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.