Startup stories: blogs, vlogs and podcasts created by our own community

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Thursday 15 February 2018

Startup stories: blogs, vlogs and podcasts created by our own community

Our startups are all over the web! Every month, we select a few blogposts, video’s or podcasts about or by some of Start It’s finest. In addition, one of our startups is featured in the podcast series ‘Behind The Story’ with Jane Pollard. This month Tim Buckinx of Epihunter, an innovative solution for epileptic seizures, will be ‘Talking to Jane’ and we are having a closer look at some posts by sustainable tents Konligo, e-learning tool Elewa and aerodynamics expert Airshaper.


Talking to Jane, featuring Epihunter: the innovative solution that detects epileptic seizures no-one else notices

The story of Epihunter is not one you’ll hear every day. Founder and ceo Tim Buckinx started the company because he had a goal in life. He was determined to improve the lives of epilepsy patients, and one in particular: his own son.

Tim’s son Daan got epilepsy about 7 seven years ago, at the age of six. Daan’s seizures were initially convulsive, but medication was able to stop those. The seizures however, didn’t go away. The 13-year-old boy now suffers from absence seizures: it looks like he is suddenly absent. That makes the seizures difficult to notice.

One evening Daan asked his father: “Can’t you invent a light that turns on when my brain switches off?”. And that’s exactly what Tim did. He created Epihunter, a headphone that monitors Daan’s brain activity and turns on a light when he is having an absence seizure.

With the support of Start it @KBC, Epihunter is now getting ready to be introduced in the market. Joining Start it meant that Tim went from working at home, to having professional office facilities, receiving coaching and getting in touch with potential partners and investors. A crowdfunding campaign with the help of Indiegogo made it possible to start shipping the first versions in April 2018,

To find out more about Epihunter and hear Tim’s inspiring story, listen to him ‘Talking to Jane’ in the Behind The Story podcast by Jane Pollard.


Testing Tesla: are the Semi Truck’s aerodynamics as revolutionary as they claim? 

The online aerodynamics platform AirShaper took a closer look at Tesla’s new Semi Truck. This revolutionary Start it @KBC startup allows designers to upload 3D models, set the wind speed and orientation and receive a realistic airflow simulation within 24 hours. By using the AirShaper platform, users that don’t have expertise in aerodynamics, can now improve their design.

So, when Tesla presented its Semi Truck recently, AirShaper took the chance to check out their aerodynamics.  With new, strict CO2 regulations being drafted, reducing fuel consumption has become a priority for truck companies all around the world. One of the ways to do that, is by minimizing the vehicles’ aerodynamics drag. A lot of research has been done with curved trailers, rear-end fairings, enclosed wheels etc. But still most trucks out there are traditionally box-shaped, which means their aerodynamics are, well... pretty terrible.

Tesla, however, took a radical approach. They claim to have doubled its aerodynamic efficiency compared to normal trucks. That would mean these trucks would match the coefficients of road cars. Are they right? AirShaper took the test, using a 3D model based on available images. To find out the full results, read the full article here.


Corporate culture in 2018 is more than just making money

Aushim Koumar is the founder of Konligo, a Start It @KBC startup that develops transformable, sustainable tents and structures. Konligo designs and produces unique fast foldable quality spaces, using a reversible deployment system.

When Aushmin first started with Konligo (previously ‘Transformactive’) in 2017, he was skeptical about the business world he was now entering. Aushim’s previous working experiences weren’t focused on making profits at all. He combined working at the VUB university and volunteering for his own non-profit organization Edukado. His main goals were inspiring and helping people, making money was no priority. As an entrepreneur, that mindset had to change. Or didn’t it?

Aushmin soon realized that the corporate world is changing and doesn’t only focus on profit anymore. Companies nowadays have the luxury to think beyond making profits. They care about their employees’ wellbeing and fulfilment, in order to decrease the high level of turnover that many of them are facing. Keeping your employees happy has become a key to maintain productivity. With this in mind, Aushmin is optimistic about the business world of tomorrow. He is convinced that corporate culture has changed for the better over the last years.

Want to know more about Aushmin’s story and Konligo? Read his full blog post here.


Computer languages and human languages: the same thing?

True or false: “If you’re good at languages, you’ll be good at learning computer code.” Are there many similarities between learning a programming language and learning a natural language? According to Evan Cole, co-founder of the online learning and training tool Elewa, it’s not that simple. On his blog, he explains why there is a significant difference between the two.

If you are convinced that learning programming is like learning a natural language, chances are real you’ll end up frustrated. It’s important to keep in mind that you’re dealing with two totally different things. Natural languages have evolved over thousands of years and are designed to serve our every-day needs. They basically allow us to express our feelings and experiences with others.

Computer languages on the other hand, were designed by people to bridge the gap between human thinking and computer execution, translating algorithms into machine code. The purpose of computer code is to solve problems, which means it requires problem solving thoughts from its programmer. And that’s a skill not everyone has. Learning a human language is the opposite: you already have the thoughts, you just need to translate them into words.

Want to know more? Read Evan’s full blog article here.