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Innovating Healthcare:

The Santander X Global Challenge | Innovation in Healthcare is here, and it’s an opportunity you can’t afford to miss of you are in Health-tech space.

Banco Santander and the Oxentia Foundation have teamed up to launch a global challenge aimed at startups and scaleups in 11 countries. The mission? To find and support cutting-edge solutions in the healthcare sector. If you’re an entrepreneur or a VC looking to make a real impact, this challenge is your stage.

Why This Matters:

  1. The Stakes Are High:
    Healthcare systems worldwide are under immense pressure. The need for innovation has never been more urgent. This challenge isn’t just about winning a prize; it’s about transforming patient care, operational efficiency, and the use of technology in healthcare. Think beyond the buzzwords. We’re talking about real, tangible improvements in how healthcare is delivered and managed.
  2. The Playing Field:
    The challenge is open to companies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Spain, the UK, Uruguay, and the USA. Whether you’re a startup just getting off the ground or a scaleup ready to expand, there’s a spot for you. The categories are clearly defined, and the criteria are straightforward. If your solution can make a difference, you’re in.
  3. The Prizes:
    Let’s talk numbers. There’s €120,000 on the table. Three startups will each get €10,000, and three scaleups will each pocket €30,000. But it’s not just about the money. Winners gain access to the exclusive Santander X 100 community, a treasure trove of networking and growth opportunities. Plus, the visibility on Banco Santander’s social media channels is a promotional goldmine.

What They’re Looking For:

  • Technology and Automation: Innovations that enhance the effectiveness of healthcare professionals. This includes medical devices, wearables, robotics, and VR for medical training and remote surgeries. If your tech can save costs, resources, or reduce medical errors, it’s a win.
  • Operational Efficiency: Solutions that improve hospital operations, manage electronic records efficiently, and optimize resource allocation. Big data and AI folks, this is your playground.
  • Patient Care: Innovations that make patient care more comfortable and efficient, from home diagnosis and monitoring to virtual appointments and personalized medicine.

Why You Should Apply:

This challenge is a no-brainer for any entrepreneur or VC in the healthcare space.

It’s free to apply, and you don’t even need to be a Santander customer. The deadline is July 11, 2024. That’s plenty of time to put together a compelling application.

VCs, Pay Attention:

This challenge is also a hotbed for identifying promising investments.

The companies that come out on top will have already been vetted and validated by industry experts. It’s a chance to get in on the ground floor with startups and scaleups that are poised to disrupt the healthcare industry.