he search for cutting-edge technology projects (diagnosis, devices and e/digital health), emerged from research centres, research institutes and universities of the BioRegion of Catalonia and from all over Europe. This means that Biocat has opened the call to participate in the second edition of the CRAASH Barcelona acceleration program, a free 12-week program that helps Catalan and other European research teams to launch innovations successfully in the healthtech field. The new call is open until March 13 on the website www.craashbarcelona.org and the program will start in Barcelona on May 13.
CRAASH Barcelona admits research projects in phase of proof of concept or viability test. The companies that are already established can also apply if they are in the phase of searching an application in health due to their technology and/or in order to search/validate their business model. The program is free of charge, it is equity free and provides a grant of up to 10,000 euros for travel equipment.
HOW CRAASH BARCELONA WORKS
CRAASH Barcelona selects and trains teams to market their technologies in a period of time between 3 and 5 years. The participants will be guided by expert mentors from CIMIT (Boston), the most experienced health accelerator in the world. In 15 years, CIMIT has successfully accelerated more than 600 healthtech projects, has doubled the marketing rate and reduced more than half the time to reach the next phase.
CRAASH Barcelona is organized by Biocat in collaboration with CIMIT and is part of the bootcamp program of EIT Health, the main European health consortium. This year, in addition, CRAASH has NUI Galway as a new partner.
Some of the participating projects at CRAASH Barcelona will have the opportunity to validate their project in some of the best health ecosystems in Europe (Paris and Delft). The best teams will also travel to Boston where, in addition to validating their projects in the US ecosystem, they will be able to conduct interviews and find collaborations thanks to a personalized agenda.
SOME CASES OF SUCCESS OF THE FIRST EDITION
CRAASH Barcelona has been distinguished by Diario Médico as one of the “Best Health Ideas” of 2018. The first edition of CRAASH Barcelona included eight projects, among which ABLE, Biel Smartgaze and iBreve.
The ABLE team (Assistive Biorobotic Low-cost Exoskeleton), in collaboration with the Guttmann Institute, works in the development of a light robotic exoskeleton that helps walking patients with spinal cord injury, to favour their rehabilitation.
Biel Smartgaze develop smart glasses based on computer vision and virtual reality with the aim of improving the visual perception of people with low vision, in order to increase their autonomy.
The Irish iBreve is based on a portable device that is placed on the bra and analyses the breathing patterns of the users that carry it. Technology offers immediate feedback to prevent stress from reaching harmful levels.
Biocat is the organization that promotes the ecosystem of health and life sciences in Catalonia and works to transform science and technology into economic growth and social impact. It was born in 2006 thanks to the initiative of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Barcelona City Council and brings together in its governing members representatives of all the parts that make up the BioRegion of Catalonia.
In 2013, in order to increase the impact of these strategic activities, Biocat launched Moebio, an initiative that brings together different training programs to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation in the health field. Moebio is one of the pioneering acceleration programs in Europe, according to rankings like Digitalhealth.careers, Mobile World Capital or Tech EU.