The Inventors for Health (I4H) program targets entrepreneurial individuals who have innovative ideas for inventions in life sciences and medicine. It focuses on the early stages of the innovation process and promotes the identification and elaboration of the idea, the entrepreneurial skills of the inventors and preparatory measures for subsequent phases in the innovation process.
This year, many future inventors from BIH, Charité and MDC followed the call to join the I4H program. Selected applicants were invited to pitch their innovative ideas in front of a jury. The jury then selected 5 teams to proceed to the bootcamp stage.
The objective of the bootcamp is to translate ideas with technological potential into tangible products and services of medical benefit. In an intensive 6-day training, the teams are paired with coaches and work hands-on through the entire innovation cycle. At the end of each day, an external jury provides valuable feedback to the teams by bringing in their unique perspective and expertise. After the bootcamp stage, the five teams will have the opportunity to pitch their final innovative products to an external expert jury on September 16, 2020. Thereafter, up to three teams will be funded and integrated into the SPARK-BIH program for up to 18 months.
Due to the coronavirus situation, the bootcamp takes place in an exclusively digital format this year. Several interactive online tools allow for a very collaborative atmosphere, nonetheless. The Stiftung Charité supports the I4H program financially with funds from the Private Excellence Initiative Johanna Quandt.