Qatar Foundation Global Health Initiative Launches New Competitions for Innovators

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), the Doha-based global healthcare initiative of the Qatar Foundation, has announced it is now accepting applications for the WISH Innovation Spark Competition and the WISH Innovation Booster Competition – two new innovation competitions that provide talented entrepreneurs a platform to promote ideas and products aimed at improving the delivery and quality of health care.

Through the competitions, WISH is keen to promote a wide range of healthcare innovations that can include devices, applications, innovative delivery models, design-based solutions, and business models aimed at improving the quality of medical care while also reducing the cost of care.

The Spark Competition is aimed at entrepreneurs who seek to solve healthcare challenges by developing and validating a scalable project – typically early-stage innovations or startups. The Booster Competition is aimed at exciting innovations looking to scale and grow.

Both competitions are open to local and international applicants whose efforts are aligned with WISH's mission to build a healthier world through global collaboration. Applicants will be expected to meet some specific criteria, such as the market need for the proposed innovation and its potential for sustainable future growth.

Shortlisted innovations will be showcased to world-renowned health experts, policy makers, and potential investors at the WISH 2020 summit in Doha from November 16-18, and will also receive additional support that includes mentoring, media promotion, training sessions to help market ideas, and one-on-one meetings with potential investors.

Applications are due July 31, 2020. The shortlisted winners of both competitions will be announced in September.

To learn more, visit the Wish Innovation Award website.