From the Road

Issue 18 - Special Series: Deep Tech + Imagery and the Future of Healthcare

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From the Road

The Azafran team continues to be active in virtual conferences, pitch days and online events

As we shift to attending and helping host virtual events, this dynamic continues to be a crucial element helping us to deliver on the Azafran investment thesis. Through this work, our team stays on top of the latest trends, companies and partner opportunities, especially away from the obvious venues in the world.

Latitude59 - Virtual and Live Tallinn, Estonia

Billed as the “flagship startup and tech event of the world’s first digital society,” the country of Estonia had just allowed limited gatherings with the physical event taking place Tallinn at the Kultuurikatel – a century-old power plant which was transformed into a one-of-the-kind creative hub. On hand were more than 300 startups from 33 countries across the globe + 250 investors with over 2,000 matchmaking meetings scheduled.

On the startup front, over five days there were 50 teams and 11 jury members. From there, 10 teams went on to the Startup Wise Guys boot camp and to pitch in front of the Estonian Business Angels Network EstBAN investor committee. Five teams made it to the Latitude59 main stage with Adact and ATOM Mobility both winning the 200,000 EUR syndicate investment from EstBAN, and ATOM also winning a 10,000 EUR cash prize from Latitude59.

Even though we attended virtually, our team made a number of great connections both with feeder funds and directly with companies from the event.

HIMSS | The Investment from the Ground Up: What It Takes to Prime a Healthcare Organization for AI and ML

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, healthcare providers around the world are facing unprecedented challenges, but also opportunities to rethink healthcare. The collection, management and analysis of complex healthcare data has offered the visibility needed to move forward; and new partnerships between healthcare and technology companies have emerged and evolved during this time of pandemic.

The Azafran team found this event insightful as experts from Mayo Clinic and Google Cloud shared their journey in priming for a data-driven future that holds promise for improving the health of people and entire communities, and advancing clinical research. They also shared best practices and lessons learned on setting up the infrastructure to offer virtual patient experiences, and the steps towards fighting disease and improving health for millions of people.

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