The Upside of the Coronavirus

In the previous blog post we talked about health startups that can contribute to fight the coronavirus, facilitating the work of health professionals and enhancing the comfort of patients. Following what we said, we will now present a new group of startups, whose innovations will be able to respond to the needs and improve the lives of the Portuguese population during this difficult period.



The virus was already alarming several European countries when, on February 4, 2020, the first two suspected cases appeared in Portugal. Less than a month later, on March 2, the first two infected were confirmed: a 60 and a 33 years old both men. Today, April 6, there are 11,730 cases and we have not yet reached the high disease level. Given these figures, how are the Portuguese reacting? What care are they taking? We cannot deny the reckless decision of some Portuguese who took advantage of the quarantine to sunbathe at our coast beaches. However, and despite the fact that many people - mostly elderly - seem to resist the authorities' recommendations, there has been a greater awareness among the population regarding the danger of this virus. In addition, Portugal took measures in a timely manner, preventing the rapid spread of the disease. The “Barómetro”, a research project carried out by Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública in partnership with Expresso, revealed that Portugal was quicker than Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom to take measures to combat COVID-19. In concrete terms, social exclusion, school closings, suspension of events and services, among other measures already known to all, were quickly followed.


Although Portugal presents a more stable scenario than other European countries, there are still dilemmas and challenges to be faced during this epidemic. In fact, COVID-19 created a real medieval dilemma in the middle of the 21st century: how to fight a "disguised", contagious and - in specific cases - deadly virus, without having complete control of the mobility of those who transport it? The answer to this question is not simple and, although BGI does not have an immediate solution to this dilemma, it can help to minimize the consequences of it and make our lives more pleasant. Over the past decade, BGI has acquired valuable partnerships with credible organizations around the world, to develop acceleration and non-acceleration projects that are sustainable, innovative, disruptive and with the potential to meet the challenges of the current century. To the date, BGI's acceleration program has helped launch 143 projects on the market. Now it's time for these startups to help us all.


  1. Straight Teeth Direct

Due to the isolation, visits to the doctor and the dentist should be made in case of extreme urgency. Otherwise, they must be avoided. If you planned to treat your smile in the near future and now you can't do it, we have a suggestion for you. Straight Teeth Direct helps you to straighten your teeth between 5 to 9 weeks with invisible aligners sent to your home. This way you save up to 70% and avoid trips to the dentist. Also, you are entitled to monthly reviews online, which comes in handy at this point.