Startup Track 2018

At the World Health Summit, around 2,000 stakeholders and decision-makers from 100 countries and every field in the healthcare spectrum work together to find solutions for global health challenges. As the world’s foremost strategic forum for Global Health, it promotes thought leadership in science and advances Global Health agendas.

The World Health Summit Startup Track highlights outstanding ideas and innovative business concepts that have the potential to revolutionize healthcare and improve Global Health. Attending the World Health Summit provides young entrepreneurs with three days of access to world leaders from science, industry, politics, and civil society to set up future collaborations and get to know potential mentors, investors and board members.

Eyeluminati Wins World Health Summit Startup Award 2018

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Finalists 2018

Out of 60 applications from 19 countries, the jury has invited 25 Startups to visit the World Health Summit 2018. 10 of them will pitch their ideas to the jury and the World Health Summit audience on October 15, from 12:45 to 13:45.

The 10 finalists are:

Selection Criteria

Startups should be active in the field of health. This includes e.g areas like public health, digital health, translational science, health policies, education, and advocacy. Important for the selection by the high-ranking jury: the originality of the concept, its financial viability, evidence of fundraising or partnership ventures, and – most importantly – its potential impact on Global Public Health. Startups from all over the world were encouraged to apply until June 30, 201.

Jury 2018

  • Dr. Kai-Uwe Bindseil, Berlin Partner
  • Jutta Klauer, Pfizer Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Tobias Kurth, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Dr. Shari Langemak, Physician and Digital Healthcare Expert
  • Dr. Markus Müschenich, Flying Health
  • Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord, Bayer Foundations
  • Dr. Anna Babette Stier, German Federal Ministry of Health
  • Dr. Alf Wachsmann, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
  • Ute E. Weiland, Deutschland – Land der Ideen (Speaker)
  • Dr. Rolf Zettl, Berlin Institute of Health


25 startups will receive two tickets each to attend the World Health Summit. This will include an invitation to the World Health Summit Night and the award ceremony on October 15. From among these 25 startups, 10 will be selected to:

  • have stands at the World Health Summit to present their ideas and business concepts
  • pitch on Monday, October 15 in the plenary hall at the conference
  • have their company profile and URL officially published on the World Health Summit website
  • participate in the award ceremony at the World Health Summit Night

The ten finalists will be given extensive recognition in the World Health Summit network and help with mentor needs. The winner will be given an award, special access to the World Health Summit and M8 Alliance network, receive an exclusive expert-coaching from FLYING HEALTH, one of the leading company builders for health startups in Germany, and will be invited to the next World Health Summit.

Our World Health Summit Team will make every effort to connect the startups with potential scientific and business advisors from our international network, along with members of the M8 Alliance. We will help open doors in the scientific community and introduce the startups to experts from industry, politics and civil society.


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