IoT toilet to improve hospital experience

Wednesday 17 Oct 18
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Many patients will agree that one of the more unpleasant parts of being in hospital is the toilet experience. 

At DTU Startup Fair on October 10, startup MeasureLet pitched how they intend to improve that experience with a data transmitting toilet.

A Buzzing Tech Fair
At this year’s High Tech Summit, the main library at DTU was transformed into a buzzing tech fair where 43 startups showcased their products. To top it off, seven startups were invited on stage for a pitch competition and a chance to win a prize of 30.000 DKK and an exclusive mentor package sponsored by Milestone Systems.

Startup company MeasureLet took the prize with an ambition of improving hospital experience with a technical toilet.

The toilet will be able to measure patients’ urin and feaces, and transfer the data directly to the patient file. This will increase efficiency in hospitals considerably, as well as make today's toilet routine much more pleasant for both patient and nurse.

The company is founded by Marie Lommer Bagger and Louise Bangsgaard who both have backgrounds as nurses, and worked together at Rigshospitalet before starting their company.

The additional seven startups competing for the prize were Obital, OptoCeutics, TresActio, Nordetect, Brain Capture and MattAR. “If these companies are a reflection of Danish innovation, this ecosystem has a bright future”, said Ken Singer, Managing Director at SCET, UC Berkeley, after the pitch competition.
  

Engage with DTU’s ecosystem

"That an industry event was open to students really showed that DTU is serious about engaging all parts of their ecosystem"
Ken Singer

CEO and founder of Milestones Systems, Lars Thinggaard, recommended all students to start a company right after University to get all the experience that the startup journey provides. “We help each other to make sure that nobody is falling off the chair. We look at our intentions, behaviors and the conversation helps us to see our own blind spots,” said Thinggaard in his keynote talk.

DTU’s ecosystem provides an ideal base for starting a company, and, at the fair, the four organizing partners presented how to get involved in the many entrepreneurship activities in DTU’s ecosystem.

“The fact that an industry event was open to students really showed that DTU is serious about engaging all parts of their ecosystem.  This is what is needed to put Copenhagen on the startup map with The Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, and Berlin. Well done!”, said Ken Singer, Managing Director at SCET.

 

Impact Analysis

A recent impact analysis shows that DTU has formed more than two start-ups per week since 1999, proving one of the reasons why DTU now ranks the 57th on Reuters Top 100: The World's Most Innovative Universities – 2018, and number 1 in the Nordic countries and number 13 in Europe.