The HPI E-School hosted this year's bootcamp dedicated to the hot topic "Digital Health" in November. It was targeted specifically at HPI, D-School or HHL students/ alumni and was also open for additional participants with special knowledge in the field of healthcare.
Over 50 participants worked intensely on innovative startup ideas within the domain of “Digital Health”. In 50 hours consisting of team building, pitching, iterating and prototyping, the teams went through the ups and downs that come along with bringing forth a new startup idea. The participants built 6 interdisciplinary teams working their way through the weekend. Among the participants coming from 9 different nations all kind of skills were represented ranging from business, IT, Design Thinking and healthcare.
Making this event a unique experience were experts from the healthcare industry to share their know-how and give feedback on the way. Sven Mischkewitz, co-Founder of ThinkSono, shared his founding experience in the healthcare sector. Harm van Maanen, founder of DieBrückenköpfe, and Min-Sung Sean Kim from Allianz Ventures gave further interesting insights into the world of startups in the Digital Health area. The teams also benefited from one-on-one coaching and valuable inputs coming from speakers such as Dr. Claudia Nicolai, Academic Director of the HPI D-School or Dr. Dorian Proksch, Managing Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Innovative Management of the HHL.
At the end of the weekend the expert jury consisting of Min-Sung Sean Kim from Allianz Ventures Digital Health, Jan Schreiber from Roche Diagnostics and Harm van Maanen from Brückenköpfe assessed the teams critically and chose the Bootcamp winner and the best pitch winner. After a lively discussion, the jury announced team CareBnB as the winner. CareBnB sets out to connect elderly people suffering from loneliness and young people in need of economic lodging. Team Mediary won the best pitch award for their solution that supports cancer patients to track their side-effects via wearable sensors.
We are totally thrilled to see which teams will pursue their idea further. Each project would make the world a better place!