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Clynx can become one of the finalists competing in GovTech

The startup created by four Técnico alumni can become one of the six prototypes competing in the finals.

Clynx was created by 4 Técnico students, who are also members of JUNITEC – the Junior Enterprises at IST. The startup ranked in the top 25 in InnoStars Awards of European Institute of Innovation & Technology Health (EIT) and participated in the European Innovation Academy (EIA) in 2018. Now, the possibility of being one of 6 finalists competing in GovTech remains strong.

“We are currently carrying out the first tests on real patients. We have a prototype that is operating at CUF Alvalade for two months, under the collaboration we have with José de Mello Saúde”, shares Joana Pinto, project manager of Clynx and Técnico alumna.

GovTech is promoted by the Portuguese government and aims to reward and support startups and their innovative products, at national level, that meet one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The team decided to apply for the Good Health and Well-Being goal and was selected in the first round, along with 49 startups.

“Clynx brings together, in a single solution, several technological and innovative features that will actually allow to improve the SDG regarding Quality Health”, says the Técnico alumna. “By using the concept of gamification, we make the whole experience of physiotherapy more enjoyable and exhilarating for the patient. In addition, using body tracking technology that does not require sensors placed on the patient’s body, we provide comfort and we promote Home-based Therapy”, says Joana Pinto. Another valuable input is Clynx online platform that collects patients’ progress.

At the moment, the jury and the public are voting to select the 6 finalist prototypes. “Clynx is very well positioned in the choice voting and it would be great to rank among the 6 finalists”, says the Técnico alumna.

Winning this competition would allow “access funding, experimental implementation of the prototype in collaboration with a governmental entity, participation in the Web Summit and also be part of an incubator”, says Joana Pinto. “In addition, this participation can improve the image of our startup, which is important for the positioning we want to achieve in the Portuguese Healthcare Industry”, adds the project manager.

Voting for the selection of the 6 finalists runs until August 28th. The 3 winning ideas will be disclosed on September 13th.