W.A. de Vigier Award 2019 – EIT Health Headstart and European Health Catapult Winner Sleepiz AG awarded
The W.A. de Vigier Award is the oldest and highest endowed prize for startups in Switzerland, giving away five awards of CHF 100,000.00 each. Over the past 30 years, the foundation has distributed over CHF 11 million of seed money. The results are over 90 flourishing startups, successful IPOs and multiple company exits. This year one of the awardees is Sleepiz AG, last year’s EIT Health Headstart and European Health Catapult winner.
To mark its 30th anniversary, the W.A. de Vigier Foundation awarded twice as many start-ups as usual. In the spirit of the founding father, Bill de Vigier, who saw the future in young entrepreneurs and continues to support innovative Swiss startups with seed capital long after his passing, part of this year’s prize money is contributed by former award winners who wish to give back to the startup ecosystem. Bill de Vigier, knew from his own experience just how important seed money could be and set his goal to pave the way for young, promising entrepreneurs.
Jury Invited 60 Startups to Pitch For the First Time
There was another first in the anniversary year 2019: After a preliminary selection, the foundation board got to know 60 young entrepreneurs instead of the usual 16 startups. „ The ‚Selection Day Top 60’ gave us the chance to get an early sense of the ideas and, in particular, of the people behind the ideas. Our foundation places particular importance on the entrepreneurial personality because we need more pioneers in our country, people like Bill de Vigier. We need real role models who shape our society both with their ideas and their spirit,” says Beat Graf, Vice President of the W.A. de Vigier Foundation. The “Selection Day Top 60” will take place again next year.
Sleepiz AG from Zurich (ZH) – Medical Sleep Monitoring From Home
With Sleepiz’ solution patients can get medically tested for sleep disorders in the comfort of their own home. The touchless device captures vital signs and sleep environment data in real-time with medical grade accuracy using an AI algorithm. The cloud-based solution saves time and money, therefore a higher number of patients can be screened for sleep disorders in a more efficient way.
Sleepiz AG is in the EIT health ecosystem the only startup that won both prizes, the European Health Catapult Award 2018 in the category of Digital Health as well as the Headstart Grant 2018 at last year’s SHIP event organized by EIT Health Germany.