World Health Summit Startup Track

 -- The application process will start in Spring 2018 --

Held under the high patronage of:

Hermann Gröhe
Federal Minister of Health Germany

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 in science, industry and politics to set up future collaborations and get to know potential mentors, investors and advisory board members.

World Health Summit Startup Track Winner

The winning company doctHERs from Pakistan convinced the jury with their idea of digitally connecting women in low- and middle-income countries to improve access to health. “Our winner combines both a significant impact on health and sets a vital and timely direction for social change,” so the reasoning of the jury. Asher Hasan of doctHERs said: “It’s like winning the Oscars. This visibility will help women all over the world.”

These companies pitched their ideas at the World Health Summit 2017

 (in alphabetical order)

CompanyBusiness AreaCountry
Amparo GmbHAssistive DevicesGermany
CareNX InnovationsMaternal and Child HealthIndia
doctHERsDigital HealthPakistan
Fosanis GmbHCancer CareGermany
imito AGVisual DocumentationSwitzerland
monikit UGEpilepsyGermany
PharmaChkQuality DetectionUSA
SciDogma ResearchDiagnosticsIndia
WeCare.idHealthcare FinancingIndonesia

Shortlisted Startups invited to the World Health Summit 2017 as participants

All Things Health AfricaKenya
Anvajo GmbHGermany
Bluereo Inc.South Korea
Janitri Innovations Pvt. LtdIndia
Medicus Al GmbHAustria
resilient gmbhSwitzerland
Saljol GmbHGermany
Smart Health UGGermany
SonicBone Medical Ltd.Israel

Pitch and Award

On October 16 from 12:45-13:45, ten startups had three minutes each to showcase their business concepts before a World Health Summit audience and jury. The winning team doctHERS was awarded by German Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe at the World Health Summit Night that evening.

Selection Criteria

Startups wishing to apply should be active in the field of health. This includes – but is not limited to – areas like public health, digital health, translational science, health policies, education, and advocacy.

  • Startups from all over the world are encouraged to apply.
  • The application must consist of a two-page information on the startup and may include a description of potential mentor needs that could be served by the World Health Summit network.
  • Please use the online form below for application
  • Deadline: June 30, 2018
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and promoted online asap.

The selection process will take into account the originality of a concept, its financial viability, evidence of fundraising or partnership ventures, and – most importantly – its potential impact on global public health.

Jury 2017

  • Kai-Uwe Bindseil, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology
  • Jutta Klauer, Pfizer Germany
  • Shari Langemak, Philips
  • Markus Müschenich, Flying Health
  • Anne Kjaer Riechert, ReDI School of Digital Integration
  • Renate Radon, Microsoft Germany
  • Oliver Schenk, German Ministry of Health
  • Ute E. Weiland, Deutschland – Land der Ideen

Key Information

  • High Patron: German Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe
  • Application: Online form
  • Deadline: June 30, 2018
  • Shortlisted candidates informed: August 2018
  • World Health Summit: October 15-17, 2018
  • Location: Kosmos, Karl-Marx-Allee 131a, 10243 Berlin, Germany
  • Participants: 2,000 representatives from academia, politics, industry, and civil society from more than 80 countries


If you have further questions, please mail to: startups(at)