Ten months ago, a group of Israeli entrepreneurs took up the Pears Challenge to develop innovative, profitable ventures with the power to change poor people's lives in India. After half a year of intensive work with some of India's top healthcare players, the 4 ventures with the most promising affordable healthcare innovations went to India to validate their ideas. Yesterday we saw the entrepreneurs talk about their journey and discuss their solutions with a panel of global healthcare experts and investors!
The Pears Challenge fellows who presented their ventures were:
Yoel Ezra, EfA EfA developed the RevDx, a programmable lab-on-hand for automated blood tests and infectious disease diagnostics, enabling the appropriate treatment at the right time.
Max Simonovsky, Soapy Soapy is a for-profit venture that has developed an independent hygiene station. It generates water from the atmosphere and uses a proprietary soap formula, to wash hands to standards set - by the World Health Organization. It takes only 30 seconds and uses 95% less water than any other available solutions.
Nimrod Lev, NASHI Diagnostics "Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a chronic condition that effects 1 OUT OF 4 INDIAN WOMEN at reproductive age (12-45). NASHI mission is to provide hundreds of millions of women who suffer from PCOS with better, faster and cheaper diagnostics through a friendly and cost effective product. Efi Binder, Mosteq Mosteq is developing next generation solutions for Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), a biological control method that requires the release of large amounts of sterile insects in an environment in order to reduce their population.
A big thank you to all of our guests who came to our Demo Day and heard our Pears Challenge Fellows present their solutions for affordable healthcare in India. It's been an amazing journey and we are proud of our fellows.
We want to thank our Investors panel for their precious time and feedback: Vanessa Bartram, Managing Partner at Zora Ventures Cecile Blilious, Managing Partner at Impact First Investments Talor Sax, CEO at eHealth Ventures Incubator Vikram Gupta, Founder & Managing Partner at IvyCap Ventures and also thank Mr. Gupta for sharing with us his insights about India digital health market.
Last but not least, a big thank you to all our partners for your presence and continuous support: Dina Gidron and The Pears Foundation Anat Bernstein Reich, A&G partners Lior Teitelbaum, MindUP Talor Sax & Ophir Shahaf, eHealth Ventures Jacob Sztokman, Gabriel Project Mumbai Ophir Mizrahi, Nimrana Consulting Benjamin Grossman, Amit Pollak Matalon