Mentech Innovation was founded in 2016 by Dr. Ir. Erwin Meinders. Erwin is a long-time volunteer at Severinus, a foundation that cares for mentally disabled people.
One day, his buddy Patrick, a person with severe mental disability and mental age of 1, was showing discomfort and not understood behavior. At the end of the day when he came back home, his shoes were removed and Patrick became relaxed again. The caregiver concluded a relationship between his strange behavior and wringing shoes. Apparently, Patrick was not capable of expressing his pain sensation to the caregiver.
Due to this experience, Erwin started to think: “It would be great if we can objectively sense the emotions of Patrick to give him a ‘voice’ to express his emotions.” This idea motivated Erwin to start Mentech Innovation, a company to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people who are not always able to express their feelings or emotions.
Mentech Innovation now daily works on solutions to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people. Currently our team consists of 15 motivated data scientists, software engineers, hardware engineers, physiologists and behavioural experts and is still expanding rapidly!
We care for vulnerable people in our society, such as people with a mental disability or dementia. We believe that technology can be utilized for better sensing and regulation of emotions, thereby strengthening the communication and trust relation between the client and care giver. This will lead to increased happiness, quality of life and reduced costs of care.
“Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It’s the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.“ (Frederick Buechner)
With our emotion sensing products we target a first market entry in care houses for mentally disabled and dementing people.
We aim to create a practical and meaningful innovation that adds value to society.
Working with personal data it is essential to have a strict moral and ethical code. We highly value honesty and comply with the commitments we make.
Our multidisciplinary team values respect, openness and honesty. We encourage co-creation by sharing perspectives and experiences.
We have strategic partnerships with care houses and understand the needs from practical experience. We take responsibility for our actions to develop tailored solutions and place trust in our employees to perform their duties to the best of their ability, in the most efficient and productive way to serve our customers.