The first and second Catalyst Centre tenants are unveiled

Following a competitive process which involved pitching to our seasoned panel of judges, we are delighted to unveil the first two new businesses that have been selected to take part in this year’s Catalyst programme.

In the following weeks and months we will be finding out more about their businesses: where they’ve got to so far and where they hope this journey will take them. Importantly, we’ll also be delving into the objectives they have set themselves for their six month Catalyst tenancy. But for now, we’d like to introduce you to EasyVideo and Carena Healthcare.

EasyVideo, created by William Britton, provides wrap around 24/7 support in the home and is the world’s largest library of ‘how to’ videos designed exclusively for those with learning disabilities. This subscription based service will support users’ independence and develop life skills, in turn building self-confidence, reducing anxiety and opening up new opportunities.

There are over one million adults in the UK with learning disabilities, who can often struggle to achieve tasks we take for granted such as cooking, cleaning, maintaining personal hygiene and more. Responsibility for providing assistance rests with a variety of organisations and this care provision can be inconsistent.

EasyVideo aims to change the current system through a comprehensive user-led training bank, accessible simply with a smart device and an internet connection. For service providers, EasyVideo tracks live data for each user, creating a personalised dashboard to assess effectiveness and plan ongoing needs analysis. Significant operational efficiencies and cost reductions are also anticipated which will be of interest to health and social care providers such as local authorities and third sector organisations involved in this arena.

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Carena Healthcare was formed in 2016 as a result of a longstanding collaboration between Professors Neil Bressloff (University of Southampton) and Nick Curzen (University Hospital Southampton Trust) who have been researching and developing innovative cardiac technologies.

By combining expertise in computational engineering and interventional cardiology (using radiological imaging to target therapy), Carena Healthcare has set out to take cardiology device design and procedures to a new level with the aim of improving outcomes for patients.

They will achieve this using leading-edge technology to create personalised cardiac care. One of the start-ups products, ‘3DVADA’, creates 3D visualisations and analysis of diseased arteries which allows cardiologists to optimise the selections and positioning of coronary stents.

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Following their pitches, the judges agreed that both of these young businesses show considerable promise, demonstrate clear solutions to real world problems and are poised for commercialisation. We’re sure that the Catalyst experience will help them to hone their business acumen and apply it successfully to their innovative ideas. We wish them luck during their time in the Catalyst Centre here at the University of Southampton Science Park.