The Catalan startup Nixi for Children, incubated at the StartLab of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, has been awarded as the Catalan Startup of the year. The company has won the first edition of the Catalan Pitch Competition organized by ACCIÓ - the agency for Companies Competitiveness of the Department of Business and Labour - which has become the showcase for the best entrepreneurial projects in Catalonia in the fields of health, ICT and the deep tech with the aim of boosting its search for funding.
The award, presented within the framework of the second edition of the Tech Spirit Barcelona (organized by the Tech Barcelona Association) by the Secretary of Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness, Albert Castellanos i Maduell, recognizes the Catalan company for its business model, equipment and technology. Nixi for Children has been the most popularly voted company at the Catalan Pitch Competition among the 24 finalist startups, who have done several pitches against entrepreneurs and investors present at the event.
Nixi for Children has developed a virtual reality system to reduce children's anxiety during medical treatment such as surgical operation or radiation therapy, for example. Through virtual reality glasses, boys and girls can first know the treatment they will have to follow before visiting the hospital. Since 2019 the company has been validating its technology with the Germans Trias and Pujol Hospital in a clinical trial and is currently preparing for its international expansion.