Chennai, Jan 2019: The Grand Finale of ‘Super Starter Inc. – The Healthcare Start-up Challenge’ was held today at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurgaon. FMRI is the first healthcare delivery Institution to have pioneered the start-up challenge which will act as a launch pad for new, previously untested and unimplemented healthcare technology/idea.
Close to 50 entries were received from all over the world. After a detailed scrutiny by an esteemed panel, consisting of Mr Saurabh Srivastava, Padmashree awardee and former chairman-NASSCOM; DrAjit Singh, MD-Artiman Ventures; Dr Amit Varma, MD-Quadria Capital; Mr Varun Khanna, Chief Commercial Officer- Fortis Healthcare; Col HarinderChehal, COO-Fortis NCR and DrRitu Garg, Zonal Director, FMRI Gurugram; 10 finalists were selected and the final presentation of ideas was held today at Fortis Memorial Research Institute.The top three teams which made to the finale were Lyfas, Keyer and Team Shubham Mishra.
The thought behind this initiativewasto provide a platform to young entrepreneurs where they could have seamless access to clinicians, patients, data, and infrastructure and hospital ecosystem. This would help them build their products keeping in mind the real time outcomes. The winners will be given four months’ time to implement, test, re- design their idea at FMRI. The idea is to gain opportunity to showcase talent, meet and woo capitalists & investors, earn credibility in association with Fortis, instant entry into the mindset of masses and product’s feedback by industry’s thought leaders.
The Winning Team Shubham Mishra said, “Winning this challenge will give us the much required launchpad. Our work is going to be a game changer, helping us bring about a massive change in the healthcare landscape. We are hoping that through our work we are able to develop a point care diagnosis equipment which can detect different kind of biological analytes within a minute, at an estimated cost of just 20-25 rupees. The #StartupInc Challenge platform gave us an opportunity to learn, interact with caregivers-patients, and get unsurpassed exposure and valuable feedback. It was an extremely good networking opportunity and most importantly it gave us the chance to refine and launch our product. We will forever be grateful to Fortis Healthcare for this fantastic opportunity that has spearheaded our work in the right direction, motivating and enabling us to continue innovating, developing and creating technologies that will help change the face of medicine in India.”
The 2nd runner up, Lyfas, had innovated a non – invasive mobile diabetic screening device which would help address the challenges of diabetic screening, monitoring and real – time streaming of results. The 1st runner up, Keyer, had created a device which enabled contraction monitoring during the intrapartum period which will be instrumental in saving of lives at birth (for both the mother and the baby).
Dr. Ritu Garg, Zonal Director, Fortis Memorial Research Institutesaid, “I would like to congratulate Team Shubham Mishra for winning the 1st ever ‘Super Starter Inc. – The Healthcare Start-up Challenge’. Ten ideas were presented that were unique and exemplary in their own way. We selected Team Shubham Mishra as the winner astheir idea had the most potential for value based real time outcomes. I would also like to thank everyone who enthusiastically participated in the event and made it a huge success. We will surely be gearing up for a second edition soon.”
Col. H S Chehal, Chief Operating Office of Delhi/NCR Region said, “I would like to congratulate Fortis Memorial Research Institute for creating the first ever “Super Starter Inc.- The Healthcare Start-up Challenge”. In today’s scenario establishing a healthcare leader requires us to go hand in hand with start-ups, making healthcare affordable and accessible to all. Through this initiative, Fortis is establishing itself as a thought leader in the healthcare field, facilitating the growth and expansion of healthcare technology. Fortis will become a ‘real life experimental lab’ for these budding young enthusiastic entrepreneurs.”
A healthy start – up eco system is the need of need of the hour. Start-ups continue to remain the center of innovation with the potential to enhance employment generation and bring about the much needed change to boost up the customer satisfaction.