Create a startup based on technology developed by a university research group.
MiWendo develops a medical device to improve colon cancer diagnosis. The project is led by Dr. Marta Guardiola and was started by the research group led by Dr. Miguel Ángel González Ballester, ICREA professor in the ICT department of the Universidad Pompeu Fabra.
After obtaining good proof of concept results, MiWendo’s team approached the UPF’s innovation unit to begin the transfer process in the form of business creation. With the support of this unit, the MiWendo project has protected its technology via a patent and has been selected to participate in various incubation and financing programmes, as well as the CaixaImpulse programme by la Caixa and with help from Producto, the programme run by Industria del conocimiento de Agaur. This cost more than €150,000 to continue driving technological development and to address regulatory, intellectual property and business issues.
Currently, the MiWendo project is focused on two main goals to achieve the creation of a startup:
- Negotiation of the Transfer Agreement
- Raising a Round of Investment
The UPF Ventures team is aiding MiWendo and the UPF’s innovation unit for this last stretch before establishing MiWendo as a startup.
Some of the actions we’ve carried out for this project include:
- Presentation to investors and negotiation of investment agreements
- Drawing up and development of a business plan
- Contact with key suppliers
- Contact with experts
- Support in defining the transfer agreement
- Strategic consulting
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