HPI Startup Bootcamp #DigitalHealth

From 16 - 18 November the HPI Startup Bootcamp brought together excellent HPI IT-Systems Engineering students, D-School alumni and students with healthcare and business backgrounds to create great business ideas, support the practical implementation and develop business model concepts in interdisciplinary teams.

In 50 hours of hard work, the participants lived through the ups and downs that come along with building a team and bringing forth new business ideas. They got to experience startup life first hand and connected with inspiring people for a weekend full of fun and creativity!

Why Digital Health?

Healthcare is one of the world’s biggest and fastest growing markets and as John Sculley, former Apple CEO, rightly comments:

“The healthcare industry missed the pc revolution, it missed the internet revolution, and it can’t afford to miss the mobility and cloud revolution.”

The digital revolution is long overdue in the area of healthcare. Now the industry is being flooded with new, emergent and disruptive businesses. Be part of the game!

The HPI bootcamp brings together visionaries and practitioners to exploit opportunities that come along with recent advances created by real-time, cross-linked big data streams, social media, wearables, and many more.

The HPI Startup Bootcamp 2018 - Wrap-up

From November 16 – 18 over 60 participants coming from 20 different nations worked in 8 interdisciplinary teams on innovative startup ideas within the domain of “Digital Health”. In 50 hours, they went through team building, pitching, iterating and prototyping sessions and  through the ups and downs that come along with bringing forth a new startup idea. Among the participants were all kind of skills represented ranging from business, IT, Design Thinking and healthcare. The ideas were based upon  three interesting challenges that sponsor Pfizer introduced prior to the event.

The weekend kicked-off on Friday with interesting keynotes from Dr. Rouven Westphal, Managing Director of HP Capital, on recent HPI activities within the field of digital health and Dr. Samuel Knauss, Founder of mTomady, on the journey of founding in the healthcare sector.
The teams were accompanied the whole weekend by experienced Design Thinking Coaches and benefited from inputs coming from speakers such as Nicolai Bohn, Managing Director HPI Seed Fund, or Sherif Osman, Knowledge Manager D-School. Additionally, highly engaged Pfizer employees supported the teams by providing invaluable insights and sharing knowledge throughout the whole weekend.

Experts from the healthcare industry, such as Dr. Sven Jungmann, Chief Medical Officer smartHelios, Dr. Maike Henningsen, CEO Lonicare.com, and Marcel Salazar, Director of Corporate Development HPS Gesundheitscloud shared their know-how and gave feedback on the way making this event a unique experience for the highly motivated participants. At the end, Sven together with Said Alib Haschemi from Holtzbrinck Ventures and Ekaterina Alipiev, Lead of Pfizer’s Innovation Hub in Berlin, were judging the teams critically and chose the Bootcamp winner and the best pitch winner.

After hearing all of the 8 pitches and making a tough decision, the jury announced team dodoc as the winner. Dodoc addressed the problem that nurses and caretaking personnel spend 30% of their time on documentation. The team developed a solutin for documentation by voice command for hospitals and nursing homes. The presented prototype was also capable of querying patient records of the created database remotely by voice command. Team PeriPower won the best pitch award for their solution that uses non-invasive sensor technology in diapers to improve patients’ daily lives and make healthcare processes in hospitals more efficient.

We are again totally amazed to see where such an intensive weekend leads to and thrilled to see which teams will pursue their idea further.

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When people get sick, many things can change for them - often a difficult path begins. More than 10,000 researchers and about 97,000 employees work at Pfizer to support people on this path. They develop, produce and market innovative drugs and vaccines as well as some of the world's best-known over-the-counter products. Headquartered in New York, Pfizer generated total revenues of $52.8 billion in fiscal 2016. In Germany, Pfizer currently employs around 2,500 people in three locations: Berlin, Freiburg and Karlsruhe.

The Pfizer Healthcare Hub Berlin is an important interface between Pfizer Germany and founders and start-ups in the healthcare sector. In close cooperation with Pfizer, start-up teams develop digital solutions that are a useful addition to therapies and products, for example in diagnostics or in the monitoring of health data. Pfizer supports startups individually and ranges from mentoring through the Pfizer network of experts to offices and sales partnerships. Pfizer evaluates partnerships with start-ups for possible future business options.


During the weekend the teams work on challenges provided by Pfizer. These are problems that Pfizer is actively interested in solving and working jointly with startups - so there is a great opportunity to continue working on the ideas jointly with Pifzer after the bootcamp.

Improving the quality of patients’ lives in the course of clinical development

Overcome communication barriers between patients and healthcare professionals

The risk of drug-drug interactions


Each team has the opportunity to present their hard-won solutions to an expert jury at the big finale of the HPI Startup Bootcamp. The jury consists of an independent panel of industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs. Furthermore, several speakers provide valuable and relevant information from their startup experience.

Dr. Sven Jungmann from smartHelios

Sven is the Chief Medical Officer at smartHelios working on digital solutions in the healtcare environment. He has extensive experience in the medical field as resident doctor and in the digital field as healthcare consultant. While being a trained doctor, Sven also completed studies in Public Health and holds an MPP from Oxford University.

Ekaterina Alipiev from Pfizer

Ekaterina is Manager eHealth & Innovation at Pfizer and Lead of Pfizer's Innovation Hub in Berlin. The Pfizer Innovation Hub works with startups to develop digital solutions that represent a useful supplement to existing therapies and products. Additionally, Ekaterina is founder and advisor to Jourvie, a social impact startup with the goal of supporting people with eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia or binge eating with use of technology during their recovery. 

Said Alib Haschemi from Holtzbrinck Ventures

Said works at Holtzbrinck Ventures since May 2018 with a special focus on seed investments that Holtzbrinck announced with the closing of its new fund. Before Holtzbrinck, Said was CFO at Frankfurt based startup Acomodeo. He understands the challenges and difficulties of building up a company from a founder's perspective and investment criteria of professional VC funds.

Maike Henningsen, CEO Lonicare.com

Maike is a medical doctor, who specialized in OBGYN, oncology, endocrinology and reproductive medicine. She attended a post doc pogram at UCLA, Los Angeles in personalized medicine and was awarded her PhD in this field. Maike has worked in both the hospital setting and private practices nationally and internationally for several years. In 2016, Maike won a Fraunhofer startup competition and is currently developing her own medical prototype providing a potentially new treatment solution in womens health.

Dr. Samuel Knauss from mTomady

Samuel is the CPO of mTomady a healthcare startup in Berlin and Madagaskar with an innovative solution to improve healthcare access and quality. Samuel founded his first digital health startup at the age of 23. He trained to become a neurologist at Harvard Medical School and Charité.

Marcel Salazar from HPS Gesundheitscloud

Marcel is the Director of Corporate Development of the HPS Gesundheitscloud where he is i.a. responsible for the Future Entrepreneur program. Marcel has a strong entrepreneurial background. First, he spent 3 years at Home24 at different leadership roles (Director Pricing and VP Marketplace) and later as managing director of his own ventures. He started his career as consultant in the public-private-sector working with private companies, public agencies and international organizations on environmental engineering projects.

Leon Reiner from Impact Hub Berlin

As Managing Director of the Impact Hub Berlin, Leon is responsible for Business Development and Partnerships. Before founding the Impact Hub Berlin, he worked in a consulting firm for socia l entrepreneurs and was allowed to accompany the first incubator for social start-ups in the German- speaking countries during their development. In addition, he has developed and implemented social entrepreneurship programs for various universities. Leon has a degree in international development and economics.

In order to ensure smooth processes and to make sure everyone is on track during this weekend, Leon Reiner from Impact Hub Berlin guided through the program and supported with his experience wherever he could. We think he was a perfect match for the Bootcamp. 

An Overview of the Teams

Bootcamp Winner: Team dodoc - Documentation by Voice Command

Dodoc addresses the problem that nurses and caretaking personnel spend 30% of their time on documentation. Dodoc provides a solution for documentation by voice command for hospitals and nursing homes. The presented prototype was also capable of querying patient records of the created database remotely by voice command.

Best Pitch Winner: Team PeriPower - Using Non-invasive Sensor Technology in Diapers

Team PeriPower won the best pitch award for their solution that uses non-invasive sensor technology in diapers to improve patients’ daily lives and make healthcare processes in hospitals more efficient.    

Team Mellow D - Hear Your Mood

Mellow D is a music-based mood tracking platform, supporting anxiety patients to enhance their emotional awareness.

Team VisiteMe - Improve Doctor-Patient Communication

VisiteMe aims to improve the doctor-patient interactions in the hospitals through their innovative software that supports and prepares the wardround of doctors and nurses through AI.

Team DeepTrial - Enrichment of Data for Clinical Trials

DeepTrial enriches current quality of life measurements by analysing patient habits with existing health data before, during, and after the clinical trial.

Team MyTherapy - Patient-Therapist Matching Application

MyTherapy matches patients to the right psychotherapists, based on their individual needs and availability.

Team QAssist - Clinical Trials Gamification

QAssist aims to collect objective data for clinical trials in fun and engaging ways using gamification.

Team Polarity - Understanding Bi-Polar Disorder

Polarity is an app that helps people with bipolar disorder to understand their episodes by monitoring their Quality of Life data. Polarity's machine-learning algorithm provides people with the early intervention advice they need, when they need it.