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, ZS PRIZE will focus on shaping the future of Indian healthcare. This year it is seeking innovative healthcare solutions that will be large scale, easily accessible, and affordable for all. ZS PRIZE invites ideas from college students and professionals to change the state of Indian healthcare.

 

Designed by ZS, a global professional services firm with over 35 years of experience in healthcare and life sciences, ZS PRIZE will enable young innovators to create healthcare solutions that have the potential to change the future.

 

The winning team(s) will create ingenious solutions that will ultimately be the prize for millions of citizens who are in need of an evolved, accessible, and affordable healthcare system today.

Millions of people are going through the emotional challenge and stigma associated with stammering and speech impairment. With the current speech therapy solutions being expensive, prone to relapse and inaccessible (only less than 1% of people in India having access to speech therapy), the team came up with a mobile app which acts as a personalized digital coach for the stutter that is both affordable and scalable. Ideas drive innovation, but when personal experiences also fuel the vision, relatability and compassion get added to the mix, and what you have is a winner. Two of the co-founders struggled with stammering from childhood and built the AI-powered speech therapy application to address the unmet need and create a huge societal impact.

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.

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.

In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 Winner,  Team Stamurai

 

Stuttering speech disorder and a nervous breakdown couldn’t stop Meet Singhal from helping others facing the same issues. He and his friends Anshul Agarwal and Harsh Tyagi founded Stamurai to help people overcome speech impairment. A proud winner of ZS PRIZE inaugural edition, he shares the Stamurai story and their journey with ZS PRIZE here. Watch now.

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.

In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 Mentor- Apoorva Aggarwal, Office Managing Principal, ZS India

 

Apoorva Aggarwal is all praises for the Top 20 teams for ZS PRIZE. Here, she shares her experiences of coaching one team and helping them through their entrepreneurship struggles. Watch the video on how she helped the team get past the challenges of entrepreneurship while adding finesse to their solution.

In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 Mentor - Tarun Pandey, Office Managing Principal, ZS India.

 

Tarun Pandey coached one of the Top 20 teams for finalising their go-to-market strategy. His rich experience at ZS, dealing with finding viable business solutions for clients, came in handy here. In this interaction, he talks about his 'rewarding and fulfilling mentorship experience'.

ZS PRIZE 2021 Top 20 team Gautham Pasupuleti, CEO & MD, Biodesign Innovation Labs

 

Gautham Pasupuleti, CEO & MD, Biodesign Innovation Labs aims to tackle the shortage of ventilators and lower the mortality rate in India. He left a promising corporate career to become an entrepreneur. Watch him, share the details of his innovative idea, his career graph and his experience with ZS PRIZE in this interesting video.

ZS PRIZE 2021 Top 8 team - Gowrishankar Wuppuluru, Founder & CEO, Padmaseetha Technologies Pvt. Ltd.


Padmaseetha Technologies' Founder & CEO, Gowrishankar Wuppuluru shares in-depth details about how his portable dialysis device was designed and how he can help millions in need. Listen in, as he shares the various experiences of his entrepreneurial journey and what keeps him excited about his product along with his journey with ZS PRIZE.

ZS PRIZE 2021 Top 8 team - Rutuja Udyawar, Founder, Optimum Data Analytics.


Rutuja Udyawar, Founder, Optimum Data Analytics aims to help the visually impaired read using their innovative solution Bindu Smart Cap. In this video, she explains her innovative concept, her vision for the product, and how the mentors at ZS helped make the product market-ready.

ZS PRIZE 2021 Top 20 team - Akshay Navalakha, Co-Founder, Swasthya.ai.


In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 shortlisted team from Swasthya.ai. Its Co-Founder, Akshay Navalakha, shares how his personal struggles with the healthcare management system drove him to devise a patient-driven platform. His dream is to build a remote monitoring platform for a holistic patient-centric system. Watch his story here.

In conversation with Shankar Viswanathan, Office Managing Principal, ZS India, and ZS PRIZE 2021 Evaluator


In this candid conversation, Shankar Viswanathan, Office Managing Principal, ZS India mentions how the Top 20 teams used cutting edge technology to solve some of India's deep-rooted healthcare challenges. He feels that all the Top 20 teams have passion and a deep sense of purpose in their ideas, and thus align naturally with the ZS PRIZE vision.

In conversation with Abhishek Trigunait, Chief Technology Officer Principal ZS, and ZS PRIZE 2021 Evaluator.


Abhishek Trigunait says that most of these ideas are scalable and will help solve India's healthcare crisis. In this video, he explains how most ideas will make a sustained impact in the healthcare domain.