Every year, Plougmann Vingtoft donates IP consulting in conjunction with DanBAN to start-ups that contribute to one or more of the UN 17 SDGs. This year four companies will receive the donation of DKK 50,000 each.
In 2019, Plougmann Vingtoft donated the annual start-up donation IP Matters for the first time, and every year through to 2030, we will donate expert IP consulting worth DKK 50,000 to Danish start-ups that we consider able to contribute significantly to one or more of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This year is therefore no exception, as IP Matters ran for the fourth time. However, one significantly thing stands out from previous years. We are proud to announce four winners of this year’s IP Matters donation.
This year we received, so many qualified applicants that we decided to name four winners. We see a great potential in all four start-ups, each of which works persistently with the sustainable development.Finn Strøm Madsen, CEO at Plougmann Vingtoft
“IP Matters is our way of contributing to the global sustainable development. By supporting the many talented entrepreneurs struggling to make their solutions a reality, we can provide help so they can protect their idea and develop the business further. This year we received, so many qualified applicants that we decided to name four winners. We see a great potential in all four start-ups, each of which works persistently with the sustainable development,” explains Finn Strøm Madsen, CEO at Plougmann Vingtoft, about the choice of the four start-ups.
The four winners, who have all received the IP Matters donation of DKK 50,000, are:
Alcolase is a Life Science start-up that wants to help the many millions of people who suffer from ‘alcohol flush’ and experience symptoms ranging from facial redness to an increased risk of cancer when consuming alcohol. In Alcolase, they work on a biotechnological way to overcome the negative impact of alcohol and thus live up to the SDG #3 (Health and well-being).
Yuman is an early-stage start-up that works on developing future robot assistants for nurses. With the help of innovative robots that can act as nurses’ assistants by facilitating the transport of food, bedding and medical equipment, nurses can spend more time with the patients. The aim is to increase job satisfaction and prevent burnout among the hard-working nurses. With their innovative robot solution, Yuman contributes to the SDGs #3 (Health and well-being), #8 (Decent jobs and economic growth) and #9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure).
The AI company Robotto is a tech start-up whose unique all-in-one drone technology combines artificial intelligence with machine learning and edge computing, which makes it easier to fly, collect and visualize data. Robotto has developed an algorithm that, via drones, e.g. can identify forest fires and send data back to emergency services on the ground. At Robotto, they work purposefully with the SDG #13 (Climate Action).
GlyProVac is a deep tech biotech company working to develop novel protein vaccine candidates targeting bacterial infections with no current methods of prevention. The first candidate targets urinary tract infections (UTI) caused by E. coli and thus, GlyProVac has a strong focus on SDGs #3 (Health and well-being) and #5 (Gender equality).
All four start-ups are assigned to a team of IP experts at Plougmann Vingtoft with Katja Sørensen, Per Jørgen Nygreen, Michael Sørensen and Jakob Lohmann Schwalbe leading each individual team.
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