They say thereâ€™s no better inspiration for the budding entrepreneur than an underserved industry, and this innovative teenager has certainly proved that point.
Inspired by the breast cancer of his mother (who lost both breasts to the disease), 18-year-old Mexican student JuliÃ¡n RÃos CantÃº, along with three friends, JosÃ© Antonio Torres,Â JosÃ© Ãngel Lavariega GÃ³mez andÂ Fernando LÃ³pez MartÃnez, formed Higia Technologies in 2015. Their first order of business? Tackling breast cancer.
Early detection for the disease is crucial, and if caught early, can yield a survival rate of 100Â per cent. Higiaâ€™s invention, the EVA bra, attempts to mimic a breast inspection by doing the monitoring for you. The bra, which is still inÂ prototype stage, works by detecting changes in breast temperature, size and weight, with the help of 200 biosensors inside the braâ€™s cup which constantly monitors information while a user is wearing it. The information is then logged to an app, where any abnormalities will be passed onto the user.
â€œWhy a bra?â€ Julian explained to El Universal. â€œBecause it allows us to have the breasts in the same position and it doesnâ€™t have to be worn more than one hour a week.â€
Taking out the top prize in this yearâ€™s Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards, Julian and his team of three won US$20,000 to help them develop their idea.