The hearX Group, the local mHealth startup behind the world’s first clinical smartphone hearing test solutions, has won two prestigious accolades at last week’s TT100 Awards.

TT100 Awards is hosted annually in partnership with the Da Vinci Institute and the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST). TT100 has been recognising innovation and technological prowess in South African companies for more than 25 years. In going forward it is focused on identifying managerial leaders who through innovation, tenacity and a belief in people have been able to take their organisations to new levels of competitiveness.

During the TT100 Awards ceremony, the hearX Group won the Small Enterprise category for excellence in the Management of Innovation category. This award recognises the hearX Group as ‘exceptional at stimulating and capitalising on the ideation process to develop an innovative product, service or system.’

The hearX Group was also announced as the Small Enterprise Winner in the Department of Science and Technology Director General Award for Overall Excellence, which was presented by the Minster of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor.

“The recent string of accolades for the hearX Group underscores our growth as a maturing start up. We’re running at 100 miles an hour to capacitate as we add more digital health solutions and scale our products to global markets,” said hearX CEO, Nic Klopper.

“Our digital health ecosystem for hearing and vision solutions is opening up new verticals through innovative service-delivery models that were never possible previously. It’s an exciting journey to see the influence of our expanding range of digital health solutions on the accessibility of hearing and vision health services and the impact on the lives of individuals,” said Founder and Scientific Advisor of the hearX Group, Professor De Wet Swanepoel.

The hearX Group has also made it to the local finals of the Chivas Venture, a global search to find and support the most promising start-ups with the potential to succeed financially and make a positive impact on the lives of others. The winner of the local pitch will attend the final global pitching event next year for a chance to win a share of $1 million in funding.

Following the success of the hearX Group’s hearZA app, in 2018 they plan on launching a national hearing test app in the UK and USA with international partners.

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