Instent and Padam distinguished during the "Hello Tomorrow Challenge"
Two start-ups related to l'X, Instent and Padam, were awarded prizes in the "Healthcare" and "Transport & Mobility" categories of the "Hello Tomorrow Challenge". The la finale took place on 25 and 26 June at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie de la Villette in Paris.
The second edition of the Hello Tomorrow conference bringing together innovators from all parts of the world took place on 25 and 26 Jun eat the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie de la Villette in Paris. Those two days of conference ended with an international start-up competition, the "Hello Tomorrow Challenge". Thirty startups from around the world were selected among 3,600 applicants to present their project in one of the six competition categories: Food & Agriculture, Transport & Mobility, Materials & Manufacturing, Healthcare, Energy & environment and finally Information Technologies.
Among the 30 finalists, Instent and Padam have distinguished themselves in the category "Healthcare" for the first, and in "Transport & Mobility" for the second.
Both start-ups won a 15,000 euro award, sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Roche in "Healthcare" and by Michelin in "Transport & Mobility".
Instent, winner in the category "Healthcare", is a spin-off from École Polytechnique that develops a novel smart stent with remote and non-invasive in situ monitoring capabilities providing doctors with a simple tool to anticipate stent-related complications and tailor the follow-up treatment to the needs of the individual patient.
During the Hello Tomorrow Challenge, Instent presented for the first time its first prototype of connected stent. "This award will help us further miniaturize our prototype," says Franz Bozsak, CEO and co-founder of Instent.
Last February, Instent was already distinguished during the 15th edition of Tremplin Entreprises, a national competition for innovative companies co-organized by the Senate and ESSEC.
Padam, winner in the category "Transport & Mobility", has developed an innovative solution for collective transport, used at first in Paris by night. Customers book their travel via a mobile application, they are automatically grouped according to optimized routes and they travel in minibuses driven by professional drivers. This solution allows to get home cheaply by night in Paris and its inner suburbs. Innovative algorithms developed by startup determine the best itineraries according to demand.
The start-up was founded by two École Polytechnique students, Gregory Bonnat and Ziad Khoury (X2010) after completing the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Master's program at l'X.
"We are grateful towards l'X which gave the start to our entrepreneurial adventure. Within the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Master's program, our professor Bruno Martinaud helped us a lot to take the plunge," says Gregory Bonnat, Co-Founder of Padam. "This award will enable us to accelerate our development and test our service in new territories outside Paris, both in the Paris region and in other cities of France."