Who invented it? Vinzenz Bichler! The passionate soccer player was spending far too much time on the bench due to his many injuries. Seeing players from his favorite team suffering from the same injuries only made things worse. The frustration of these repetitive joint injuries led Vinzenz to imagine an adaptive protective system to prevent them from ever occurring. Thus, Vinzenz’s personal setbacks led to the development of something with the potential to reduce joint injuries for everyone in a dramatic way.
Vinzenz Bichler connected with Max Müseler and Timo Stumper to establish a core team to help carry out his vision. Early success in research technology in the Department of Medical Technology at TU Berlin led to early funding from the EXIST Founding fellowship. The entrepreneurial concept was further validated by investment from BFB Brandenburg Capital GmbH and other angel investors with backgrounds in specialty medicine. Betterguard’s unique innovation was recognized with financial support from a joint project including the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (KMU-innovate).
The first cooperation, started in the year 2018, was with soft supports manufacturer Juzo (Julius Zorn GmbH). Resulting in a new and innovative product with integrated Betterguards Technology that is available since November 2019.