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Winners of the MAKO Student Innovation Award Pitch on Dragons’ Den

HelpWear is striving to achieve better at-home healthcare with their innovative medical product design that is changing the game. HelpWear created a HeartWatch which is a 24/7 wearable heart monitoring system that detects when the wearer suffers a heart attack and contacts emergency medical services. The watch also records minor heart palpitations and arrhythmias and can flag them for review by a physician. The watch itself is currently in the development stages, but it’s no surprise that this new medical product design is attracting a lot of attention.

This medical product design team won the MAKO Student Innovation Award.

Winners of the Mako Student Innovation Award, and Co-Founders of HelpWear.

Medical Product Design Winners of the MAKO Student Innovation Award, HelpWear

HelpWear is currently part of an incubator in St. Michael’s Hospital and Ryerson University’s Biomedical Zone in Toronto. They are a company with young innovators behind it and have won a few of MAKO’s community awards in the past for their innovative medical product design, including a $100K grant in partnership with Brookefield Institute and Ryerson, the MAKO Student Innovation Award.

This past summer, they also won a $25,000 grant at the CNE Innovation Garage’s Emerging Innovators pitch competition where Kevin Mako was one of the judges along with astronaut, Jeremy Hansen, HP Canada’s marketing manager, and many others with diverse backgrounds.

The medical product design team pitched their product on Dragons' Den.

HelpWear pitching their product on Dragons’ Den.

HelpWear on Dragon’s Den

And if that isn’t impressive enough, the innovators behind HelpWear, Andre Bertram, and Frank Nguyen, recently took their product to Dragons’ Den where they were asking the Dragon’s for $100K for 10% of their company. Where all the Dragon’s jumped at the opportunity to invest in their company for $100K for 12% of their medical product innovation!

HelpWear is striving to create innovative medical products that are more affordable and accessible for patients all around the world, and there’s no doubt they are going to be game-changers in the industry. Us at MAKO are thrilled to be a part of their journey.

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

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