The startup “PleiQ” won the fourteenth generation’s Demo Day of Start-Up Chile. Edison Duran from Venezuela developed a device to stimulate the multiple intelligences of preschoolers and monitor their cognitive progress.
Santiago, Chile. March 2016. – This Thursday 10 of March, Start-Up Chile’s Demo Day was held in Santiago where the best projects of the entrepreneurship program had the opportunity to present their ideas in front of judges and investors.
After the presentations, the company that finally took the first place was PleiQ in the hands of physicist Edison Duran and his multi-disciplinary team. The educational toy consists in a set of 8 blocks and a companion mobile app that combines the physical and digital world, providing 48 3D multimedia and adaptive learning experiences currently available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
They won a round trip ticket to Silicon Valley thanks to our sponsor Transbank and one of the best chilean wines thanks to Veramonte. “This award is thanks to Start-Up Chile who gave us the opportunity to trust even more that this could be possible and gave us the necessary resources to develop our project. We come from a country that is right now going through many economic and social difficulties, and having the opportunity to come to a country like Chile, which has opened the doors and has supported us in every way, has been crucial to realize that vision that we were already developing”, says Duran.
The second place was for the American Fathi Abdelsalam and his startup Akibah with GluCase, the first Smartphone case that integrates a glucose meter, test strips, and lancets, eliminating the need for a person with diabetes to carry bulky meters and test supplies. Finally, the third place was for the startup CINEMAD a web platform created by Juan Manuel Yañez that enriches video ads with interactive assets to improve the performance of the campaigns, having direct impact in ROI.
The nineteen startups that participated in the fourteenth version of Start-Up Chile Demo Day, had five minutes to present their business to investors, mentors and entrepreneurs. After a few hours and through a secret assessment, “PleiQ” was crowned with the first place and a ticket to San Francisco thanks to Transbank.
Start-Up Chile’s Executive Director, Rocío Fonseca, pointed out that the quality of the projects was overwhelming: “They all have traction and impressed our judges and investors with the level of their pitches and innovative ideas”.
Meanwhile the winning company seeks to continue to grow globally; “we want to export PleiQ from Chile to the rest of the world and create an educational revolution in the nursery school system,” adds Edison Duran.
The winning projects
First Place PLEIQ:
PleIQ is a new kind of educational toy using Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence to stimulate the multiple intelligences of preschoolers and monitor their cognitive progress. PleIQ is a toy set of 8 blocks and a companion mobile app that combines the physical and digital world, providing 48 3D multimedia and adaptive learning experiences currently available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Second place AKIBAH/GluCase:
Based in Silicon Valley, focuses on harnessing the power of mobile health technology and data science to give people the knowledge to live longer and healthier. AkibaH’s first product, GluCase, is the first smartphone case that integrates a glucose meter, test strips, and lancets, eliminating the need for a person with diabetes to carry bulky meters and test supplies. It uses a Bluetooth-linked app and cloud-based analytics to present glucose levels.
Third place CINEMAD:
Cinemad converts viewers into customers. They are a web platform to enrich video ads with interactive assets to improve the performance of the campaigns, having direct impact in ROI. Their interactive videos work under one “holly” concept, Frictionless. This idea allows viewers to reach the campaign purpose in one or two clicks. All the interactions are designed thinking in the user experience.