Caremonkey, a social care network aiming to be "the Facebook of Health and Safety", has won the 2015 Slush 100 competition for early-stage startups. The €650,000 (£460,000) awarded makes it the largest ever prize offered at a startup pitching competition.
Founded in 2013, Caremonkey acts as an access point for personal medical and emergency data for organisations with a duty of care. The company already has around 100,000 users of its app in Australia and will use the prize money to scale up its operations.
Caremonkey already has 100,000 users
"Hospitals, schools and sports clubs are all using Caremonkey as all these organisations have a duty of care," Caremonkey founder Troy Westley said in his final pitch to judges on the main stage at the Slush startup conference in Helsinki, Finland, on 12 November.
"With Caremonkey they have instant access to everything they need in the care profiles, from emergency contacts to medical conditions. We give the right people the right information in an emergency, even when they're offline."
The startup has already had some high-profile endorsements, with Richard Branson calling it "certainly one to watch" and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak saying "the more this is a standard, the better".