VasDeBlock Medical-Nordic HealthTech Talents 2018

VasDeBlock Medical-Nordic HealthTech Talents 2018

VasDeBlock Medical ApS develops a new and innovative male contraception method for couples around the world. It doesn’t hold hormones, it doesn’t require surgery, it’s far more practical than condoms. And it’s reversible!

Mette Mikkelsen

CEO of VasDeBlock,

Mette is an experienced professional within business administration, project management, sales, and Marketing.

Niels Lindeburg

CTO and founder of VasDeBlock  

Niels is experienced in solving tasks that include everything from idea to go-to-market, applying for patents and developing in completely new areas where creativity and innovation are required. Have the drive required to start new products and get them developed for launch. Is an entrepreneur with the whole heart and is quick to grasp ideas that have potential.


VasDeBlock is a new and innovative male contraception method for men/couples ages 35+ looking for a non-hormonal and minimal- invasive long-acting solution. The solution is effective and safe, easy to apply as it does not require surgery, it’s more practical than condoms and is applicable to the modern way of life. It’s also reversible

Workshop Reflections

The first workshop on ‘Personal Leadership’ gave some beneficial insights for Mette and Niels. Mette said:

“I found the first workshop very enlightening. Though we’re following through our IP strategy, it’s always good to get briefed on what/what not to do patents as Awa brought to the table. Also, the intro and finance walkthrough by Novo added new aspects – some previous as well as future funding approaches. The intro and walk through the “team & roles” topic by Jes Broeng was what made the biggest impression on me. In our team, we are 5 very different people and we will definitely benefit from being more open about our goals and values, strong and not so strong sides. I will arrange a team session! Further, was the FranklinCovey session good to remind me how time is spent wisest and how to make the habits a natural part of my daily work/life”

The second workshop, “Design thinking” helped Mette realize the importance of having a  more structured approach, as she comments:

The design thinking workshop proved to me that the structured approach of getting things on paper will make you get your head around it all. It was a good thing for me to revisit our value proposition and not least get a discussion about our customers – is it the end user or the professional actually paying us for the solution? This clarification together with the user journey map documented on paper made it more obvious than before to me which of our assumptions we’ll have to focus on to validate. A follow up on this will be in a team setting so that the business plan is not just mine because I wrote it but a living document for all of us”

The Go-To-Market workshop was inspiring for Mette and Niels. Mette said:

“The GTM workshop was, first of all, a well-packed program with a very inspiring and engaging facilitator – Nicolaj Højer Nielsen. He shared his wisdom with us and also facilitated stage time for each startup to make it very hands-on in relation to the agenda topic. I was greatly inspired by the structured approach for GTM and have indeed identified some topics that my team and I must dig deeper into!

Niels as well reflects on how VasDeBlock can use the insights from workshop 3:

“How Investors think and act was some we must be aware. Good examples are important and the knowledge from the speaker was great, Difficulty to raise money is something all startups struggling with – use exhibitions and talk to people are some ways to understand what is interesting for investors and partners. But also other channels have to be used. How to look at the steps from our site and from an investors point of view must be looked close into. That our challenges are very similar to others in the NHTT. It is important to spread the news about our project. In our Boarding meetings, we can use some from the workshops eg. ideas and when we speak to investors and  influencers several techniques from this workshop can be helpful.”

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University of Armenia


Andranik Voskanyan, Arthur Hakobyan

We offer autonomously operating robots, which can move in arbitrary shaped water, oil and gas pipelines con- tinuously monitoring and detecting erosion and leakage. Countries lose million tones of water, gas and oil from damaged tubes and sometimes it become dangerous for human life and nature when gas or oil pipeline gets damaged. So our product can find damaged or clogged places on their early stage in practically all kinds of pipe- lines over and underground. With the use of our product the damaged sections of a pipeline can be found faster, more easily, precisely and without digging the ground.

This means that maintenance and replacement of pipe- lines will be safer and much more cheaper. Our product is a robot which can move through the pipelines and investigate it with pressure, ultrasonic, flow sensors and camera which can shoot up to 4k video and save it in his memory card or sent it to connected devic- es. This robots autonomously move in arbitrary shaped water, oil and gas pipelines with diameters ranging from 10 cm up to 300 cm.

Reykjavik University


Ragnheiður Lilja Guðmundsdóttir, Safa Jemai

Our company is a disease management solution. Our software gathers together all the most important information about your health like meds, nutrition, exercise, symptoms, vitals and sleep and analyses it to give you a clear picture of how your health is at any given moment.

Our main focus to start with is on patients with thyroid problems and other autoimmune diseases, but we plan to add on and expand so we can service people with all kinds of chronic illnesses. Having to live with a chronic illness is time consuming, costly and frankly, exhausting. We want to make peoples lives easier with one platform

where you gather all the data you need to keep track of to manage your condition. So the next time you see your doctor you’ll have a much set of data to show him about your progress the past few months, and eventually with integration into the healthcare system the doctor will be able to access all the information himself before your appointment and therefore make a much better diagnosis and decision regarding your treatment.

With integration you will also be able to access your own test results, schedule appointments, prescriptions and better communication with your doctor.​