The original pioneers within wearable tech are conquering a new field – as Oura-veterans join forces with the Finnish baby tech startup Nucu™ to elevate the baby tech industry. With innovation stemming from pilots in neonatal care units, Nucu hopes to help both babies and parents sleep better.
Oulu, Finland. While the wellness tech industry has grown exponentially during the past years, most innovations are still geared towards adult consumers choosing to focus on their own wellbeing. In an effort to help out newborns and their parents, the wearable pioneers at the Finnish baby tech startup Nucu are instead creating solutions that benefit the entire family.
Instead of focusing on only monitoring the baby’s sleep, Nucu’s first-generation multisensory baby pad provides familiar sounds and vibrations to soothe the baby. With support from the algorithm experts that built Oura, Nucu seeks to combine science-backed multisensory stimulation, biosignals and portability into a new category of baby tech products – the multisensory baby pad.
“Multisensory stimulation is the combination of more than one sense, such as touch and hearing”, says Hannu Kinnunen, PhD, Nucu technical advisor and former Chief Scientific Officer at Oura Health, “Holding the baby close to the parent’s chest is the ultimate form of multisensory stimulation. Nucu’s current and future solutions aim to strengthen this natural form of togetherness.”
The Nucu Pad has been piloted together with neonatal care experts at University Hospital of Oulu NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) since 2016, and due to growing demand from families, Nucu is working to make the Nucu Pad available for customers globally. The recently raised € 0.95m pre-seed round, led by deep tech VC Voima Ventures, ensures that the company can start bringing the solution to the consumer market.
“Nucu has an unique approach of developing and applying science-backed methods in babytech. The solution has the potential to create a significant positive impact for families with a newborn”, states Jussi Sainiemi, Partner at Voima Ventures.
In connection with the investment round, the company brought on several wellbeing tech pioneers as advisors to accelerate their international growth: Oura co-founder Petteri Lahtela will join the company as the chairman of the board, while women’s health tech pioneer Dr. Raoul Scherwitzl joins as an advisor.
“The first months of a baby’s life are fundamental for their future growth and well-being”, says Dr. Raoul Scherwitzl, CEO and co-founder at women’s health company Natural Cycles, “Millennials and Gen Z parents are embracing tech that enhances wellness and health, for themselves and their family. The Nucu team is well-positioned to add a human touch to the baby monitoring industry.”
“Based on the NICU pilots, the familiar sounds of the mom’s heartbeat through the Nucu Pad can help calm the baby and foster a sense of togetherness which could have lifelong benefits”, says Juha Hannula, Nucu founder and CEO, “With newborns, positive experiences during their first few months can have a beneficial lifelong impact.”
In connection with the funding round, Nucu also announced the Nucu at Home early access program for families located in Finland. Families interested in trying out the first-generation Nucu Pad can now apply to join the Nucu at Home Program at nucubaby.com.
Nucu is a baby technology company founded in 2016 in Oulu, Finland. Nucu’s mission is to help caregivers provide babies with positive stimulation and developmental sleep. Their first-generation multisensory baby pad was developed for the neonatal intensive care unit to support the development of premature babies. nucubaby.com
About Voima Ventures
Voima Ventures is a €40M deep tech fund that invests purely in startups with deep tech and scientific backgrounds. Voima Ventures’ mission is to solve major global problems by combining science, entrepreneurship, and capital. Industry domains include bio and new materials, medical technologies and life sciences, imaging and optics, IoT and electronics, robotics, software & ICT and AI. In addition, Voima Ventures is managing a portfolio of VTT Ventures with 20 prominent deep tech companies including Solar Foods, Paptic, and Dispelix. Cornerstone investors are VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and European Investment Fund (EIF), backed by Finnish private and institutional investors.
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