Pakistani Startup is Competing for $1.5 Million Prize Money


Team Smart Bandage — that aims to develop wearable senors to heal wounds — will be competing in the Rice Business Plan Competition from April 6th to 8th in Texas USA. And they are close to winning an award, if you can vote for their project.

‘Smart Bandage’ aims to revolutionize healing of wounds through wearable sensors attached to your bandage. It’s a disposable and low cost bandage that wirelessly sends vital signs of the wound to remote medical staff on their cell phones or other devices in real time.

The bandage is able to assess wound healing progress by recording Ulcer formation, Infection, Oxygen, Pressure, Temperature, Humidity, Blood glucose levels to help doctors take timely decisions.

The team includes cofounders Professor Atif Shamim, who holds a PhD in Electronics Carleton University. Inventor on 7 US patents, author of 50 international publications and an expert in the field of wireless micro-antennas.

Waqas Khan – Student University of Waterloo with expertise in commercializing technologies & product development, has served in multinationals from broadband to telecommunication industries based in Europe, UAE, & Pakistan and has successfully launched 4 startups.

Mian Talha Nasruddin – Head of Digital Channels & Partnerships at Jazz carrying a rich experience of customer insight generation he specializes in digital payments and has launched multiple brands over his career. He recently launched the largest incubation center in Pakistan where he is currently heading the JazzXLR8 program. He is also a serial entrepreneur with 3 successful business launches to date.

Mohammed Fahd Farooqui did his MS and Phd in Electrical Engineering in Texas A&M University USA and KAUST respectively. His area of interest is inkjet and 3D printed wireless sensors for biomedical and environmental applications. He is currently the inventor on 2 US Patents.

Sohaib Imran Rana who recently joined the team is a multi-faceted professional with 8 years of experience working in international environments KSA, USA, & Malaysia he is currently handling Marketing & Business Development.

The competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. It is hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which is Rice University’s internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.

This is the 17th year for the competition. In that time, it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes.

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