TU/e spin-off STENTiT winner of the Academic Startup Competition

May 15, 2019

TU/e spin-off STENTiT is one of the winners of the Academic Startup Competition. Founders Bart Sanders and Sol Cabrera win a pitch at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and a trip to Sillicon Valley.

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TU/e spin-off STENTiT is one of the winners of the Academic Startup Competition. The prize allows founders Bart Sanders and Sol Cabrera to pitch at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) and they are offered a trip to Silicon Valley by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The selection process of the Academic Startup Competition consisted of a shortlisting round by the universities and a final event on the 14th of May. Ranging from life-saving medical devices to AI-powered body language analyzers to assist the elderly, these academic startups are breaking new ground. They all competed for the Top 10 title in the inaugural Academic Startup Competition. Twenty eight academic startups participated of which two TU/e spin-off companies Taylor and STENTiT. The jury chose ten winners that will be part of ‘The 10 Dutch pioneering innovations from science’. One of them being STENTiT!

About STENTiT

STENTiT founders Bart Sanders and Sol Cabrera developed a technology to restore diseased arteries using regenerative stents. These unique bioresorbable devices allow for minimally invasive implantation to provide instant support to the lesion while triggering a natural healing response using the patient’s own circulating blood cells to reconstruct a whole new artery. Vascular regeneration will improve long-term clinical outcomes for millions of patients while reducing health-care costs.

The prize

During the GES 2019 in The Hague, STENTiT will be given the opportunity to present its technology to a global audience. The winners were also offered a trip to Silicon Valley by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. There they can learn how to scale-up their innovation and grow their business. State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Mona Keijzer: “Academic startups are extremely important for the Netherlands because of their innovative breakthroughs which have an impact on society in many ways. The ten winners show that Dutch universities and institutes play a role on the international stage.”

The Academic Startup Competition is an initiative of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI) and StartupDelta.