The project has been the winner of the Nodal Award Shark-Tank ideas contest of the IMFAHE foundation, which finances with seed capital the most innovative projects proposed by multidisciplinary teams
The project for the development of an APP to facilitate the monitoring of Covid-19 vaccines and their pathogenesis, in which two students from the Miguel de Cervantes European University (UEMC) participate , has won the Nodal Award ideas contest Shark-Tank, an international recognition carried out by IMFAHE (International Mentoring Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education).
Susana López Ortiz , student of the degree in Physiotherapy and of the Doctorate program in Research in Physical Activity and Health in Special Populations and member of the i+HeALTH research group, together with Miguel Sierra Ramón , student of the Double Degree in Physical Activity Sciences and Sports and Physiotherapy and internal student of the aforementioned research group and the Training and Nutrition Research Group, have developed the SARSPRO project together with students and professors from the universities of La Laguna, Malaga, Seville, Oviedo, Polytechnic of Valencia, UNAM in Mexico, MIT in Boston, and Navega Therapeutics in California.
The student Susana López
IMFAHE is an association created from international professionals affiliated with the best educational institutions and international organizations in the world that promotes the development of the professional career of students and teachers, building bridges to talent to achieve excellence.
Through the Shark-Tank Nodal Award, IMFAHE finances with seed capital the most innovative projects proposed by multidisciplinary teams created in the IMFAHE Connects Platform, an initiative to promote inter-university collaborations, innovation and the development of high-value transversal skills such as the generation /developing ideas, teamwork, leadership, entrepreneurship and communication skills.
In this way, the SARSPRO project has been selected to participate in the VBP (Venture Building Program), designed by mentors who are studying MBAs at MIT and Harvard, to promote and accelerate the development of technology in Europe thanks to funding initial. It is an interactive and easy-to-use mobile application for anyone and that will allow the registration of the symptoms that each vaccine or the disease itself can cause and, based on these symptoms, will propose a series of tips to help the people maintain and/or recover their physical condition.
“Participating in this project is a great opportunity since, although we both deal with research on a day-to-day basis, we are seeing new work methodologies and we are part of a very large multidisciplinary team that is going to make us grow professionally and personally” , assure the students. “In addition, developing this project means being able to help a large number of people in this era of ‘disinformation’ that we have been experiencing since March 2020 to understand what is happening to them, why and how to act in the face of it.”
In addition, students Carlos Calle Lobo and Aritza Ubieta García have been finalists on Shark Tank with “Chronic pain and body illusions”, an application to modify pain using optical illusion in real time. Professor Óscar Díaz Chica has also been a finalist with the “Be Talent” team where they want to develop software to help companies manage talent. Both teams have also been selected to participate in the Venture Building Program.
All of this demonstrates the excellence and entrepreneurial nature of the UEMC members who participate in the IMFAHE Talent Platform.
The Vice-Rector for Internationalization and Research, Juan Martín Hernández, highlights this recognition of the personal work of the students: “it is their project, all the merit and effort are theirs, they have had the courage to take advantage of the window of opportunity that the UEMC has given them. open through the IMFAHE talent platform, and the ability to get the most out of their participation”.
“We have seen Susana and Miguel grow and it is a great pride to see how they receive the first reward —I am sure that many more will come— for their effort,” says Martín Hernández. Both have been internal students “who have been trained under the tutelage of our i+HeALTH and GIEN research groups, this being the part that, as an educational institution, we should be proud of: our students have received an award as the best fruits”, says the vice-rector.