Romanian startup .lumen awarded in global competition for innovative solutions for healthy aging
.lumen, a Romanian startup that creates eyewear for the blind, is one of 21 first-round winners of the Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards, receiving up to EUR 50,000 in seed funding.
The awards are part of the Global Healthy Longevity Competition – a multi-year international competition that recognizes groundbreaking innovations developed to promote healthy aging.
The Global Healthy Longevity Competition was founded by the United States National Academy of Medicine and has been around for two years, targeting teams and individuals from a variety of backgrounds including science, medicine, technology, finance, and the sciences. social. The competition includes a three-tiered rewards structure: a first Catalyst prize phase, a second acceleration phase and a third grand prize phase.
A total of 21 startups received a Catalyst Award from EIT Health as part of the competition, each receiving up to EUR 50,000 in seed funding to advance their product or service. The startups come from Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Romania, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Ireland, Estonia, Belgium and Israel.
Romanian winner, .lumen, produces glasses designed to help visually impaired people get around. His solution uses artificial intelligence and robotics to replicate and leverage the benefits of guide dogs.
Created as a research project at the end of 2018, .lumen became a startup in early 2020. It was founded by Cornel Amariei with Dr Gabriel Chindris, university professor of electronics, and Mihai Ivascu, CEO & founder of M3 Holdings – Moneymailme, M3 Payments and Modex.
“We are incredibly proud to have received the Health Longevity Catalyst Award from the National Academy of Medicine and EIT Health. As one of the leaders in assistive technology innovation, we strive to see light glasses empower so many blind people around the world, ”the Romanian startup said in a press release. .
The full list of winners is available here.
(Photo source: EIT Santé)