ZS PRIZE - ZS Healthcare Innovation Challenge in India, 1 Cr prize money | ZS PRIZE

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ZS PRIZE, an award presented by ZS, has been designed to recognize, celebrate and advance innovation in health and healthcare using data, analytics, and disruptive technology.

In its inaugural year in 2020-21, ZS PRIZE opened the challenge to welcome novel healthcare solutions leveraging AI, Data Science and IoT that can create wide spread impact to solve affordability and accessibility challenges in the Indian healthcare ecosystem. Some of the brightest talent in India from amongst students and working professionals came forward to identify and solve for these complex problems.

The winning team(s) helped create ingenious solutions that would ultimately have a positive impact on many lives.


It's been a tough, nail-biting fight to the finish for ZS PRIZE. The 33,355 participants were whittled down to 20, and then the final 8 who met the eminent jury of ZS PRIZE. During this journey, the shortlisted participants and finalists were put through intensive mentoring from ZS and clinical experts to prepare for the presentation to the jury.

The rapid testing ASSURED kit detects the three most prevalent mosquito borne diseases - Malaria, Chikungunya and Dengue - on the 1st day of symptoms with a single blood sample, in less than 15 minutes. It uses vertical flow technology improving sensitivity and recombinant designed antigens improving specificity, minimizing the chances of false results.
CareMother-Baby Beat is a wireless, portable, smartphone based clinical grade smart device with AI powered auto-interpretation features to help frontline health workers and doctors accurately monitor and assess fetal health in real time for an expert review.
Bindu - Smart cap is a tool for the visually impaired seeking work and organisations willing to recruit them. The device processes images from a book, a face or even an object. It describes and reads them aloud using speakers or headphones.
MICALYS is a digital microscopy system with modular software packages to perform multiple functions of a diagnostic lab such as whole slide scanning, telepathology, AI powered sample analysis and manual microscopy.
OmniPD is a portable peritoneal dialysis cycler that empowers renal patients to execute dialysis anytime, anywhere. This cloud based patient management system connects patients with their caretakers and doctors, stores dialysis data, and sends alerts for better preventive care.
LungIQ is a cloud based deep learning software as a solution for the accurate and quantitative reporting of chest conditions from CT imaging. It helps to accurately diagnose and treat diseases such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung diseases and COVID19.
Pulse Active Stations Network comprises of a network of IoT-enabled smart health kiosks that measure several health and wellness parameters and in conjunction with a proprietary AI-based platform gives indications of potential lifestyle diseases with personalized recommendations.
Stamurai is a low cost speech therapy app for stuttering with instructional tools, exercise videos, and a community of users to assist as a self-help group.


See jury bios
Ravi Venkatesan
Business Leader, Former Chairman Microsoft India, Jury Chairman
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Executive Chairperson,
Sangita Reddy
Joint Managing Director,
Apollo Hospitals
Dr. Dipak Jain
President (European) CEIBS, Former Dean Kellogg School of Management
Prof. K. Srinath Reddy
President, Public Health Foundation of India
Vijay Chandru Reddy
Founder, Strand Life Sciences
Sandeep Singhal
Co-founder, Nexus Ventures
Dr. Ferzaan Engineer
Co-founder and Chairman, Cytecare Hospitals


The shortlisted 20 teams were mentored by ZS leaders and renowned industry experts. Each team received one-to-one mentoring to polish their idea for further presentation and pitch to the ZS Jury. Top 8 teams received additional mentoring from renowned clinical experts.

The two-phase mentoring schedule included:

  • Phase 1, 4 weeks: Top 20 teams
  • Phase 2, 1.5 weeks: Top 8 teams shortlisted from the top 20 teams

The teams were coached on various business-critical fundamentals to make their ideas viable and sustainable in the long run. Here we have mentors and teams sharing their experiences from the sessions.

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