HPI Startup Bootcamp #DigitalHealth

From 16 - 18 November the HPI Startup Bootcamp brings together excellent HPI IT-Systems Engineering students, D-School alumni and an interdisciplinary group of students from medical schools, pharmacy, biology and chemistry classes to create great business ideas, support the practical implementation and develop business model concepts.

In 50 hours of hard work, you will live through the ups and downs that come along with building a team and bringing forth new business ideas. Experience startup life first hand and connect with inspiring people for a weekend full of fun and creativity!

Impressions from last year

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.

Image Gallery from last year


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. 


Besides the unforgettable experience, fun, and opportunity to network with great people, prizes will also be awarded at the HPI bootcamp. These prizes are

  • Bootcamp winner team: Prize worth 2,000 € (max. 250€ per team member)
  • Best pitch winner team: Prize worth 1,000 € (max. 100€ per team member)

Apply now - NEW DEADLINE 21 OCTOBER 2018

If you are interested in joining this special bootcamp, please send an e-mail by 21 October 2018 to julian.giessing(at)hpi.de with the following information:

  • Name, e-mail address, background (HPI, D-School, other fields)
  • Tell us why you want to participate
  • If you have a business idea/ team already, give us a one sentence explanation of the idea and name the other team members
  • If it is intended that team members also participate in the bootcamp, please provide the following information about them: team member’s contact information (first name, last name, e-mail address, T-shirt size, and background)
  • Optional: T-shirt size, if no size is specified, we will assume a "M" for women and a "L" for men
  • For HPI MA students: will you join this year's IT-Entrepreneurship lecture?

The startup bootcamp is designed for a maximum of 50 participants. We therefore request your timely registration. Participants will be selected according to the fit for the event - there is no guarantee for a participation.

Important information: The "event language" will be English. German language skills are not required.

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