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Henkaus wins the Tahko Ski Lift pitching competition

Henkaus Oy, a company focused on remote vital signs tracking solutions, won the Tahko Ski Lift Pitch competition held in Kuopio on April 8. For a startup looking for growth finance, winning a pitching competition is expected to bring significantly more contacts and visibility both domestically and internationally.

To ensure the excitement of the competition, the number of competitors was eliminated round by round. Only three companies took part in the last roasting, from which Henkaus Oy was chosen as the winner. While describing the decision process, the jury told that they considered that Henkaus’ impact on the market would be the greatest among competitors. The company’s solution was also seen as different from other options and as a “game changer,” that is, changing the way things are done.

Tahko Ski Lift 2021 Judges

Tahko Ski Lift 2021 Judges. Source: Tahko Ski Lift 2021 YouTube Stream.

Currently, Henkaus’ state-of-the-art radar-based technology is capable of e.g. to measure the patient’s respiratory rate from a distance of 1-2 meters without contact with the patient. The company’s solution provides medical professionals, telemedicine and healthcare providers with accurate and objective information about patients and serves as a diagnostic aid and support for optimizing treatment pathways. The company is currently developing new features for its remote tracking solution.

– We are very pleased about the award and I’m sure that we will celebrate the winning with a proper sauna evening with our entire team, as soon as the Corona restrictions allow it. Our development team has done a terrific job and now the hard work has paid off, says CEO Abhishek Jayaprakash from Henkaus Oy.

Due to the pandemic, the Tahko Ski Lift Pitch competition was held virtually this year. Only the organizers and part of the jury were present in Kuopio. The startups and their support teams participated in the event remotely. All participants of the event were able to follow the presentations of the companies live on the internet.  They were also able to participate in partner clinics and bilateral meetings remotely as well. For start-ups, above all, the event provided opportunities to meet and build relationships with both business angels and venture capitalists.

A total of 28 companies from all over Finland participated in the pre-qualification arranged on the 24th of March. Of these, a total of ten companies entered the main event and the final. The following companies were chosen to the finals arranged on the 8th of April: AirO Oy, Connax Oy, Doerz CO Oy, Finnadvance Oy, Henkaus Oy, Jemma Oy, Mobile Reality Oy, Pindora Oy, R2Therapies and Sonai Health.

This year’s judges were Anssi Lehikoinen, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Osuuskunta KPY, Heidi Ahonen, Managing Partner of Nostetta Ventures Oy, Mika Sutinen, Partner of Vaaka Partners Oy and Chairman of the Board of several companies, and Jari Osmala, Chairman of the Board of several companies.

Tahko Ski Lift 2021

Tahko Ski Lift Pitch is one of Finland’s most significant events for internationalising startups. The event, which has been held in Tahko since 2017, brings together entrepreneurs, investors and large companies. The partners of the event produced by the Kuopio Regional Chamber of Commerce are the University of Eastern Finland, Business Kuopio, Nostetta Ventures, Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Business Center, KPY Novapolis, Grano, Nordea, Rautalampi Municipality, Kuopio Health, FiBAN, Break Sokos Hotel Tahko, Regional Council of Pohjois-Savo, Navitas, Iisalmi, ELY Center / Team Finland, Innovestor and Savo Vocational College.Read more:
A recording of Tahko Ski Lift 2021 can be viewed on YouTube:
Direct link to the competition’s prize distribution:

Henkaus Oy

Henkaus develops, sells and markets medical-level solutions for remote vital signs tracking and remote patient care. The company’s solutions are intended for use by medical professionals and healthcare providers to gather accurate and objective data, to serve as a pre-diagnostic aid, and to help optimize treatment pathways. Henkaus provides non-contact devices that do not interfere with patients’ normal lives. The company’s state-of-the-art radar-based technology is capable of e.g. to measure the patient’s respiratory rate from a distance of 1-2 meters (3-6 feet) The company, founded in 2019, is headquartered in Lappeenranta, Finland. The company’s solutions are aimed at the global market. Read more:

Contact information

Henkaus Oy
Kipparinkatu 7 Lh 3, FI-53100 Lappeenranta, Finland
+358 41 751 1769