Healthcare Innovation in Neurotechnology (HiNT)

Healthcare Innovation in Neurotechnology (HiNT)

Photo: Front Left: Ahmed Elmeligi, Co-founder & CEO
Front Right: Jacob Jackson, Co-founder & President
Back Left: Kylie Hopkins, Business Analyst
Back Middle: Nawal Behih, Design Lead
Back Right: Rober Boshra, Machine Learning Engineer

What is HiNT: Healthcare Innovation in Neurotechnology (HiNT), a start up that came out of the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology, is developing a wearable point-of-care monitoring device for patients who are at high risk of having a stroke.  If a patient has a stroke during sleep, the device wakes the patient up and alerts the healthcare provider so that treatment can be administered more effectively. When a stroke occurs, a patient has a window of four and a half hours to receive treatment. But if a stroke happens in the middle of the night, there’s no way of knowing when it occurred. The result is doctors can’t properly treat their patients, and many patients are at an increased risk of experiencing a second, more debilitating stroke.

The people behind HiNT: The founders of HiNT are Ahmed Elmeligi and Jacob Jackson, Master’s of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation graduates and Nawal Behih, Master’s of Engineering Design alumna.

Entrepreneurship in the 21st century: “The Master’s of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation program taught us the customer development model of entrepreneurship,” said Jackson. “Talk to your customers, validate your assumptions, pivot as necessary and let the market steer your course. This is the only effective way to approach entrepreneurship in the 21st century and without it you would waste a significant amount of time and money.”

Lifelong learning: “The most important and beneficial part of being an entrepreneur is the learning curve. In a steady job you learn quickly at the beginning and then it levels out, but as an entrepreneur your learning curve remains extremely steep. This is the single greatest benefit of being an entrepreneur because whether or not the company is a success, I will have learned so much more than I would have if I had done something else.”

Rewards outweigh the challenges: “Starting your own business is hard. Much longer and harder days, less compensation and lots of tough lessons learned, but I love it. You are involved in all the different areas of a business: product development, engineering, talking to customers, marketing, sales, human resources, management, finance, accounting, etc. I get bored easily so it’s important for me to have many different things to work on.”

“The Master’s of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation program taught us the customer development model of entrepreneurship.”