Speechagain is a personal software platform for people who stutter
Please introduce yourselves and your startup Speechagain to our readers!
Peter Langkafel MD PHD MBA is CEO and cofounder of Speechagain and co-founder of Digital Health Factory, the Berlin-based company builder in the field of Digital Health. For more than twenty years, he has worked at the interface among medicine, business and information technology.
Alexander Wolff von Gudenberg
Dr. Alexander Wolff von Gudenberg is co-founder of Speechagain and leader of the Kassel Stuttering Therapy, Europe’s leading stuttering institute. He is a physician for general medicine with an additional education in speech pathology. He used to be a very severe stutterer and tried twelve different therapy approaches over more than two decades.
Speechagain is a personal software platform for people who stutter, accessible anywhere and anytime. It is an adjunct therapy, paired with direct Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) therapy or used independently. The patented speech recognition technology provides effective stuttering therapy on any device. We started this business because we believe every person has a right to speak and be heard – clearly and effortlessly.
How did you get the idea for Speechagain?
Alex: 85 million people stutter worldwide. Most of them have no access to a stuttering treatment, and they suffer. Being a stutterer myself, I know how limiting stuttering can be. Motivated by my own experiences, I sought to change the lives of those affected by this impediment. That’s why we developed Speechagain – and we’ll soon offer the world’s first digital stuttering therapy.
How difficult was starting your business, and what challenges did you have to overcome?
Peter: To build an independent digital solution is a new challenge in healthcare. It is a combination of medical needs (based on the experiences of therapists and evidence-based research), finding a sustainable economic model, and building a technically realistic and feasible solution. The digital health patient has specific expectations as well. From the beginning, we put the person who stutters at the center of our user-centric approach.
From complex challenges can come a unified solution: Different views and cultures must come together to be successful.
Who is your target audience?
Alex: We are here to positively impact the lives of the 85 million people who stutter worldwide. We start with an English version in the USA and other languages and countries will follow.
What is the USP of your startup?
Peter: Speechagain is unique and bold in its innovation to analyze and dramatically improve individual speech. Its language algorithms, coupled with its empathetic therapy programming, yield life-altering results at a fraction of the cost of traditional therapeutic methods.
Can you describe your typical workday?
Alex: I wake up excited every day to see the progress of our patients. I work with them and with my colleagues to assure that we do our best to improve the lives of those who stutter.
Where do you see yourself and your startup Speechagain in five years?
Peter: In fewer than five years, Speechagain will be THE global platform for people who stutter, combining world class therapy with state of the art technology for the 85 million affected worldwide.
What 3 tips would you give other Start-up founders on the way?
Alex: Be patient. Be positive. Love what you do – and prove it.
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Thank you Peter Langkafel and Alexander Wolff von Gudenberg for the Interview
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