Tech Pitch: Andiamo

Inspired by the life of their late disabled son, Naveed and Samiya Parvez's life-changing start-up builds custom medical devices which help children walk

Company name: Andiamo
Founders: Naveed R. Parvez (36), Samiya Parvez (37) and Lee Provoost (35)
Background: Andiamo was started by Naveed and Samiya following their experiences with their son Diamo, who was born severely disabled in 2003. He passed in 2012.
Based in: London
Launched: 2016

Very simply, what does your tech start-up do?

We turn 3D body data into highly effective, custom medical devices to support children with disabilities to walk and live normal lives. We do this using a combination of big data, machine learning and 3D printing.

Tell us why there’s a need – what do you disrupt?

There are one billion people worldwide that need a medical device, but 80% of those people cannot afford or access the services they need. This, coupled with a 7.2 million shortfall in clinicians as well as increasing healthcare demands and costs, means we need radical solutions.

Andiamo’s first focus is on the orthotics industry. Orthotics are types of external limb bracing, such as spinal and ankle, which are used to treat the complications associated with cerebral palsy, strokes, diabetes, and many other conditions.

This industry currently hand-measures and hand-makes these, leading to delays of six to 12 months. In addition, specialist clinicians are retiring faster than they are being trained. For example, the 300 left in the UK are expected to treat 2.2 million patients per year, with demand growing by 6% each year. This life-changing specialty has been deemed at risk in multiple countries, which is already having negative health and life quality outcomes.

Andiamo augments the clinician to help them make better decisions and give them the power to deliver high-quality, highly effective medical devices at incredible value. This enables them to see more patients whilst delivering a consistently excellent service.

Our solution can scale globally, bringing some of the most advanced healthcare solutions to every corner of the world.

Is Andiamo funded?

We have raised over £1m in grant funding and equity.

What were you doing before you started Andiamo?

From the time Diamo passed in 2012, it took just nine months for Samiya and Naveed to start Andiamo.

Naveed was building new services for companies; he was always involved in building teams and new technology. Samiya’s background is in geographical information systems, which she had to leave behind to become a full-time carer for Diamo.

When Andiamo started, she had just given birth to their third child. Our third co-founder Lee Provoost was a good friend, and he and Naveed had worked together in the past. At the time he was running multiple high-profile projects in the UK government as a lead technical architect, with a background in highly regulated environments.

During a year of research, a series of happy events led to us winning office space for a year and then our first investment from Bethnal Green Ventures. Naveed and Samiya decided to go full-time and spent 2014 understanding the problem and building the business model. Provoost was working with Andiamo part-time, and then joined full-time in 2016.

What’s the best thing about being based in London?

There is an incredibly supportive community of start-ups and mentors in London. Their connections to talented and experienced people from around the world has enabled us to grow and solve problems at an incredible rate.

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