Sedimentum wins award


Lucerne-based startup Sedimentum has won the first startup prize awarded jointly by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and Tech Data Switzerland. Sedimentum has developed a solution for digitally monitoring the health status of psychiatric patients.


Sedimentum was awarded 10,000 Swiss francs from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and Tech Data Switzerland as the first winner of their joint startup prize, as was announced in a Twitter post by jury member Mario Schmuziger from the innovation service provider Zühlke.


The Lucerne-based startup has developed a product that aims to alleviate the workload of nursing staff at hospitals and psychiatric facilities by measuring various vital data of patients and monitoring them by means of an algorithm. Staff are notified by an alarm if certain values drop. As Sedimentum founder Sandro Cilurzo told netzwoche.ch, the data exchange is completely anonymous thanks to blockchain technology.


The competition has provided Sedimentum with its first external funding. “We are now purchasing a graphics card for our machine learning device,” explained Cilurzo. The new funds will also go towards development.


However, only half of the prize money consists of cash; the other half consists of services and products.


“It would be a shame to simply hand the winners a few banknotes and say ‘goodbye’,” Ursula Bartholdi, Business

Development Manager IoT at Tech Data, told netzwoche.ch. Tech Data is interested in cooperating with startups and may include winning projects in its portfolio in the future.


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