Healthtech Challenge


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We want to help you build the future of healthcare!

The HealthTech Challenge is a business idea competition created to help students turn their healthtech ideas into reality.
Hosted by the Healthcare Club of London Business School and the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School the competition runs every year and offers mentorship, training, and the Dhruv Batra Prize of £10,000 to the winning team. 

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Each team will need to register by Friday 31st March 2017, and prepare a short PowerPoint presentation (no more than 6 slides) outlining their business idea and a 2 minute video ‘elevator pitch’ – both due on Friday 31st March. Short-listed teams will then be given the opportunity to work with experienced professionals from private equity/venture capital backgrounds to refine their idea and pitch. These teams will be working towards the final round which will be hosted at London Business School on Thursday 25th May. The winning team will receive a prize of £10,000! 


The challenge is open to everyone, although each team must have at least one post-graduate student or researcher who is affiliated with an academic institution. We strongly encourage forming teams with a mix of technical and business expertise to give your idea the best chance of success. Register via this website to create a profile, explore the profiles of other registered participants, and reach out to potential team mates.



The judges will look for a proposal which meets four broad criteria: scientific/technical feasibility, high impact, execution plan feasibility, and team strength. Make sure you tell us why your idea will be successful in improving healthcare outcomes, who you will be helping, how you’re going to do it, and how £10,000 will help make your vision a reality. A detailed business plan is not required, but a high level plan with next steps is essential. For detailed judging criteria and competition rules, please click here

How do I Apply?

The application deadline for the 2017 HealthTech Challenge is 23:59 on Friday 31st March. You will need to submit a short powerpoint presentation describing your idea and a 2 minute video elevator pitch. Detailed judging criteria can be found here.


The Slides

Please prepare a 6 slide presentation describing your idea. The exact format is up to you, but keep our judging criteria in mind when putting things together. A good presentation should cover:

  • Problem definition or need for innovation
  • Proposed solution to the identified problem
  • Scientific or technical feasibility of the idea
  • Business execution plan including how the team would use the £10,000 prize
  • Relevant expertise or skills of the team

PDF, Powerpoint, or Keynote file formats are preferred.

The Pitch

The video pitch is your chance to show us who you are. There is no fixed format - it can be a formal business pitch, a product demonstration, or a short form play but it shouldn't be longer than 2 minutes. We want to see who you are, how much you care about the project, and how you communicate this passion to others. 

The video pitch file format is flexible, we can accept links to services such as YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or Google Drive or you can upload your video directly using our application form. Keep in mind that we are interested in the content of the video, not your cinematography skills. 


Dhruv Batra Prize

The Dhruv Batra Prize has been established to honour the way Dhruv lead his life - helping others and pursuing an entrepreneurial spirit. 

 A serial entrepreneur, Dhruv dreamt big and aimed to develop socially and economically transformative projects. After graduating from Warwick and the LSE, he moved back to India to set up India’s largest Solar Thermal Plant in Kutch, Gujarat. Recently he had successfully secured the government’s concession to develop India’s largest deep water port near Mumbai, despite competition from some of India’s largest conglomerates.  

 But Dhruv’s greatest trait, and what we believe to be his greatest quality, was his unflinching desire to help everyone. Fondly referred to as ‘Boss’, he was invariably the ‘Go To’ person for friends, family and acquaintances alike. Dhruv was happiest lending an ear to listen or a hand to help, no matter how big or small the request. He did not believe in saying no to anyone, even at great personal expense. 

 Loved and admired by all, he left a great hole in our lives late last year. This prize is an attempt to continue Dhruv’s legacy and at the same time help healthcare projects globally.


Meet the finalists

The London HealthTech Challenge team is delighted to announce the selected teams for London Health Tech Challenge 2017 final! 

The competition this year was incredible, and we focus on the proposal that stood out among some extremely high quality candidates.

Thank you for all the participants teams. Congratulations for the finalists!

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Lister is our super smart surgical scheduling platform. 

For our patients, Lister takes the anxiety out of surgery. Our app keeps patients and their family fully informed and up to date throughout their journey.

For our colleagues, Lister helps keep everyone connected. Our integrated dashboard and mobile app will communicate ward and theatre progress to ensure stress-free management 

For our hospitals, Lister increases efficiency. Our platform use AI to aid efficient theatre booking as well as automatically assigning the correct cost codes

About our Team: 

Ryan Kerstein                                                                                             Namrata Rastogi
MBBS BSc (Hons) MRCS PGCert                                                         MBBS BSc DRCOG DFSRH DOHNS MRCGP
CEO                                                                                                          COO

Nadine Haram                                                                                           Ali Abdaal
MBBS BSc (Hons) MRCS                                                                       CTO/UX
CSO                                                                                                          Current Cambridge Undergraduate
Current UCL MD


MENTOR: Ingrid Marchal Gérez 
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Surgical Consent is an electronic consent platform to enhance shared decision making with patients, reduce errors, & enable trusts to go paperless.

98% of us will undergo an operation at some point, and decisions at these points in our lives are often critical. As Surgeons, we know that patients are frequently not fully informed about their treatment options, and as a result, poor decisions can be made.

With a mandate to go paperless by 2020, and a rapidly increasing medical negligence bill, currently standing at £1.2bn per year, Surgical Consent offers a solution for patients, doctors, and hospitals.

About our Team: 

Mr Dafydd Loughran                                                                                    Mr Edward St John
Surgeon & Clinical Leadership Fellow                                                     Research Fellow Imperial College
                                                                                                                       NHS Clinical Entrepreneur

Miss George Sheldrake                                                                                Mr Martyn Loughran,
Strategy, User Experience, & Design                                                       Technical Architect


MENTOR:  Chris Meier


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OpenDiagnostics is a Cambridge based social enterprise, developing a low cost ‘programmable’ paper-based diagnostic platform technology for the detection of crop and livestock viral infections across the developing world.

The technology is based on developments in the field of ‘cell-free’ synthetic biology, and has already been validated for the detection of Zika and Ebola viruses.

About our Team: 

Laura Mitchell                                                                                    Raghd Rostom
Crop Diagnostics Lead                                                                    Livestock Diagnostics Lead
Department of Chemistry                                                              Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
University of Cambridge                                                                University of Cambridge

Simon Wiegrebe                                                                                 Chun Man Chow
Financial Lead                                                                                  Technical Lead
Department of Economics                                                             Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
University of Cambridge                                                                University of Cambridge

Emily Groves
Communications Lead
Department of Medicine
University of Cambridge                 


MENTOR:  Gabriele Dini


BASE port

The future of healthcare depends on data.  Medical data is growing exponentially since the application of genome sequencing and wearable technologies. 

BasePort aims to develop low-cost, highly tuned systems for healthcare centres to manage massive data volumes.  The systems are designed for hospitals to efficiently scale their data analysis and management needs, while maintaining secure and robust operations for long-terms storage.  

About our Team: 

Dr. Bhupinder Bhullar                                                                                Doug Fortune
Managing Director, BSc. (biochemistry)                                                 Chief Technology Officer
PhD (molecular oncology)                                                                        BSc. Engineering
Current LBS student (EMBA 2017)                                                           

Alexis Marz                                                                                                    Dr Shanaka Thilak
Head of Operations                                                                               Business Development
BSc (Chemical Engineering)                                                                     BSc (Hons)
MSc (Engineering)                                                                                     PhD (Genetics)
MBALondon Business School alum (2016)                                            MBA London Business School alum (2016)


MENTOR:  Tam McDonald



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About our Team: 

Dr Svyatoslav Kechyn                                                                             Edward Tan
MRes,                                                                                                         PHD candidate at the department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
MBA candidate at Cambridge Judge Business School                        Fabrication engineer.
Team lead
Medical director                                                      

Pelumy Oluwasanya                                                                                             
PHD candidate at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
Software developer.


MENTOR:  Jeff Skinner


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