Creating healthier futures for ill children

The traveling CEO

Being a startup founder means I sometimes need to travel a lot and this blog post highlights some of the exciting events I have participated in over the past two months. Have a look!

Destination 1: Singapore

Why? The CHI Innovate conference in Singapore focused on co-creation of an innovative, transformative and productive healthcare workforce of the future. I had the pleasure of attending the conference and Triumf Health was also part of the Finnish booth at the conference. As behavioral health is really one of the focus points in the national healthcare system in Singapore, our solution got a lot of interest from various stakeholders. I even had the opportunity to pitch so it was really a successful conference for us.

Kicking off our clinical study (RCT) in the National University Hospital was the key reason for me to go to Singapore. We had a great kick-off meeting with collaborating researchers and surgeons from Singapore. We are ready to start our clinical study among boys who need to undergo circumcision with the aim to reduce their anxiety.

Destination 2: Stockholm, Sweden

Why? European Health Catapult is a competition that boosts the development of European health start-ups through exposure to leading experts and international investors. It awards the best-of-the-best business concepts from medtech, biotech and digital health across Europe and we became the best in digital health from Scandinavia. EIT Health Catapult pitching competition was so much fun so next step: EU wide competition in London in autumn.

Destination 3: Vilnius, Lithuania

Why? I was honored to be one of the speakers at the Partnering for Change conference in Vilnius, it was a wonderful conference targeted towards social enterprises. With that said, we are also proud members of the Project 100 that emphasizes the importance of children's rights and equal opportunities. And as a bonus, we got some coverage in Lithuanian media.

Destination 4: Helsinki, Finland

Why? HIMSS Europe and Health 2.0 conference took place in Helsinki (and will be held in Helsinki in 2020 as well!). Every healthcare information and healthcare technology professional knows that HIMSS events are truly the most important ones in the field. In addition to the massive global conference, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) holds regional conferences as well, but it is so great that the European conference takes place in Helsinki. We were proudly presenting our solution at Finland Pavilion to various stakeholders, our booth received quite some attention and we promised to be present next year as well since the conference was very successful.

Korea-Finland startup summit was organized by Business Finland in collaboration with the Ministry of SMEs and Startups, Korea Startup Forum, Korea Institute of Startups & Entrepreneurship Development (KISED), Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) from South Korea. I was honored to pitch at the startup summit. It was a very high level event, with the founders of Korean unicorn startups and even the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in being present.

Destination 5: Berlin, Germany

Why? Tech Open Air (TOA) is marketed as Europe’s Leading Technology Festival with a mission is help people future-proof their businesses and their lives. As Kaari participated in the Medtech Deep Dive Week in Dublin organized by Startup Lighthouse earlier in Spring (read her blog post as well) and based on her excellent performance, we were awarded a trip to Berlin together with other great startup founders. We took part in TOA conference and satellite events but importantly, we were able to network with other Startup Lighthouse participants and form long-lasting professional relationships.


Dr. Kadri Haljas


Dr. Kadri Haljas

Being an expert in the mental burden of chronic disease, Kadri is the idea generator and Triumf team leader. She has a background in clinical psychology and research.