Five start-ups were recognised at the Giant Health Event in London in the competition Beanstalks. The event involved businesses pitching to a panel of healthtech experts including; the ambassador, facilitator and speaker Chis Hafner; author of the Lunatic Gene Adam Shaw; venture capitalist Gian Seehra; serial entrepreneur Suzie Parkus and legal adviser Savva Kerdemelidis.
The event was organised by the judge and head of Beanstalks, Amir Amraie. There were a total of 133 entries, 18 of which pitched at the Giant Health event.
The Memory Tracks initiative is a care platform that links music to daily tasks for those living with cognitive impairment such as dementia and was selected as the winner in the Ageing category.
The platform uses musical triggers to connect songs to evoke memories via sensors, behaviours or routines to support people living with dementia as well as their carers and loved ones. The application helps to recall memory, manage agitation, assist with care and support important daily routines through the power of song-task association. Founder Gordon Anderson won a corporate exhibition and media package worth £30,000 for Giant 2019. The runner-up was CEO Roel Smolders from Activate for Health.
The Pharma category was won by Rami Kallala, Director at London-based Corthotec who won £2,000-worth of legal consulting from Legaledge who specialise in investment, GDPR and data protection. The runner-up was Wallis Jones from Biopharm Enterprises.
The Female Founders category was won by Ruth Walker from Select Research for the Body Volume Indicator (BVI), winning a business consulting and media PR Package created by Suzie Parkus. Select Research is a company in 3D measurement, which has developed BVI as part of a 10-year collaborative development with the Mayo Clinic and other global partners. The technology represents the world’s first dedicated 3D measurement tool designed to calculate weight distribution and body composition from a smartphone. The runner-up was Silja Litvin from PsycApps.
The Healthcare System Optimisation award went to founder Zubair Ahmed from MedicSpot. He is both a GP and an MBA graduate from the London Business School. The online service provides private GP appointments, solving the problem faced by those with busy schedules wanting medical attention. The service makes it simple and easy to get the care needed at a time and location convenient for patients. Zubair Ahmed won a coaching package from Amir Amraie, who heads up Beanstalks, plus an exhibition stand for Giant 2019. The runner up was Vikram Palit, managing director at The Healthcare Consulting Group.
The Beanstalks Healthcare Startup of the Year was won by Israeli based Tal Givoly from Medivizor. The service provides personalised, summarised healthcare information, free of charge, to people suffering from conditions ranging from infertility to melanoma. They won a pitching and investors package by ‘The Heart Guy’ Adam Shaw and author of the ‘Lunatic Gene’. The runner up was David Holmes from Follow App Care which utilises insights on behaviour and communication patterns to drive up patient engagement through artificial intelligence.
Amir Amraie said: “The standard of entries to the Beanstalks competition was phenomenal. It was fascinating to witness the vision and dynamism of the business owners who pitched. Along with the Giant founder Barry Shrier, I’m over the moon that we can assist these leading-edge enterprises and see them advance even more rapidly over the next year.”