Parents who are for example mildly intellectually impaired, addicted, under extreme stress, with a poor background, often immensely love their child, but sometimes lack the capacities or focus to provide sufficient care and protection. According to research 40%-60% of the 4000 children with parents that have a minor intellectual impairment are being taken away (temporarily or permanent). In line with Enver’s mission, Garage2020 introduced Robot Luna. Luna is a robot that helps parents who find it difficult to care for their children and she can help to create a well organised home situation. Crucial factors for the healthy and promising development of the social, cognitive and executive capacities of our next generation. Luna could boost parents confidence and self-determination because we believe that a robotic device has additional qualities to support parents in crucial developing stages of the their children. Qualities like visual instructions, that can be much more effective. Or an everlasting patience that can help parents to acquire important skills. Furthermore, robots are much more accessible to ask for help, with less shame and fear of failure involved.
The project is currently being developed by Enver, Garage2020, the Technical University of Delft (leading robotics research) and 3 institutes focused on supporting parents in the development of their children, where Luna will be validated and implemented (MEE, CJG, ASVZ). Currently, we are looking for a software robotics startup who feels connected to the mission of Enver and wants to work together in a joined innovation project to make Luna realizable.
Autonomous social robot software
Software startups that can program an of-the-shelf robot to create the scripts of the benevolent behavior of Luna.
Autonomous social robots
Custom made autonomous social robots that can be adapted to the goals of Luna.
Monitoring and sensing solutions
Should be integrated into an of-the-shelf robot.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
Pilot contract with Enver to develop Luna, together with the entire project team
Real-life lab situation to experiment with new technologies for a societal cause
Be willing to work in an innovation project team towards a finished prototype and collabortivley apply for financing (eg grants) within the next six months.
Be able to work on the project in The Netherlands, and thus sometimes be present on site
THE HEALTH INNOVATION CHALLENGE
The Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) is an initiative of the Rotterdam Municipality to develop Rotterdam as the national hotspot for healthcare innovation. Startups, SMEs and healthcare institutions are challenged to collaboratively find solutions to health challenges. The most innovative and promoting startups will start a pilot with either Dermahaven and Erasmus Medical Center, Sportbedrijf Rotterdam, Enver or Kinderplein Medical Center. HIC is a collaboration between the Municipality of Rotterdam, Get in the Ring and the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship.
The deadline for applications is 24th of October.
ANNOUNCEMENT SELECTED STARTUPS
The announcement of the selected startups will be done in the first week of November.
HEALTH INNOVATION DAY
Selected startups will be invited for 1 on 1 business meetings on the 15th of November.
The most relevant startup(s) will start with the pilot from December onwards.