wrist-based wearables to arm people with information to continuously monitor and manage their mental wellbeing

January 04, 2017: LAS VEGAS, Medibio and LifeQ today announced at CES a partnership towards delivering mental wellness diagnostic and management solutions to a wide range of users through insurance and corporate programs. Mental health and wellness is a significant issue globally. Left untreated, chronic stress and depression can result in serious health conditions including anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system, contributing to the development of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and anxiety disorders.

This partnership combines LifeQ’s systems biology modeling and unique suite of information streams with Medibio’s 15 years of mental health research and objective test for mental wellness. Together, Medibio and LifeQ will deliver a solution that enables stakeholders, including payers, providers and wellness companies, to benefit from a completely new range of products and services.
Leveraging LifeQ’s groundbreaking systems biology based approached, which enables the extraction of a range of accurate measures and metrics from wrist based wearables, Medibio’s solution will be extended through continuous measurement and made available at scale.

Distribution of these outputs will be further enhanced and enabled by LifeQ’s Information Platform that seamlessly connects an ecosystem of domain experts, all of whom will now be able to access and use these information outputs. LifeQ is dedicated to promoting the proliferation of physiological data to eliminate boundaries and enhance quality of life globally. From powering health information platforms that bring prevention and efficient care to the world, to technology inside the best wearable body monitoring devices, LifeQ technology is empowering people to redefine the way they engage with their unique human biology.

“Medibio skills are hugely complementary to LifeQ’s and it is exactly the type of specialist company LifeQ set out to enable with our ability to deliver highly accurate physiological information. We believe this partnership will have the potential for a groundbreaking shift in the current approach to diagnosis and management of mental wellness – now one of the single biggest cost factors in the global health burden,” said Riaan Conradie President and Co-Founder LifeQ.

In commenting on the partnership, Sean Mathieson, the Chief Operating Officer of Medibio said, “We are excited by the potential of LifeQ’s innovative approach to digital health and wellness. We can see business opportunities and synergies across a number of our target market segments.”

About LifeQ

LifeQ is pioneering a new front in the effort to bring meaningful digital health and wellness insights and platforms to market. By leveraging in-house multidisciplinary skills and partnering with other analytics providers, LifeQ is able to create and bring together the vital science and technology platforms needed to bridge the industry gap between scalable and cutting edge data acquisition technologies and personalized health and lifestyle-related information platforms. The resulting data and platforms will be made easily scalable and accessible to global insurance and corporate wellness providers, pharmaceutical suppliers, genomics researchers and others via APIs into LifeQ’s deidentification and switching protocol. Taken as a whole, the LifeQ platform is creating exciting new opportunities for an ever-expanding array of health and wellness opportunities, building sustainable value for investors and partners, and enhancing the lives of people everywhere.

About Medibio

Medibio (ASX: MEB), is a medical technology company that has developed an objective test to assist in the diagnosis of depression, chronic stress and other mental health disorders. Based on research conducted over 15 years at the University of Western Australia, the test utilizes patented (and patent pending) circadian heart rate variability and cloud based proprietary algorithms delivering a quantifiable measure to assist in clinical diagnosis. Medibio’s depression diagnostic is being validated in clinical studies undertaken by The University of Ottawa, among others. The clinical trials will support Medibio’s application to become the first FDA approved, objective, and evidence based approach to the diagnosis of mental health disorders. Medibio’s technology also provides an objective method for the assessment of stress and mental wellbeing that can be translated to the workplace stress/wellbeing market, wearable technology and App market. Located in Melbourne (Vic) Medibio is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange Ltd.

Garmin and LifeQ Join to Deliver Connected Health Solution

June 13th, 2016 Posted by News Story, Press Release 0 comments on “Garmin and LifeQ Join to Deliver Connected Health Solution”

A deep collaboration to supercharge connected health

June 13, 2016: OLATHE, Kan. Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. and LifeQ today announced a deep collaboration to ensure health data generated from its wearable devices delivers on current and future high efficacy information requirements of the health insurance and corporate wellness ecosystems. By combining the market-leading wearable devices of Garmin with the unique on-device and cloud based biomathematical capabilities of LifeQ the two companies will deliver a joint digital health solution as part of the broader health ecosystem.

This highly integrative collaboration enables personalized and continuous tracking of physiological parameters related to sleep, stress, activity and nutrition as well as risk metrics as required by the insurance and pharmaceutical industry (such as cardiovascular age). The data enables health insurers to further analyze population risk factors to define new products and services that are more personalized and seek to lower the cost of health care delivery across the world. In addition, these personalized data streams provide the necessary insights and context to assist consumers in making smarter health and lifestyle decisions for themselves and their families.

With its world leading computational systems biology expertise, LifeQ ensures a unique scientific approach to the delivery of individual physiological information from wearable and other data sources. Combined with the patented LifeQ biomathematical engine, a range of physiological measures that are currently inaccessible, costly and invasive are now available via LifeQ’s API for ecosystem members to integrate with.

Quote from Riaan Conradie (Co-Founder & COO LifeQ):

“The connected health and insurance ecosystem of the future will be propelled forward to a whole new level through rapid delivery of personalized physiological information that is now possible due to rapid advances in hardware and analytics capabilities,” said Riaan Conradie Co-Founder and COO of LifeQ. “By combining LifeQ’s computational systems biology based on-device and cloud based analytics products with Garmin’s world leading devices we will jointly open up a range of high value personalized solutions to the health and life insurance industry. We are very excited about this preferred partnership.”

LifeQ and Garmin have a joint passion for data generation and delivery to enable health transformation services, and this collaboration will strengthen the ecosystem in the rapidly growing connected health market.

“Garmin is excited to team up with LifeQ to enable the advancement of the healthcare industry,”
said Allison Swelin, manager of Garmin Health sales and marketing. “Garmin wearables are being used across a number of healthcare applications as a tool to help monitor things like activity levels, all-day heart rate and sleep.”

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Analog Devices and LifeQ Collaborate to Improve Effectiveness of Body Monitoring Devices in Health Management

April 21st, 2016 Posted by News Story, Press Release 0 comments on “Analog Devices and LifeQ Collaborate to Improve Effectiveness of Body Monitoring Devices in Health Management”

NORWOOD, Mass.—Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) today announced a collaboration with LifeQ to develop technology that will make it possible for non-invasive body monitoring devices to provide highly accurate physiological data that currently is only available through the use of expensive, invasive and hard-to-access equipment. By combining the market-leading engineering and innovation of Analog Devices with the unique bio-mathematical capabilities of LifeQ, the two companies plan to design sensors that enable personalized, continuous and accurate tracking of physiological parameters such as heart rate, sleep phases, sleep quality, blood lactate, 24-hour calorie intake as well as stress markers such as salivary cortisol. Monitoring this type of data can increase early detection of emergency conditions and diseases in at-risk patients.

“The development of smart wearable sensors is essential to supercharge the next generation of non-invasive body monitoring solutions,” said James Doscher, general manager, Industrial and Business Healthcare Group, Analog Devices. “ADI offers the semiconductor expertise and LifeQ provides the bio-mathematical understanding needed to develop sensors that can make body monitoring devices even more effective in preventing, predicting and managing diseases. This, in turn, will impact how doctors and patients share information, interact, and make decisions about patient care. Patients can have greater access to vital data about their own bodies and be more involved in their overall health and wellness.”

“LifeQ’s collaboration with ADI will enable sensor solutions that meet a higher and wider standard, including new industry benchmarks such as the latest Android Wear requirements,” said Riaan Conradie, co-founder and chief operating officer, LifeQ. “Our goal is to deliver high-value physiological data to ecosystem partners who are serving consumer lifestyle, corporate wellness and health insurance markets.”

ADI’s comprehensive portfolio of linear, mixed-signal, MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) and digital processing technologies are used in healthcare diagnostics, clinical monitoring equipment, life science and medical instrumentation, and health and wellness device designs.

With its world leading computational systems biology expertise, LifeQ ensures a unique approach to the construction and acquisition of information from bio-sensors. Combined with the patented LifeQ bio-mathematical engine, a range of physiological measures that are currently inaccessible, costly and invasive are now available both through wearable devices and via LifeQ’s API.

About LifeQ

LifeQ is a health informatics company that has recently released a cloud based bio-mathematical engine and API.   LifeQ’s bio-mathematical engine can ingest various data streams (continuous, periodic, episodic and/or static physiological data streams) to construct a highly personalized and accurate digital representation of an individual’s unique physiology.  For the first time physiological measures that are currently inaccessible, costly and invasive are now available via LifeQ’s platform and ecosystem of partners who will be able to deliver highly valuable personalized services in a wide range of market verticals such as lifestyle, corporate wellness, health and life insurance and clinical applications. Visit www.lifeq.com

About Analog Devices

Analog Devices (NASDAQ: ADI) designs and manufactures semiconductor products and solutions.  We enable our customers to interpret the world around us by intelligently bridging the physical and digital with unmatched technologies that sense, measure and connect. Visit http://www.analog.com.

LifeQ Launches Globally at CES 2015

January 5th, 2015 Posted by News Story, Press Release 0 comments on “LifeQ Launches Globally at CES 2015”

LifeQ is at the forefront of bringing the power of Computational Systems Biology out of the lab and into the real world

Las Vegas, Nev. (January 5, 2015) – Today, LifeQ launches globally at CES 2015. LifeQ has tapped into the human sensor by combining two technologies to give people the ability to optimize and improve the condition of the human body and live intelligently. These two technologies: continuous physiological monitoring and bio-mathematical modeling provide insights about personal and population-wide health—making it possible to significantly improve decision making for anyone’s health and well-being.

At CES patrons will be able to step into the world of LifeQ at booth #74507 to learn how continuous physiological monitoring and bio-mathematical modeling (also known as Computational Systems Biology) will enable wearable device companies, application developers, data scientists and other experts to better monitor, understand and manage physiology, behavior and health. They will also be demoing the technology at Bosch, Texas Instruments and Atmel’s booths.

“It’s a huge opportunity to stand beside global brands and talk about our vision as a company and how much of an impact we can make. We want to change the way people think about their health, and this new development is finally allowing us to do that,” said executive founder of LifeQ, Dr. Riaan Conradie. “We can now deliver incredible insights to people about their bodies, potentially even predicting a heart attack. CES speakers are watched by millions of people so it is a fantastic launch platform for us and a great place to engage with potential partners.” Conradie will be speaking at the Living in Digital Times section of CES, as part of the Sport and Fitness Tech summit.

Computational Systems Biology is a relatively new field of scientific endeavor and currently there is only a small group of expert scientists publishing globally in this field. LifeQ’s multi-disciplinary team is pioneering this effort and has a vision of enabling every human being to really understand their own bodies and health, and make decisions based on highly personalized health records and insights. The LifeQ team includes biologists, computer scientists, electronic design engineers, mathematical statisticians, researchers, biomedical engineers, software architects, scientists and commercial experts.

LifeQ’s technology focuses on highlighting and improving six major verticals in one technological device for users to optimize their health and well-being including: fitness, nutrition, sleep and stress, medical, health and data mining. This state of the art development and potential applications are myriad. LifeQ is currently partnering with a wide range of brands to enable them to tap into the LifeQ model specific to their industry.

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ABOUT LifeQ:

LifeQ is a global company that has tapped into the human sensor by combining two technologies to give people the ability to optimize and improve the condition of the human body and live intelligently. LifeQ’s team uses a biological approach to structure their dual technology around the human body. The two technologies: continuous physiological monitoring and bio-mathematical modeling, generate insights into personal and population-wide health—making it possible to significantly improve decision making for anyone’s health and well-being. LifeQ creates a transformation in our ability to understand and optimize our health in the following six application areas: fitness, nutrition, sleep and stress, medical, health and data mining.

LifeQ has an extraordinary multi-disciplinary team that is led by computational systems biologists. This innovative company will enable wearable device companies, application developers, data scientists, researchers, health experts and more to better monitor and understand the human sensor.

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LifeQ to take stage at CES 2015

December 1st, 2014 Posted by News Story, Press Release 0 comments on “LifeQ to take stage at CES 2015”

Health technology newcomer LifeQ will stand alongside the likes of Adidas and Under Armour when they take the stage at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January.

Held annually, CES draws over 152,000 attendees from more than 150 countries. As the largest consumer electronics expo in the world, it is the ideal venue for LifeQ to showcase its computational biology platform, designed by the company to enable wearable device makers to deliver a wealth of body monitoring and health information to wearers.

Riaan Conradie, Co-founder of LifeQ, will be speaking at the Living in Digital Times section of CES, as part of the Sport and Fitness Tech category.

Conradie, who also holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Stellenbosch said, “It’s a huge opportunity to stand beside internationally recognised brands like Adidas and talk about really cutting-edge technology. We want to change the way people think about their health, and new wearable technology is finally allowing us to do that. We can now deliver incredible insights to people about their bodies, potentially even predicting a heart attack. CES speakers are watched by millions of people so it’s a fantastic launch platform for us, a great place to engage with potential partners.”

CES will run from 6 to 9 January, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Next Wave Fitness Products Debut at FitnessTech Summit

December 1st, 2014 Posted by News Story, Press Release 0 comments on “Next Wave Fitness Products Debut at FitnessTech Summit”

From embedded sensors and biometrics to elite training and maximizing performance, the progressive world of fitness technology will take center stage at the FitnessTech Summit, presented by Living in Digital Times at the 2015 International CES®, January 6, 2015 in Las Vegas (8:30am 5:00pm in the Venetian, Level 2, Bellini 2004). The bond between fitness and technology is stronger than ever as the industry evolves into being less about devices and more about the human body.

Fitness technology has become a national obsession. It continues to be one of the fastest growing sectors of the industry a place for well-established brands like Under Armour, Adidas and Timex to join company pioneers like Polar, Jaybird and iFit with an astounding rich and diverse showcase of products, said Robin Raskin, founder and CEO of Living in Digital Times. As technology improves and consumers take charge of their own health and well-being, we think products like these will continue to dominate the market and really result in a healthier, more fit consumer.

We are starting to see fitness and technology move outside of the training camps, past the first adopter stages and into the main stream markets, said Julie Sylvester, producer of the FitnessTech Summit. Everything from wrist devices to embedded sensors to mobile fitness apps on smart phones will be high profile in 2015.

FitnessTech also has its own rockstars: the designers and thinkers behind the emerging category. At the FitnessTech conference, leading experts will unveil their latest products and fitness strategies. Featured speakers include:

Stacey Burr, wearable tech pioneer and adidas vice president, explains how the elite innovation and technology from their training program is now being shared with consumer enthusiasts.

Riaan Conradie, executive founder of LifeQ, will explore the next generation of fitness, technology and wearables as they continue to get smaller, faster and more accurate, with aggregated data that will blow attendees minds.

Dr. Steven LeBoeuf, president of Valencell, Inc. will discuss the advancements in wearable biometric sensor technology and how they can provide personalized insight into how consumers actions are affecting their fitness.

FitnessTech conference session highlights include:

Digital Fitness Revolution: Nicholas Lehman, president of digital at NBC Universal, will discuss how the media evolution, particularly video, has revolutionized fitness training everywhere, whether professional training arenas, home workouts or trying to stay fit while on the road.

Training for the Personal Best: Increasingly, professional athletes and fitness trainers are turning to technology to maximize performance. Judd Armstrong of Jaybird, Ruth Thomson of Cambridge Consultants and Michael Stashak of Wahoo Fitness, Marco Suvilaakso of Polar and Meg Burich of adidas will discuss how these leaders are influencing the utilization of fitness technology in reaching the entire fitness and training market.

Digital Interactions and Connectivity: Through fitness apps and social media, are users unknowingly sharing too much? Is the “like” button unwittingly announcing behavioral patterns? Join Eric Taub of The New York Times and Robin Thurston from MapMyFitness and Under Armour Connected Fitness as they discuss who uses this information and the balance between concern and the obvious benefits.

Barracudas on the Strip: Five app developers will pitch their fitness apps to a panel of experts who will determine the Best New Fitness App for 2015. The judging panel includes Michael Yang of Comcast Ventures, Ted Vickey of Canyon Ranch Institute and Denise Yohn, author of What Great Brands Do

In the Fitness & Technology marketplace, attendees will be able to interact with professional athletes, celebrity trainers and get hands on with the latest in fitness technology from Fitbit, Under Armour, Withings, Epson, Netatmo, Jaybird, Polar, Sensoria Fitness, iFit, Blue Ant Wireless, Fitbug and Life Fitness.

For updates on the intersection of technology and fitness, follow Fitness Technology on Twitter at@CESFitnessTec, like Sports And FitnessTech Summit on Facebook and follow the hashtag #FitTechCES.

About Living in Digital Times

Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle. It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections. Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at the International CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals. Core brands include Digital Health Summit, FitnessTech Summit, Lifelong Tech, Kids@Play Summit, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, MommyTech TV, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Battle of the Bands, and the KAPi Awards. The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs. For more information, visithttp://www.LivinginDigitalTimes.com and keep up with our latest news on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About CES

The International CES is the worlds gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 yearsthe global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the worlds business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industrys most relevant issues are addressed. Follow CES online at CESweb.org and through social media: cesweb.org/social.

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