Innov8 Talks - Driving innovation in healthcare - Arab Health

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.


Today - 2 March 2023

from your office or home

Next Live edition

29 January - 1 February 2024

Dubai World Trade Centre

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


  • Jan 30 – day 1: FemTech – start-ups that are in the FemTech realm, looking to improve women’s overall health with the use of technology
  • Jan 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" 
  • Feb 1 – day 3: Wellbeing – start-ups that look to address mental health challenges, accessibility and disabilities
  • Feb 1 – Final round, on day 3: The winner from day 1, 2 and 3


Monday, Jan 30 2023

Emcee: Supreet Singh Manchanda, Founding Partner, Ravien Capital, San Francisco, California, USA

13:30 - 15:00 | The Pitches – Round One: FemTech
8 companies, 8 minutes

Meet the pitches:

  1. CELOX™ PPH Ltd
    CELOX™ PPH, a unique innovation for the management of Postpartum Haemorrhage (PPH), demonstrating 95.6% success in all levels of PPH and 78% reduction in hysterectomy vs the current standard of care.
    • Andy Sutcliffe, Global Strategic Marketing Director, United Kingdom

  2. iSono Health
    ATUSA is the world's first FDA cleared AI-driven wearable, automated ultrasound system for accessible and personalized 3D breast imaging.
    • Maryam Ziaei, CEO, San Francisco, United States

  3. MyAva
    Myava is India's leading app for chronic conditions like PCOS, Thyroid etc faced by women.
    • Evelyn Immanuel, Founder & CEO, Bengaluru, India
    • Rowel Coelho, Director, Bengaluru, India
  4. MoM Incubators 
    mOm was founded to give every child the best start in life through smarter healthcare technology. Its first product the mOm essential Incubator is the world’s first compact, portable and accessible neonatal Incubator and since regulatory approval in March has been deployed in multiple countries including the UK and Ukraine
            James Roberts, Co-Founder and CEO, Nottingham, UK
  5. Niramai
    Thermalytix, a novel privacy-aware contactless breast cancer screening test using artificial intelligence & machine learning
            Dr Geetha Manjunath, CEO, Bengaluru, India

  6. PeriCare
    We design and build turnkey stand-alone nursing pods that offer moms premium experience while pumping or breastfeeding.
    • Perihan Abouzeid, Founder & CEO, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. PeriwinkleTechnologies Pvt. Ltd.
    Smart Scope® – AI based cancer detection in real time
    • Ms. Veena Moktali, Cofounder & Director, Pune, India
    • Mr. Koustubh Naik, Cofounder & Director, Pune, India

Meet the judges:

  1. Hamish Clark, Chief Wellness Officer, PwC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  2. Barbara Baumgartner, Investment Committee, Mindshift Capital, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  3. Tamara Sunbul, Medical Director of Clinical Informatics, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  4. Dr Tara Bishop, Founder, Black Opal Ventures, New York, USA

Tuesday, 31 Jan 2023

Emcee: Konrad Dobschuetz, National Director NHS Innovation Accelerator & Chief Enterprise Officer, UCLPartners, London, United Kingdom

13:30 - 15:00 | The Pitches - Round Two: UN SDGs
8 companies, 8 minutes

Meet the pitches:

  1. Ayati Devices: Vibrasense® - A portable and smart peripheral neuropathy screening device that is taking diabetic neuropathy screening to the masses.            o   Dr Bhajish Bharathan, Head, Medical Affairs, Bangalore, India

  2. Definition Health: A proven, innovative peri-operative digital solution that improves the patient experience whilst increasing efficiency. sustainability and generates increased hospital revenue        
    o   Alex Guassardo,
    Account Director, Leeds, UK
    o   Fraser Coombes, Account Director, London, UK        

  3. Fitmedik
    One stop solution for health systems to monitor, manage, prevent and treat burnout in real-time
        Kamal Bhartiya, CEO & Co-Founder, Delhi, India
        Shabeena Mustafa,
    COO & Co-Founder, Dubai, UAE

  4. Limeburners Bay Internal AG
    Partnering to drive medical device access to LMICs
    • Dr Sophie Laurenson, CEO, Basel, Switzerland
  5. Lazarus 3D, Inc.: Lazarus 3D uses 3D printing and advanced imaging analysis to create exact, physical replicas of patients' organs - these Pre-Sure diagnostic medical devices are used to physically rehearse surgeries ahead of time
         o  Dr Jacques Zaneveld, Founder and CEO, Albany, Oregon, USA

  6. MedVerse: MedVerse. The metaverse for Healthcare, focused on delivering the VR therapy apps 
        o  Petr Tolochkov, CEO & Founder, Erevan, Armenia 

  7. RobotDreams: RobotDreams presents a patent pending and unique AI based Software for early detection of cardiovascular diseases!
    • Maximilian Weigelt, Chief Financial Officer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  8. Smartsound Corporation
    New Revolution for Smart AI Stethoscope
    • Jungho LEE, CEO, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Meet the judges:

  1. Andreea Danila, Founder & General Partner, Global Millennial Capital, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  2. Dr Marie Ibrahim, Senior Manager – Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance, IROS, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  3. Ankit Sarwahi, Managing Director, Middle East Venture Partners, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  4. Mr Viorel Peca, Head, Unit of Transition and Business Acceleration Services, European Innovation Council, Brussels, Belgium


Wednesday, 1 Feb 2023

Emcee: Suzanne Ali-Hassan, Director of Enterprise, UCLPartners, London, United Kingdom

12:30 - 14:00 | The Pitches – Round 3: Wellbeing
8 companies, 8 minutes

Meet the pitches:

  1. Mintea
    Mental Insight Therapy Education Application for Mental Health and Wellbeing
    • Emine Yilmaz Butun, Co-Founder and COO, United Arab Emirates
    • Alina Vasilache, Co-Founder and Network Development Lead, United Arab Emirates
  2. Noa Coach
    Come meet Noa, an AI coach who supports your mental health!
    • Maha Chehab, Strategic Partner, Noa Coach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  3. Migrevention
    Migrevention is the first fully digital headache clinic, providing solutions both for headache sufferers and specialists.
    • Katrina Laks, CEO, Co-Founder, Tallinn, Estonia
  4. Sky Medical Technology: Sky’s geko™device is a device the size of a wristwatch, worn at the knee that increases venous arterial and microcirculatory blood flow, equal to 60 percent of walking without a patient having to move, to help addresses multiple medical conditions including the reduction of DVT risk, reduction of pre and post operative swelling and closing hard to heal wounds.
             Chris Walker, Distributor Manager, EMEA, UK

  5. Triumf Health: What is the best technology in the world for health and wellbeing according to WSA? Triumflana Saga mental health game for children aged 7-12 to build resilience. 
    Dr Kadri Haljas, Founder and CEO, Tartu, Estonia

  6. Chnnl: It's time to care of the carers, chnnl creates one connected system for frontline wellbeing and data driven healthcare leadership. 
                     Katie Grant, Head of RevOps and Marketing, Queenstown, New Zealand

  7. VironixHealth, Inc
    Global, AI-Cloud Technology for Remote Care and Early Detection of Heart & Lung Disease
    • Dr Sumanth Swaminathan, CEO, Austin, Texas, United States
  8. ADHD 360: ADHD 360, more than your diagnosis - the future model for neurodiverse care
     o  Dr Phil Anderton, Managing Director, Lincoln, UK

Meet the judges:     

  1. Sophie Smith, Founder and CEO, Nabta Health, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  2. Manish Kohli, Chief Digital Health Officer and Global Head, Humanitarian Programs, Securra Health, USA
  3. Sabira Huda, Program Head, startAD, New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAETBA
  4. Supreet Manchanda, Founding Partner, Ravien Capital, San Francisco, California, USA  

14:00 – 14:30 | The Final Pitch Off
Winners from day 1, 2 and 3

Meet the pitches:
[3 winning companies]

Meet the judges:

  1. Sajjad Kamal, Partner – HealthTech, Global Ventures, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  2. Dr Daniel Kraft, Physician-Scientist, Founder & Chair, NextMed Health, Managing Partner, Continuum Health Ventures: Early-stage Digital Health and Healthspan Extension, San Francisco, USA  
  3. Rick Mehra, Founder, Continuum Health Ventures, Toronto, Canada
  4. Reenita Das, Partner, Senior Vice President, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Frost & Sullivan, Dubai, UAE