Last call for local and global healthcare entrepreneurs to apply for WISH 2020 competition

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is giving healthcare entrepreneurs the opportunity to share their ideas with the rest of the world.

With the deadline for the Spark and Booster competitions – which make up the Innovation Award Program – only days away, WISH announced the addition of a new US$5000 prize to the already exciting array of awards and incentives at stake.

This is the first cash prize offered by WISH to the grand winner, which will be selected out of the top 30 shortlisted Spark and Booster winning projects.

Competition judges will be picking a winner based on which idea offers the most innovative solution, in solving the world’s most pressing healthcare issues or has the greatest potential for addressing the most urgent health challenges.

WISH – a global health initiative of Qatar Foundation – first kicked off its Innovation Award Program in 2013 and has expanded the programme this year by adding several new benefits for the Spark and Booster competition winners. The Spark Competition is aimed at entrepreneurs seeking to solve healthcare challenges by developing and validating a scalable project – typically early-stage schemes or start-ups – while the Innovation Booster Competition targets exciting inventions looking to scale-up and grow.

The contests – open to local and international innovators – are designed to provide talented healthcare entrepreneurs with a platform to promote ideas and products aimed at improving the delivery and quality of healthcare. This aligns with the mission of WISH to build a healthier world through global collaboration, something the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus this year.

Aside from the cash prize of US$5000, a number of other opportunities are at stake for shortlisted innovations including joining accelerator programmes in Doha and London; receiving business incubation support at Qatar Science & Technology Park; getting WISH media backing for up to 12 months; receiving an invitation to participate in WISH mini-summits and events; and becoming a WISH innovation programme alumni ambassador with mentorship and overall championing for up to a year.

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Healthcare innovators at the 2018 edition of the World Innovation Summit for Health

As part of their award, successful entrants for each of the contests can also look forward to receiving an invitation to the WISH 2020 virtual summit in November 2020 to mark their entry into a community of acclaimed healthcare leaders and policy makers from across the world, for whom they will showcase their inventions. Depending on the development needs of their innovation idea, they will be offered the opportunity to meet relevant experts and have one-on-one meetings with potential investors.

During the summit, competition winners will also take part in a series of workshops and master classes, led by global health innovation leaders, that are designed to help them optimise the effectiveness of their ideas and businesses.

Head of Innovation at WISH, Mahmoud El Achi, said that they have significantly expanded the programme this year so that selected innovators and entrepreneurs can fully benefit from being part of the global WISH community.

He said that the large number of applications they received from around the world is a clear indication that the current global health crisis hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of innovators to finding solutions to health challenges. In fact, according to El Achi, a number of applications have focused specifically on dealing with COVID-19.

We’re making a final call for entries because know there are more great ideas and products out there that need to be seen by a wider audience, and we don’t want them to miss out the opportunity to enjoy our support.

Deadline for both competitions is on Friday, 31 July. Shortlisted winners will be announced in September. To apply, visit wish.org.qa