Innov8 Talks - Driving innovation in healthcare

We are excited to be hosting Innov8 Talks, our stellar start-up competition, at Arab Health 2023, taking place live and in person at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Calling all healthcare innovators, disruptors, and entrepreneurs to showcase their amazing idea or product to the industry leaders.

Join us at Arab Health 2023 and experience the competition in person on the show floor.

Live in-person:

30 Jan - 2 Feb 2023

Dubai World Trade Centre


9 Jan - 2 Mar 2023

Innov8 Talks 2023

Featuring innovative start-ups from all over the world, this is your chance to learn more about what these entrepreneurs are doing in the realm of sustainability, the theme for 2023. 

Deadline to apply has now passed. The shortlist will be live soon.

Under the overarching theme of sustainability, we will have three different focus days: FemTech, UN SDGs and Wellbeing.

The prizes

The winner of Innov8 Talks 2023, will not only get the recognition and the once in a lifetime opportunity to present their innovation to the international healthcare community but will also receive:

1st prize

US $10,000

2nd prize

Free stand at Arab Health 2024

3rd prize

Mentorship programme

Innov8 pitch competition

The competition will consist of 3 rounds and the finale. With 8 pitches per round, show the competition judges how you are changing the face of healthcare. The winner from each round will compete in the finale.

The competition will run in person during Arab Health 2023, 30 Jan - 1 Feb

This year, we will have 24 start-ups participating across 3 days under 3 different themes




The breakdown and concept

The concept:

  • 5 minutes to pitch and 3 minutes of Q&A with the judges
  • Top 3 finalists will compete in the finale on Wednesday, 1 February 
  • 3 Rounds, with 8 start-ups in each 


  • It is free to participate, however, you are responsible for your own flight and accommodation to attend the event
  • You will be contacted directly if your application is accepted
  • Please share as much information as possible about your company/product/idea in order to be considered


  • January 30 – day 1: FemTech – start-ups that are in the FemTech realm, looking to improve women’s overall health with the use of technology
  • January 31 – day 2: UN SDGs – start-ups with a product, idea, or innovation that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all" 
  • February 1 – Day 3: Wellbeing – start-ups that look to address mental health challenges, accessibility and disabilities
  • February 1 – Final round, on day 3: The winner from day 1, 2 and 3

Highlights from Innov8 Talks in 2022

Winner of 2022: Jason Kang, CEO & Co-Founder, Kinnos, New York, USA

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