Revolutionary medical device wins Start-Up Chile Demo Day


The founders of the startup Hoope developed a device that enables painless and rapid testing for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis.

Jack Smith (founder of Vungle and Shyp), Mary Lou Kelley (President of e-commerce for Best Buy), Paul Singh (Managing Director at 1776) and Alisha Templeton (program director for Techstars), evaluated the top 20 startups of the entrepreneurship program that presented their ideas in front of investors.



Alisha Templeton (program director for Techstars), Jack Smith (founder of Vungle and Shyp), Mary Lou Kelley (President of e-commerce for Best Buy), Irina Rymshina (Hoope), Paul Singh (Managing Director at 1776), Sebastian Vidal (Start-Up Chile Executive Director) and Diego Morales (Start-Up Chile Marketing).

The best startups from the 12th generation of Start-Up Chile presented their companies and ideas to a crowd of prominent judges, international entrepreneurs, investors and the startup community of Chile.


The company that ended up in the first place was Hoope, led by Irina Rymshina from Russia. She won a round-trip ticket to San Francisco, where she will have the chance to meet potential investors to grow their network and business.


Hoope, from the biotech industry, is developing a revolutionary medical device, that detects syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis, all in one test and just in 30 seconds with 97% accuracy.


Second place went to, an Uruguayan online platform that raised 1MM USD in Mexico. The startup allows importers and exporters to get quotes for their sea, air and land shipments in a simple way. In third place was Simplicar, a platform that facilitates the acquisition of cars. The Argentinian startup stood out for its traction and contracts with large corporations like General Motors.


Each company had 5 minutes to present their business to investors, mentors and other entrepreneurs. The judges were impressed not only by the revenue and traction of the winners, but also their potential for social impact.



Second place: - Andres Israel
simplicar-blogThird place: Simplicar - Ezequiel Calcarami