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WOLK Company get proof-of-concept funding from UNIIQ, investement fund of InnovationQuarter.

WOLK Company is a The Hague-based startup, which was founded by Filippo van Hellenberg Hubar and Mendes Hogestyn (also two former TU Delft students) and Leiden developer Hans Schröder in 2013.

Their product – the ‘WOLK’ airbag – help prevent hip injuries for the elderly. WOLK Company has developed an easy-to-wear airbag belt that protects the elderly from possible hip injuries in case of a fall.

Wolk acquired early phase financing (VFF) from the Ministry of Finance (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland), which helped them to further develop their product. In 2015 Wolk received a LS@W Value Voucher to further fine-tune the design their inflatable hip airbag.


UNIIQ’s investment makes it possible to further develop and test the WOLK in a pilot project focused on 100 vulnerable seniors, in five health care institutions,” states Van Hellenberg Hubar and Hogestyn.

The prototype will be ready by November. The pilot phase will take place in the first quarter of next year, and it is expected that WOLK will be introduced on the market in the second half of 2017.

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