Innov8 Talks - Driving innovation in healthcare - Arab Health

Innov8 Talks - Spark the Future of Healthcare

Get ready for an electrifying global showdown at the Innov8 Start-Up Competition at Arab Health! This is the place where innovation meets ambition - featuring 24 of the world's most promising start-ups, each on a mission to outshine the rest, impress the judges, and secure USD 10,000 grand prize

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

27 - 30 Jan 2025

Dubai World Trade Centre

Innov8 Talks

Prepare for a spectacle of business prowess, cutting-edge solutions, and unparalleled innovation that's sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

More information coming soon!

The breakdown and concept

The concept:

  • Top 24 start-ups will be shortlisted
  • 4 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes of Q&A with the judges
  • Top 2 finalists will compete in the finale from each group 


  • 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


  • Artificial intelligence Generative AI
  • Generative AI
  • Metaverse  
  • AR & VR  
  • Screening & Diagnostics  
  • Disease management  
  • Drug discovery  
  • Healthcare data management
  • Good health and well-being

The prizes

The winner of Innov8 Talks 2024, 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

Recognition award

3rd prize

Recognition award

Mentorship Program with Startupbootcamp MENA

  • Winner: Will receive an exclusive 2-hour mentorship session

  • 1st Runner-up: will rceeive a 2-hour mentorship session

  • 2nd Runner-up: will receive1 x 2 hour mentorship session

Meet our Judges

Triska Hamid

Editorial Director,
Wamda, Dubai, UAE 

Sam Amory

Managing  Director, Middle East and Africa, Dedalus, Dubai, UAE

Reenita Das

Top 100 women in Healthtech and Femtech, Partner, Senior Vice President, Frost & Sullivan, Dubai, UAE 

Barbara Baumgartner

Investment Committee, Mindshift
Capital, Dubai, UAE 

Swethal Kumar

Former Mubadala &
 Hub71, Founder & CEO, Startupscale360, Dubai, UAE 

Dr Sarper Tanli

Managing Director, Mass
General Brigham’s, Dubai, UAE 

Yatin K Thakur

Chairman – Asia, Global
  Entrepreneurship Network, Founder & Managing Partner, Asiarath,
Dubai, UAE 

Abe Seksek

CEO, Rainmaking /
Startupbootcamp MENA and Africa, Dubai, UAE 

Hadi Saeed


Founder, H2Solutions, Program Manager, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of
Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, KSA 

Dr Harry

C Sax

Professor and Executive Vice Chair of Surgery and Associate Dean for International Academic Programs, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA 

Dr Mussaad M.


Operating Partner, Deerfield
Management, New York, USA 

Faisal Belhoul, “Shark Tank Dubai”

Vice Chairman, Dubai
Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Founder and Chairman, Ithmar
Capital Partners, Dubai, UAE 

Dr Sadyk Gusniev

MD, MBA, HealthTech Expert and Researcher, Dubai, UAE

Sacha Haider

Global Ventures, Dubai, UAE

Dr Tamara Sunbul

Medical Director of Clinical Informatics, John Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, Dhahran, KSA

Bader Khraibut

Senior  Consultant, Strategy& Middle East, Dubai, UAE

Dr Susan Amat

Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives, Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), Founder & CEO, Venture Hive, Miami, USA

Elsa Hyland

Angel Investor (ex VC), Start-up Advisor, Mentor, Sweden

Lina Shadid

Healthcare Lead Partner, PWC Middle East, Dubai, UAE 

Nina Tandon

Co-founder & CEO, EpiBone, Inc,
New York, USA 

Investor Networking Lounge - Innov8

Engage in a series of purpose-driven and time-efficient 10-minute discussions with potential investors, gaining valuable insights to enhance your start-up and possibly increase the chances of securing funding.

The competition will run in person during Arab Health 2024, 29 Jan - 1 Feb

How does this work?

The selected start-ups for the Innov8 Competition will receive access to this investor networking lounge

Investors will hand-select start-ups with the right fit and the GEN Accelerates and Arab Health team will help facilitate 1-1 meetings

The investor networking lounge will be held across 3 days from
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM