Digital health start-up SeamlessCare raises €700,000 in seed funding

Company is being backed by angel investor Dr Frank Dolphin and Enterprise Ireland

Dr Aviva Cohen, CEO and co-founder, seamlessCARE and angel investor Dr Frank Dolphin.

Digital health start-up SeamlessCare has announced €700,000 in seed funding to accelerate the roll-out of its products.

Angel investor Dr Frank Dolphin, the former chairman of the HSE, and Enterprise Ireland supported the funding round.

The UCD spin-out company, which specialises in innovative assistive technologies for the care of people with complex needs, has a number of products focused on enhancing communication and supporting the care of people with autism, acquired brain injury, dementia, intellectual disability and a wide range of other conditions.

“We are delighted to have closed this seed funding round and secured the backing and support of Enterprise Ireland and angel investor Frank Dolphin. Frank is a well-known businessman and entrepreneur in the health sector and a chartered psychologist by profession and we are already learning so much from his wealth of experience,” said chief executive Dr Aviva Cohen. “We now look forward to rolling out our range of assistive technologies to improve the lives of individuals with complex needs and those who provide their care and support.”


Founded in 2021 by Dr Cohen, Ian Kennedy and Dr Çağrı Çubukçu, the company is a spin-out from the UCD School Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and has been supported by NovaUCD, completing its 2020 UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Programme.

Its first product is Empathic, which helps non-verbal people communicate their emotions through applying artificial intelligence to a recording of the person’s vocalisation to interpret how that person is feeling. The company is currently running a closed beta test, which participants can sign up for at SeamlessCare’s website. It plans to make the product available later this year through the Apple and Google app stores.

A second product, Focus, is also in development. This is a video-based care planning API that enables carers to record short videos of daily activities, take notes, send alerts and update written care plans from any device, quickly and easily.

Further products that promote respect, safety and efficiency in chronic care facilities are planned for next year.

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist