Edyta Kocyk
Co-Founder of SiDLY 
Poland

Q: What do you like the most about yourself?

A: I like my determination and passion from my work.

Great challenges mean greater opportunities

The idea for my own business came from a personal situation. I wanted to help my grandmother who has faced some very serious health issues. I was constantly wondering about her well being, but wasn’t able to take care of her all the time or be in constant contact with her. So I came up with the idea of a telemedical wristband.

The vision of having my own startup – creating a device that would be useful for everyone, making new job opportunities, expanding on international markets and supporting the whole health system – made me feel very motivated and full of energy. After a year and a half, the best hospitals and clinics in Europe are using these devices and I can see how far we’ve come on this journey. I also know that without passion, love, and perseverance, we wouldn’t be where we are now. Wearables, IoT, and healthcare are areas with a lot of prospective growth, but they are also very challenging.

I still have plenty of concerns. However, an entrepreneur has to focus on achieving goals instead of worrying. I have a great team that works hard every day, and thanks to this I know that we can accomplish everything.

Edyta Kocyk, 27, earned her PhD from the Warsaw School of Economics and is a graduate of the Faculty of Cybernetics at the Military University of Technology, University of Warsaw. In 2014, she was awarded Businesswoman of the Year in New Technology and Debut of the Year. Her startup, SiDLY, was founded in 2014. The company developed the telemedicine wristband, SiDLYCare, and facilitates the development of medical telematics in Poland and Europe.

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This article was published in ‘the Hundert Vol. 8 – Female Startup Founders Europe’, May 2016.