Projects

Helping Hands Nuada II

100% Confirmed Amount = € 200.000,00
Reserved Amount = € 0,00
€ 200.000,00
100% Funded
9 mth

term

5%

a year

8 mth

grace period

monthly

instalment

B-

rating

social_economy

Social Economy

3. Good Health and Well-Being

SDG 3. Good Health and Well-Being

10. Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10. Reduced Inequalities

Bridge loan for EU funded health tech startup.

Impact

  • Improved quality of life for people with reduced hand mobility: by returning hand mobility to its users, the glove allows them to perform tasks that would be difficult or impossible to perform in a comfortable way.

  • Inclusion of people with hand mobility problems: the glove has a significantly lower cost when compared to the existing systems on the market (25% of the price charged by SEM Glove and NASA/GM). By being more affordable, it is accessible to more people. On top of this, its aesthetics (beautiful and discrete) help avoid any potential discriminatory situations towards people with any hand disability. Without making marketing efforts, the company has 1050 reservations to purchase the glove.

  • Improved healthcare: the real-time data tracking that can be accessed and analyzed by the user or a healthcare professional, will improve the health care provided by allowing for a more customized and holistic treatment.

Project Information

Nuada is a Portuguese tech startup that develops soft and intelligent exoskeletons. Their patented technology was first applied to the hand in order to create a system that looks like a normal glove, enabling its user to hold objects up to 40 kgs with their hand completely relaxed. The electronic glove is safe, light, and small and was designed to be affordable and non-intrusive. By using thin, breathable, flexible, and smart textiles that are customizable, it’s a unique enhancement technology developed to be an everyday essential wearable that people forget they are wearing.

The system was designed to have in mind people suffering from any kind of hand or wrist musculoskeletal disease and/or acute pain. These symptoms affect several millions of people in the world due to multiple causes such as aging, arthritis, strokes, occupational diseases, among others. From the company’s contacts with stakeholders, other markets have emerged: labor-intensive industries with the use being mostly related to occupational disease prevention or productivity enhancement; the sports sector, mainly to provide a tool for performance improvement and to minimize the risk of injuries; physiotherapists as a rehabilitation tool for people with disabilities.

After having successfully validated the idea, the company is now finalizing the marketing campaign to start the pre-sale phase. Currently, there are about 1050 people on the waiting list with no marketing effort.

The flagship product is composed of a glove, with bioinspired artificial tendons and multiple sensors, and a bracelet, comprising most of the electronics and connectivity. The proprietary software and sensor arrays provide automatic and intelligent interaction in order to achieve a seamless user experience. It also shares sensor data from the glove to a smartphone and a cloud-based server, which can then be accessed and analyzed by the user or a healthcare professional in a smartphone, PC, or tablet app in real-time or on-demand.

In parallel, the company is preparing for the industrialization phase.

Financial Viability

The NUADA project was approved by the European Commission's most competitive grant - EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument Phase 2). With a total budget close to € 2.5m, this EU grant is € 1.7m in the open. The first payment of € 800,000 was made in 2019. The second payment in the amount of € 454,000 was made in December 2020, which was used to pay the first € 150,000 loan obtained through GoParity. The next payment of € 225,000 is scheduled for September 2021. This amount will be used to repay the loan to GoParity investors. Additionally, the company is also awaiting the final payment of a previous project financed by PT2020, in the amount of 300,000€, which will be paid by June 2021.

  • Several successful pilots and tests with established multinationals (in the automotive and hardware industry): from the more than 300 companies that asked for pilots, in January 2017 Nuada initiated pilots and on-site meetings with Volkswagen Group (Auto-Europa Portugal), Hilti (US and Portugal) and Comau (Italy). This allowed the company to create good traction, market validation, and the right awareness for their technology. In the near future, the company will add My Handspring (US Healthcare) to the list.

  • Collaboration with Portuguese doctors, namely Dr. Rui Santos, from the Hospital Center of Vila Nova de Gaia / Espinho, E.P.E., and his clinical staff.

  • Ready to approve exclusive distribution depending on annual minimum sales: secured Letters of Intent from distributors across Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, and the UAE. This model is easy to scale, leveraging on established sales channels; requires fewer resources (logistics and marketing) when compared to direct sales.

100% Funded
9 mth

term

5%

a year

8 mth

grace period

monthly

instalment

B-

rating

social_economy

Social Economy

3. Good Health and Well-Being

SDG 3. Good Health and Well-Being

10. Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10. Reduced Inequalities

Bridge loan for EU funded health tech startup.

100% Confirmed Amount = € 200.000,00
Reserved Amount = € 0,00
€ 200.000,00

Impact

  • Improved quality of life for people with reduced hand mobility: by returning hand mobility to its users, the glove allows them to perform tasks that would be difficult or impossible to perform in a comfortable way.

  • Inclusion of people with hand mobility problems: the glove has a significantly lower cost when compared to the existing systems on the market (25% of the price charged by SEM Glove and NASA/GM). By being more affordable, it is accessible to more people. On top of this, its aesthetics (beautiful and discrete) help avoid any potential discriminatory situations towards people with any hand disability. Without making marketing efforts, the company has 1050 reservations to purchase the glove.

  • Improved healthcare: the real-time data tracking that can be accessed and analyzed by the user or a healthcare professional, will improve the health care provided by allowing for a more customized and holistic treatment.

Project Information

Nuada is a Portuguese tech startup that develops soft and intelligent exoskeletons. Their patented technology was first applied to the hand in order to create a system that looks like a normal glove, enabling its user to hold objects up to 40 kgs with their hand completely relaxed. The electronic glove is safe, light, and small and was designed to be affordable and non-intrusive. By using thin, breathable, flexible, and smart textiles that are customizable, it’s a unique enhancement technology developed to be an everyday essential wearable that people forget they are wearing.

The system was designed to have in mind people suffering from any kind of hand or wrist musculoskeletal disease and/or acute pain. These symptoms affect several millions of people in the world due to multiple causes such as aging, arthritis, strokes, occupational diseases, among others. From the company’s contacts with stakeholders, other markets have emerged: labor-intensive industries with the use being mostly related to occupational disease prevention or productivity enhancement; the sports sector, mainly to provide a tool for performance improvement and to minimize the risk of injuries; physiotherapists as a rehabilitation tool for people with disabilities.

After having successfully validated the idea, the company is now finalizing the marketing campaign to start the pre-sale phase. Currently, there are about 1050 people on the waiting list with no marketing effort.

The flagship product is composed of a glove, with bioinspired artificial tendons and multiple sensors, and a bracelet, comprising most of the electronics and connectivity. The proprietary software and sensor arrays provide automatic and intelligent interaction in order to achieve a seamless user experience. It also shares sensor data from the glove to a smartphone and a cloud-based server, which can then be accessed and analyzed by the user or a healthcare professional in a smartphone, PC, or tablet app in real-time or on-demand.

In parallel, the company is preparing for the industrialization phase.

Financial Viability

The NUADA project was approved by the European Commission's most competitive grant - EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument Phase 2). With a total budget close to € 2.5m, this EU grant is € 1.7m in the open. The first payment of € 800,000 was made in 2019. The second payment in the amount of € 454,000 was made in December 2020, which was used to pay the first € 150,000 loan obtained through GoParity. The next payment of € 225,000 is scheduled for September 2021. This amount will be used to repay the loan to GoParity investors. Additionally, the company is also awaiting the final payment of a previous project financed by PT2020, in the amount of 300,000€, which will be paid by June 2021.

  • Several successful pilots and tests with established multinationals (in the automotive and hardware industry): from the more than 300 companies that asked for pilots, in January 2017 Nuada initiated pilots and on-site meetings with Volkswagen Group (Auto-Europa Portugal), Hilti (US and Portugal) and Comau (Italy). This allowed the company to create good traction, market validation, and the right awareness for their technology. In the near future, the company will add My Handspring (US Healthcare) to the list.

  • Collaboration with Portuguese doctors, namely Dr. Rui Santos, from the Hospital Center of Vila Nova de Gaia / Espinho, E.P.E., and his clinical staff.

  • Ready to approve exclusive distribution depending on annual minimum sales: secured Letters of Intent from distributors across Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, and the UAE. This model is easy to scale, leveraging on established sales channels; requires fewer resources (logistics and marketing) when compared to direct sales.

Nuada, LDA

Active since
2015
Fiscal Country
Portugal
Operating in
Portugal
Industry
Technology
GoParity Loans
2
About Nuada, LDA

NUADA is a Portuguese company created to assure the development and commercial exploitation of the NUADA glove - a new type of intelligent and soft exoskeletons. The company has received several awards over the years for its flagship product.

The NUADA team is comprised of multidisciplinary profiles which gives them an essential set of competencies to achieve their goals and milestones.

Filipe Quinaz (Chief Executive Officer). He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and is a Ph.D. student in Biomedicine

Vitor Crespo (Chief Sales Officer). He is a healthcare entrepreneur with strong executive management skills gathered in multinationals over the last 20 years. He has a very strong experience in company management, sales, fund-raising, and distribution.

Fernando Nogueira (Chief Product Officer). An Electronic Engineer with two postgraduates in "Product Design" and "Industrial Management”. He has a vast professional experience in product development.

The company has 6 team members, including Carolina Amorim (Project Manager), Rita Faro (Regulatory Affairs), one bio-engineer, two software developers, and one electronic engineer. The team is also supported by a great group of advisors that have great experience in all fields of the project, from Product development, Hardware, manufacturing, Software, Textiles, Industry markets, funding, and Healthcare markets. They are leaders of big companies, University groups, and Venture capital structures that will ensure that the Nuada team will always have the input of experts for all foreseeable challenges.

Why this name - Nuada?

"Nuada of the Silver-Hand" was the first king of a supernatural race of powerful Celtic gods. Honorable, fair-minded, and righteous, he lost his hand in a battle. According to the laws that Nuada himself had written, a king must be wholly intact. The loss of his hand excluded him from being king. His brothers crafted Nuada a silver prosthetic hand, from whence he received his title back.

The Business Model

According to the World Health Organization, the proportion of older people requiring support from adults of working age will increase from 10,5% in 1955 to 17,2% in 2025. Since elderly people have different healthcare requirements, health systems will need to adapt so they can provide adequate care and remain financially sustainable. According to the World Heart Foundation, there are 15 million new cases of stroke per year worldwide and 50 million people in the USA suffering from arthritis. Adding to this, repetitive-stress job injuries account for around 30% of doctor-diagnosed Musculoskeletal Disorders. These numbers represent an immense opportunity for service robots, such as the NUADA glove, to help compensate for the disability effects in the function of hand manipulation. It is a largely “unexploited territory” with developments happening simultaneously by few players and the promoter is clearly one of the front runners worldwide, due to its stage of development, functionalities, value-for-money, and expected time-to-market.

Nuada has applications in two big and different markets.

  • Industry (B2B): the company’s beachhead market. With a simple regulatory path, the startup will be selling directly to big industries located in the US and Europe, starting with companies that are already on a pre-sale waiting list. The first sales will be used as market validation in order to accelerate the distributors and market awareness. In this segment, industry workers are the main users and factory directors are the decision makers. 

  • Healthcare (B2B2C): after entering the Industry segment, certifications and processes will be ready for the healthcare market exploitation. In this segment, people with hand disabilities are the main users, and buyers can be the users themselves, their caretakers, or healthcare partners. The healthcare application will be distributed in healthcare centres to allow these organizations to manage the customer relationship, product fitting and maintenance front-end. In order to assure market growth, they are targeting healthcare facilities that are naturally in close contact with the end users/customers and specialized distributors in order to reach a bigger scale and geography. In the future, Nuada is considering online sales. But, in order to avoid unnecessary risks and to scale fast the approach will be through this installed channel. 

In the future, their product could also be used by sports practitioners and/or physiotherapists, allowing them to understand if the exercise plan is being executed in the best way for example.

In 2018, the company won a Europen Union outright fund of 1,7 million euros under the pilot project Accelerator of the Innovation European Council (CEI).

Nuada’s revenue model has three different revenue streams:

  • Device: the selling price of €1.500 includes a good margin for the distributor (this price might decrease when they get economies of scale).

  • Glove Hardware annual maintenance fee: € 150 a year after the second year.

  • Software Monthly Recurrent revenue: € 5 a month.

The company is competing with electromechanical gloves, an emerging market with two relevant competitors – SEM glove and NASA/GM glove. The NUADA glove is lighter, smaller, cheaper, and more intelligent, and more energy-efficient than these, which results in a better price-quality ratio, making the product highly competitive.

Track Record

The idea for the glove came to Filipe after he fractured his hand in a Jiu-jitsu class. The inspiration was born from what he felt with this injury: he noticed that his reduced mobility had a lot of consequences on his everyday life and the recovery time until he gained full hand mobility was too long – about 11 months.

During this period, while he was finishing his PhD in Biomedicine, in Universidade da Beira Interior, he decided to create a prototype with the help of two teachers to participate on the tech competition Microsoft Imagine Cup. In 2014, the entrepreneur won the European version of the same contest and was one of the finalists on the world edition, to which were only selected 10 teams worldwide.

In 2015, he participated in Startup Braga. In that year, already holding a patent, he founded the company to make the prototype functional. After that, the product started to be developed with Portuguese partners.

The company was represented in UTEN, an acceleration program in Texas, United States.

In 2016/2017, they were selected for the HAX hardware accelerator program, winning an acceleration program of 4 months in Shenzhen, China. Also in 2017, they closed two investment rounds, one from an American company from Silicon Valley.

In 2018, they were the Portugal winners of the StartJLM competition promoted by Israel and we won the EUtop50 SME award, received in the European Parliament.

In 2019, Nuada secured financing of 1.7 million euros from the European Union for Research and Development.

Without marketing efforts, they have a list of more than 300 companies (such as ElectroLux, Siemens, Volkswagen, Airbus, Skoda Auto, among others) that tried to buy the glove or book pilots. Some of these companies transitioned into partner companies, mainly based on size, market, and distance to their headquarters.

They are now in the phase of partner expansion and pilot booking to make sure the prototypes and products translate well into the global market and avoid regional strange data points. The most important proof of concept is with Auto-Europa, Volkswagen factory in Portugal, where they are testing and integrating new specs in order to fulfill their requirements. Their engineering, medical and ergonomic teams have been really committed to the project in order to be able to scale to all of the Volkswagen Group.

In the healthcare sector, the company has more than 1000 individual contacts to try to solve user’s disabilities, all aligned with their product features and knowing the current price point.

They have over 10 distributors in their partner waiting list, which will play a huge part in their market extension.

Promoter Rating: B-

Guarantees

The project has no guaratees. However, the Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission (a payment of 225.000€ will be made to the company until September 2020) and is reserved to settle the loan.

Nuada, LDA

Active since
2015
Fiscal Country
Portugal
Operating in
Portugal
Industry
Technology
GoParity Loans
2
About Nuada, LDA

NUADA is a Portuguese company created to assure the development and commercial exploitation of the NUADA glove - a new type of intelligent and soft exoskeletons. The company has received several awards over the years for its flagship product.

The NUADA team is comprised of multidisciplinary profiles which gives them an essential set of competencies to achieve their goals and milestones.

Filipe Quinaz (Chief Executive Officer). He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and is a Ph.D. student in Biomedicine

Vitor Crespo (Chief Sales Officer). He is a healthcare entrepreneur with strong executive management skills gathered in multinationals over the last 20 years. He has a very strong experience in company management, sales, fund-raising, and distribution.

Fernando Nogueira (Chief Product Officer). An Electronic Engineer with two postgraduates in "Product Design" and "Industrial Management”. He has a vast professional experience in product development.

The company has 6 team members, including Carolina Amorim (Project Manager), Rita Faro (Regulatory Affairs), one bio-engineer, two software developers, and one electronic engineer. The team is also supported by a great group of advisors that have great experience in all fields of the project, from Product development, Hardware, manufacturing, Software, Textiles, Industry markets, funding, and Healthcare markets. They are leaders of big companies, University groups, and Venture capital structures that will ensure that the Nuada team will always have the input of experts for all foreseeable challenges.

Why this name - Nuada?

"Nuada of the Silver-Hand" was the first king of a supernatural race of powerful Celtic gods. Honorable, fair-minded, and righteous, he lost his hand in a battle. According to the laws that Nuada himself had written, a king must be wholly intact. The loss of his hand excluded him from being king. His brothers crafted Nuada a silver prosthetic hand, from whence he received his title back.

The Business Model

According to the World Health Organization, the proportion of older people requiring support from adults of working age will increase from 10,5% in 1955 to 17,2% in 2025. Since elderly people have different healthcare requirements, health systems will need to adapt so they can provide adequate care and remain financially sustainable. According to the World Heart Foundation, there are 15 million new cases of stroke per year worldwide and 50 million people in the USA suffering from arthritis. Adding to this, repetitive-stress job injuries account for around 30% of doctor-diagnosed Musculoskeletal Disorders. These numbers represent an immense opportunity for service robots, such as the NUADA glove, to help compensate for the disability effects in the function of hand manipulation. It is a largely “unexploited territory” with developments happening simultaneously by few players and the promoter is clearly one of the front runners worldwide, due to its stage of development, functionalities, value-for-money, and expected time-to-market.

Nuada has applications in two big and different markets.

  • Industry (B2B): the company’s beachhead market. With a simple regulatory path, the startup will be selling directly to big industries located in the US and Europe, starting with companies that are already on a pre-sale waiting list. The first sales will be used as market validation in order to accelerate the distributors and market awareness. In this segment, industry workers are the main users and factory directors are the decision makers. 

  • Healthcare (B2B2C): after entering the Industry segment, certifications and processes will be ready for the healthcare market exploitation. In this segment, people with hand disabilities are the main users, and buyers can be the users themselves, their caretakers, or healthcare partners. The healthcare application will be distributed in healthcare centres to allow these organizations to manage the customer relationship, product fitting and maintenance front-end. In order to assure market growth, they are targeting healthcare facilities that are naturally in close contact with the end users/customers and specialized distributors in order to reach a bigger scale and geography. In the future, Nuada is considering online sales. But, in order to avoid unnecessary risks and to scale fast the approach will be through this installed channel. 

In the future, their product could also be used by sports practitioners and/or physiotherapists, allowing them to understand if the exercise plan is being executed in the best way for example.

In 2018, the company won a Europen Union outright fund of 1,7 million euros under the pilot project Accelerator of the Innovation European Council (CEI).

Nuada’s revenue model has three different revenue streams:

  • Device: the selling price of €1.500 includes a good margin for the distributor (this price might decrease when they get economies of scale).

  • Glove Hardware annual maintenance fee: € 150 a year after the second year.

  • Software Monthly Recurrent revenue: € 5 a month.

The company is competing with electromechanical gloves, an emerging market with two relevant competitors – SEM glove and NASA/GM glove. The NUADA glove is lighter, smaller, cheaper, and more intelligent, and more energy-efficient than these, which results in a better price-quality ratio, making the product highly competitive.

Track Record

The idea for the glove came to Filipe after he fractured his hand in a Jiu-jitsu class. The inspiration was born from what he felt with this injury: he noticed that his reduced mobility had a lot of consequences on his everyday life and the recovery time until he gained full hand mobility was too long – about 11 months.

During this period, while he was finishing his PhD in Biomedicine, in Universidade da Beira Interior, he decided to create a prototype with the help of two teachers to participate on the tech competition Microsoft Imagine Cup. In 2014, the entrepreneur won the European version of the same contest and was one of the finalists on the world edition, to which were only selected 10 teams worldwide.

In 2015, he participated in Startup Braga. In that year, already holding a patent, he founded the company to make the prototype functional. After that, the product started to be developed with Portuguese partners.

The company was represented in UTEN, an acceleration program in Texas, United States.

In 2016/2017, they were selected for the HAX hardware accelerator program, winning an acceleration program of 4 months in Shenzhen, China. Also in 2017, they closed two investment rounds, one from an American company from Silicon Valley.

In 2018, they were the Portugal winners of the StartJLM competition promoted by Israel and we won the EUtop50 SME award, received in the European Parliament.

In 2019, Nuada secured financing of 1.7 million euros from the European Union for Research and Development.

Without marketing efforts, they have a list of more than 300 companies (such as ElectroLux, Siemens, Volkswagen, Airbus, Skoda Auto, among others) that tried to buy the glove or book pilots. Some of these companies transitioned into partner companies, mainly based on size, market, and distance to their headquarters.

They are now in the phase of partner expansion and pilot booking to make sure the prototypes and products translate well into the global market and avoid regional strange data points. The most important proof of concept is with Auto-Europa, Volkswagen factory in Portugal, where they are testing and integrating new specs in order to fulfill their requirements. Their engineering, medical and ergonomic teams have been really committed to the project in order to be able to scale to all of the Volkswagen Group.

In the healthcare sector, the company has more than 1000 individual contacts to try to solve user’s disabilities, all aligned with their product features and knowing the current price point.

They have over 10 distributors in their partner waiting list, which will play a huge part in their market extension.

Promoter Rating: B-

Guarantees

The project has no guaratees. However, the Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission (a payment of 225.000€ will be made to the company until September 2020) and is reserved to settle the loan.

Payments Status: On time

2021-04-17

100% funded

516 investors successfully raised 200.000€

2021-04-13

New target

After raising 150.000 € in a few days, the promoter decided to increase the global investment amount of its campaign to 200.000 €. All the other offer conditions remain the same.

2021-04-09

Open for investment

This campaign is open for investment

Payments Status: On time

2021-04-17

100% funded

516 investors successfully raised 200.000€

2021-04-13

New target

After raising 150.000 € in a few days, the promoter decided to increase the global investment amount of its campaign to 200.000 €. All the other offer conditions remain the same.

2021-04-09

Open for investment

This campaign is open for investment