Zesty named “1 of 35 Startups to Watch”

June 3, 2014

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We are very proud and excited to have been named “one of the thirty five startups to watch” today by leading technology blog, TechEU.

The Zesty team are honoured to be listed alongside Europe’s leading digital health companies, all just one week before we attend the Europas, The European Tech Startup Awards next Tuesday night as one of the shortlisted “Best Health Startups in Europe”  (http://theeuropas.com/)

The Awards and shortlist today builds on Zesty’s earlier success this year when we were named “1 of 5 UK based Startups to look out for in 2014” by influential technology blog EU Startups (http://zest.ee/1kFx2fg) and featured extensively in Forbes magazine’s high profile digital health article entitled “The New Health IT Arms Race Between The US And EU” (http://zest.ee/1pP2blM)

Recognition by the technology and healthcare communities is a great motivator for all of the Zesty team and keeps us focused on our mission to make access to Healthcare appointments a lot easier for consumers and our vision to make booking Healthcare appointments as easy as booking a Flight, Hotel or Restaurant online.

Source : http://tech.eu/features/1472/health-startup-europe/

Health startups of all types are proliferating across Europe. Here’s a list highlighting 35 companies that are, in our opinion, spearheading exciting developments in this sphere.

It’s no surprise that the intersection of health, wellness and technology is becoming a popular space for entrepreneurs in Europe. From fertility-tracking apps to smart toothbrushes, startups are tackling all areas of the healthcare spectrum.

But as Frank Boermeester – partner of European health conferenceHealthStartup – outlined in a blog post, there are a number of challenges, specific to the region, that entrepreneurs in this space will undoubtedly face. Namely, the fragmentation of the market, shortage of entrepreneurs and lack of investment – nothing we haven’t heard before about the general startup scene in Europe, though.

In an effort to track down the emerging digital health activity in Europe, we’ve compiled a list highlighting 30 companies that are, in our opinion, spearheading exciting developments in this scene (in no particular order).

Please note our focus is more on healthcare rather than fitness-centric startups and is based on whether the company has a headquarter set up in Europe.

29) Zesty


Headquarters: London, UK

Jist: Founded in 2012, online platform Zesty wants to make booking healthcare appointments on short notice simple. Last month, the company announced the addition of $2 million to its seed funding.

30) Lara 


Headquarters: Berlin, Germany

Jist: Lara is digital health companion for women with fibroids that wants to help them better understand their diagnosis and treatment options. The startup received a 5000 euro grant from Bayer’s Healthcare Grants4apps last year.

31) Dario (LabStyle Innovations)


Headquarters: Caesarea, Israel

Jist: Dario is a brand from LabStyle Innovations, a public company founded in 2011 that has developed a blood glucose monitor. The device connects into your smartphone and records data. The company has reportedly raised $12 million.

32) CHIPO Labs

Smart Hand

Headquarters: Sofia, Bulgaria

Jist: SmartHand – an advanced myoelectric prosthetic hand for people with disabilities – is the first project out of CHIPO Labs. The Bulgarian team won How To Web’s Startup Spotlight last year.

33) Valkee


Headquarters: Oulu, Finland

Jist: Valkee builds bright-light headset devices, first introduced in 2010, targeting people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Last year, the startup raised7.4 million euros.

34) NurseBuddy


Headquarters: Dublin, Ireland and Turku, Finland

Jist: NurseBuddy dubs itself as the “communication tool for all stakeholders in the home care loop”, including families, care providers and public nurses. Last spring, the company was selected as one of the most promising health startups worldwide by Dublin’s HealthXL accelerator.

35) Modra Jagoda

Modra Joagoda

Headquarters: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Jist: With two doctors on board, the startup develops medical apps aiming to improve healthcare in the 21st century. The team has already developed a Slovenian mobile drug registry app and currently building a rheumatology assistant app.

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