We love what we do. Here's the Hugsy story.
Hugsy was born as study project in the Industrial Design department at the Eindhoven University of Technology, nurtured by four students: Sylvie Claes, Miguel Cabral Guerra, Jiachun Du, and Lisa Smits. During this six month project, these students brought Hugsy from concept to prototype, and started testing the concept with the staff at Maxima Medical Center NICU in Veldhoven. After highly positive feedback, Sylvie, Miguel, and Jiachun went on to conduct a clinical trial with 20 premature infants in the Maxima Medical Center together with medical researcher Deedee Kommers.
How Hugsy evolved from student project to company
After successfully attending the dutch and dubai design weeks, winning design awards, and participating in a clinical trial, Sylvie Claes decided that Hugsy had the potential to be more than a student project, and was driven to bring Hugsy to babies around the world to help improve their well-being. Hugsy then entered the HighTechXL program, a hardware accelerator based on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven to bring Hugsy from student project to a sustainable business, and create a flying start for their company.
The future of Hugsy
After successfully completing the accelerator program, Hugsy raised the first seed investment round through Leapfunder, and added more great people to the team to make their mission a success. Hugsy has big plans for 2018 - launching the home care product line with a launching partner, and continued clinical trials with the Hugsy Hospital product line.
Hugsy’s dream is to support and promote kangaroo care for all babies, both premature and full-term, to improve their development and parent-child bonding! You can follow our exciting journey in the start-up world on our blog section, via our newsletters (subscribe below), or, check us out on facebook!